Summer 2017

PUBPOL 555: Grant Writing
Instructor:
Kristina Mayer
Meets: each Tuesday and Thursday in A-Term, 9:00-11:50 am (June 22-July 13)
Description: PUBPOL Grantwriting 555 is a highly engaging project-based class.  It is fast-paced and requires a commitment of time and attention.  Students work in consultant teams to prepare grant proposals, budgets, logic models, and other communications on behalf of local nonprofit organizations. Similar to the Evans School capstone project, this course weaves together knowledge, skills and abilities from across the graduate curriculum into tangible products. At quarter's end, student deliverables are submitted by our nonprofit partners to foundations for funding. Past classes have surpassed the industry norm with a success rate of 65%.

PUBPOL 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Instructor:
Howard McCurdy
Meets: each Wednesday for the full summer term, 5:50-8:30 pm (June 21-August 16)
Description: From the spaceship to the computer chip, public officials work hard to promote innovation through science and technology. In turn, advances in science and technology invite governmental response. This course examines important public policy issues associated with science and technology, including the debate over how much government support is necessary to spur research and innovation, the role of government as a regulator of technology, the manner in which technology alters the way in which scientific initiatives are organized, the clash between scientific findings and political ideology, and the governance challenges arising from 21st century technologies. Students also examine impending technologies, the relationship between culture and technology, and specific policy issues of interest to students in the class. The instructor is a graduate of the University of Washington and Cornell University, a professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and a frequent visitor to the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. He has authored seven books on the U.S. space program.

PUBPOL 598 A: Leading Change from the Inside Out
Instructor:
Michelle Gislason and Jennifer Martin
Meets: Friday, July 14, 9:10-4:00 pm, and Saturday, July 15, 9:10-3:20 pm only
Description: We live in a rapidly changing and uncertain world where our organizations and communities must constantly shift and evolve. As a result, leaders today must not only be effective in helping others navigate change but also be able to adapt personally. Many times leaders get stuck in thinking only about the technical and strategy changes and overlook the people side of change and transitions. This one-credit, two-day course will start from the “inside out,” exploring not only our own responses to change, but also the relationship building, shared vision, and systemic approach required to be a successful change leader.

PUBPOL 598 B: The Role of the Military in International Development and Humanitarian Crisis Response
Instructor:
Jason Smith
Meets: each Wednesday in B-Term, 5:20-8:00 pm (July 26-August 16)
Description: This course is intended to help students understand the capabilities that the United States military can bring to the world of international development and humanitarian crisis response. Development work in today’s world is very complex. Whether you work for an NGO, IGO, OGO, or a private company, you could potentially be in a situation where you could require military support or benefit from the resources the military can offer. With the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with other conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, the United States military has found itself more involved in work outside its primary mission. Good or bad, this has become reality.

This course will focus on the following topics: U.S. military doctrine and ability to task organize for specific missions; Specialized units and logistics capability; Permissive versus non-permissive environments; and, Military limitations and challenges. In addition to these topics, this workshop will look at the different Combatant Commands (COCOMS) and explore some of the unique challenges and possible opportunities that exist.

PUBPOL 598 C: Fundraising Fundamentals
Instructor:
Dawn Rains
Meets: each Wednesday in A-Term, 5:50-8:30 pm (June 19-July 19)
Description: Nonprofit organizations rely on charitable contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to fuel their important missions. This skills workshop provides an overview of the role of philanthropy in the community and within an organization, and the basic principles underpinning fund development. We will explore the elements of a strategic fundraising plan and the strategies, tools, and techniques used to move potential supporters from interest and information to involvement and investment. Learn how to create a compelling case for support, write effective donor-centered communications, solicit gifts, and measure fundraising effectiveness. Students are encouraged to select a nonprofit organization in advance of the first class to use as their focus during class exercises and assignments.

