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elcome to Impact, our inaugural College of Public Policy magazine highlighting the many exceptional things going on in our College—the impact that our faculty, students, and staff are making near and far. One of the major rewards of being Dean is seeing how our teaching, research, service, and community engagement help transform lives and foster opportunities for our students, the local community, and organizations with whom we work. To boot, we get to do this work in beautiful San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the country, and at UTSA, a dynamic and major Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) making major strides to become a Tier-One University. The College of Public Policy aims to elevate its academic standing while making a favorable difference in people’s lives. The College of Public Policy stresses five goals: student success, national visibility, diversity, internationalization, and community engagement. As you will read in the following pages, our faculty contribute to these goals through their superb teaching, research, service, and community engagement. The College of Public Policy helps students transform their lives by providing a supportive academic environment where they develop their skills, find their passion, complete their




studies, and go on to have productive lives and make important contributions to their communities and society. We provide our undergraduate students with a first-rate education through which they gain significant academic training related to the practice and issues of criminal justice and public administration. Our students also have opportunities to work as interns locally and nationally to gain practical experience and apply knowledge gained in the classroom. Our students also have the chance to study abroad in Spain and Mexico. As our students relate in this magazine, these lifetransforming experiences are invaluable, for they broaden students’ understanding of criminal justice, public administration, public policy, and public service. We provide our graduate students advanced training through master’s degrees in criminal justice and criminology; public administration; and social work. We also offer a doctoral degree in applied demography. Innovative graduate seminars engage students, sharpen their analytical skills, and prepare them to make informed policy decisions in their fields of study. Take for instance, Jeff Coyle (MPA 2007, currently Director of Government and Public Affairs for the City of San Antonio), who is featured


in this magazine as our Alumnus of the Year. Jeff exemplifies the high quality of our graduates and the impact they are making through their work. We have excellent professors who are passionate about their students’ successes, enthusiastic about their research and the impact it has on the academic field and on improving lives, and engaged with community leaders, policymakers, and the people we serve. For example, Associate Dean Francine Romero initiated a program that invites high school students from schools in San Antonio and the region to visit our downtown campus to learn about our academic programs, opportunities, and careers in criminal justice and public administration. Many of these students will be the first in their families to attend college and such opportunities to connect are very important for them. Mike Gilbert, associate professor of criminal justice, retired in May. Various students quoted in this issue describe how he impacted their lives. Gilbert continues to be a national leader in the development of restorative justice, an innovative social-justice approach that represents an alternative to incarceration. Derek Plantenga, senior lecturer of social work, recently received the UTSA President’s




ADMINISTRATION Rogelio Sáenz, Ph.D. Dean Francine Romero, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies and Outreach Rob Tillyer, Ph.D. Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Lloyd Potter, Ph.D. Professor & Director, Institute for Demographic & Socioeconomic Research (IDSER) Roger Enriquez, J.D., Associate Professor & Director, Policy Studies Center DEPARTMENT CHAIRS Michael Smith, J.D., Ph.D. Criminal Justice


Lloyd Potter, professor of demography and director of the Institute for Demographic and Economic Research, is helping the Texas Department of Transportation and local Metropolitan Planning Organizations identify major transportation infrastructure needs. Heidi Rueda, assistant professor of social work, is researching teen dating violence and collaborating with a local agency to develop cultural heritage approaches to prevent and address issues of teen dating violence. These small previews provide a flavor of the work that is going on in the College of Public Policy and the impact that we are having on our students, the community, and people in the community and region. In the following pages of our inaugural issue of Impact, you will read in more detail how our faculty, students, graduates, and staff are advancing the College’s goals. We invite you to give us feedback on the contents of the magazine and to visit us anytime. We also extend an open invitation to the many community-wide lectures, town hall meetings, and public-policy forums that we host on a wide variety of issues impacting our community and larger society. Finally, we are extremely appreciative for any donations to help our students succeed, transform their lives, and broaden their horizons. Your support is vital in helping us achieve great things.

Civic Engagement



P. Johnelle Sparks, Ph.D. Demography Christopher Reddick, Ph.D. Public Administration Amy Chanmugam, Ph.D. Social Work CENTERS Policy Studies Center Institute for Demographic & Socioeconomic Research (IDSER) IMPACT STAFF Francine Romero, Ph.D. Executive Editor Michelle Skidmore Managing Editor Michelle Skidmore KC Gonzalez Jesus Chavez Kara Mireles Kate Hunger Nishita Maliek Contributing Writers Joaquin Herrera Maria Castro Design Michelle Skidmore Courtney Campbell Photography UTSA College of Public Policy 501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 458-2530


Distinguished Award for Teaching Excellence. One of his students shares the impact Plantenga has had on him and the passion he brings to the classroom. The College recently sponsored numerous community engagement activities. These have included a forum to provide support and valuable information for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, a town hall on sanctuary cities, a forum celebrating the 100th birthday of former U.S. Representative Henry B. Gonzalez, a local candidate forum, and a Constitution Café. Roger Enriquez, professor of criminal justice and director of the Policy Studies Center, in May, organized a Latino policy symposium that brought together nearly 100 people from throughout the state to discuss and develop a policy plan to improve the socioeconomic attainment of Latinos in Texas. Enriquez is also directing a project, in collaboration with coordinator Miguel Bedolla, which involves recruiting and preparing economically disadvantaged and first-generation high school students to pursue careers in the healthcare industry. Our faculty are also involved in important research that informs public policy. For example, Byongook Moon, professor of criminal justice, is leading a project examining the root causes and related factors associated with violence against teachers in middle and high schools.



By The Numbers 2 0 1 6 S P O N S O R E D R E S E A RC H



Research awards received

Research Proposals submitted

17 Active research projects

$3.5 million research grants & contracts

$761,278 in research awards




Published journal articles

Published book chapters


Byongook Moon, Criminal Justice professor

Addressing a silent national crisis: violence against teachers Each year, approximately 253,000 teachers are victims of some form of violence in schools, according to the American Psychological Association. Despite the high level of reported incidents, few scientific studies have been conducted that examine the scope, predictors and consequences of violence against teachers in the U.S. Byongook Moon, professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, and Roger Enriquez, associate professor and director of the Policy Studies Center, have received a nearly $360,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to embark on a two-year exploration of violence against teachers in Texas middle and high schools. This is the first longitudinal research in the United States conducted on teacher victimization. Moon and Enriquez are studying data on approximately 1,600 middle and high school teachers in a Texas county to examine the various types of violence that they may face in the course of their scholastic duties. This study and the data gathered, the researchers hope, will serve as resources for future policy decisions. The study is funded through the NIJ’s Comprehensive School Safety Initiative, a research-focused initiative to increase the safety of schools and students nationwide.

What makes a professional public servant? Defining what public managers actually do is challenging. Professors Christopher Reddick, Barbara C. McCabe, and Tansu Demir of the Department of Public Administration surveyed more than 1,000 city managers nationwide to find out what exactly makes a professional public servant. The researchers surveyed them about their attitudes and beliefs about their profession over the course of two years in order to identify shared characteristics that will help form a shared identity. Findings from the survey showed that most city managers believed strongly in the importance of public service and felt a strong sense of calling to their career. Researchers concluded public servants should place greater importance on strengthening professional associations and creating formal standards.


Meeting the needs for transportation planning Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer and professor in the Department of Demography, received a $500,000 contract from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to generate demographic profiles and data that are used by the Texas Department of Transportation and by local Metropolitan Planning Organizations as they try to determine where the growing population will move and consequently where the transportation infrastructure needs to be developed. Potter and his colleagues at the Texas Demographic Center also will be providing technical assistance to State and local transportation planners on topics related to projected

population. Their work also involves expanding demographic and socioeconomic information that is delivered through an internet site they developed (TxDOT One-Stop Demographic Analysis Tool) and analyzing and tabulating survey data on population commuting and driving patterns. “With rapid population growth occurring in many parts of our State, it is important that planners are using the most accurate data we can provide to ensure the infrastructure for tomorrow is built to meet growing needs,” Potter said. “Our work aims to ensure they have the demographic information they need to make the best decisions possible.”

Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer and Demography professor

Studying the effects of Veterans Treatment Courts Richard Hartley, professor in the Department of Criminal Justice, is co-investigator on a multisite evaluation of Veterans Treatment Courts (VTCs) in three states. The project is funded under a $761,000 grant (2015-VV-BX-K020) awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to Missouri State University, under the direction of principal investigator Julie Baldwin. VTCs are designed to divert eligible military veteran offenders who may grapple with mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, and other issues from the traditional criminal justice case processing into appropriate treatment services. Hartley and Baldwin will measure the processes and

implementation of eight VTC programs, as well as participants’ substance abuse, mental health, and criminal activity outcomes up to 24 months. “Generally, veterans treatment courts are meant to address the underlying causes of veterans’ offenses, rather than simply punish the offenders,” Hartley said. “In a way, they can be a point of access to treatment and rehabilitation services for veteran offenders who may be suffering from or dealing with any number of issues.” The researchers will use multiple evaluation tools to examine the effects of VTCs on participants, and generate research findings relevant to programming throughout the project via professional conference presentations and journal publications.

