To say that this has been an exceptional year is a gross understatement. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to deal a serious blow to the world and UNO/SPA is no exception.
I couldn’t be prouder of the work being done by our students, faculty and staff during this unprecedented period in our lives. This work includes serving on the front lines as first-responders and community activists, as well as conducting research on the pandemic’s effects and policy responses. It is in these periods of crisis that the true value of public service comes to the forefront. I am grateful to be part of a team that is so committed to ensuring adherence to core public service values. As stated by our mission and vision, we serve to strengthen public service in a democratic and diverse society, and we aspire to be a pre-eminent resource for public service!
Here’s to another exciting and fulfilling year in the School of Public Administration! We hope you enjoy flipping through the pages of our ever-evolving story because you will find that we have much to be proud of.
NEW FACES IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & URBAN STUDIES
The School of Public Administration welcomes two new assistant professors, Drs. Danbee Lee and Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga, and a new associate professor and Chair of the Emergency Disaster Management Program, Dr. Namkyung Oh.
Dr Danbee Lee’s research interests include local government management, organizational behavior, and research methods. She is currently working on the formation, measurement, and management of bureaucratic reputation within citizen-state interaction, and the effect of organizational reputation on employees’ work attitudes and behavior. Her work has been published in Governance and International Review of Administrative Science (IRAS).
Dr. Barbara Gomez-Aguinaga specializes in public policy, immigration policy, public health policy, and racial and ethnic politics and policy. She has worked with the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico, and her immigration research has been cited in congressional hearings and altered policies in New Mexico’s state legislature.
Dr. Namkung Oh specializes in emergency management, inter-agency collaboration, strategic management, and knowledge management in the public sector. Dr. Oh has served as a policy analyst in the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning in South Korea.
As we look into the future of the School of Public Administration (SPA), we reflect on the many accomplishments throughout the School’s history. We hope that you enjoy the latest issue of The Exchange: SPA Through the Years.
In this issue, you will catch exclusive interviews with Drs. Bob Blair and Chris Reed, along with some priceless throwback photos you’ve got to see! Reminisce on the great times you experienced within the School, and gain a futuristic perspective for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service from Dean John Bartle along the way. We hope you enjoy the read!