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ABOUT The School of Public Affairs and Administration of the University of Kansas engages in the study and practices of planning, policy and management, in public places, from the perspectives of democratic values, social justice, and sustainability. DIRECTOR Rosemary O’Leary COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER Ruth DeWitt LAYOUT & DESIGN Kristina Clark PHOTOGRAPHY KU Marketing & Communications Dan Videtich Molly Harmon Photography

CONTACT The School of Public Affairs & Administration 1445 Jayhawk Boulevard, 4060 Wescoe Hall Lawrence, KS 66045 785-864-3527


in this issue Dispatch 4 Director’s Message from Director Rosemary O’Leary

News 6 School Urban Planning Addition Director Change Social Justice & Mentoring Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

12 Events KCCM National Planning Conference IWPA KS Planning Conference NFBPA ICMA & KUCIMAT Banquet

26 Faculty Introducing New Faculty Highlights of 2017

32 By the Numbers Management 34 Public Center

Program News Emerging Leaders Academy Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Inside the CPM Curriculum

You SPAA 40 Thank Donors

18 Spotlights Alumni Students Donors



Director’s Dispatch DIRECTOR O’LEARY CATALYZES CHANGE AND GROWTH >> Dear Friends, t has been a great year for the School of Public Affairs and Administration! As we approach our 70th anniversary next year, we are Stronger Than Ever. Our graduates may be found leading governments not only all over Kansas, but all over the United States. Building on our powerful heritage, this year we recruited thirteen exceptional local government MPA students, including some interested in tribal management. We continue to have a thriving cohort of MPA students who came to us to further state, federal, and nonprofit careers. 4


“We will continue to build on our strengths thanks to friends like you who support us . . .” Director Rosemary O’Leary


We welcomed five new doctoral students from all over the United States as well as 17 new Master's students in urban planning (MUP). Our undergraduate programs showed continued growth with most students interested in careers in public service. Our Public Management Center is training public officials in the far corners of the state. We continue to build on our strengths thanks to friends like you who support us with your time, mentorship of our students, and generous donations; through our faculty, who are receiving acclaim for their research, publications, teaching, and expertise in their fields; through our staff who continue to be the backbone of the School; and of course through our alumni, who are recognized nationally as top-tier practitioners in our nation’s governments.

First year Intern-Option MPA students with Infrastructure classmates in Topeka, Kansas.

I hope you enjoy reading about our year, and hope you conclude, as I do, we are Stronger Than Ever to embrace whatever opportunities our future holds. Rock Chalk!

Master's students in urban planning for Fall 2017.



Snow Hall: Home of the Urban Planning program

SCHOOL NEWS URBAN PLANNING PROGRAM JOINS SPAA >> ur biggest news in 2017 was the addition of the Urban Planning Program to our School. Their move from the School of Architecture and Design reflected common interests and strengths in public policy research among the faculty and students of the two programs. Reggie Robinson, former director of SPAA said, “The pairing of our programs places a remarkably powerful accent on the work we do to prepare our students for leadership at all levels, but especially local government where urban planning is critical. This combination is a natural that enables us to double-down on our signature local government emphasis. In addition, we look forward to seizing the exciting new opportunities this shift presents for us to partner on curriculum, degrees and research.�

Before the boxes were unpacked, we knew it was a great fit for both faculty and students. We are proud we can now offer a master's in urban planning degree with concentrations in Housing & Development, Sustainable Land Use, and Transportation Planning.



SPAA WELCOMES A NEW DIRECTOR >> n August, Rosemary O’Leary, Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor, became the School Director of, and our former director, Reggie Robinson, moved to the chancellor’s office as the vice chancellor of public affairs. While it was sad to lose Reggie from our offices in Wescoe, we know it is a terrific move for him, KU, and our School, as we have a familiar friend in Strong Hall.

Rosemary O’Leary

Reggie Robinson

The faculty and staff are confident the School is in good hands under Rosemary’s leadership. An alum of SPAA herself (MPA 1982), she is a well-respected voice and scholar in public management. Just before assuming the director’s role, O’Leary received the trifecta of career achievement awards in public management. Her first stop was in Budapest, where she received the Routledge Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Management Research from the International Research Society for Public Management. That was followed by the Keith Provan Award for Outstanding Contribution to Empirical Theory by the Academy of Management; and the Frederickson Award for Lifetime Achievement and Continuous Contributions to Public Management Research over an Extended Career, given by the Public Research Management Association. She was previously awarded the only two other lifetime awards in the field, the Waldo award in 2014 and the Gaus award in 2016. She is the only person in the public management field to hold all five career achievement awards. She has enjoyed leading this talented group of faculty, students, and staff this semester and looks forward to the years to come. Rosemary welcomes feedback and ideas any time at



NEWS CONNECTING SOCIAL JUSTICE WITH MENTORING >> rofessor Shannon Portillo and her colleagueS wanted answers. In discussions one day, they realized academics had no shared definition of “justice”. With funding they secured from the National Science Foundation, they embarked on a research project and brought together thirty academics at various stages in their career to discuss how we conceptualize and measure justice in sociolegal scholarship. The Sociolegal Justice Project (SJP) was born. They collected articles with “justice” in the title, keywords, or abstract from the top three publications in law and society: Law and Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, and Law & Policy. They developed a system to code their data, and then assembled a team of undergraduates to help. SJP used a nested mentorship model that Shannon advocates and uses to teach research skills to students. Nested mentorship uses a “see, hear, do” approach. Students “see” a research project from its inception to completion. They are exposed to the first drafts, revisions, obstacles, and changes in order to learn the value of revising, the necessity of adaptation, and the importance of working together throughout the process. When “hearing” they are learning from their peers – research assistants who are just senior to them. They are exposed to a variety of people and perspectives: faculty, other graduate students, and even undergraduates who are involved in the research. Then they “do.” Shannon increases their responsibilities gradually, and they become part of a team with other students who will help them. Participating in research with peers brings the academic theory of the classroom to life and empowers the students. Students from the Sociolegal Justice Project research team celebrate the end of a productive semester. 8



Nicole Humphrey at the Kansas State Capitol Building,

Nicole Humphrey, one of Shannon’s students, recently submitted her views on nested mentoring for the Consortium of Law and Justice Program’s blog:

“They (senior students) were in our same position not long ago, so they were able to provide a lot of insight on the process and answer questions that we didn’t want to bother our professor with. This structure provided me with support and accountability – two essential components to completing any research project.” Nicole’s work on the SJP spurred her own research project and she is now a doctoral candidate in our School, using the nested mentoring model with a student working on her research project.




