UB ranks #14 among the 30 Best Online M.P.A. Programs

The Online Master of Public Administration program in UB’s College of Public Affairs has been ranked 14th in the 2017 ranking of the 30 Best Online M.P.A. Programs, according to TheBestSchools.org. The independent organization—which seeks to provide career guidance through its ranking articles, features and resources—selected UB’s online M.P.A. program based on the quality of the program, types of courses offered, the faculty, awards, rankings and overall reputation, including the reputation for effectively providing online degree programs.

UB’s online M.P.A. program is one of only 23 online programs in the nation accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The online program offers the same rigorous educational quality as the in-person program, but with the convenience of being able to access classes from anywhere with an Internet connection.

Learn more about UB’s online M.P.A.

Global Experiences in Criminal Justice 2017: Barcelona, Spain

Each summer, the School of Criminal Justice offers UB students the opportunity to take Comparative Issues in Criminal Justice, a course that explores current issues in criminology, criminal justice, and victims services around the world, culminating in a 10-day global immersion trip. The course, open to both graduate and undergraduate students, is taught by Associate Professor Tara Richards, who also leads the immersion trip.

This year’s course focused on gender-based violence in the United States and Spain, and had a record number of students (15) who took the class and participated in the immersion trip to Barcelona, Spain. During their time abroad, the students visited an immigration center that assists women and children, had a site visit/lecture at the Commission for Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, toured the Parliament of Catalonia and met with three members of parliament about legislation on women’s rights, and visited the Catalan Women’s Institute. They also attended multiple lectures with local service providers, and engaged in several cultural activities including touring Cavas Cordoniu (Spain’s oldest sparkling wine vineyard) and La Sagrada Familia, and taking a Catalan Cooking class.

Here are some pictures from their travels…

Learn more about Global Experiences in Criminal Justice.
Learn more about Prof. Tara Richards.
Read “Study Abroad 101: Getting a Beefeater to Smile” in the fall 2015 issue of the UB Magazine.

Tune in: Hartley on the Trump presidency, Schaefer’s faith-based development initiative

Tune in to WBAL-TV 11’s “11 TV Hill” this Sunday, July 16 at 11:30 a.m. when Dean Roger Hartley and several other guests will join host Jason Newton to discuss the six-month anniversary of the Trump presidency. The discussion will cover:

  • the Russia investigation
  • firing of FBI Director James Comey
  • Special Counsel Bob Mueller
  • Supreme Court appointment of Neil Gorsuch
  • the travel ban
  • health care overhaul
  • what’s next for the Trump administration.

*NOTE: The show will re-air Sunday evening at 10:30 p.m. on MeTV Baltimore.

And listen to the Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM on Monday, July 17 at 11 a.m. when guests Pastor David Franklin and instructor Lisa Hodge will discuss the Baltimore Faith-Based Development Certificate Program, a collaboration between UB’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy and Enterprise Community Partners.

Faculty Scholarship | June 2016

Jessica Sowa, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and director of the M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship program, published a new book titled The Nonprofit Human Resource Management Handbook: From Theory to Practice. The book—which Sowa co-edited with Jessica K.A. Word, an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas—was published by Routledge, the world’s leading academic publisher in the humanities and social sciences.

Learn more about Prof. Sowa’s new book.
Learn more about Prof. Sowa.

School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan recently published three new articles:

Sheehan | Trump is right to focus on Iran’s support of terrorism | The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2017

Sheehan et al | Why the world needs a Metropolitan Compact | Citiscope | June 19, 2017

Sheehan | In Discussing Middle East Policy, US Should Acknowledge the Goal of Regime Change | Townhall | June 19, 2017

Learn more about Prof. Sheehan.

School of Public and International Affairs faculty members Al Gourrier, Lorenda Naylor, Kelechi Uzochukwu and Heather Wyatt-Nichol all attended and presented at the 5th Global Conference on Transparency Research, held June 19-21 in Limerick, Ireland. Doctor of Public Administration candidate Yinglee Tseng and Master of Public Administration student Evangula Brown also attended and presented at the conference.

Pictured l. to r.: Kelechi Uzochukwu, Lorenda Naylor, Kieran O’Hanlon (retired mayor of the city and county of Limerick), Heather Wyatt-Nichol, Al Gourrier, Yinglee Tseng and Evangula Brown

Learn more about the conference and read the presentation abstracts.
Learn more about Profs. Gourrier, Naylor, Uzochukwu and Wyatt-Nichol.

