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SPPA ALUMNI IN ACTION
  • Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Experience in assistantships and Legislative Fellows supports career growth assisting legislators.
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Bucsak
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Measuring perfomance and running analyses for a federal government agency.
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.e
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Education policy and equity in the urban landscape; improving advocacy efforts in Wilmington.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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Previous Study Abroad Opportunities

Winter 2017

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Comparative Public Administration and Collaborative Research Experience: This two-week program encompassed a comparative study of public policy and public administration involving students from UD and Faculty of Political Science, Administration and Communications (FSPAC), Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) in Romania – one of the largest and most renowned higher education institutions in the country – through a dual course in which students register at their home institutions. 

BBU and UD students worked cooperatively to develop study methodology and survey instruments in advance of the trip, conduct interviews and collect primary and secondary data in Romania, and write papers to be drafted during our stay in Romania and submitted at the conclusion of the course, with a deadline in the spring semester. Meetings with well-informed individuals, and classes and briefings led by course leaders, BBU faculty and Romanian public officials complemented information presented during orientation.   

Winter 2016

Thailand/Laos: Thailand and Laos provided great locations for a civic engagement, leadership-focused study abroad experience. In Thailand our location was Chiang Mai in northern Thailand; in Laos our location was Luang Prabang.  Students received a firsthand understanding of how culture impacts leaders and the leadership process and learned about direct action organizing, consensus organizing and coalition building while developing leadership development workshops and civic engagement projects.

Fall 2015

Seoul, Republic of Korea: Intensive study of urban policy and management in a global mega-city in a joint program with graduate students and faculty from Cornell, the University of Central Florida, and Portland State University. This graduate study-abroad program examined the metropolitan city of Seoul, Republic of Korea, as a case study in urban governance and management reforms for global cities in the 21st century. Students had the opportunities to listen to briefings from policy-makers in SMG and learn more about Seoul's creative policies. They also had the chance to actually visit these policy sites and see for themselves why they are so widely recognized. Through the city tour, participants experienced the urban and traditional culture of Seoul.

Spring 2013

Poland: This course focused on the city planning and historic preservations efforts of Krakow and Warsaw, Poland. Participants studied the ways in which a country’s identity is reflected in its built environment, both in its historical architecture and in the ways in which its urban centers evolve. It focused on post-WWII, Soviet, and post-Soviet development of two medieval cities through readings, lectures, and participation in an 11-day study trip between March 20th and April 30th, 2013.

Winter 2013

Romania: A comparative study of public policy and public administration in Romania combining UD students and Babes-Bolyai (Babesh-Bolyaee) University (BBU), Cluj-Napoca, Romania in a dual format course, in which students worked together in research teams on topics tailored to student interests. Excursions included Budapest, Hungary and Vienna, and Austria.

Fall 2012

Seoul, Republic of Korea:  Intensive study of urban policy and management in a global city. This field trip to Seoul ran Oct. 19–28, 2012, and included several daily sessions with officials of Seoul Metropolitan Government and faculty from University of Seoul, as well as daily visits to municipal facilities. Students traveled with groups from Portland State University, Cornell University, and the University of Central Florida.

Winter 2012

Study Abroad Costa Rica, January 7-22: Sustainable Planning and Development. This program ran in conjunction with a 5 week undergraduate program.

Spring Break 2011

England and Scotland: Change and Revitalization in Post-Industrial Europe: An Examination of Glasgow, Scotland and Birmingham, England

The Netherlands: Housing and Neighborhoods in the Netherlands: The Role of Development, Redevelopment, Preservation and Planning

Fall 2011 Semester Abroad

UD/Beijing Normal University  (BNU) Exchange Program:

This program was open only to masters and doctoral students in accordance with the MOU between SPPA and BNU. 

2010 Study Abroad

The program at Beijing Normal University's School of Social Development and Public Policy represents the first full semester exchange for UAPP graduate students. Two SPPA master's students attended Beijing Normal University for the Spring 2010 semester and a SUAPP doctoral student traveled to Beijing to conduct dissertation research for approximately 6 weeks during Delaware's spring semester. Classes in Beijing were conducted in English. BNU provides tuition waivers and students have an assistantship that provides them with a stipend towards incidental academic and living expenses.

In 2010, SPPA graduate students were able to choose between 2 very different opportunities over Spring Break. Professors Peuquet and Wilder conducted a course during Spring Semester, "Housing and Neighborhoods in the Netherlands: the Role of Development, Redevelopment, Preservation and Planning" that culminated in visits to Dutch cities and Neighborhoods. SPPA graduate students were based in Amsterdam for the length of their stay and met with local and national experts with a particular focus on the role of national and local government policy in the field of housing, planning, preservation, development and redevelopment.

Dr. Jonathan Justice led a group to Seoul, South Korea, where they participated with students from other public policy programs in a program sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Students learned about the local government through lectures, tours and case studies, attended a Korean theatrical presentation and were guests at welcome and farewell dinners. They also had free time to do some exploration of Seoul on their own.

2009 Study Abroad

During the 2009-10 academic year, SPPA graduate students participated in programs in Amsterdam, Beijing, Cluj-Napoca and Seoul, making this the first year programs in Asia were available to students. In January 2010, students under the leadership of Arno Loessner (SPPA Emeritus faculty and co-initiator of the SPPA study abroad programs) and Maria Aristigueta (SPPA Director and Professor) traveled to Romania to conduct a cross cultural research course on various topics in public administration and public policy with students at Babes-Bolyai University. In addition to the academic component, students also had the opportunity to experience the culture of Romania through travel, cuisine, and interaction with students from BBU.

2008 Study Abroad: Romania

In January 2008, 11 graduate students from the SPPA visited Cluj-Napoca, Romania. While there, they partnered with other students from Babes-Bolyai University (BBU) to study successes and challenges in public administration and public policy in another culture. Each University of Delaware student worked with a BBU student to research a specific topic. Topics included:

  • Transportation
  • Corruption
  • Education
  • Health care
  • City management
  • Internship programs
  • University and NGO partnerships
  • Faith-based NGOs

In addition to the academic component, students also had the opportunity to experience the culture of Romania through travel, cuisine, and interaction with students from BBU.

During January 2007, Professors Loessner and Ware with professional staff member Martha Corrozi led 16 students to examine governance, social and economic development, public/private partnerships and environmental issues in Scotland and The Netherlands.

Also during January 2007, Professors Byrne and Wang led a group of five graduate students to India, where on-site visits to major population centers gave new understanding of poverty, and brought concepts such as sustainability into focus.

During the spring break 2007, Professors Jabbar-Bey and Wilder along with Ph.D. candidate Alain Noghiu led a group of nine graduate students and five professionals on a study trip focused on neighborhood development and housing policy and practice in The Netherlands.

Information about the current year's trips and financial assistance is provided each fall at an open meeting in September. Students receive advance notice about the opportunities through the SPPA summer mailing. All matriculated graduate students accepted for participation are eligible for financial assistance.

Study trips usually occur either in January during winter session when most graduate students are not enrolled in courses or during spring break, and last about one or two weeks. Study trips are designed for academic enrichment and though participants often collect information for their research, no academic credit is given.

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