Professors Ward Lyles (at right) and Shannon Portillo work with a group during a Diversity Scholars meeting. 10



e are proud to report on the School’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts this year with the creation and adoption of the SPAA Diversity Strategic Plan. The plan sets three goals, all with very realistic, clear, and measurable sub-initiatives and evaluation tools. The goals of the SPAA Diversity Plan are: 1. Recruiting and retaining students from traditionally underrepresented groups 2. Recruiting and retaining faculty and staff from traditionally underrepresented groups 3. Fostering an inclusive climate throughout the School for students, staff, and faculty Within these goals there are more specific sub-initiatives. We have created a diversity committee, which consists of at least three faculty members, and produces an annual report to the director regarding progress the School made in DEI initiatives. The plan further encourages outreach, training, mentoring, and engagement with campus DEI initiatives and affinity groups. We are also proud to report our own associate professor, Shannon Portillo was a leader with the University-wide DEI efforts and currently serves as a facilitator for the Diversity Scholars Program (DSP).

The DSP is an initiative born out of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Group that was created following a town hall on “Race, Responsibility, and Free Speech� hosted by then Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little in the Fall of 2015. The program is a year-long faculty seminar through the Center for Teaching Excellence in which participants meet monthly to discuss incorporating attention to diversity and inclusive practices, materials, and content in their classes. Over the year, each Diversity Scholar develops a plan for a new or redesigned course, and a plan for outreach and collaboration activities to facilitate inclusive teaching and mentoring in their programs. Assistant professor of urban planning Ward Lyles was a Diversity Scholar last year, and worked to evaluate, and redesign his Quantitative Methods course. Recognizing the importance equity issues have in urban planning efforts, he used the tools learned in the program to examine the climate (context and relationships for learning), the pedagogy (his teaching methods), and the content (types of authors on the reading list, etc.) of his classes to reframe his syllabus, course expectations, reading lists, and more. His efforts inspired him to work with an urban planning student, and together they created a syllabus checklist for other faculty members. The checklist is being promoted by the Center for Teaching Excellence for university-wide use.



SCHOOL EVENTS KANSAS CITY/COUNTY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE >> e hosted the 68th annual spring Kansas City/ County Management Conference April 27-28 in Lawrence, which brought together 150 attendees from across the state. The program opened with a keynote presentation by Mark Funkhouser, Publisher of Governing magazine, who offered a national perspective on the state of public sector after the 2016 election. Panels addressed post-election issues at the local level in Kansas; changes in the media (both print and social) and how local government agencies can and must find their voice in the new landscape; what interns can offer to local governments; and lessons learned from military experience that can be applied to community building. Attendees also heard from KU’s Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor on “Community Building in an Age of Precarity.” Dr. Getha-Taylor emphasized the need to regard the ability to build connections as a core leadership competency for today’s public managers. Within organizations, the ability to create a shared sense of identity through relationships contributes to staff engagement and supports individuals’ needs for connection in an era where people are shouldering significant burdens. Out in the community public managers can similarly play a critical role as bridge builders if they invest in learning the skills for doing so.





ayhawk Planners presented several sessions in New York City for the National Planning Conference in May. Congratulations to our following planners who shared their experiences with the conference participants: Faculty: • Associate Professor Bonnie Johnson, with Professor Brian Ohm of UW Madison, conducted a session "Leading with Staff Reports," which made the top ten list of sessions at the 2017 National Planning Conference. • Bonnie Johnson, AICP "Planners, Managers, and Ethics: When Cultures Collide" • Bonnie Johnson, AICP "Leading with Staff Reports" • Mark White "What do we do Post Reed?" (White teaches planning law for KU UBPL) • Bradley Wolf "Armor Boulevard Reborn!" (Wolf is a regular historic preservation planner that our students shadow) Alumni: • Cade Hobbick, AICP "Community Safety: Its Simplicity & Complexity" • Triveece Penelton, AICP "Successful Fair Housing Engagement Strategies" • Silvia Vargas, AICP "Protecting the Water You Drink" Students: • Adam Weigel "Pedestrian Level of Service for Small Cities" poster

Graduation May 2017. Another flock of Jayhawk Planners takes flight.

2016 GRADUATE WINS OUTSTANDING PLANNING AWARD >> ongratulations to urban planning graduate Taylor Plummer. Taylor (MUP 2016) was part of the Oschner Hare and Hare team to win the Outstanding Plan Award at the 2017 Missouri APA Conference for the Downtown Salina Renaissance Plan. Taylor Plummer as a student showing off her final site planning project at the conference.

• Tresa Carter & Kyle Kobe "Planning for a Divided Community" poster KU SPAA REVIEW 2017


INSPIRING WOMEN IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION >> n July, 269 people came together at the Kansas City Convention Center for the 2017 Inspiring Women in Public Administration Conference, “Strength in Diversity. Diversity in Strengths.” With this theme, the conference planning committee sought to create a program that would support attendees in their work to truly value and embrace the variety of experiences and identities present in our workplaces and communities. Morning keynote speaker Monika Black from Tandem Spring engaged the group around “Authentically Leading Through Strengths,” offering a model of leadership in which each individual is able to bring their whole self, including both character strengths and cultural strengths, to bear on the challenges and opportunities before us and open new ways forward. The conference closed with the keynote presentation “Leadership Redux” by KU Provost Neeli Bendapudi. Neeli drew on eastern and western leadership philosophies and her own experiences to offer insights on being a non-normative leader—the atypical member of a leadership team—a situation many women face in their leadership roles.

Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, July 13, 2018 Kansas City Convention Center






Jayhawk planners gathered for their traditional conference photo with program alumni. Current MUP student, Nikhila Gunda (at far left) won the 2017 New Horizon (Individual) award.

KANSAS PLANNING CONFERENCE 2017 >> ctober 19-20 Jayhawk planners gathered in Salina for the 2017 Kansas Planning Conference. Success started early for the group. Recent graduate Adam Weigel and his co-presenter, Helen Schnoes won the Planning Slam! Antonio Garcia, Thomas Dow, and Don Stone participated in student speed networking. Professor Bonnie Johnson lead a workshop, "Temperature Taking," about surveying citizens and gathering ideas. Bonnie Johnson and Thomas WorkerBraddock (alumn) presented on the revamped American Institute of Certified Planners and exam preparation the second day. Nikhila Gunda, current MUP student, won the 2017 New Horizon (Individual) award for her work on "Addressing Community Interests to Develop a Transit Center in Lawrence, Kansas." Professors Bonnie Johnson and Ward Lyles also lead a session about ethics, discrimination, and addressing privilege. 14


NFBPA >> n November, we were delighted to host members of the Executive Leadership Institute of the National Forum of Black Public Administrators for a two-day Institute. Professor Emeritus John Nalbandian has directed this program for ten years, and NFBPA maintains KU as a favorite destination because of the terrific programming and the warm Kansas welcome they receive. This year’s group heard from SPAA faculty Chuck Epp, Jacob Fowles, Kirk McClure, and Rosemary O’Leary. They had a reception at Rosemary O’Leary’s home and a private tour at the Jazz and Negro League museums in Kansas City, followed by a dinner hosted by Gerald Smith, President of the Kansas City NFBPA Chapter. The program also included a powerful panel discussion about ways race and culture make a difference in managing communities by Barak Matite, City Manager of Eudora, KS and Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Reggie Robinson. A highlight of the two-day visit was an intimate discussion with former Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little about her journey from Beaufort, South Carolina to Chancellor of KU.

Members of the Executive Leadership Institute of NFBPA with former KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little.

The 2017 ICMA Conference was in goregous San Antonio, Texas. Next year's conference will be in Baltimore, Maryland.


Mark Watson (MPA '78) recieves the KUCIMAT Lifetime Achievement Award.

KUCIMAT President Craig Owens presents the Managerial Excellence Award to Hannas Zacharias (MPA '88).

Kelly Dumais (MPA '17) recieves the Intern Excellence Award from John Nalbandian at the graduation reception.

t was hard to miss the Jayhawk presence at the International City Management Conference (ICMA) in San Antonio.

We were honored to see many School alumni receiving recognition from ICMA: Craig Weinhaug received the Cookingham Career Development Award for his success in mentoring young talent in the field of city management; Beth Linn, received the Community Partnership Award for communities under 10,000 for the Learning and Career Center in Edgerton, KS; and Ed Zuercher received the Community Engagement Award for communities over 50,000, for the Phoenix/Tucson Water Exchange program.

We enjoyed a reunion of old friends at our annual KUCIMAT banquet on Sunday night, and congratulated the three KUCIMATS who were chosen by their peers for the following awards:

Our first-year MPA intern students were busy with interviews and meeting alumni. Our secondyear MPA students, many of whom are serving as interns in communities around the country, met for seminars and to share their experiences as they put their academic work into practice.

• Mark Watson: the KUCIMAT Lifetime Achievement Award • Hannas Zacharias: the KUCIMAT Managerial Excellence Award • Kelly Dumais: the Intern Excellence Award KU SPAA REVIEW 2017


ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT OFFICER JONATHAN WESTBROOK, KANSAS CITY, KANSAS POLICE DEPARTMENT >> e recently learned that Jonathon Westbrook, (MPA ’15) has been appointed to serve on the Kansas Human Rights Commission. Jonathan was kind enough to share a little information about himself and his time here at KU.

in the nation. I researched and saw what some of the School’s alumni had accomplished postgraduation and figured their education had something to with their success, and I wanted to be part of that.

JW: I’ve always been a fan of the KU. I first visited the campus while in middle school through the TRIO program. After graduating with my bachelor's, a mentor strongly suggested I follow up with my MPA and she also noted that the program had a top ranking

DD: Was your appointment a surprise, or did you intentionally seek an appointment?

DD: Can you share a memory about the KU Directors Dispatch: When did you start with MPA program? the KCK police department? JW: My fondest memory from the KU MPA Westbrook: I started my career with the program was the opportunity to see Bill KCKPD in March of 2007. I am a patrol officer, Clinton speak on the campus. He offered and currently assigned as a youth mentoring words of inspiration and encouragement. program coordinator for the department. DD: Tell us about your appointment to the KS DD: Where did you attend undergrad and what Human Rights Commission. did you study? JW: I’ll be serving a four year term as JW: I graduated from Donnelly College in the commissioner of the Human Rights Kansas City Kansas with my Bachelor's in Commission. I was appointed by Governor Organizational Leadership in 2013. Brownback on September 26, 2017. My term started immediately. I also was appointed by DD: What inspired you to get an MPA, and why Kris Kobach to the African American Affairs KU? Commission.



JW: I’m still not sure how my name was brought before anyone. I’ve been involved in some political groups and outreach and I


assume someone I may have met in passing thought enough of me to nominate me. I’ve always sought other ways to give back and get involved, so once I was notified of the opportunity I did whatever it took to make it happen. The process is fairly intensive; with a very thorough background check completed by the KBI lots of paperwork that required some research on my past. DD: How does it tie in with your job as an officer for KCK police? JW: There is no direct tie in to my job as an officer other than public service, and pursuing equity and equal access for all citizens for the state. DD: What you hope to accomplish on the commission? JW: I’ve been blessed with a heart and opportunities to serve. Throughout my tenure as commissioner, I desire to learn as much as I can, serve those whom I represent, and make the future Kansas a better place for my family, friends and neighbors to work and live.