On June 20, Alan Lyles, professor in the School of Health and Human Services and the School of Public and International Affairs, attended the Maryland Gerontological Association’s 35th Annual Spring Conference, held in Columbia, MD. The conference theme was “The Hidden Epidemic: Substance Use, Misuse, and Abuse in Older Adults,” and Lyles served as a panelist for the session titled, “Prescriptions & OTC Medications: Use and Abuse.”

Prof. Alan Lyles (far right)

Learn more about Prof. Lyles.

School of Health and Human Services faculty members Tina DiFranco, Elizabeth Gammon and Carol Molinari all attended the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) Annual Meeting, June 14-16 in Long Beach, CA.

Gammon, along with colleagues from several other institutions across the country, presented research titled, “Practitioner Faculty and Other Strategies to Achieve Competencies During Disruptive Change.”

Prof. Liz Gammon (center)

During the conference, Molinari—who is a current member of the AUPHA Board of Directors—was appointed as a co-chair of AUPHA’s Undergraduate Program Committee.

Prof. Carol Molinari

Learn more about Profs. Di Franco, Gammon and Molinari.

Spring Honors

If you didn’t make it to the spring 2017 graduate commencement ceremony on May 24, then you missed a passionate and inspiring speech delivered by Negotiations and Conflict Management graduate, Shilesha Bamberg, M.S. ’17. Here’s a video of Shilesha’s moving remarks:

On May 22, the College of Public Affairs hosted its annual Honors Ceremony, an event that celebrates the outstanding scholarly achievements of our students. The ceremony included remarks from Dean Roger Hartley and Provost Darlene Brannigan Smith, honor society inductions, and an awards presentation. The major awards presented were as follows:

  • Jami R. Grant Memorial Award, School of Criminal Justice
    Recognizes a student for exceptional academic achievement in the undergraduate forensic studies program.
    2016-17 recipient: Graham Mitchell
  • Johannes M. Botes Award, School of Public and International Affairs
    Recognizes a graduating student from the M.S. program in Negotiations and Conflict Management (CNCM) or the M.A. program in Global Affairs and Human Security (GAHS) in two ways: (1) for academic excellence in the Capstone Project, the final integrative research project in either program, and (2) for embodying the shared mission and spirit of the programs more broadly.
    2016-17 recipient: Bhoja Shrestha
  • Dean’s Advisory Council Award
    Presented to a graduate and an undergraduate student who have done exceptional work in their classes, conducted research, published papers, completed honors projects, or initiated independent projects which have pushed them beyond the normal classroom.  The award carries with it a $1,000 prize.
    2016-17 recipients: Ashley Hester and Matthew Joseph
  • Lenneal Henderson Award
    Presented to a high-achieving graduate student in the Master’s of Public Administration program.
    2016-17 recipient: Matthew Scassero, M.P.A. ’17

Matthew Scassero, M.P.A. ’17, Dean Roger Hartley and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Lenneal Henderson

Students were also inducted into the following honor societies:

  • Alpha Phi Sigma (Nu Omicron), the honor society of the School of Criminal Justice
  • Pi Alpha Alpha, the honor society of the Doctorate and Master of Public Administration programs
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, the honor society of the Government and Public Policy program
  • Upsilon Phi Delta, the honor society of the Health Systems Management programs

Pi Alpha Alpha inductees (not all pictured)

A big congratulations to all of the honorees!

Faculty, students bring their perspectives to some of today’s hot topics

The College of Public Affairs Hosts the 2017 INSS Conference

On June 6 and 7, the College of Public Affairs hosted the 2017 Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS) Conference. The conference was simulcast across multiple sites, including Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, and Lima, Peru, in addition to Baltimore. The theme of this year’s conference was “Smart, Connected Communities,” and David Ludlow—associate professor, European Smart Cities at the University of the West of England—served as the keynote speaker.

The conference explored the notion that while smartness and connectedness are both the product of emerging technological applications, they are also bound up in social relationships, institutions, and practices with specific historical contexts. These contexts need to be examined if emerging technological innovations are to address challenges to inclusion and equity. Participants considered the ways that technology can be integrated into and enhance social change for sustainability; at the same time, aiming to challenge the preference for technological solutions by identifying problems that exist outside of the sociotechnical system, or those for which the best solution does not depend on improved technology.