Richard Hartley, Criminal Justice professor

Stopping the cycle of teen dating violence Heidi Rueda, assistant professor of social work, is meeting the needs of the community through her participatory research methods to improve the lives of the adolescent and teen dating population. Upon establishing need for teen dating violence preventative intervention through her collection of interview, survey and focus group data, Rueda forged a partnership with Michelle Toews, associate dean for Research and Scholarship at Kansas State University, who served as the principal investigator of funded grants of over $4.9 million from the Administration for Children and Families. These funds included delivery of evidence-based healthy relationship teen dating programming to

pregnant and parenting youth populations in Austin and surrounding communities. Rueda worked with Toews to offer programming to the youths at Seton Home, a residential foster care facility in San Antonio for pregnant and parenting teens, to meet the need for teen dating violence prevention programming there. Seton Home is working with the program facilitator to develop cultural heritage modules. Rueda’s collaboration with Seton Home has strengthened their ability to provide trauma-informed adolescent dating health in their own unique contexts as well as enhance program delivery, evaluation, and grant writing.

Heidi Rueda, Social Work assistant professor




Restorative and criminal justice scholar Michael Gilbert retires

BY MICHELLE SKIDMORE with contributions from Jesus Chavez, KC Gonzalez and Sarah Soulek


ssociate Professor Michael Gilbert joined the UTSA faculty in the fall of 1991 after a 20-year career in the criminal justice system. He began his career as an inmate educator in military prisons, then worked for the Alaska Department of Corrections and the Arizona Department of Corrections before starting an independent consulting business. At age 44, he accepted a tenure-track position at UTSA. Twenty-six years later, he has made a lasting impact as a professor and scholar. Gilbert has demonstrated a lifelong curiosity about the human condition, particularly in relation to creating safe, just and equitable


communities. His academic career has been largely devoted to the study and advocacy of community justice and restorative justice, two relations-driven approaches to preventing crime and attaining justice that have proven to be effective alternatives to traditional criminal justice systems. In 2012, he developed and has since served as director of the UTSA Office of Community and Restorative Justice, housed within the Policy Studies Center under the College of Public Policy. Gilbert is known for his rigorous, effective teaching and for recognizing and fostering potential in students beyond what’s reflected in their grades. His professional experience has

allowed him to bring real-world scenarios into the classroom, breathing life into the theories he covers in his courses. A core concept of his teaching philosophy is helping his students become respectful, kind, thoughtful, ethical and caring leaders who believe that everyone, even the worst criminals, have the ability to change for the better. When Gilbert joined UTSA in 1991, the criminal justice program had about 200 students and only four faculty members. Today, the Department of Criminal Justice has roughly 900 students taught by 15 faculty, making it the largest department within the College of Public Policy. Gilbert has played a valuable role in the department, contributing scholarly research in his field while displaying excellence in teaching and empowering communities to resolve conflict

through open dialogue. He continues to influence public policy by providing a voice in national conversations on restorative justice. “Mike’s commitment to students and the program has been exemplary and impactful. His work in studying, developing, and promoting restorative justice practices has contributed to his national reputation as an expert in this domain and highlights his passion for the topic,” explained Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Rob Tillyer. “Mike Gilbert is one of the nation’s leading figures in the area of restorative justice, an approach to criminal justice that reflects his belief in social justice,” stated COPP Dean Rogelio Sáenz. “We will miss Mike tremendously, and I am grateful for everything that he contributed to UTSA and the College of Public Policy.”

Reflecting on his time at the University, Gilbert recalled, “The thing that has been remarkable about UTSA to me is that it has changed so much over the years and that change has been managed in a very constructive way. I feel very blessed to have been able to find a professional home like UTSA that supported the kind of work that I wanted to do and provided a very good environment for me to do it in.” Students recognize that Gilbert goes the extra mile in his role as a faculty member and has served as a leader and mentor to his students throughout the years. “Dr. Gilbert is one of the most well-rounded professors at UTSA, and it is sad to see him go but he deserves to relax,” said Nishita Maliek, a graduate of the Criminal Justice & Criminology Program. “He is extremely humble, and has always tried to help his students in any way. It

was an honor to be in his class.” Fabian Romero, a former student of Gilbert’s and a statistician-demographer for the U.S. Census Bureau, credits Gilbert with helping him reach his full potential in a career that fulfills him. “Dr. Gilbert keeps making a difference every day touching students’ lives and by promoting restorative justice,” Romero said. “At least with me, he really caused a big impact in my life. Without his mentoring, I wouldn’t have been so successful at UTSA, and I wouldn’t be living in Washington doing what I love.” Gilbert plans to focus more of his energy on the activities of the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice, a non-profit organization he founded in 2013 that is on track to make an important and lasting impact on national and international justice reform.


COPP By The Numbers S I X D E G R E E P R O G R A M S & FO U R M I N O R S » Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Demography » Master of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology » Master of Public Administration » Master of Social Work

» Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice » Bachelor of Public Administration » Minor in Nonprofit Management » Minor in Public Administration » Minor in Criminal Justice » Minor in Civic Engagement

DIVERSITY & ENROLLMENT Breakdown by Ethnicity

White 18%

Black or African American 10% Unknown 3% Hispanic/Latino 64%

Asian 2% Two or More Races 2% International 1%


Fall 2017 Enrollment


of UTSA students are from COPP


of COPP students are graduate students

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Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice



Bachelor of Public Administration


Master of Public Administration


Master of Social Work






Master of Science in Criminal Justice & Criminology

Ph.D. in Applied Demography

ACCO L A D E S » In 2016, our Social Work program ranked in the top 100 social work graduate programs in the nation and placed 5th among Texas social work graduate programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. » The U.S. News & World Report ranked the Master of Public Administration program in the top 200 graduate public affairs programs in 2016. » The Hispanic Outlook for Higher Education’s 2016 Top 100 Colleges and Universities for Hispanics ranked the UTSA Criminal Justice undergraduate program #7 in the nation for awarding degrees to Hispanic students. » Our Applied Demography program has granted 34 doctoral degrees since its inception in January of 2006.


COPP names new chair of the Department of Criminal Justice Professor Michael Smith, (J.D., Ph.D.) is the new chair of the Department of Criminal Justice. He was formerly the Director of the Center for Law and Human Behavior (CLHB) at The University of Texas at El Paso. Smith is a criminologist and a former municipal and county police officer. He holds a J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He holds a Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University. Before his appointment at UTEP, Smith served as Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Vice Provost at Georgia Southern University, where he oversaw a college of more than 250 faculty members and almost 5,000 students. With funding from the National Institute of Justice, Smith led the most comprehensive investigation to date on the use of force by police and injuries to officers and citizens. He is a nationally-recognized expert on racial profiling and led or contributed to large-scale traffic stop data analysis efforts in Los Angeles, California; Miami-Dade County, Florida; Richmond, Virginia; and with state highway patrol agencies in Washington and Arizona. He served as a statistical and methodological consultant to the Special Litigation Section of the United States Department of Justice and pioneered methodologies to help inform courts, communities, and law enforcement agencies about disparities in police traffic stop practices. Smith has written extensively on the critical issues at the intersection of law, public policy, and policing. His most recent publications have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Criminology & Public Policy, and Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management.


Amy Chanmugam appointed chair of the Department of Social Work n

Associate Professor Amy Chanmugam is the new chair of the Department of Social Work. Chanmugam joined the department in 2009. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work in 2009 from the The University of Texas at Austin. Her teaching and research are informed by clinical practice and nonprofit administration experiences in Texas, New York, and Washington, D.C. Chanmugam often teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment and practice courses, such as Advanced Practice Methods with Children and Families. She has received several teaching awards, including the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching and the inaugural Social Work Department Professor of the Year Award. The Social Work Alumni Group recognized her in 2015 as their professor honoree with “most impact on our journeys as social workers.” She was also inducted into the 2017 Class of Fellows of the Society for Social Work Research. Chanmugam replaces Martell Teasley, who will assume the role of Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of Utah. Teasley served as chair of COPP’s Department of Social Work for five years, and during his tenure, he strengthened the program by demonstrating a commitment to preparing students for advanced culturally competent social work practice. His efforts have resulted in the achievement of a national ranking of the program.