Spring 2017

PPM 599: Research Seminar
Instructor: Robert Plotnick
Meets: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:20 pm
Description: Students who sign up for PPM 599 will attend research seminars presented by Evans School faculty and policy and management scholars from other UW departments. Students will learn about new theories and empirical findings on a wide range of topics in public policy and management and be more fully immersed in a research environment. In spring 2016, there will be six speakers, with dates to be finalized. To receive credit for the spring seminar, a student must attend a minimum of four seminars, including the question and answer period.

PUBPOL 503: Executive Leadership
Instructor:
Dorothy Bullitt
Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30-12:50 pm
Description: This course will help students cultivate the practical skills required to lead within various operational contexts. Managerial strategies for addressing problems in public, not-for-profit and business organizations will be examined through case studies, general readings, class-exercises, presentations by practitioners and self-reflection. Throughout this four credit course, students will practice the core skills required for their success as future leaders.

PUBPOL 555: Social Enterprise: New Models for Mission-Based Business
Instructor:
Akhtar Badshah
Meets: Mondays, 4:30-7:20 pm
Description: This seminar course will offer students a deep understanding of the changing landscape for social investments and the tools to become an effective social entrepreneur or practitioner working in the social enterprise and mission based business space. Through lectures, discussion, and practical projects, this course will engage students to explore concepts such as: Ethics of Development; New Funding Models and Investor Expectations; Innovation and Scalability; and Importance of Policy.

Through this class you will get a set of conceptual tools to navigate through the often contradictory and ambiguous mass of information about mission-based businesses and their impact; a clear understanding of how to evaluate and interpret the effects of economic, financial, cultural, political, and social factors on mission-based efforts; and a deeper understanding of the most current research on innovation and social entrepreneurship.

PUBPOL 565 A: Municipal Management II
Instructor: Anne Pflug
Meets: Every Thursday in spring quarter, 4:30-7:20 pm; and the following Saturdays from 10:00-1:50 pm: April 8, April 29, and May 13
Description: Second course in a two course sequence on municipal management. First course (held in winter quarter) was NOT a prerequisite but recommended. The sequence explores the unique aspects of municipal management in the public administration arena, preparing students for careers in local government management. This section covers technical aspects of the field. Providing basic knowledge of local government policy development and implementation through understanding contemporary issues in specific technical areas of management practice including; Legal and ethical considerations; Planning and growth management; Economic development and community “place-making”; Public Safety; Capital and operating budgets, capital financing and strategic planning; Human resources and labor relations in local government; Community engagement and Managing local government program outcomes. Students will develop written material that can be added to a digital portfolio for employers and a local government career exploration plan in the class. There will be opportunities to meet active practitioners and develop contacts in the field.

PUBPOL 565 B: GIS and Public Policy
Instructor: Mahesh Somashekhar
Meets: Wednesdays, 11:30-2:20 pm
Description: This course is a hands-on introduction to Geographic Information Science (GIS) and its application to public policy. Maps are a powerful tool for both describing and studying public policy issues that occur across space. Lectures will discuss the building blocks of effectively creating, analyzing, and presenting maps in policy settings, while lab work and assignments will introduce students to GIS software. Topics include, but are not limited to, understanding how maps can be used; creating and manipulating maps; working with spatial data sources; and conducting spatial analysis. Examples will come from a wide variety of policy settings, such as housing, public health, transportation, and the environment.

PUBPOL 598 B: Career Planning for MPA Students
Instructor: Tamara Schaps, Anna Renzetti
Meets: Thursdays, 2:00-3:50 pm; April 6, 20, May 4, 18, and June 1
Description: Confident in your interview skills? Ready to negotiate your first job offer? Able to articulate your top talents and skills? You will be after taking this class! Intentional career planning helps MPA students successfully transition into the job market after graduation and advance into future leadership roles. This skills workshop will help students understand their talents and skills, build confidence in students ability to articulate their value, and challenge students to master important career management concepts (such as crafting exceptional career documents, interviewing and negotiating job offers, and building relationships with leaders in their fields of interest). A feature of this class will be connecting in-person with successful Evans School alumni through informational interviews, career panels, and networking events. Students are encouraged to identify a job or organization of interest in advance of the first class to use as their focus during class exercises and assignments; this class is tailored to MPA students who will be actively seeking full-time employment within the next six months.