2017 RWJF CULTURE OF HEALTH PRIZE WINNER >> n September, Dave Toland (MPA '01) received the Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health prize for his work in founding Thrive Allen County, Kansas. Allen County was listed near the bottom of healthy counties in Kansas when Toland founded Thrive and set a goal to make it the healthiest rural county in the state.



In three years, volunteers, armed with little more than Kansas pride and community spirit, they have: • kept a hospital in their community and renovated it to a state of the art facility • reduced the number of uninsured • started difficult dialogues on race and poverty • cleared miles of trails for outdoor activity • brought books and food to children in need • turned abandoned buildings into community centers and co-op grocery stores This story (featured here) is an inspiration and leaves no doubt why this community's effort was recognized by the RWJF.


Local residents take a community bike ride from Humboldt to Iola on the new Southwind Rail Trail.

Sunday Soups event at the Presbyterian Church in Iola, Kansas. Volunteers serve meals and build relationships.

A poster asking "How's Our Health?" hangs near the town square in downtown Iola, Kansas.

Iola's Elm Creek Community Garden at dawn.

A PLANNER EXTRAORDINAIRE! >> ongratulations to Silvia Vargas AICP, honored as a 2017 Distinguished Alumn from the KU School of Architecture and Design. Silvia Vargas, (bachelor's in architectural studies, 1991; MUP, 1993) is now president of Silvia E.Vargas Community Planning. Silvia's focus has been on the creation of urban plans that represent the consensus of a community's priorities. She has been a project manager and team leader for more than 15 years, directing the creation of plans and implementation tools such as urban design guidelines and zoning code updates in the U.S. and abroad. She's an elected member of the American Institute of Certified Planners Commission (AICP's governing body) and past Chair of the Gold Coast, Florida Section of the American Planning Association. Silvia was also the 2016 national APA award winner for a Grassroots Initiative! KU SPAA REVIEW 2017




helsea Ren Morton, a second year MPA student, is currently interning with the Kansas League of Municipalities. This summer she was responsible for updating the Youth Civic Education program. Chelsea’s work in revising the program, making it more relevant to youth, and adding a social media component has been applauded by groups all over the state. We asked Chelsea for some background on the program and to tell us more about herself and her experiences. Q. Where did you attend undergraduate school and what are your degrees? CRM: I moved to Lawrence, KS nearly ten years ago to attend KU for my undergraduate. I have a bachelor's degree in anthropology and a bachelor's in women, gender, & sexuality studies. My focus was theory and I obtained my research certification. Q. Why did you decide to get an MPA? Why KU? CRM: After graduating I moved to Morocco briefly; then returned to work for four years at the local domestic violence center. While working in the antiviolence field, I had the opportunity to attend the Emerging Leaders Academy through KU’s Public Management Center. There I was exposed to the structural component of our lives and I began to understand the work I wanted to invest in for gender equity and anti-violence were really policy choices. I chose to pursue an MPA so I would be able to participate in those conversations. I chose KU because it has the #1 ranked program in the country, it was my alma mater, and I knew I would receive a quality education because of the phenomenal faculty. 22


Q. What has your experience been like so far? CRM: I can honestly say obtaining my MPA has revolutionized my life and helped me become a fullparticipating member of society. Each of my professors has truly opened up my world in terms of understanding ethics, equity, the tensions between values and interests, and what my role in those conversations ought to be. Q. How did you get placed at the League Of Kansas Municipalities, and what were your expectations for your internship?

SPOTLIGHTS CRM: At the end of the first year of the program, I was working for the Johnson County Airports while still searching for a full-time internship that would move my career in the direction of policy. The League’s Communications Manager, Megan Gilliland, ran into our School’s advisor at the Capitol and mentioned to him that they were still interested in hosting an intern for the coming year. Our advisor sent my information to her, and she called me to ask if I would be interested in working for them for the second year of the program. I said, “Absolutely!” and two weeks later I started with the League. Per our initial discussion, I knew I would be involved in program development, policy committees, and working with cities across the state for their training needs.

Q. When do you graduate, and what are your plans after graduation?

Q. Tell us about the Youth Civic Education program. What was your role, and why did you design it the way you did?

Q. Can you share some of your favorite MPA memories?

CRM: When I started at the League, my first task was to update their Youth Civic Education program. It had needed updating for a few years, and staff wanted to grow the program to include lesson plans. Working with staff who have been involved with the program since its inception, we completely redesigned it to give it a modern feel, included web resources to make the material come alive, and did our best to bridge what youth discuss with the topics that preoccupy adults. We expanded our social media to include Pinterest and Instagram, structured the materials with more information on policy, and diversified the resources to appeal to the many groups in our communities.

CRM: Aside from the lively conversations in class, the great projects, being with my cohort, and attending ICMA, I would have to say that one of my favorite experiences has been presenting before boards. We did a simulation of a board presentation in the fall of our first year, and then in the spring I had the opportunity to present before the Johnson County Commissioners twice. It is a wonderful feeling to prepare and then present your policy brief or program. I am looking forward to having similar experiences at the League.

Q. Is there a link to the materials or a website we can point people to? CRM: Absolutely. The materials are FREE to download. Simply visit our website at, click on “Resources” then “Education.” We hope the materials are useful, not only in a school setting, but for families, community groups, and personal learning for kids of all ages from one to 99-plus.

CRM: I will graduate in May 2018 (6 months!). I will continue at the League as assistant to the executive director where I will be more involved in policy committees, program development, executive search services, and working with cities to meet their resource needs.




DOCTORAL STUDENTS t’s not all work for our SPAA doctoral students. Here they are enjoying a night out on the town together just as the semester gets underway.