Public Administration selects Veronica Elias as assistant professor n

Assistant Professor Veronica Elias joins the Department of Public Administration in Fall 2017. She previously taught at Eastern Washington University in the Department of Urban Planning, Public and Health Administration. Elias has taught both in Argentina and the United States and also has more than 10 years of experience working within the public sector. She has worked in the Planning, Research and Development Office at the Akron Police Department. Her research focuses on public administration theory, political theory and thought, public organizations, ethics in the public sector, community dynamics and qualitative research.

P. Johnelle Sparks selected as chair of the Department of Demography n

Associate Professor P. Johnelle Sparks, chair of the Department of Demography, joined the department in 2006. She earned her Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University in 2006. Sparks brings in significant experience as a graduate advisor and a strong record of research. Her research largely focuses on disparities or inequalities inherent in several population processes. She has examined disparities in maternal and child health; mortality and morbidity; and early childhood and higher education. In 2014, she was a nominee for the President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in University Service. She has been a part of the Department since early in its inception. Sparks replaces Professor Joachim Singelmann, who led the department over the last six years. He has increased the visibility of the demography graduate program and built international ties with universities in Mexico. Singelmann will continue his role as professor in the department.

R E C E N T P R O M OT I O N S Byongook Moon Promoted to Professor, 2016 Criminal Justice

Richard Hartley Promoted to Professor, 2017 Criminal Justice

Social Work Senior Lecturer earns President’s Award for Teaching n

Social Work Senior Lecturer Derek Plantenga received The UTSA President’s Distinguished Award for Teaching Excellence. This award recognizes, encourages, and awards superior classroom teachers who possess pervasive caring, communication skills, and commitment to the learning process. Plantenga acknowledges his responsibility in motivating his students and assuring the relationship of the subject matter and attitude toward the total development of the student. “Derek exemplifies the highest standard that all social workers should be held to,” said James Pobanz, MSW and a former student of Derek’s. “His professional demeanor mixed with humble style of teaching sets the tone for the program.” “During my time as a student, I had multiple interactions with Derek regarding projects or student issues during which his passion to help students achieve success reflected his guidance and leadership,” he added. “If there is a face of the MSW program, it is Derek Plantenga.” Plantenga is a licensed clinical social worker and senior lecturer for the Department of Social Work. He has worked with the department since 2011 and has been teaching since 2015.


Students Making Strides

Meet Marcos Mullin, Top Scholar


arcos Mullin, an undergraduate Public Administration major, is the first COPP student to hold the honor of Top Scholar. UTSA’s Top Scholar Award is an extremely competitive four-year paid scholarship covering tuition and housing for exceptionally high achieving students. Marcos, who is double majoring in Mathematics, knows the value of hard work and has big dreams. He has his eyes set on crafting a career in public service and advocating for policy solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues. “This award is the biggest opportunity I received,” Mullin said. “Being a Top Scholar pushes me to do things that I wouldn’t do and to unlock my fullest potential.” Marcos moved to San Antonio when he was 8 years old. He attended Brandeis High School, where he played center for the varsity football team and was a member of the debate team. When he was accepted to UTSA, he declared a double major in engineering and math, but later realized that the engineering program was not for him and that public service was his calling. The turning point occurred when Marcos attended a top scholar meeting where Associate Dean Francine Romero gave a presentation on her work in the community on land use and water policy. Marcos listened and decided that working as a lawyer or policy maker was in his future. “Public administration is a unique program that teaches you how to be a practitioner, and it prepares you for the workforce,” Mullin said. “We are so proud that Marcos is starting a tradition of Top Scholars focusing on COPP majors,” said Dr. Romero. “He is a very impressive student and will make a significant difference in the world.” Marcos enjoys being a student at UTSA. The university is close to home and, he says, one of the best schools in the region for undergraduates seeking a chance to learn, grow and find themselves. As Marcos sums it up, “At UTSA, I don’t feel like a number; I feel like a person.”

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College of Public Policy

Helping local veterans with mental illness


ames Pobanz, a 2017 graduate of the Social Work program, is helping local veterans struggling with mental illness. A recipient of the Juanita Firestone Endowed Scholarship and Gunn Family Endowed Scholarship, Pobanz, a U.S. Army veteran, makes a difference in the lives of others. He works at the non-profit agency Family Endeavors, where he assists veterans and their families at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic. The clinic provides comprehensive mental healthcare to veterans and their families at no cost as well as assistance to underserved groups such as veterans who do not receive mental health in the VA system. “My volunteer work and the social work courses I took at UTSA prepared me to help veterans transitioning into civilian life,” Pobanz said. “I am a veteran myself, so I understand the challenges service members face when it comes to pursuing academic and career goals.” Pobanz served in the U.S. Army for 17 years, including four overseas combat deployments. In 2016, Pobanz was selected as the Social Work Student of the Year. Before graduating, he received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing 281 community service hours in 2016.


VIEW from abroad BY N I S H I TA M A L I E K




tudy abroad gave me an aura of independence as an undergrad. The first year, I did not know anyone on the trip. Walking into the airport was one of the most nerve-wracking things I had done because of the element of uncertainty. Once we were all checked in, everyone became a family. The biggest thing that stood out to me in Spain was that everyone was not always “on the go” like we are here. Although work is important, enjoying life with the simple things (like having a twohour lunch) is pivotal to them. That in itself was beautiful to me. So often, we forget to really enjoy what is in front of us. As an undergrad, criminal justice helped me see that there is so much more to law enforcement than meets the eye. Going in, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. Leaving, I wanted to work in corrections. When we visited the jail in Elche, we saw how important it was for offenders to have the right guidance, support, and resources around them to prevent them from recidivating. The jail visit opened my eyes not only to the lives of correctional officers, but also to the lives of inmates. Going as a grad student this past summer, I didn’t think I’d get any more out of it than I did the first time. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Two places that really made an impact on me were the Supreme Court in Madrid, and the Alhambra in Granada. I saw the Supreme Court in Madrid for the first time, and amazingly, in the middle of the court there was an outdoor courtyard planted with beautiful flowers so that the workers can go outside and relax when the job becomes overwhelming or stressful at times. That was beautiful to me. Jobs in the criminal justice field can be draining -- mentally, physically and emotionally -- and to have small enjoyable moments can really help ease the tension. Lastly, I’d like to talk about the Alhambra. It was my second time seeing it, but it meant so

much more this time. I am a Muslim-American and being a Muslin-American is viewed in a negative light to some in the U.S. At the Alhambra, the tour guide explained to us that although this was Muslim territory, people of all faiths worked together to help build and design it. It was beautiful to see how very peacefully different faiths co-existed then, which gave me hope and positivity for the future. In all, regarding the criminal justice system, I learned that the problems and issues that we may think are unique to our society are actually quite universal.






he Archer Center in Washington, D.C. was established in 2001 by former Congressman Bill Archer, in partnership with UT Austin and the UT System Office of Federal Relations, as a way to give students an experience in leadership and noble public service. Since 2001, undergraduate and graduate students of the UT System have participated in a semester or summer-long experiential learning program. Undergraduate students participate in the Undergraduate Fellowship Program and graduate students participate in the Graduate Program in Public Policy.

Andrés Gallardo, doctoral student in Demography

Andrés Gallardo participated in the Archer Graduate Program in Public Policy during the summer of 2016 in Washington D.C. Andrés will complete his degree with his dissertation, “Energy Consumption Patterns and Demography: A Path to Designing Public Policy Programs.” What was your first impression of Washington, D.C.? It was my first time in D.C. It was beautiful, clean, and D.C. has that big city feel. It feels majestic in a way. So many people are bright and intellectual and I got a view of how non-profits worked. What was your first assignment? Where did you intern? I interned at the Population Institute. Altogether there were eight interns there. I worked directly under the CEO. I was researching the effects of population, aging, and economic growth. The CEO was in the process of writing a book on population changes, and I helped him with his research. How did the Archer program enhance your skills and academic experiences? As an Archer fellow, I was able to enhance my skills in research and learn how it is applied in the real world. I got a feel for how policy making works. Nonprofits can influence public opinion. After my time in D.C., I knew this is what I wanted to do. I want to go into policy making. Why do you feel that it is important for UTSA to be part of the Archer experience?


Archer Center Graduate Fellows n

Jeremiah Rivera, MPA Summer 2017 Excelencia in Education Jorge Villarreal, II, MPA Summer 2016 The Institute for Policy Studies

The Archer program opens students up to new experiences. It’s important, especially, for students from the Rio Grande Valley. I think they are less exposed, and they have an opportunity to learn more about government and public service.

What are your career goals after you graduate from the demography program? I am interested in working as a policy analyst. I feel the Archer program has given me the tools I need to apply knowledge in the field of public policy and offer new approaches to current issues.