PUBPOL 598 C: Making Collaborative Governance Work
Instructor: Michael Kern
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:30-7:20 pm; April 4, 13, May 2, 16, 30
Description: The purpose of this workshop is to: 1) explore what we mean by the term “collaborative governance;” 2) examine several case studies in some depth; and 3) apply what we learn to a range of public policy situations/challenges that are of interest to workshop participants. My hope is that we spend much of the time in discussion, with just enough theory to inform us and get us rolling. I would mostly like to dive with you into the details of some real-world applications of this inexact and sometimes messy concept, to see what we can learn. I would like to explore both the significant achievements reflected in these case studies, but also where each fell short, because no collaborative process (or any other policy process, for that matter) is successful in all ways.

PUBPOL 599 A: Citizen Behavior Change: The Social Marketing Option
Instructor:
Nancy Lee
Meets: Wednesdays, 10:00-12:50 pm
Description: When it comes to citizen behavior change, policymakers have historically relied on two options: Education or Law. This course presents a third option, Social Marketing—one that is often proven to be the most effective in achieving high rates of behavior change, and, importantly, with the greatest returns on investment. Social Marketing is a strategic planning process that uses marketing principles and techniques to influence behavior change that benefits society as well as the individual. Applications of this proven discipline are used to improve public health, prevent injuries, protect the environment, engage communities, and enhance financial well-being. Students will be oriented to the Ten Step Planning Model to develop a strategic social marketing plan, with presentations for each step, including guiding theories and case examples. Students will form teams to actually draft and present a social marketing plan for a social issue (wicked problem) of interest. The course will also cover the role of policymakers in supporting the Social Marketing option. The instructor is the coauthor of 12 books on Social Marketing, has taught at the Evans School for more than ten years, and has been a strategic advisor on numerous citizen behavior change campaigns for Washington State.

PUBPOL 599 B: Open Government Principles and Public Involvement for agencies and public advocates
Instructor:
State Rep. Gerry Pollet
Meets: Mondays, 9:00-10:50 am, and Fridays, 11:30-12:20 pm
Description: Do you value openness in government? Do you want to ensure that any agency you work with, or advocate to, is open and effective involving the public? How can you effectively involve the public in decision making? What are your obligations if you work for an agency or elected official to disclose your records to the public and media, or to meeting in the open?

Using a case and problem-based learning approach with a range of views from guest speakers arranged by State Rep. Gerry Pollet (Board Member of the WA Coalition for Open Government and who has litigated numerous public record/FOIA cases), you’ll explore the principles and basic laws governing open government (e.g., Freedom of Information Act, State Public Records Act, Open Meetings Act). You’ll observe and evaluate public involvement programs for major current public policy issues, and propose your own public involvement and openness plans based on literature, legal standards, and best practices. This will be an exciting time to be studying open government as we follow what the Trump Administration will be doing to change the Freedom of Information Act implementation and other key openness requirements.

PUBPOL 599 C: Regulatory Policy
Instructor: Matt Steuerwalt
Meets: Wednesdays, 3:30-6:20 pm
Description: This course will examine the use of executive branch regulatory power, and how regulations are made, unmade, and enforced. We will focus on state government policy, augmented by timely and relevant examples from federal and local government. We will examine why government regulates and cover the basic theories of regulation. With a foundation in the legislative authorizing environment, we will move to administrative action and the tools and techniques used to craft and reshape policy. We'll touch on a number of issue areas including energy and the environment, health care, and public safety.

Winter 2017

 

PPM 599: Research Seminar
Instructor: Robert Plotnick
Meets: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:20 pm
Description: Students who sign up for PPM 599 will attend research seminars presented by Evans School faculty and policy and management scholars from other UW departments. Students will learn about new theories and empirical findings on a wide range of topics in public policy and management and be more fully immersed in a research environment. In Winter 2017 there will be five speakers, with dates to be finalized. To receive credit for the winter seminar, a student must attend a minimum of four seminars, including the question and answer period. 