Doctoral students spend time together at Merchants Pub & Plate restaurant in downtown Lawrence, Kansas

ART, PLANNING, & POETRY >> tudents in History and Theory of Planning visited our Study Center at the Spencer Museum of Art and wrote haiku inspired by prints and photographs relating to the beginnings of urban planning and industrialization. Jamarcus Magee and Ryan Pearson wrote this poem in response to this print:

Sticks coming out of water Building on the verge of falling apart Charles Meryon, "La Pompe Notre-Dame (The Notre Dame Pump)," 1852, etching, drypoint, Gift from the John and Ann Talleur Collection, 2001.0160 24


Asking for a bad day


donor spotlight PROFESSOR EMERITUS JOHN NALBANDIAN SHARES “WHY I GIVE” >> hen people ask me why I give to the School of Public Affairs and Administration, I say, “I am not giving; I am giving back.” And I mean that sincerely. I owe so much to the School, which for me started as a specialization within the Political Science Department.

“There is no greater alumni association I know of than KUCIMATS, and I am so proud to be a small part of your professional life and to help support those yet to come.” It has grown so much, and I have grown with it—not only as a professional, but as a person. Honestly, as I look back, I have been privileged to have been in the classroom with so many of you and to watch your careers develop, your friendships endure, your welcoming of today’s students as you once were welcomed into the fold. There is no greater alumni association I know of than KUCIMATS, and I am so proud to be a small part of your professional life and to help support those yet to come. Note: John has funded a scholarship in his father’s name and has created a bequest to enhance that scholarship and add to the John and Carol Nalbandian fund.

Your gifts to us may be tax-deductible, and go to support the school, its programming and students. Please consider giving to us today, so we may continue to grow and offer the best possible experiences for our students. KU SPAA REVIEW 2017




e are proud to welcome Dr. Sarah Deer to our faculty. Sarah Deer is a scholar, activist and educator who, throughout her career, has centered her work on the selfdetermination and dignity of survivors of violence against Native American women. Sarah joined the SPAA faculty this fall and has a joint appointment with the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. She is a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, also called “the genius award,” and a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Her efforts were instrumental in the passage of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. Sarah received her bachelor’s and law degrees from KU. In April, she was inducted into the KU Women’s Hall of Fame. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of federal Indian law and victims’ rights. She is a co-author of four textbooks on tribal law and her latest book, The Beginning and End of Rape: Confronting Sexual Violence in Native America, has received several awards. Her work on violence against Native women has received national recognition from the American Bar Association and the Department of Justice. She is also the Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals.

NAPA FELLOW INDUCTION CHUCK EPP >> rofessor Chuck Epp was inducted as a Fellow into the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). This brings the number of full-time faculty at the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration who are members of NAPA to eight. Photo L-R: Reggie Robinson, Marilu Goodyear, Chuck Epp, & Steven Maynard-Moody 26



Dorothy Daley worked with colleagues across the country and organized a successful population health conference that was held at the University of Texas, Austin in October.

This conference, "Improving Population Health: Now, Across People’s Lives, and Across Generations to Come," provided an opportunity for population health researchers, policy makers, journalists, and a range of professionals to discuss cutting edge population health research and its application to improve the nation’s health and well-being. More than 400 people registered for this meeting. It was the third population health meeting that Dorothy has planned with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Each meeting has been designed to highlight innovative population health research and build bridges between researchers and practitioners. More information about all three meetings is available here.

ALESHA DOAN Alesha Doan is the lead researcher on a three-year grant (2016-2019) from the Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health, to develop and implement policies and prevention programs addressing the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project uses a regionally focused and public health framework approach, designed to build and strengthen institutional level capacity and momentum to strategically change, prevent, and respond to sexual assault at colleges and universities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.


Chuck Epp was elected Secretary of the Law & Society Association, the premier international scholarly association for the social scientific study of law, and was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. He co-authored “Beyond Racial Profiling,” with Steven Maynard-Moody and Donald HaiderMarkel, the lead article in a special issue of Public Administration Review on racial disparities in policing. He also presented his research on climate change litigation at an international conference in Oñati, Spain, and took on duties as director of the School’s PhD program. KU SPAA REVIEW 2017



Jacob Fowles was appointed as an associate editor for Public Administration Review, one of the top journals in the field. Jacob manages manuscripts related to education finance, education policy, and public finance. He published co-authored work in the American Behavioral Scientist, Research in Higher Education, and The Journal of Higher Education, among others. Jacob was awarded research grants from the Kauffman Foundation and collaborated on a research project with the Education Commission of the States that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Jacob also accepted a position as the associate director of KU's Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis, where he provides support to other KU faculty in writing grant proposals and conducting quantitative research.

HEATHER GETHA-TAYLOR Heather Getha-Taylor was selected as a University of Minnesota Hubert Project Fellow for 2017. The Hubert Project provides funding and support to create open-source multimedia learning materials that address contemporary public and nonprofit management topics. Dr. Getha-Taylor’s case, “Ripe for Change: Just Food’s Recovery after Executive Misconduct” The case (available here) details the Lawrence food bank’s experience with executive fraud and presents lessons learned on addressing and recovering from employee misconduct. KU MPA alum Heather Odell contributed to the development of the e-case. The case was presented at the 2017 Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

HOLLY T. GOERDEL Holly T. Goerdel received an award from the Public Management Research Association for her service to the organization as Director of the Secretariat for a more than a decade. As Holly eases out of that role, Heather Getha-Taylor will step up to fill her shoes. Holly’s students also continue making their mark with engaged scholarship from her courses, including, most recently, Pam Opoka of Mid America Reagional Council (MARC) who specifically incorporated public management scholarship to study, design, propose and implement MARC’s first region-wide peer support program for 911 dispatchers coping with secondary trauma after processing incidents. Read about the program here and here.


In addition to serving as associate vice chancellor at the KU Edwards Campus, Marilu Goodyear teaches Army special forces officers in the Interagency Studies Program at Fort Leavenworth which includes public administration courses in teh curriculum. She has been teaching innovation and organizational change in the program for the last five years. A student she taught five years ago recently emailed her to thank her for teaching him “the value of dissent” saying that he expects to be promoted to general in the next few years and this concept has been a key concept in his leadership profile. Given we are focused on campus it is easy to forgot the impact that faculty have on students and, in turn, the organizations those students work in.



FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS ALFRED HO Alfred Ho’s research and teaching continued to focus on government performance reform, e-government, and Big Data development. His article, “Government Communication Effectiveness and Satisfaction with Police Performance,” (co-authored with Wonhyuk Cho, a former postdoctoral fellow at KU), appears in Public Administration Review this year. His 2016 IBM report with a former KU MPA student, Bo McCall, on US Cities’ Big Data Initiatives, continued to get a lot of national and international attention. In June, Alfred also helped organize an international conference on comparative performance budgeting research in Beijing, China. Participants included many senior officials of the Chinese government and scholars from Australia, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and the Netherlands.

BONNIE JOHNSON Bonnie Johnson, along with Mary Kay Peck and Steven A. Preston (two planners with City Management Experience), co-authored the article “City Managers Have Ethics Too? Comparing Planning and City Management Codes of Ethics" that appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association. The article compared the codes of ethics from the American Institute of Certified Planners and the International City/ County Management Association and found they have much in common; commitments to equality, creativity, and diligence. But, there are differences in focus. Planners emphasize direct democracy, and managers are more attentive to representative democracy. Peck is the founding principal of MKPeck Associates and former president of the American Planning Association (APA) and Preston is the city manager of San Gabriel, CA and former president of the California Chapter of APA. Johnson, Peck, and Preston were also pleased to present their findings at the session, “Planners, Managers, and Ethical Collisions,” in May at the APA National Planning Conference in New York City.


Rachel Krause had articles accepted in the Journal of Public Administration and Theory, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Environmental Politics, and Urban Affairs Review. All of these articles are linked to her major research stream examining cities’ sustainability and climate efforts. They respectively consider the effect that organizational structure has on local climate and energy policy outputs, factors that influence the extent to which cities collaborate with other entities on these issues, the effect that terminating membership in a prominent local sustainability network has on local efforts, and how to deal with missing data in quantitative analyses of local environmental policies.



WARD LYLES Ward Lyles was the lead researcher on a team that studied 51 U.S. cities’ approach to adapting to climate change. Their findings concluded paradoxically, it is more effective to “start small” in order to lay the foundation for broader approaches later. Cities that begin with a narrower focus as part of planning for natural hazards appear to lay a stronger foundation for a more comprehensive approach down the line. Meanwhile, cities that start by tackling the comprehensive range of climate-related impacts initially may lack the focus needed to robustly address climate change impacts, like flooding and severe storms. Their research was published in The Journal of Environmental Planning and Management and the Harvard Business Review.

BRADLEY LANE Bradley Lane was elected vice-chair of the Transportation Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) at its most recent annual meeting in Boston in April. He will serve in that position for a two-year term until the 2019 Annual Meeting of the AAG, upon which he will assume the chair of the group for a two year-term. The Transportation Geography Specialty Group serves as the main international entity for encouraging and facilitating interactions among individuals who are interested in research, practice, and education of transportation geography related topics, and facilitates the advancement of the Journal of Transport Geography, which is one of the top-ranked journals in transportation.


Steven Maynard-Moody continues to serve as the director of the Institute for Policy and Social Research at KU. With Michael Musheno and Gitte Sommers, he is working on a manuscript tentatively titled "Re-Framing Frontline Work: Extending Street-level Bureaucracy Theory." Another article, co-authored with Chuck Epp and Don Haider-Markel titled “Beyond Profiling: The Institutional Sources of Racial Disparities in Policing,” was published in Public Administration Review.


Kirk McClure presented testimony before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as part of the hearing “America’s Housing Crisis: Challenges and Solutions.” He spoke on reforming the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Kirk’s testimony was taken from his research where he finds that the program is not producing housing units in a price range that serves low-income renters in need, and is adding housing to markets that already suffer from a surplus of housing. His testimony called for more rigorous market analysis, the power for states to exchange tax credit authority for voucher authority, and designing greater incentives to mixed-income housing.




FACULTY HIGHLIGHTS Ben Merriman completed the manuscript of his book Conservative Innovators, a study of statelevel resistance to federal power and policy over the last decade. The book has been making its way through the editorial process at the University of Chicago Press, and should go into production in 2018. This year he also published an article about a contentious regional administrative process in Politics & Society, and continued work on several related papers about the American judiciary’s engagement with social science and other forms of non-legal expertise.



Rosemary O’Leary finished a book titled Leading in Place: Leadership Through Different Eyes, co-authored with Rita Hilton, to be published by Routledge in 2018. Based on surveys and interviews of hundreds of women who lead without having positional authority, Rosemary hopes the book pushes the reader to think about how unconscious biases have influenced perceptions of leadership in research and organizations. They suggest leadership research should be updated to integrate 21st century realities by moving past both bias towards male prototypes as well as the ‘great women’ genre.

Shannon Portillo was one of five faculty members to receive the 2017 KU Mortar Board Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. This is an award the students give to the faculty, and serves as recognition of her impact on the students Shannon mentors and inspires. She was given the award on the court of Allen Fieldhouse during halftime of the men’s basketball game versus South Dakota State University on November 17, 2017.