Undergraduate Fellowship (2017-2018) n

Sara Attia (Criminal Justice) Jamilyn Keeton (Public Administration) Ian May (Criminal Justice)

Students n

COPP Scholar Award Recipients (2016-2017 academic year)


Rachel Murchland (Criminal Justice) “A Perspective of Incarceration between the United States, Germany and the Netherlands” Jennifer Gomez, Criminal Justice

Lindsey Walker, Public Administration

The COPP Scholars Program was created by the College of Public Policy in 2014 as a way to provide financial support and attract the state’s highest achieving students. Past recipients: Odalys Vielma (CRJ), Caitlyn Brandt (CRJ), Walter Baker (PAD), and Nohelia Villeda (CRJ/PAD)


Undergraduate students land high profile internships

Summer Kohler, a student majoring in public administration, interned as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG). AACOG partnered with the Economic Development Administration (EDA) and Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) to provide an economic development intern for the City of Pleasanton in Atascosa County, an economically distressed community in need of more resources to create job opportunities and economic growth. The overall goal is to alleviate poverty, reduce unemployment and provide for a better quality of life in underserved American regions. Kohler conducted research to develop an economic development plan for the community.

Lisa Cervantes, a student majoring in public administration, landed a paid one-year internship with the City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability — a highly competitive internship position usually reserved for graduate students. Cervantes is a transfer student from San Antonio College, where she studied environmental science. She wants to pursue a career in environmental policy. Lisa presented at the COSA Sustainability Summit in November 2016 on the environmental impacts of food waste and the implications for food insecurity. While interning, she has already played a substantial role by leading presentations, creating fact sheets on the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, and conducting research for best practices on outdoor lighting ordinances. She is also collaborating with the sustainable transportation manager to revamp the City’s employee bike share program.

James Rivera, a first-generation student majoring in public administration with a minor in criminal justice, was selected for a paid internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), one of the nation’s most prestigious Latino leadership programs. Rivera will spend the fall 2017 semester in Washington, D.C. where he will meet Latino leaders and CHCI alumni who will serve as mentors. These individuals come from a wide range of professional backgrounds including Capitol Hill, Fortune 500 companies, and other organizations that promote Latino education and leadership development. Interns participate in civic engagement activities to stay socially active and take advantage of opportunities to grow their professional network. “This internship means that I get to experience first-hand what it’s like to work at our nation’s Capitol,” Rivera said. “I will be interning directly with members of Congress and gain valuable insight on what goes on in D.C.”


Dustin Gray (Public Administration) “Gentri-Vacation: The Rise of Airbnb and its Impact on New Orleans Neighborhood Inequality” DOCTORAL

Jeongsoo Kim (Demography) “The Importance of Family Transfer and Residential Spread-Out” MOST OUTSTANDING STUDENTS 16-17

» Undergraduate: Nohelia Villeda (CRJ/PAD) » Graduate: Lily Tremaine (SWK)

Criminal Justice student is recipient of prestigious Ed Whitacre Scholarship Criminal justice undergraduate student Wesley Greene is one of the recipients of the prestigious Ed Whitacre Scholarship, which recognizes rising leaders attending local universities.


Students S T U D E N T S I N T H E CO M M U N I T Y

Social Work students attend rally on healthcare at the Capitol during Social Work Advocacy Day n

A group of social work graduate students attended a rally on healthcare and attended a panel discussion with Rep. Diego Bernal and others in Austin in March. Students got a chance to visit their respective elected officials and both houses of the 85th Texas Legislature.

Public Administration Student Organization brings “Conversation Starters� back to life n

Conversation Starters is a mentoring activity that gives students the opportunity to meet leading public service professionals, who help students explore careers in the nonprofit and public sector fields. Attending the March 1, 2017, event were former U.S. Congressman Charles Gonzalez, former City of San Antonio Chief of Policy Leilah Powell,Executive Director of MOVE San Antonio Drew Galloway, City of San Antonio Development Services Assistant Director Melissa Ramirez, and former Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.


Social Work students raise awareness of sexual harassment n

Assistant Professor Candace Christensen’s Advanced Communities class partnered with the Rape Crisis Center and UTSA Beaks Up. Speak Up. to hold a community event to encourage dialogue and raise social consciousness on a very sensitive topic – sexual harassment and assault. The students’ community project aimed to help survivors of sexual assault feel less isolated and to educate them on the resources available for help both on and off campus. Students used photographic depictions of various participants’ perceptions related to sexual harassment. Students used the UTSA crowdfunding site to raise more than $1,000 to hold the event.

Alpha Phi Sigma gives back n


Members of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society Alpha Phi Sigma volunteered to work in the community farm and garden at the San Antonio Food Bank in April of this year. (Pictured from left to right are Selena Rivera, Michael Amaya, and Alma Zuniga.) The Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society contributes hundreds of community service hours each year to help the San Antonio community.

Neighbors helping neighbors n

As Director of the UTSA Office of Emergency Management, demography student Lorenzo Sanchez implements collaborative tools and programs to keep the higher education community prepared for emergencies. The San Antonio Higher Education Emergency Management Committee (SAHEEMC) was first convened in 2012 after several severe weather systems impacted the San Antonio metropolitan area. Emergency management teams from eight different colleges and universities came together to promote preparedness across the higher education community in the city. Since initiation, these local teams have fostered disaster-resilient and safer college communities. Members share best practices while learning about a wide range of public safety issues.


Civic Engagement

College of Public Policy students awarded COSA Challenge Grants for service learning projects n

The City of San Antonio Challenge Grants program was supported through the generosity of former District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg’s discretionary funding in the City Council Project Fund to support community engagement projects linked to college courses. Five of the nine projects funded for the Fall 2016 semester were from the College of Public Policy.

Public Administration graduate students of the Program Evaluation Course provided evaluations for the following:

The whole process has been a great experience that has really made my first semester here at UTSA truly inspiring. This class is a wonderful addition to UTSA, and I only expect greater things in the future.”

• Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) Program • Transplants for Children • Leadership SAISD Evaluation

— Jamilyn Keeton, Constitution Café

Social Work graduate students of the Advanced Communities Course • Community Winter Festival The Festival, held in conjunction with the Madonna Neighborhood Place, provided safety education and awareness through collaborative presentations from law enforcement and other community organizations. Undergraduate students of the Foundations of Civic Engagement Course • Constitution Café Students organized a Constitution Café with the purpose of encouraging a diverse group of participants to discuss the provisions regarding the Electoral College.


Roadrunners for a Day

For the first time, COPP welcomed over 100 1st graders from KIPP Esperanza to the Downtown Campus. These future Roadrunners learned what college life is like from a student panel including COPP students followed by a presentation by Lara Crouch, Senior Program Coordinator for


the Office of P-20 Initiatives. You could hear the excitement of the children as they entered the campus grounds. Shouts of “I can’t wait to go here!” and “I’m going to college too!” rang out. If you would like to visit the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Downtown Campus, please contact our main office at (210) 458-2530 to set up a tour.

COPP hosts Rep. Diego Bernal’s forum on DACA – “What’s Next for DREAMers?” n

State Rep. Diego Bernal presented a public summit entitled “What’s Next for DREAMers?” that called attention to the status of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a 2012 Obama administration policy allowing certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country as minors to avoid deportation while in school. For many DACA recipients, the U.S. is the only country they have ever known. Over 150 community members attended the public forum, held in December 2016 at the Downtown Campus. U.S. Representatives Joaquin Castro and Lloyd Doggett addressed the audience with opening remarks of optimism and solidarity. Those attending the summit included its host, State Rep. Diego Bernal (D123), Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1), Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran (D3), and Councilman Rey Saldaña (D4). Participants directed many of their questions to the three immigration experts present: Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) Regional Counsel Marisa Bono; De Mott, McChesney, Curtright & Armendariz, LLP (DMCA) Partner Marisol Pérez, and Refugee and Immigrant Center for Legal Services (RAICES) Executive Director Jonathan Ryan. DACA students, also known as DREAMers, listened to legal experts to learn what could be next as they grapple with the state of their future in the U.S. Two presenters, who are DREAMers and members of the Immigrant Youth Leadership Organization (IYL) at UTSA, received a standing ovation from the crowd after sharing their personal experiences. “My dreams are only to provide more for our future students and our future as citizens of this country,” said Narda Martinez, a DREAMer and co-coordinator of IYL. Experts encouraged DREAMers to look for ways to become permanent residents, stay informed and to contact their immigration attorneys’ offices for help. NowCast SA livestreamed the event. You can watch the full video on YouTube by searching “What’s Next for DREAMers.”