 

PUBPOL 501: Legislative Relations
Instructor:
Chris Vance
Meets: Thursdays, 2:30-5:20 pm

Description: Virtually everyone who works in or around public policy, whether in the public, private, or nonprofit sector will eventually be asked to work in the legislative arena. To do so successfully one must understand how public policy analysis, raw politics, and parliamentary procedures intersect. This course, taught by a former State Legislator, County Councilmember, and Congressional Staffer, is designed to give participants real-world training in the American legislative process. The focus will be on the Washington State Legislature, but we will also study the workings of the US House and Senate, and unicameral local legislative bodies. The goal is that upon completion of the course, students will not only understand how the legislative process really works, they will actually be prepared to work as an entry-level Legislative Relations professional.


PUBPOL 535: Seminar in US Foreign Policy
Instructor: Bill Center, Jill Dougherty
Meets: Thursdays, 11:30-2:20 pm

Description: Examines how the U.S. foreign policy process works, emphasizing formation, content and implementation of post-Cold War U.S. foreign and national security policy, highlighting current foreign and national security policy. Focus is on organization, applicable statutes, role of the President, Congress, and other primary agencies, actors, and stakeholders, as well as the role and influence of mass media. Designed for students planning to work in the foreign policy arena, including U.S. Foreign Service, other government agencies, global media and global development NGOs and organizations such as the United Nations and World Bank. Instructors: Rear Admiral Bill Center, USN (ret) served as Deputy for International Negotiation to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Colon Powell. Jill Dougherty, long time Moscow Bureau Chief for CNN. Contact Rear Admiral Center with questions: w.center@comcast.net. 

 

PUBPOL 537: Diagnosing and Reforming Corrupt Systems

Instructor: Scott Fritzen

Meets: Tuesdays, 9:30-12:20 pm

Description: Corruption—one of the greatest obstacles to social, economic, and political development around the world—has become a focal point for efforts to improve public sector performance. This course explores strategies for the effective prevention and mitigation of corruption across a range of organizational, sector-wide, city, and national contexts. It takes an action-oriented approach, drawing lessons from successful cases of corruption control and focusing on what approaches might be undertaken under different circumstances. It aims to meld analytical and managerial dimensions of the problem into effective diagnosis and action. (This course meets the Evans School MPA Values Elective Requirement.)

 

PUBPOL 555: Grant Writing
Instructor:
Renee Bourque
Meets: Fridays, 12:30-3:20 pm
Description: This course is a project-based class whereby students work in consultant teams to prepare grant proposals, budgets, logic models, and other communications on behalf of local nonprofit organizations. Many students say it is similar to the Evans School capstone project in that it pulls together skills and abilities from across the graduate course program into real-world applications. For this reason, the class is demanding for time and commitment. Student deliverables are submitted by the nonprofit organizations to foundations for funding support. The class grant seeking success rate is 65%, which is higher than the industry norm.

 

PUBPOL 565: Municipal Management I

Instructor: Dick Zais

Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:50 pm

Description: This is the fourth year of a special elective course designed to encourage and inform students interested in pursuing a career in local government professional management and administration. The most notable feature of the class is the engagement of many practicing local government professional managers and assistants in the classroom, in addition to the lead instructor. These leaders represent a broad and diverse background of experience, knowledge, and expertise in the public management positions they have held in the past or are currently employed in throughout the state of Washington and other jurisdictions. In addition, the case studies in the class also offer a special opportunity to work directly with current city administrators to study and analyze important actual case study examples of major policy issues and challenging projects that have been experienced over the years in several local governments in the greater Puget Sound area.

 

Included in the course are topics covering the structure and forms of local government entities and management in Washington and other states; leadership tenets and ethical principals which guide and serve municipal managers; political relationships between managers and the elected officials they work for; the leadership and system skills needed to be successful in policy analysis and formulation, budgeting and priority setting, economic development, human resource management and collective bargaining; intergovernmental relations; communications with the public and the media; citizen engagement in local planning and land use policy determinations by governing bodies; emergency management and contracting public services.