In her own words, Stacey White says, “While it was far from a solo effort, my most memorable accomplishment of 2017 has been the successful move of the Urban Planning Program into SPAA. While no blood was shed, sweat and tears are another story. I am so happy to have turned this page in our program’s history. It feels like we are home, and I look forward to putting down additional roots in the years to come.” Stacey successfully represented KU Urban Planning before the Planning Accreditation Board at the 2017 Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. KU SPAA REVIEW 2017


SPAA by the NUMBERS COUNTING UP 2017 >> NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP >> Ranked #1 Graduate City Management and Urban Policy Program by U.S. News and World Report since 1998 803 alumni currently working in local and regional government around the country 8 faculty are National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) Fellows 5 faculty have been awarded National Science Foundation grants in the last three years

MPA PROGRAM >> Number of courses


Taught by full time faculty - 22 (66%) Taught by part time faculty - 11 (33%) Core Competencies


Taught by full time faculty - 18 (78%) Taught by part time faculty - 5 (22%) MPA STUDENT ADMISSION RATES >> Applicants: 65 students

1 faculty MacAurthur “Genius” Fellow

Admitted: 47

Enrolled: 42

Provided consulting and congressional testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program



Faculty conducting International field research in: England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Korea, China, Malaysia, and the Philippines 32


SPAA by the NUMBERS MPA STUDENT GRADUATION RATES >> Initially Enrolled: 40 Graduated in 2 years: 20 Graduated in 3 years: 27 Graduated in 4 years: 32 Total Graduated & persisting to graduation: 34


100% Master's in urban planning students successfully pass their thesis on the first attempt for years 2015, 2016, and 2017. URBAN PLANNING DEGREES AWARDED >>


2012 PLACEMENT RATES >> Out of 33 MPA Graduates in the 2015 - 2016 Academic Year: Number placed within 6 months of graduation: 33 ►Working in Federal Government: 2

• 6%

►State/Regional Government: 9

• 27%

► City/County/Local Government: 17

• 52%

► Domestic-oriented Non-profits: 5

• 15%


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MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR >> We also rolled out Collective Bargaining for Public Managers, a workshop designed to equip public managers who represent management to be effective in their bargaining roles and to support them in building agreements that work for all parties. Look for additional opportunities around both of these courses in 2018. Public Management Center Director Laura Howard

017 has been another great year for the PMC. Our core offerings, highlighted in these pages, continue to see strong enrollment and, more importantly, the feedback from participants and their agencies indicates that the time they’re spending in our classrooms is time well spent. We were proud to welcome KU’s new Chancellor, Doug Girod, to speak at our Kansas Certified Public Manager® (CPM) graduation at the State Capitol in Topeka on December 1 to help us recognize the efforts of the CPM graduates and welcome them into the larger Jayhawk family. We launched several new offerings this year as we heard from you about skills that were needed. Our Public Engagement Certificate brings participants together to learn how to create public engagement opportunities that minimize conflict and leverage citizen knowledge, ideas, and energy to address challenging problems.

In the realm of custom projects and consulting we supported organizations in a variety of ways. Just as examples:

• We provided a needs analysis for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, the association for primary care health clinics across the state; • We facilitated strategic planning processes for organizations, including the Raymore-Peculiar (Missouri) School District; • We offered customized training for the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the City of Lawrence, and the Kansas County Treasurer’s Association, to name just few; • We presented at conferences for the Kansas Rural Water Association, the Kansas Municipal Energy Association, and the Kansas Public Works Association.

As we look ahead, we see great things in store for 2018. We’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Kansas Certified Public Manager® Program.You’ll see us popping up across the state and KC region as we take our Supervisory Leadership Training on the road and work with a number of jurisdictions on strategic planning and community engagement projects. Let us know how we can be of service to you.



PROGRAM NEWS A NEW WAY TO GET THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT YOU NEED >> f you’ve registered for a course with us in the last few months, you’ve done so through our new ENROLE system. The live user interface is the culmination of several years of efforts carried largely by Cindy Jacobson, our project coordinator extraordinaire. Cindy represented the PMC on the committee led by KU IT for units needing a registration and client management system for tracking classes and events. She tirelessly represented our needs in the long process that moved from gathering requirements to selecting a vendor to customizing the tools to serve us well. We have been thrilled with how Enrole is already helping us internally and we hope it will prove equally beneficial to our customers.

Cindy with her daughter Presley, who’ll be 2 in February. Presley wasn’t even born yet when this project began! PHOTO BY: Molly Harmon Photography

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Emerging Leaders Academy - Spring class of 2017

ow in its 10th year, the Emerging Leaders Academy is still going strong. Targeted to non-supervisory/non-managerial staff, ELA supports succession planning and leadership development at public service agencies. The spring and fall 2017 sessions offered classes in Overland Park and Topeka and together served 93 participants from 23 organizations. We were particularly honored to welcome 12 participants from the Region VII of the Environmental Protection Agency for whom ELA served as a component of their internal Leadership Development Program. 2017 ELA PARTICIPANTS BY AGENCY TYPE >>




LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY >> n 2017, the PMC welcomed Leslee Rivarola as Program Manager for the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy. The Command School wrapped up its 4th year, with 21 graduates representing 19 Kansas law enforcement agencies of every level, location and size. The Supervisor School served participants from 27 agencies. We continued our practice of scheduling the Supervisor School to take place while the Command School is on campus at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center, allowing supervisors the opportunity to engage with the commanders around leadership issues as a component of the course. Together with the LELA Advisory Board, this year we also identified the need for a third LELA component, a 2-Day Foundation/Introduction to Supervision, which will launch in early 2018. This course will offer a brief introduction to tools and perspectives that drive successful leadership in the law enforcement context. We hope it will be of service to agencies across the state, but especially among small agencies who struggle to have staff away for longer training. 38


LELA POLICY PANELISTS >> • Kirk Thompson, Director, Kansas Bureau of Investigation • Wes Jordan, City Administrator and former Police Chief, Prairie Village • Andy Huckaba, Lenexa City Council • Tom Hongslo, Lenexa Police Chief



he CPM Public Policy class focuses on the meaning and importance of public policy for the public manager. The one day session is geared towards 1) Enhancing understanding of Public Policy and the Public Policy process; 2) Improving understanding of the differing roles between administrators and political actors; and 3) Providing basic tools for public managers to use in analyzing policy and engaging the public in the policymaking process. In 2017, the class also included panels at each location to offer perspectives on what it means/looks like in practice. “The instructors and programs at KU’s Public Management Center are an integral part of our leadership development program. The Emerging Leaders Academy, the Certified Public Manager Program, and the Law Enforcement Leadership Academy are all required courses for personnel seeking to develop their leadership skills, for newly promoted supervisors to develop skills for their new role, and for managers to support their continued growth. The KU PMC is a key leadership development partner for us.”