COPP presents the college experience to local schools High School students interested in the fields of criminal justice and public administration were in for a treat when they visited UTSA’s campus in the heart of San Antonio in the fall 2016 and spring 2017. Students from various high schools across the region had the opportunity to sit in and observe college classes, visit with current students, and tour the Downtown Campus. The college hosted juniors and seniors from Somerset High School, Crockett High School, and Lyndon B. Johnson High School in Austin and Laredo, respectively. One of the classes they attended was Criminological Theory with Michael Caudy, former assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. They also enjoyed a presentation led by Public Administration Lecturer III Patricia Jaramillo, who spoke about the role of government in our lives and the importance of civic engagement. Student feedback was positive, with several noting how much they enjoyed meeting undergraduates, learning about the pace of college courses, and observing faculty in the classroom.


Civic Engagement Criminal Justice Lecturer Robert Rico is co-author of “Restorative Discipline Practices: A Journey in Implementation by a Community of Texas Educators” n

The book presents stories by authors from diverse backgrounds including classroom teachers, university professors, community leaders, and criminal justice professionals and describes the journey by a community of Texas educators to implement Community leaders gather for a labor force development roundtable discussion during the Latino Policy Symposium at the UTSA Downtown Campus in May.


restorative discipline practices. Rico contributed a chapter entitled “Restorative Justice Outside of the Schools: A Police Officer’s Perspective.” He also was on a panel of dynamic restorative justice practitioners at a SXSW event in Austin. The panel served as a platform to present valuable information to school administrators, K-12 educators, communities, churches, school administrators, juvenile justice officials and other law enforcement personnel. Restorative Justice is an alternative form to traditional discipline systems with “zerotolerance” policies. It promotes positive classroom management and advocates for equitable and fair policies to reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.


UTSA Policy Studies Center hosts the Latino Policy Symposium

Researchers, community leaders and advocates gathered to discuss public policy outcomes for Latino families during the first Latino Path to Power and Prosperity working symposium, organized and hosted by the Policy Studies Center on May 4-5. The symposium’s goal was to develop priorities for equitable public policies that contribute to economic mobility opportunities to strengthen Latino families. While Latino advocates and allies have made policy achievements, more needs to be done to invest in our schools and students, increase jobs and wages, increase homeownership, and improve health and neighborhood environments. Today, over half of Latino children are at risk of being another generation who will struggle to achieve the American dream or middle-class status. Symposium deliberations incorporated: • Political power • Applied policy analysis support across issues • Pro-active development of policy proposals (state and local), and • Communications network that informs, educates, and supports organized advocacy Panelists attended and engaged in sessions guided by a discussion paper grounded in current descriptive and empirical data and reactions from facilitators, activists, and providers. These reactions were translated to legislative goals, proposals, and capacity-building actions.

Topics included: • Texas policy making and Latino family wealth • Social justice public policies and Latino families • State fiscal policies • Latino political power and policy influence • Education (Pre-K to 12) • Labor force development • Housing • Health and human services The conference ended with a debriefing and discussion on next steps for legislative policy and community advocacy collaboration on the development of policy solutions to provide opportunities to support wealth-building and economic stability for Latino families.

COPP participates in town hall on sanctuary cities n

The University of Texas at San Antonio, the San Antonio Express-News and KLRN-9 hosted a town hall meeting January 2017 at the Downtown Campus, where over 200 community members gathered to explore policy related to sanctuary cities. Associate Dean Francine Romero moderated the debate. The main topics of discussion were the question of what makes a sanctuary city and the implications of SB4. The College of Public Policy is proud to play an active role in providing and participating in public forums for San Antonians to become engaged with some of the most pressing issues facing our community.


Panelists: • William McManus, Chief of Police, San Antonio Police Department • Diego Bernal, State Representative (D-San Antonio) • Jeff Judson, former board member, The Heartland Institute • Robert Stovall, Chairman, Republican Party of Bexar County


Marching for peace

Public Administration Student Organization (PASO) members participate in the MLK March on Jan. 16, 2017.

COPP provides opportunities for youth to explore careers through summer programs

Criminal Justice Summer Camp

Pathway to Health Professions

Rising high school juniors and seniors go behind the scenes to discover the law enforcement process at the UTSA Criminal Justice Summer Camp. The program attracts participants from Texas and around the country. The camp gives high school students a unique experience that no other criminal justice summer program in San Antonio offers, including a tour of the local FBI crime lab, which is closed to the general public. At the facility, students have the opportunity to apply scientific theories to criminal investigations. They learn from FBI agents how to dust for fingerprints and process crime scenes. The camp encourages college-bound students to pursue their goals of earning a degree in criminal justice and exploring careers in related fields. A camp participant from Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio describes what was most memorable to him. “We actually went into an FBI building in San Antonio,” said Rudy Rueda. “It was so big and amazing. We went into a gun vault, and saw so many guns and ballistic vests. It was so awesome.” Rudy hopes to enroll at UTSA after he graduates.

In 2016, the Policy Studies Center began its Pathway to Health Professions camp targeted to economically disadvantaged youth and first-generation college prospects recruited from 15 Bexar County high schools. The program, made possible by a $1.85 million grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), prepares high school students for careers in the healthcare industry. UTSA Policy Studies Center director Roger Enriquez, coordinator Dr. Miguel Bedolla, M.D. and their partners will provide support for the students through stipends and scholarships, training, mentorship, workshops,

standardized testing preparation, and hands-on clinical education and experiences over the course of three years. Participants develop cuttingedge academic skills as they learn about health topics such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. “By fostering success in our youth, we can benefit the entire community,” Enriquez said. “Our research suggests that students from economically disadvantaged neighborhoods will be more likely to return there to provide health services. We aim not only to diversify the healthcare industry but also give students the help they need to one day provide care in their communities.”




After earning his M.P.A. in 2007 from the College of Public Policy, Jeff Coyle found his calling in overseeing state and federal legislative affairs for the City of San Antonio, a place he is proud to call home. STO RY BY K AT E H U N G E R



eff Coyle still remembers receiving the call that changed his life. The year was 2000, and he was a television news reporter in Sarasota, Fla. He had been following a murder case with San Antonio ties, and when his boss alerted him to a development in the case back in Texas, Coyle hopped a flight to San Antonio. “I got here and thought, ‘Boy this is everything: it’s a beautiful, diverse city; it’s growing like crazy. It’s got all the real issues that cities have to deal with,’” he recalled of the impression San Antonio made on him. Intrigued, he pursued and landed a job at WOAI. Fast forward 17 years, and Coyle now finds himself on the other side of the camera, as Director of Government and Public Affairs for the City of San Antonio. He credits his career transition to UTSA’s College of Public Policy, where he earned his Master of Public Administration in 2007 and which recently named him Alumnus of the Year. While at WOAI, Coyle earned two Emmy awards


for public affairs reporting. His preference for stories of substance came naturally; the son of an alderman and mayor in his hometown of Rockville, Md., Coyle grew up with a front-row seat to the impact of local government. “I had the benefit of seeing it really close up and appreciating it,” he said. He went through the M.P.A. program while working full-time as a reporter. “The classes were at 5:45 in the evening at the downtown campus, so I could finish a news story and go to class,” he said. “What I found was that was my favorite part of the day.”

Alumni Coyle was an earnest, active student, his former professors recall. “Jeff is a very engaging, personable guy and I think he came in wanting to learn, and I’d like to think we delivered on that for him,” said Heywood Sanders, professor in the Department of Public Administration. The College emphasizes public service and leadership and sought these qualities in candidates for the Alumnus of the Year honor, noted Christopher G. Reddick, professor and chair of the Department of Public Administration. “If you look at our mission statement, he has everything there,” Reddick pointed out. Coyle has continued his involvement with the College by serving on its Advisory Committee. “There is no question that it gave me both some practical knowledge and just some credibility in making the transition out of media and PR into the world I’m in now,” he said of the M.P.A program. After earning his graduate degree, Coyle joined local public relations firm KGBTexas Communications, where he worked on projects including then-Mayor Julian Castro’s Pre-K 4 SA initiative. He joined the City staff in 2013 as Director of Intergovernmental Relations and has since moved into his current, expanded role, overseeing state and federal legislative affairs, strategic communications, media relations, Military Affairs, Open Records, the 311 Call Center, the City’s website and public television station. Coyle counts federal funds appropriated for a new federal courthouse, as well as funding for military base infrastructure and for the Alamo among the city’s recent achievements of which he is particularly proud. Coyle’s efforts during the recent state legislative session included making the case for the city’s opposition to the proposed “bathroom bill.” The way he marshaled testimony from stakeholders including business, tourism and anti-discrimination groups was an art unto itself, said Assistant City Manager Carlos Contreras, who praised Coyle’s ability to communicate complex issues effectively. “He focused on values and how this legislation is contrary to the values of our community,” Contreras recalled. “The beautiful piece about that art—because it was really art that he did —(was) the way the testimony was provided,” Contreras added. By mid-July, Coyle was back in Austin to once again advocate for the city’s interests during the special session called by Gov. Greg Abbott. Outside of work, the self-described mountain-biking “fanatic” enjoys rides in the Hill Country and spending time with his three children. He relishes opportunities to teach them about San Antonio and how progress is the result of sustained commitment. “I’m constantly trying to teach them that these things don’t just happen, that people really have to have a passion for it and be inclusive and considerate of all the impacts on everybody.”