 

Finally, the course offers first-hand professional advice and suggestions on pursuing jobs in municipal management throughout the state and country and the essential skills needed to secure jobs in the public sector today. Notably, professional local management is not just a job, but can also be a long-term career with many challenges, rewards, and opportunities to make a lasting difference and contribution to the benefit and welfare of the communities one might serve for many years. In this regard, the International City/County Management Association, together with the Washington City/County Management Association has recognized the class and Evans Student Chapter of ICMA as a partner in attracting the next generation of leaders in the local government administration, and has promoted both internship and fellowship opportunities both within the State and nationally. Many students that have graduated from the Evans School and taken this class have been able to secure new and rewarding entry level professional management jobs in cities, counties, and state government the past several years.

 

Please direct any inquiries and questions about the class to Dick Zais (Past Interim City Manager of Woodinville WA; Retired City Manager, Yakima WA): zaisr@u.washington.edu.


PUBPOL 573 A: Policy & Governance of K-12 Education
Instructor:
William Zumeta
Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00-4:20 pm
Description: This MPA elective will touch on a range of topics in contemporary education policy while providing students an opportunity to apply and extend their knowledge and skills in economics, statistics, policy analysis, evaluation, and management analysis.  In the course we will explore why education tends to be publicly provided and also the reasons behind instances where it is not so or where elements of privatization are integrated into public provision – such as public school choice, charter schools, contract schools, and voucher arrangements. We will also look at American federalism in the context of education – the limited but waxing and waning role of the federal government (e.g., in areas like standards and testing such as the Common Core, desegregation policy, and federal efforts to make education policy more evidence based) as well as the role of the states, and of the 15,000 or so local school districts with elected boards embodying “local control” of American public education. How did the U.S. education system come to be governed this way and what consequences does it have? What are the implications of significant changes that have been afoot in recent decades in the locus of governance as well as pushback against them? 

We will study in depth the arrangements for K-12 education funding in the U.S. and the consequences these have for equity as well as the current ferment and challenges around policy remedies (e.g., the McCleary Supreme Court case in Washington).  We will also study policies related to the most crucial resource related to student achievement: teachers, including their recruitment and training, their effectiveness and evaluation, and related labor market issues.  Another topic will be the P-20 education continuum (pre-school to graduate school), which turns out to be a fragile ladder for many because of the way our educational system is structured. What policy remedies are available or have been tried to make the system more seamless for students?  Finally, we will take a look at “horizontal” links–or the lack of same–with related social sectors (health, social services, criminal justice) whose links to education could certainly improve performance on both sides. We will touch on why these links are generally weak as well as how these challenges might be overcome.

 

PUBPOL 573 B: Public Policy, Law, and Equity
Instructor: Michelle Gonzalez
Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:20 pm
Description: This is an interdisciplinary course examining how public policy and laws influence disparities based on race, ethnicity, and sex. Students will develop a foundation in understanding race and gender as a social construct, and the social science of implicit bias based on race and sex. The course will cover several public policy areas, including: the criminal justice system, education, employment, immigration, and the environment. Students will work in teams and collaborate to address a policy of interest to the group. (This course meets the Evans School MPA Values Elective Requirement.)

 

PUBPOL 582 A: Climate Change Communication

Instructor: Tim Scharks

Meets: Wednesdays, 4:30-7:20 pm

Description: Climate change is one of the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Addressing this challenge is complicated by the highly politicized nature of beliefs about the issue and its mitigation. This class examines contemporary and historical climate change discourse through the perspective of a variety of communication theories. Our course goals include gaining an evidence-based understanding of effective communications, developing an appreciation for the particular challenges of communicating about environmental issues including climate change, and applying theory to develop new climate messages. (This course meets the Evans School MPA Values Elective Requirement.)