Tylis Cooper, graduate academic adviser and lecturer in the College of Public Affairs, served as the Baltimore site leader and a panelist for the “Baltimore: Technology and Urban Sustainability” session, along with Bill Kelly, retired, American Society for Engineering Education. UB student Rachael Edwards, an Integrated Arts major and student assistant in the College of Public Affairs, served on the student panel and discussed the importance of technology in the arts and the value of community inclusion to address the digital divide.

Rachael Edwards, Integrated Arts major

Tylis Cooper, graduate academic adviser and lecturer, College of Public Affairs

Learn more about the INSS.

Prof. Sheehan Moderates Premiere of National Geographic TV Film on ISIS

On June 6, Ivan Sascha Sheehan, associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, served as the moderator for the National Geographic Channel’s premiere of Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS, in Washington, D.C. The documentary, by Academy-Award-nominated director and New York Times #1 best-selling author Sebastian Junger and Emmy winner Nick Quested, traces the origins of the Syrian crisis and the rise of Islamic State.

Prof. Sheehan was invited to moderate the Hell on Earth premiere after having provided the welcome remarks for the media-only screening of LA92—another National Geographic Channel documentary—held on the UB campus in April.

Prof. Sheehan (left), Sebastian Junger (center) and Nick Quested (right) at the Washington, D.C. premiere of “Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS.”

Prof. Sheehan pictured with Jamal Simmons, political analyst and television commentator, who served as moderator at the media screening of “LA92” held at UB.

Learn more about Prof. Sheehan.
Learn more about Hell on Earth.
Learn more about LA92.

Hartley’s Latest Hits

Dean Roger Hartley was busy last week! Check out his latest media hits…

Learn more about Dean Roger Hartley.

UB and MPT Host Screening of Compelling New Film About Mass Incarceration

On April 26, the School of Criminal Justice and Maryland Public Television hosted a special screening of Rikers: An American Jail, a compelling new documentary film from Bill Moyers that brings you face to face with what it’s like to be incarcerated in the United States. The screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by MPT anchor and news correspondent, Karen Gibbs. College of Public Affairs Dean Roger Hartley and School of Criminal Justice Executive Director Debra Stanley both served as panelists, along with Johnny Perez, Safe Re-entry Advocate at New York City’s Urban Justice Center, and Tarolyn Thrasher, Re-entry Program Case Manager for the Druid Heights Community Development Corporation in Baltimore. Check out this recap and commentary from the screening event…

The film aired on MPT’s second channel, MPT2, on May 30 at 10 p.m.

Learn more about the film: http://rikersfilm.org/

CPA News!

Congratulations to M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship student Brittany DeNovellis (second from right), who was part of the team that won “Best Aspiring Business Idea” and “Crowd Favorite” at UB’s recent RISE to the Challenge Pitch Competition. RISE is an annual competition that gives students and alumni an opportunity to show off new ideas and concepts for businesses before an audience of consumers and entrepreneurial experts.

Brittany DeNovellis (second from right)

Brittany and her team members won $1,000 for their business idea, Project Kitchen X. The company would be Baltimore’s first and only community-driven, worker-owned kitchen cooperative focused on empowering refugee and immigrant women by tapping into their passion for cooking, self-expression, and creating community. Project Kitchen X also won the Crowd Favorite Award of $500. This award goes to any of the businesses pitching ideas that the audience believes in most.

“Since the competition, we’ve decided on a more permanent name than Project Kitchen X,” Brittany said. “We’re now working as the Mera Kitchen Collective.”

Learn more about the 2017 RISE to the Challenge competition winners: http://www.ubalt.edu/news/news-releases.cfm?id=2790

Learn more about Mera Kitchen Collective: www.mera.kitchen

Associate Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan

On May 16, School of Public and International Affairs Associate Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan offered remarks to Congress as part of a panel on the 2017 Iranian presidential election, which is happening today. And in a new op-ed piece for the Independent Journal Review, Prof. Sheehan explores the impact of Iran’s national election on its people, especially from a human rights perspective. “As along as dissent is not tolerated and the regime is left without credible opposition, so-called elections give up any pretense of legitimacy,” writes Prof. Sheehan.

Read the op-ed in IJRhttp://ijr.com/opinion/2017/05/265756-iran-votes-president-friday-referendum-future/

Learn more about Prof. Sheehan.