Outside of work, the self-described mountain-biking “fanatic” enjoys rides in the Hill Country and spending time with his three children.





Public Administration alum’s success story makes headlines n

Dieter Cantu, former juvenile offender, is on his way to becoming a diplomat. Cantu, a graduate of the Public Administration program, will serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin, Africa, in September, working with the government and agriculturally related groups to help villages gain reliable access to safe and nutritious food. But his path to this point was challenging. At only 16, he got caught after an act of robbery. He was arrested and later sentenced to juvenile detention. Cantu was shuffled among state facilities but soon came to be known as a peacemaker. After his sentencing, Cantu turned his life around and spoke to former juvenile offenders like himself to try to convince them that they, too, could change. In 2009, Cantu founded Position of Power, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to giving disadvantaged youth hope for a better future. Position of Power is dedicated to promoting prosperity and equality through advocacy, education, and rehabilitation. Dieter was recognized in print and broadcast media for his organization’s outreach efforts in the community and for its Respect Women Campaign that was created to raise awareness of social issues such as domestic violence, sexual abuse, and other forms of female degradation. “I didn’t grow up with any mentors, or anyone to really help me learn life skills,” he said. “I had to learn on my own through trial and error. I wanted to help people discover what they can offer to the world.”

Where are they now? CRIMINAL JUSTICE



Walter Bauer, MS ’05 is a lecturer II for the Department of Criminal Justice at the UTSA College of Public Policy. He is a retired GS-13 deputy chief of police from South Texas Veterans Healthcare System.

Jinny Case, Ph.D., ’13 is currently a senior institutional research analyst with the Office of Institutional Research at UTSA. Her job involves extracting and analyzing data about UTSA students for internal planning and external reporting.

Russell J. Murie, MPA ’07 works for WellMed Medical Management as a senior IT project manager in the Quality Data Support Department. He serves as a portfolio & program manager and team development lead.

Benjamin Ricardo Olvera, Jr., BA ’08, MS ’15 is a patrol sergeant for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to investigator in 2014 and promoted to sergeant in 2017. Manny Morales, MS ’09 is a homicide detective and 17-year veteran with the San Antonio Police Department. Eladio Castillo, MS ’08 is a special agent for the Department of Justice. Joe Falcon, BA ’13 is National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) specialist for the Houston Forensic Science Center. He provides investigators connections to solving gun crimes by testing fired cartridge cases left behind at crime scenes or from guns seized in investigations. Tessa Ortiz-Marsh, BA ’13 is a medical service officer in the United States Army Reserve. She recently graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law and is currently studying to take the Tennessee bar exam. India Randle, BA ’16 is a Texas Works advisor for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She will attend The Thurgood Marshall School of Law starting fall 2017. Allison J. Fernandez, BA ’13, MS ’15 is a doctoral research assistant at Texas State University. She is conducting research on labeling and specialty courts. James Kelsay, MS, ’15 is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in criminal justice & criminology at the University of Cincinnati.

Jeffrey Howard, Ph.D., ’14 is a health scientist and epidemiologist for the U.S. Army. He works at the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research in the Battlefield Health and Trauma Center for Human Integrative Physiology, located at Fort Sam Houston Matthew J. Martinez, Ph.D., ’15 is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. He is working on a collaborative project creating historic city maps. Two of his projects have been accepted for publication in the American Journal of Sociology and the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.


Elizabeth Cruz, MSW ’10 is a program specialist for the UTSA Department of Social Work. Leticia Cavazos, MSW ’12 is a program director for an independent living program for women who have experienced domestic violence or other types of crisis. She was also part of the implementation team for the first domestic violence shelter in Texas for male victims in Texas. Rebecca M. Cavazos, MSW ’14 is a CPS foster/adopt supervisor for Northern Region 11. She supervises a unit of caseworkers and clerical staff who are responsible for services within the foster and adoption unit. James Pobanz, ’17 is currently assisting local veterans and their families with mental health needs and transitioning challenges at Family Endeavors.

Mario Aguilar, MPA ’10 is a retired communications specialist for the San Antonio Water System with 14½ years of service. Megan Lagrone, MPA ’11 is the communications manager for Visit San Antonio, formerly the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau. In her role, she works with journalists from around the world to share stories about San Antonio. Steven Sano, MPA ’11 is chief of community partnerships for the American Red Cross. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Demography and a Lecturer I for the Department of Public Administration. Carlos de la Garza, BPA ’13 is the political coordinator for the City of Guadalupe of the State of Nuevo León, in México. He is an alumnus of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, one of the nation’s most prestigious Latino leadership programs. Margaret Tovaas-Juarez, CNP, BPA ’13 is a Social Security paralegal for the Phillips Law Firm in Seattle. Sarah Osborn Miller, MPA ’13 is currently the volunteer services manager for Family Service Association.

H. Drew Galloway, BPA ’14 is executive director of MOVE San Antonio, a progressive, non-profit organization dedicated to giving youth a voice in politics. Nelda Lopez, MPA ’14 works at Baptist Child & Family Services (BCFS) as a case manager. She assists on the daily management of the case management branch in support of unaccompanied children from Central America. Karlerik Naslund, MPA ’15 is now a data analyst for student success at San Antonio College and also a doctoral student in the demography program. Jermony Leech, MPA ’16 is currently executive assistant to the Mayor and the City Council. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Daniel Large, MPA ’16 will begin a Ph.D. in natural resources at Cornell University in the fall. He is researching environmental governance and the institutional dimensions of sustainability. Randall Polasek, MPA ’16 was promoted from budget analyst in the City of San Antonio’s budget office to senior compliance analyst for the San Antonio Public Library. He is responsible for contract and grant administration, issue resolution plans, and compliance reviews to maintain adherence to policies and procedures.

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Pechorro, P., Ayala-Nunes, L., Nunes, C., Ray, J., & Goncalves, R. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Portuguese version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11 among a school sample of male and female adolescents. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 9, 2753-2764.

Augustyn, M. B., & Ray, J. (2016). Psychopathy and perceptions of procedural justice. Journal of Criminal Justice, 46, 170-183.

Jackson, D., & Beaver, K. M. (2016). The association between breastfeeding exposure and duration, neuropsychological deficits, and psychopathic personality traits in offspring: The moderating role of 5HTTLPR. Psychiatric Quarterly, 87(1), 107-127.

Walter, R., Caudy, M., & Ray, J. (2016). Revived and discouraged: Evaluating employment barriers for section 3 residents with criminal records. Housing Policy Debate, 26, 398-415.

Jackson, D. (2016). The link between poor quality nutrition and childhood antisocial behavior: A genetically informative analysis. Journal of Criminal Justice, 44, 13-20.

Tillyer, M. S., Gialopsos, B. M., & Wilcox, P. (2016). The short-term repeat sexual victimization of adolescents in school. Crime and Delinquency, 62, 81-106.

Sullivan, M. J. & Enriquez, R. (2016). The impact of interior immigration enforcement on mixed- citizenship families. Boston College Journal of Law and Social Justice, 36, 33-57.

Jackson, D., & Beaver, K. M. (2016). Evidence of a gene × environment interaction between birth weight and genetic risk in the prediction of criminogenic outcomes among adolescent males. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60(1), 99-120.

Nobles, M., Ward, J., & Tillyer, R. B. (2016). The impact of neighborhood context on spatiotemporal patterns of burglary. Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, 53(5), 711-740.

Ward, J., Hartley, R. D., & Tillyer, R. B. (2016). Unpacking gender and race/ethnicity biases in the federal sentencing of drug offenders: A casual mediation approach. Journal of Criminal Justice, 46, 196-206. Hartley, R. D., & Baldwin, J. (2016). Waging war on recidivism among justice-involved veterans: An impact evaluation of a large urban veterans treatment court. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 1-27. Jackson, D., B., & Vaughn, M.G. (2017) Parental Incarceration and Child Sleep and Eating Behaviors. The Journal of Pediatrics, 185, 211-217. Jackson, D., Newsome, J. R., & Beaver, K. M. (2016). Does early paternal involvement predict offspring developmental diagnoses? Early Human Development, 103, 9-16. Jackson, D., & Newsome, J. R. (2016). The link between infant neuropsychological risk and childhood antisocial behavior among males: The Moderating role of neonatal health risk. Journal of Criminal Justice, 47, 32-40. Jackson, D., & Beaver, K. M. (2016). Do birth complications predict motor deficits in children? The moderating role of genetic and maternal factors. Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education, 1(2), 171-198. Kleck, G., & Jackson, D. (2016). What kind of joblessness affects crime? A national case–control study of serious property crime. Journal of Quantitative Criminology, 32(4), 489-513. Jackson, D., & Beaver, K. M. (2016). The interplay between neuropsychological deficits and adverse parenting in the prediction of adolescent misconduct: A partial test of the generalizability of Moffitt’s theory. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(11), 1505-1521. Jackson, D. (2016). Breastfeeding duration and offspring conduct problems: The moderating role of genetic risk. Social Science & Medicine, 166, 128-136.