PUBPOL 598 B: Group Decision Making
Instructor: Anne Pflug
Meets: Saturdays, 10:00-1:20 pm; Meets January 21, February 11, and February 25
Description: Whether finishing your Master’s Degree group assignments or working in an organization; being effective working with, or in, a group or influencing a group of decision makers is an essential contemporary skill required for success. This skills workshop focuses on understanding the dynamics of groups and how they operate. The workshop’s emphasis is on learning by doing, so expect to participate in a wide range of group-based activities. Students will practice techniques and strategies that allow them to influence group decisions, and be an effective group member and leader. Examples and case studies will emphasize local government and nonprofit practice.


PUBPOL 598 C: Introduction to Tableau and Data Visualization
Instructor: Adam Sherman
Meets: Thursdays, 2:00-3:50; Meets January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, and March 9
Description: This workshop will introduce students to Tableau software and data visualization basics. The focus will be on data visualization best practices and learning how to use Tableau to build dynamic, interactive, and impactful dashboards to help you explore data trends, discover patterns, and inform policy decisions. This course will teach students how to connect their data sources to Tableau, develop basic and intermediate level charts and dashboards, map geographic elements of data sets, and present results of survey data. The workshop will also cover important ethical implications of data visualization choices.


PUBPOL 598 D: Career Planning for MPA Students
Instructor:
Tamara Schaps, Anna Renzetti
Meets: Tuesdays, 2:00-3:50; Meets January 10, January 24, February 7, February 21, and March 7
Description: Intentional career planning will help MPA students successfully transition into the job market after graduation and advance into future leadership roles. This skills workshop will connect students to a wide array of public service career opportunities, help students create a professional development plan to guide career and job search decision-making, and challenge students to master important career management concepts (such as crafting exceptional career documents, interviewing and negotiating job offers with confidence, and building relationships with leaders in their fields of interest). A feature of this class will be connecting in-person with successful Evans School alumni through informational interviews, career panels, and networking events. 

Students are encouraged to identify a job or organization of interest in advance of the first class to use as their focus during class exercises and assignments; this class is tailored to MPA students who will be actively seeking full-time employment within the next six months.

 

PUBPOL 599 A: Native American Nations: Policy & Governance
Instructor:
Laura Evans
Meets: Tuesdays, 10:00-12:50 pm
Description: There are over 560 American Indian tribal governments in the United States, including 29 federally-recognized tribes in Washington. American Indian tribal governments are long-standing, legally-recognized sovereign powers with land bases that they govern. They shape the lives of some of the nation's most vulnerable citizens and affect the interests of nearby local and state governments. This class will review how tribal governments work and how they interact with other governments in the United States. It will consider their legal status as self-governing sovereigns and the realpolitik of on-the-ground power.

If you care how environmental protection, social policy, and economic development play out in any of the 34 states with federally-recognized tribes, you should be paying attention to what American Indian tribal governments are doing. If you think you understand public management, program design, and program implementation in the US, this class has surprises in store for you. The successes of some tribal casinos have lured many outside observers into thinking that gambling revenue alone can somehow mend the devastation of culture, community, natural resources, and sacred spaces. The reality is quite different. This course will sort out the stereotypes from the truths of America's Native Nations today.

 

PUBPOL 599 B: Managing Public Grants and Contracts
Instructor: Benjamin M. Brunjes
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30 pm
Description: Public organizations are increasingly reliant on partners and contractors for the delivery of public services. Governments use a variety of means to engage these partners, including grants and contracts. This course will explore how public officials can best design, manage, and evaluate contracts and grants to improve performance. Design elements include market assessments, solicitation procedures, financial structures, and the development of performance measures. Students will learn about the process through which contracts and grants are managed, economic and political perspectives on how to manage and oversee contractors and grantees, and how to effectively evaluate performance to inform future partnerships. Students will be given the chance to write, respond to, and develop performance criteria for both grants and contracts. In addition, the class will delve into the ramifications of this complex system of partnerships for budgets and American democratic values. At its completion, students will understand the challenges associated with contracting and grants, and know some of the leading strategies for managing these tools in practice.