• Senator Laura Kelly (D), District 18 • Doug Gerber, Interim City Manager, City of Topeka • Kari Bruffett, Director of Policy, Kansas Health Institute • Patrick Woods, USD 501 School Board Member/ President and former state agency legislative liaison

Kansas City Metro

• Senator Barbara Bollier ( R) District 7 • Tanya Keys, Fairlawn City Council and Regional Director/ Missouri Department of Social Services • Andy Huckaba, Lenexa City Council • Carol Gonzales, City Manager, Shawnee, KS

Tony Weingartner (KU MPA 2010) Assistant Director Field Investigations Division Kansas Bureau of Investigation

Southeast Kansas

• Daron Hall, City Manager, City of Pittsburg • Senator Richard Hilderbrand (R) District 13 • Shawn Naccarato, Director of Governmental Relations, Pittsburg State University We thank the panelists for sharing their experiences with our classes. KU SPAA REVIEW 2017


THANK YOU SPAA DONORS A hearty thank you to all who donated to the School and our programs this year. Donations allow us to take advantage of opportunities and meet unforeseen needs. Your generosity and support are greatly appreciated.

2017 DONORS & SPONSORS >> Quintella D. M. Aitken American Society for Public Administration Jon M. Amundson Charles S. Anderson & Sherril Murrow Anderson Harold A. Anderson & Gloria J. Anderson Kristyn Smith Antonucci & Anthony A. Antonucci Stephen A. Arbo & Susan E. Arbo Kent R. Austin & Kelly Zagotta Austin Michael D. Baker Stephen R. Bartelt George K. Baum & Company James L. Becklenberg Dale W. Bell & Linda L. Bell Tamara M. Bennett Raymond P. Botch Jr. Adam Bremen Katherine W. Caffrey Donald R. Cawby 40


Richard B. Chesney & Marcia Chesney William M. Christopher & Ann Christopher Christian T. Clegg Angela Harness Cline Brenda Love Collins Columbia Capital Management, LLC David L. Corliss & Sarah Roecker Corliss David A. Covington & Mary Jane Little Cathy L. Daicoff Karen L. Davis Craig W. Dawson David B. Dillner Dole Institute of Politics Danielle Dulin Christopher C. Engel Marc J. Farrar William B. Ferguson & Michelle Mendoza Ferguson Laura A. Fitzpatrick Michael B. Forrest & Christina A. Forrest Millinda R. Fowles & Jacob T. Fowles Marc B. Frey Gamble & Schlemeier, LTD Pat Girten & Kelly A. Greunke Marilu Goodyear GovHR USA, LLC La Verta E. Bostwick Greve & Robert P. Greve Katherine Hays Gunja Michael L. Guttman Elizabeth Boen Habkirk Meredith F. Hauck

SPAA DONORS Robert L. Herchert & Linda K. Herchert

Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders

Donald D. Herrman

Stephen N. Paige & Jacolin L. Montfoort-Paige

David G. Hooper & Priscilla Glinsky Hooper

Catherine Tuck Parrish

Lesley Laub Huizenga, PhD & Scott M. Huizenga

W. Mark Pentz & Connie J. Pentz

Ray Hummert & Mary Higgins Hummert, PhD

Jan C. Perkins

International City/County Management Association

Mark C. Perkins & Kelly Perkins

Susan M. Irza

Jeffrey D. Plinsky & Sarah E. Plinsky

Gregory S. Johnson & Lyndsay Johnson

Justin J. Pregont & Melinda A. Pregont

Matthew D. Jordan & Carrie Jordan

Rev. Mabel Rexroat Rice

City of Kansas City, Missouri

Randall K. Riggs & Cynthia L. Riggs

Kathleen Scanlon Killen

Reginald L. Robinson & Jane M. Robinson, DNP

Robert A. Kipp & Deborah Y. Kipp

Steven R. Rogers

Sharon G. Klumpp

Mark A. Rohloff

Diana R. Koslowsky

Dwayne P. Sackman & Karen K. Sackman

Beth F. Krishtalka

Bluma R. Schechter


Alan J. Shorthouse & Leslie J.Shorthouse

Kutak Rock LLP

Gayle A. Sims & Alan E. Sims

Karen Lee

Sarah Shain Slegers & David W. Slegers

Teri L. Legner

Peter P. Souza

Bennie L. Lewis & Associates, LLC

Edwin A. Stene & Sally L. Stene

Bob & Linda Livingston

Robyn Gramlich Stewart

Sherilyn L. Lombos

Brian J. Stoddard & Diane Cook Stoddard

Claude D. Malone Jr. & Mary M. Malone

Gregory R. Stopka

Management Partners Inc.

Mark D. Strand

John G. Manahan & Patricia N. Manahan, PhD

Eric S. Stuckey

Barack T. Matite

Karen Conard Tappan

David S.T. Matkin, PhD

Marianne A. Tennant & Stephen V. Tennant

Jennifer A. May

Toto NYC Inc.

Brent McFall

Melissa Valadez-Cummings

Alyssa A. Mcmullin

Chris Vanatta & Page S.Vanatta

Carl J. Mies & Cindy Chesney Mies

Scott Vanatta

Justin J. Miller & Dianne Lord Miller

Phillip J.Wagner

Dennis V. Mitchell

Jeff T. White

Kelly McAdoo Morariu

Brian W. Wilcox & Amy R.Wilcox

Victor C. Moser

Mike Wildgen & Linda DeMarais Wildgen

John Nalbandian, PhD

Christine Dudgeon Wilson & Lawrence B. Wilson

The Novak Consulting Group Inc.

Women Leading Government

Rosemary O'Leary, PhD & Larry D. Schroeder, PhD

Curtis H.Wood, PhD Kirk A. Zoellner



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KU Public Affairs and Administration Annual Review 2017  
KU Public Affairs and Administration Annual Review 2017  

Contains information updated through the end of the calendar year.