Moon, B., Morash, M., Jeong, S., & Youn, H.-S. (2016). Routine activity theory and criminal victimization: Examples of Korean. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60(11), 1327-1343. Moon, B., & McCluskey, J. (2016). School-based victimization of teachers in Korea: Focusing on individual and school characteristics. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(7), 1340-1361. Patrick, K. R., Love, T., & Renzetti, C. M. (2016). Gun violence in the U.S.: Prevalence, consequences, and policy implications. In G. Muschert, B. Klocke, R. Perrucci, & J. Shefner (Eds.), Agenda for social justice: Solutions 2016 (pp. 93-102). Bristol, UK: Policy Press. Golding, J. M., Patrick, K. R., & Wasarhaley, N. E. (2016). Impeaching rape victims in criminal court: Does concurrent civil action hurt justice? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31(19), 3129-3149. Ray, J., P, P., Gentile, B., Nunes, C., & Goncalves, R. (2016). Adaptation of the narcissistic personality inventory among a Portuguese sample of incarcerated juvenile offender. Psychology Crime and Law, 22(5), 495-511. Ray, J., Frick, P., Thornton, L., Steinberg, L., & Cauffman, E. (2016). Positive and negative item wording and its influence on the assessment of callous-unemotional traits. Psychological Assessment, 28, 394-404. Ray, J., Pechorro, P., & Goncalves, R. A. (2016). A comparison of self-reported measures of CU traits among incarcerated youth: Associations with aggression, conduct disorder, and crime. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43, 1293-1309. Ray, J., Frick, P., Thornton, L., Steinberg, L., & Cauffman, E. (2016). Callous-unemotional traits predict self-reported offending in adolescent boys: The mediating role of delinquent peers and the moderating role of parenting practices. Developmental Psychology, 44, 599-611.

Tillyer, M. S., & Tillyer, R. B. (2016). Race, ethnicity, and adolescent violent victimization. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 14971511.

Tillyer, R. B., & Hartley, R. D. (2016). The use and impact of fast-track departures: Exploring prosecutorial and judicial discretion in federal immigration cases. Crime and Delinquency, 62(12), 1624-1647. Rudes, D. S., Viglione, J. E., & Meyer, K. (2016). Risky needs: Risk-entangled needs in probation supervision. In F. S. Taxman (Ed.), The ASC division on corrections & sentencing handbook series, handbook on risk and need assessment: Theory and practice (pp 406-428). New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. Mitchell, S. G., Willet, J., Monico, L. B., James, A., Rudes, D., Viglione, J. E., Schwartz, R. P., Gordon, M. S., & Freidmann, P. D. (2016). Community correctional agents’ views of medication-assisted treatment: Examining their influence on treatment referrals and community supervision practices. Substance Abuse, 37(1), 127-133. SPONSORED PROJECTS Augustyn, M., Using the national crime victimization survey in order to better understand the determinants of help-seeking behavior among victims of intimate-partner and sexual assaults. $5,000: UTSA Vice President for Research. Caudy, M., Elucidating the mechanisms of reentry. $20,000: UTSA Vice President for Research Office. Hartley, R., Multi-site evaluations of courts on the frontline: systematically assessing implementation and intermediate outcomes in veterans’ treatment courts. $146,134: Sub-Award with Missouri State University. Moon, B. & Enriquez, R., Teacher victimization: understanding prevalence, causation, and negative consequences. $146,134: Sub-award with Missouri State University. Tillyer, R. & Hartley, R., Examining prosecutorial discretion in federal criminal cases. $39,823: U.S. Department of Justice.

Tillyer, R., SJPD Traffic & Pedestrian Stop Study. $24,200: Sub-award with University of Texas at El Paso.

Potter, L., 2016 Comprehensive community assessment Wintergarden head start/early head start service area. $12,451: Avance-San Antonio.

Tillyer, R., San Francisco Police Department Data Analysis. $39,988: Sub-award with University of Texas at El Paso.

Potter, L., 2016 Head start/early head start comprehensive community assessment. $12,451: Avance-San Antonio.

Viglione, J. E., ICCR program evaluation services project. $17,500: Sub-award with Sam Houston State University.

Potter, L., COSA head start community assessment update 2016. $13,000: City of San Antonio.

Viglione, J.E., The effects of probation office attitudes on use of evidence-based practices in adult probation. $5,000: UTSA Vice President for Research Office.

Potter, L., Estimation allocation factors for local workforce development areas. $16,903: Texas Workforce Commission.

DEMOGRAPHY/IDSER Sanchez Soto, G. (2016). Los determinantes del estatus ocupacional de los migrantes sudamericanos en Estados Unidos y Europa en su primer y ultimo viaje. In Maria Gertrudis Roa Martinez (Ed.), Migracion Internacional: Patrones y Determinantes. Estudios comparados Colombia-America LatinaProyecto LAMP. Universidad del Valle. Lopez-Ramirez, A., & Sanchez Soto, G. (2016). Migration in the Americas. In M. J. White (Ed.), International handbook of migration and population distribution (pp. 389-419). Dordrecht: Springer International Publishing. Holway, Giuseppina Valle, Debra Umberson, and Mieke Beth Thomeer. Forthcoming. Binge Drinking and Depression: The Influence of Romantic Partners in Young Adulthood. Society and Mental Health

Potter, L., Task order for the base year support services. $13,408: US Department of Veterans Affairs. Potter, L., The new 100th meridian: Urban water resiliency in a climatic and demographic hot spot. $24,219: Sub-Award with University of Texas at Austin. Saenz, R., International conference series on aging in the Americas. $40,000: University of Texas at Austin. Sparks, P. J., Examining the impact of segregation on racial/ethnic and educational differences in allostatic load levels and morality risks. $20,000: UTSA Vice President for Research Office.


Boardman, C., & Ponomariov, B. L. (2016). Organizational pathology. In A. Farazmund (Ed.), Global encyclopedia of public administration, public policy, and governance. Cham: Springer International Publishing. Boardman, C., Ponomariov, B. L., & Su, X. (2016). Understanding and managing boundary spanning research collaboration: A guide for the collaboration manager. New York, NY: Springer. Ponomariov, B. L., & Boardman, C. (2016). What is co-authorship? Scientometrics, 109(3), 1939 1963. Ponomariov, B. L., & McCabe, B. C. (2016). Professionalism vs. public service motivation: Can public administration education alleviate the tensions? Administrative Theory and Praxis, 39(2), 80-99. Chatfield, A.T., & Reddick, C. G. (2016). Smart city implementation through shared vision of social innovation for environmental sustainability: A case study of Kitakyushu, Japan. Social Science Computer Review, 34(6), 757-773. Reddick, C. G., Chatfield, A.T., & Brajawidagda, U. (2016). Open government process and government transparency in crisis communication: The case of AirAsia QZ8501 crash. Information Polity, 21(3), 255-271. Ganapati, S., & Reddick, C. G. (2016). An ostrich burying its head under the sand? The 2009 NASPAA standards and scope of information technology and e-government curriculum. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 22(2), 267-286.

Demir, T. (2016). Politics and administration. In A. Farazmund (Ed.), Global encyclopedia of public administration, public policy, and governance (pp. 1-6). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Anthopoulos, L., & Reddick, C. G. (2016). Understanding electronic government research and smart city: A framework and empirical evidence. Information Polity, 21(1), 99-117.

Demir, T. (2016). Public administration theory. In A. Farazmund (Ed.), Global encyclopedia of public administration, public policy, and governance. Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Anthopoulos, L., Reddick, C. G., Giannakidou, I., & Mavridis, N. (2016). Why e-government projects fail? An analysis of the website. Government Information Quarterly, 33(1), 161-173.

Sagna, M., & Sparks, P. J. (2016). Institutional birth in Uganda: The interplay of individual characteristics, physical accessibility, and social context. Women’s Reproductive Health, 3(1), 30-44.

Fernandez, K., & Alexander, J. (2017). The institutional contribution of community-based organizations to civic health. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 39 (4), 436-469.