PUBPOL 599 C: Computational Thinking for Governance Analytics
Instructor: Jose Magallanes
Meets: Mondays, Wednesdays, 8:30-9:50 am
Description: This course introduces graduate students into Data Science tools and processes. Students learn the basic principles of data collection, formatting, and analyzing, including the publication and sharing of results. Particular emphasis is placed on data management, and in automating the data science process to enable replicability via tools available in the 'cloud.' The analytical part will cover and compare univariate and bivariate statistical methods with basic machine-learning applications. Students will become effective users of R and Python, so that the course enables students to take more specialized courses, as well as interact with other third-party programs. The last part of the course bridges data science with scientific management or operational research approaches, presenting basic optimization techniques for decision making (linear programming). Along the course, there is particular discussion of the effective role of computational thinking in policy analysis and public management, to develop in the students’ capabilities to manage projects involving a data-intensive component. Students are required to work with real and abundant data at different levels of government, which should be combined with non-government sources to enrich the analysis. 
 

Autumn 2016

PPM 599: Research Seminar
Instructor:
Robert Plotnick
Meets: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:20 pm
Description: Research Seminars are presented by Evans School faculty as well as policy and management scholars from other universities. In Autumn quarter, there are also faculty job candidates presentations that can be attended for the Evans School's two open assistant professor positions. Students will 1. learn about new theories and empirical findings on a wide range of topics in public policy and management; 2. have the opportunity to interact with visiting scholars; and 3. be more immersed in a research environment.

By attending the job candidate presentations, students will see 1. examples of how job candidates present their specialized research to a multi-discipline audience, most of whom are not experts in the candidate's substantive policy or management area; and 2. the kinds of questions and comments candidates receive from current faculty and how well they respond. As a result, students will be better prepared for the job market. During Autumn quarter, there will be four speakers (October 5, October 12, October 19, and November 9). Job candidate presentations will be arranged as the search process proceeds (these presentations may not be at the reguarly scheduled class time).

To receive credit, students must attend a minimum of three seminars and two job candidate presentations, including the question and answer period.

 

Note: The Evans School MPA course prefix is changing from PB AF to PUBPOL, effective Autumn Quarter 2016.

PUBPOL 537 A: Development Finance
Instructor: Carlos Cuevas
Meets: Tuesdays, 5:00-7:50 pm
Description: The course aims at providing a solid analytical base for students to conduct and/or evaluate development interventions, especially those using financial services as intended poverty reduction tools. The course begins reviewing poverty measurement, and the relationships between poverty, inequality, and economic growth. It then focuses on micro level topics prevalent in development practice. Students should have an intermediate-level background in economics and/or finance.

 

PUBPOL 555 A: Marketing for Mission-Driven Organizations
Instructor: Erica Mills
Meets: Thursdays, 2:30-5:20 pm
Description: This class will give students an understanding of how organizations can use marketing in general, and messaging in particular, to strategically advance their mission. We will look at how you create a marketing action planthe why, what, who, and how. By the end of the quarter, students will have the skills and knowledge to market an organization, idea, cause, project, service, product, or program, so long as it is intended to make the world a better place.

 

PUBPOL 573 A: Equity in Employment
Instructor:
Marieka Klawitter
Meets: Mondays, 2:30-5:20 pm
Description: This interdisciplinary course will focus on the structures of labor markets that allow or diminish discrimination, how we assess discrimination, and the impacts of discrimination. We will explore the economic and social implications of discrimination and the social, public policy, and programmatic responses. We will investigate particular types of discrimination: race, ethnicity, class, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious, disability, and body type, and discuss how they are similar and different. Well dive into many kinds of evidencequantitative and qualitativeto better understand all this. The course work includes reading responses, class discussion leadership, and a staged course project on a topic of your choice.