Congratulations to UB at The Universities at Shady Grove graduates Lisette Engel, M.P.A. ’17 (center) and Carlie Ortiz, M.S. ’17 (second from right), who received academic and community excellence awards during USG’s inaugural graduation gala for graduate students held on May 12. Both Lisette and Carlie had the highest GPA’s in their respective graduate programs at USG.

On May 10, Government and Public Policy program alum Jaime Sigarán, B.A. ’14, led the Maryland delegation on Capitol Hill during Healthy Ocean Hill Day. Jaime, representing The Ocean Foundation where he works as Sponsorship Program Associate, and five other citizen activists representing a wide range of organizations from across the state, addressed the issues of offshore drilling, plastics, coastal resilience and appropriations. “We made steady progress in ensuring members of Congress do not drill in the Atlantic and strongly oppose cutting vital EPA and NOAA programs like the National Estuary Program and Marine Debris,” Jaime said.

Jaime Sigarán, B.A. ’14 (third from right) and his fellow Healthy Ocean Hill Day teammates

Jaime Sigarán, B.A. ’14 (second from right) and his Health Ocean Hill Day teammates with U.S. Senator for Maryland Chris Van Hollen (third from left)

On May 17, Alan Lyles, who is a professor in both the School of Health and Human Services and the School of Public and International Affairs, as well as the Henry A. Rosenberg Professor of Government, Business and Nonprofit Partnerships, participated in a panel discussion on access to medicines held at Università degli Studi di Palermo in Palermo, Italy. Prof. Lyles’ professional interests focus on pharmaceutical economics and health policy—particularly on policies and practices to improve access to high cost, innovative medicines such as those for hepatitis C (HCV).

Learn more about Prof. Lyles.

Professor Alan Lyles

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Check out the latest accomplishments from our fantastic College of Public Affairs students and alumni…

Shilesha Bamberg, soon-to-be graduate of the M.S. in Negotiations and Conflict Management program, has been selected as the student speaker at the spring 2017 commencement ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, May 24 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. For more information on spring graduation, visit www.ubalt.edu/commencement.


Brandee Izquierdo, B.A. ’16, recently accepted a position with Behavioral Health System Baltimore as Associate Director for Special Populations. “I’m excited to face new challenges and change, utilize my skills that I have been acquiring through my education, and hope to make a positive impact on the City of Baltimore,” Brandee said. Brandee is currently a student in the M.P.A. program, which she started as an undergraduate Government and Public Policy major through UB’s accelerated bachelor’s to master’s learning option.

Carlie Ortiz, a UB at the Universities at Shady Grove graduate student studying Health Systems Management, was selected as one of the recipients of the Academic and Community Excellence Award for graduate and professional students at USG. Carlie was recommended for the award by her program director, Tina DiFranco, who submitted a glowing letter of recommendation detailing Carlie’s many commitments to the program and to her community. Carlie and her fellow award recipients will be recognized at USG’s Graduation Gala on Friday, May 12.

William Resh, M.P.A. ’07, was named co-winner of the 2015 Book of the Year award by the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Section of Public Administration Research for his publication, Rethinking the Administrative Presidency: Trust, Intellectual Capital, and Appointee-Careerist Relations in the George W. Bush Administration. After graduating from UB, William went on to earn his Ph.D. at American University in Washington, D.C. He is now an assistant professor in the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Erika Rodriguez, a student in the Global Affairs and Human Security graduate program, was recently awarded a $500 stipend through the CPA Dean’s Student Professional Development Fund to participate in a Human Rights Delegation traveling to Bogotá and Medellin, Colombia this summer. Participating in the delegation will be an opportunity for Erika to learn firsthand about the decades-long conflict through meetings with government officials, community experts, and human rights officials.

Erika’s interest in the conflict in Colombia started when she taught English there in 2014, prior to beginning her master’s program at UB. Since then, she has tailored her studies toward peacebuilding and post-conflict Colombia in the hopes of using her knowledge to one day work for an organization that has that same mission.

Lauren Samuelsen, M.A. ’15, a graduate of the Global Affairs and Human Security program, recently landed a position as a Research Assistant at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Center at the University of Maryland. The START Center maintains a prominent terrorism database that is widely regarded as the gold standard in terrorism incident collection. Lauren is currently working on a project involving the threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials falling into the wrong hands.