Romero, F. S. (2016). William Howard Taft and the Constitution. In K. Gormley (Ed.), American presidents and the Constitution: A living history (pp. 343-354). New York, NY: NYU Press.

Howard, J., & Sparks, P. J. (2016). The effects of allostatic load on racial/ethnic mortality differences in the United States. Population Research and Policy Review, 35(4), 421-443.

Fernandez, K., & Gonzales, J. (2016). Politics in program evaluation. In A. Farazmund (Ed.), Global encyclopedia of public administration, public policy, and governance (pp. 1-5). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Romero, F. S. (2016). Challenges of open space preservation: A Texas case study. Town Planning Review, 87(2), 159-178.

Howard, J. T., & Sparks, P. J. (2016). Does allostatic load calculation method matter? Evaluation of different methods and individual biomarkers functioning by race/ethnicity and educational level. American Journal of Human Biology, 28(5), 627-635.

SPONSORED PROJECTS Jordan, J., TxDADS LTC mapper application maintenance and enhancement. $17,052: Texas Department of Aging & Disability. Jordan, J. & Potter, L., Demographic data and assistance. $506,870: Texas Department of Transportation.

Robicahu, R. W., & Fernandez, K. (2016). Intersectoral experiences: Nonprofit managers and sector influences in child welfare agencies. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 41(1), 76-93. McCabe, B., Reddick, C. G., & Demir, T. (2016). Municipal professionalism: More than just a job in government? American Review of Public Administration, 1-19.

Romero, F. S. (2016). Brown v. Board of Education. In S. L. Schecter (Ed.), American governance (pp. 165-167). Farmington Hills, MI: Gale, Cengage Learning. SPONSORED PROJECTS Romero, F.S., Political and policy dynamics of municipal annexation in Texas. $5,000: UTSA Vice President for Research Office.


2 0 1 6 - 1 7 FAC U LT Y P U B L I CAT I O N S A N D S P O N S O R E D P R OJ E C T S SOCIAL WORK Paradiso de Sayu, R., & Chanmugam, A. G. (2016). Perceptions of empowerment within and across partnerships in community-based participatory research: A dyadic interview analysis. Qualitative Health Research, 26(1), 105-116. Madden, E. E., Chanmugam, A. G., McRoy, R. G., Kaufman, L., Ayers-Lopez, S. J., Boo, M. M., & Ledesma, K. (2016). The impact of formal and informal respite care on foster, adoptive, and kinship parents caring for children involved in the child welfare system. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 33(6), 523-534. Neill, K. S., Christensen, C., & Williams, D.J. (2016). Sexual violence. In L. Growette-Bostaph (Ed.), Crime victims and victimization. Riverwoods, IL: Wolters Kluwer.

sadomasochism recreational leisure? A descriptive exploratory investigation. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13(7), 1091-1094. Harris, R.J., McDonald, D.P., & Sparks, C. (2017). Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military: Individual Experiences, Demographics, and Organizational Contexts. Armed Forces & Society, (Online) 1-19. Journal homepage: doi/10.1177/0095327X16687069 Harris, R. J., McDonald, D. P., & Sparks, C. S. (2016). Sexual harassment in the military: Individual experiences, demographics, and organizational contexts. Armed Forces & Society, 1-19. Hahl, J. M., Alarid, L. F., Harris, R. J., & Firestone, J. M. (2016). Comparing criminal outcomes for children of incarcerated fathers and mothers: Dallaire revisited. Corrections: Policy, Practice and Research, 1(3), 177-195.

Williams, D., Christensen, C., & Capous-Desyllas, M. (2016). Social work practice and sexuality: Applying a positive sexuality model to enhance diversity and resolve problems. Social Work, 97(4), 287-294.

Duppong-Hurley, K. K., Hoffman, S. G., Bridget, B., & Robert, O. (2016). Perspectives on engagement barriers and alternative delivery formats from non-completers of a community-run parenting program. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(2), 545-552.

Chanmugam, A., Madden, E.E., Hanna, M., Cody, P.A., Ayers-Lopez, S., McRoy, R.G., & Ledesma, K.J. (2017). Agency-related barriers experienced by families seeking to adopt from foster care. Adoption Quarterly, 20 (1), 25-43.

Hoffman, S. G., Marsiglia, F.F., Nevarez, L. & Porta, M. (2017). Health literacy among youth in Guatemala City. Social Work in Public Health, 32 (1), 30-37

Christensen, C., Gill, E., & Perez, A. (2016). The Ray Rice domestic violence case: Constructing black masculinity through newspaper reports. Journal of Sports & Social Issues, 40(5), 363-386.

Hoffman, S. G., & Marsiglia, F. F. (2016). The impact of a substance use prevention program on the health literacy of youth in Guatemala City. International Journal of Social Science Research, 4(2), 8.

Christensen, C., Wright, R. L., & Dunn, J. (2016). It’s awkward stuff: Conversations about sexuality with young children. Child and Family Social Work, 22(2), 711-720.

Rueda, H. L. A., Hawley, A., Black, B. M., & Ombayo, B. (2016). Graduating MSW students’ recommended interventions for teen dating violence: A descriptive analysis. Advances in Social Work, 17(2), 203-220. Williams, L. R., & Rueda, H. L. A. (2016). Mexican American adolescent couples’ vulnerability for observed negativity and physical violence: Pregnancy and acculturation mismatch. Journal of Adolescence, 52, 170-181. Thieleman, K., Wallace, C., Ciminoc, A., & Rueda, H. L. A. (2016). Exhaust all measures: Ethical issues in pediatric end-of-life care. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 12, 289-306. Teasley, M. L. (2016). When the summer burns red, what will we tell the children? Children & Schools, 38(4), 195-197. Crutchfield, J. M., & Teasley, M. L. (2016). Developing a knowledge base for charter school social work practice. Children & Schools, 38(3), 133-135. Teasley, M. L., & Nevarez, L. (2016). Awareness, prevention, and intervention for elementary school bullying: The need for social responsibility. Children & Schools, 38(2), 67-69. Teasley, M. L. (2016). Related services personnel and evidence-based practice: Past and present challenges. Children & Schools, 38(1), 5-8. SPONSORED PROJECTS

Hoffman, S. G., Marsiglia, F. F., Nevarez, L., & Porta, M. (2016). Health literacy among youth in Guatemala City. Social Work in Public Health, 32(1), 30-37.

Chanmugam, A., Violence-free, stable housing for school-age children of economically disadvantaged mothers (proposal enhancement). $9,021: UTSA Vice President for Research Office.

Kim, J., Lee, H. Y., Christensen, C., & Merighi, J. (2016). Technology access and use, and their associations with social engagement among older adults: Do women and men differ? Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 00(00), 1-10.

Teasley, M. L., & Nevarez, L. (2016). Awareness, prevention, and intervention for elementary school bullying: The need for social responsibility. Children & Schools, 38(2), 67-69.

Gill, E., The development of a depression inventory for athletes with a history of concussions. $20,000: UTSA Vice President for Research Office.

Williams, D.J., Prior, E., Alvarado, T., Thomas, J., & Christensen, C. (2016). Is bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, and

Wallace, C., Thieleman, K., Cimino, A., & Rueda, H. L. A. (2016). Ethics at the end of life: A teaching tool. Journal of Social Work Education, 53(2), 327-338.


Mikow, J., Texas Department of Family and Protective Services title IV-E program. $287,000. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

From left to right: Dr. Francine Romero, Lionel Sosa, Gene Rodriguez, Dr. Henry Flores, Dr. Henry Cisneros, and the Honorable Charles A. Gonzalez


Remembrance of renowned public figure inspires scholarship campaign On May 3, 2016, The University of Texas at San Antonio hosted a centennial celebration to commemorate the life of Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, a social pioneer and legendary public servant who stood for education, inclusivity, equality, honesty, respect, and community pride. As a continuation of this remembrance, the Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Scholarship Fund has been established. It recognizes the Congressman’s many contributions to politics

and policy as an elected representative to the San Antonio City Council, Texas Legislature, and United States Congress. We are honored that the Gonzalez family is partnering with the UTSA College of Public Policy to launch this prestigious award, the first scholarship in San Antonio dedicated to his memory. The Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Scholarship will be awarded based on merit and need to students enrolled in one of the College of Public

Policy’s undergraduate academic majors— criminal justice and public administration. Preference will be given to transfer students from the Alamo Colleges. The fund will support UTSA students in successfully fulfilling their academic and professional goals in a timely manner. Upon graduation, they will be prepared to strengthen society by advancing public policy and practice within diverse local and global communities.

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Impact Magazine - COPP  

Inaugural issue of College of Public Policy's new magazine - Impact.

Impact Magazine - COPP  

Inaugural issue of College of Public Policy's new magazine - Impact.