 

PUBPOL 598 A: Writing for Decision Makers
Instructor: Kate van Gelder
Meets: Saturdays, 9:30-3:00 pm; October 8 and 22
Description: Writing for decision makers often involves strategies that are different than those you would use in an academic setting. For instance, busy decision makers usually want the bottom line before the details, but how would bottom-line messages differ for a charity, a union, and a medical association? This skills workshop is designed to give you more confidence in (1) analyzing your audience, (2) choosing presentation strategies that highlight bottom-line messages, and (3) producing documents that are clear, coherent, and unified.

 

PUBPOL 598 B: Technology Policy
Instructor:
John Villasenor
Meets: Thursdays, 4:00-6:20 pm; October 6, 13, 20, 27, and November 3
Description: This workshop is intended to prepare students to address some of the most pressing policy issues raised by rapidly evolving technologies. We will consider topics including digital privacy, cybersecurity, drones, genetic selection, and encryption. The goal is not to turn students into experts in any one of these specific areas, but rather to equip them with the tools to help them understand and address a broad range of technology-related policy questions. Students do not need to have any previous scientific or technical background to take this course. This will be highly interactive, with a strong emphasis on student engagement and participation.

 

PUBPOL 598 D: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response
Instructor:
Warren Acuncius
Meets: Fridays, 1:00-4:50 pm; October 7, October 28, and November 18
Description: The Haiti earthquake, Syria complex emergency, West Africa (Ebola) complex health emergency, and Nepal earthquake are just a few examples of how disasters and associated humanitarian responses are evolving. They have become more complex, longer lasting, and now include a larger response community to coordinate. In what other setting do you see a community of governments, non-governmental organizations, international organizations, private sector, and evolving donors working together to address a common mission?

This course will look at the HA/DR principles that guide the community, define criteria for response, and coordinate support for the host nation and its people after a disaster. Topics for discussion will include logistics, health, gender, public affairs, refugees/internally displaced persons, disaster risk reduction, civil-military coordination, and the variables that stand in the way of effective and efficient humanitarian response. The course will be split across three days and educate participants through instructor led lecture, recent disaster case studies, and guest lectures from relevant subject matter experts.

 

PUBPOL 599 A: Campaign Management and Political Communications
Instructor: Chris Vance
Meets: Thursdays, 11:30-2:20 pm
Description: In a democracy, election results drive public policy. The next campaign is never far from the minds of elected officials. Policy is often made via ballot measures, or driven by advocacy campaigns. Therefore, anyone whos career involves public affairs needs to understand how political campaigns really operate. In addition, political campaign management, consulting, and political communications are very viable public affairs career paths. Some make campaigns a career; while many others use campaign jobs as stepping stones to other positions. Office holders and organizations are always in need of press secretaries or other top staff who have the ability to think strategically and communicate a message. This course is designed to give participants the same level of training political organizations and parties provide to candidates and entry level campaign managers and staff, and to train students in the basics of press relations, and strategic communications. The goal is that upon completion of the course, students will not only understand how campaigns function, they will actually be prepared to work on a campaign staff or in a political office or advocacy organization.

 

PUBPOL 599 B: Effective Communication for Public and Nonprofit Leaders
Instructor: Joni Balter and Sam Verhovek
Meets: Mondays, 2:00-4:50 pm
Description: Learn how to write more clearly and persuasively, how to speak confidently to a town hall, and how to understand and interact with the pesky media. This course will cover blogging, public speaking, role-playing press conferences, crisis communications, successful op-eds. The course will help with writing challenges the rest of the academic year and onward to the next great job!

 

PUBPOL 599 C: Policy Implementation and the Law
Instructor:
Michelle Gonzalez
Meets: Mondays, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:50 am
Description: This course will focus on the basic legal principles of administrative law as it relates to governmental policy and implementation. This course is particularly relevant for students interested in working for any governmental body. Students will examine: the purpose of administrative law; the broad constitutional constraints on public administration; administrative law's frameworks for rulemaking, adjudication, enforcement, and transparency; and the parameters of internal executive and external judicial and legislative review of administrative action. The course examines federal administrative law and some Washington state parallels to federal designs and requirements. Guest speakers will speak about particular federal, state, and local agency designs and timely topics.