FAU Re-Launches Public Ethics Academy


Florida Atlantic University has re-launched the Public Ethics Academy within the School of Public Administration at the College for Design and Social Inquiry.

“We are excited about the re-launch of the Public Ethics Academy,” said Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry. “It is more important than ever before for us to provide a platform for the discussion and support of high ethical standards for those who serve our communities.”

The Public Ethics Academy was first organized by FAU in 2009 to research ethics and provide training for local government agencies. Recently, Peter L. Cruise, Ph.D., was appointed executive director of the Academy upon its re-launch. Cruise graduated from FAU in 1995 and in 2015 was named a College for Design and Social Inquiry distinguished alumnus.

“Working to promote ethical behavior, especially in the public sector, has long been a focus of my academic and professional careers,” said Peter Cruise, Ph.D., executive director of the Public Ethics Academy. “In 2009, FAU also recognized the need to weigh in on public sector ethics with the formation of the Public Ethics Academy. I am honored to be back at FAU as we expand the Academy’s programs and services throughout the University.”

The University-based nature of the Academy, housed at FAU’s Boca Raton campus, allows for the rapid incorporation and dissemination of the latest scholarly research on ethics issues by noted faculty for the Academy’s training programs.

“Peter Cruise brings a lot of energy, dedication and expertise to his new role as executive director of the Public Ethics Academy,” said Steven Bourassa, Ph.D., director of the School of Public Administration. “I am very excited about the prospects for the Academy under his capable leadership.”

For more information on the Public Ethics Academy at FAU, visit cdsi.fau.edu/spa/pea/.

Congratulations Jorene Jameson

Jorene’s article: GLASS WALLS AND GLASS CEILINGS: THE CASE OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT has been published in the
International Journal of Procurement Management authored with Clifford McCue and FAU alumnus Alexandru Roman

Neysa Herrera Cuello is the first FAU student recipient of the B. Harold Farmer Scholarship

The Florida City and County Management Association (FCCMA) selected Neysa Herrera Cuello as this year’s recipient of the B. Harold Farmer Scholarship, as part of the academic scholarship program. The FCCMA Academic Scholarship Program recognizes students of Public Administration that demonstrate a strong commitment to pursuing a career in local government management, successfully balance both school and personal endeavors, and understand the ICMA Code of Ethics and the council/manager form of government.The B. Harold Farmer Scholarship has been in place since 1992, and Neysa is the first student from Florida Atlantic University that receives an FCCMA Scholarship.

Student Colloquium Call for Papers Deadline Extended to January 31st 2017

Call for Papers, January 31st 2017, Deadline Extended
Florida Public Administration Colloquium
Annual Conference, March 31st, 2017
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

The state of Florida boasts a high volume and quality of Doctoral students studying public
affairs. In an attempt to create statewide camaraderie, collaboration, and networking
opportunities we are proud to announce the 3rd Annual Florida Public Administration
Colloquium. This single day conference is intended to consolidate and promote public
administration research and writing activities among Doctoral students in Florida.
The Colloquium will start promptly on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 9 AM, with a catered
lunch at 12 PM. Registration and set up will be between 8 AM and 9 AM. Opening remarks
will take place between 9 and 9:15 AM, and the first panel presentation will begin at 9:30
AM. Panels will last for approximately one hour and have a short break before the next
panel presentation begins. Lunch follows at 12:00 PM, along with a presentation and
discussion from our Keynote speaker. There is no cost to attend. Non-FAU students will be
provided a temporary one-day parking pass for the event. Please contact Tammie Clary
(tmarcus3@fau.edu) with any questions.

The 2017 Program Committee invites paper and panel proposals that correspond to any of
the following topics:

1. Comparative and international public administration
2. Public budgeting and financial management
3. Public Administration theory & inquiry
4. Public policy analysis, effectiveness, and implementation
5. Organizational behavior and managerialism
6. Good governance
7. Public procurement and administration
8. Social media, democracy, and Leviathan theory
9. Political science and economics
10. Public and private sector regulation
11. Contemporary issues in society
12. New public management and postmodernism
13. Open theme.

Individual paper proposals should be no more than one page. With your proposal, please
indicate the theme your paper addresses and include your affiliation and contact
information. At minimum, Abstracts only require a paragraph description of what you
intend to study and research. Full papers do not need to be completed until the conference
date. It is advisable you submit you finalized paper to your section discussant at least one
week prior to the conference date, to promote discussion.
**Send proposals to Tammie Clary tmarcus3@fau.edu and David Moura dmoura@fau.edu
by the end of January 2017.

At this time, if you would like to request a specific time slot between 9am and 12pm, please
indicate your request on your proposal, and we will make every effort to accommodate
your needs.

Program Committee
Tammie Clary, Ph.D. Candidate, Florida Atlantic University
David Moura, Ph.D. Student, Florida Atlantic University
Arthur Sementelli, Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University

Congratulations Daniel Bauer

Daniel Bauer has been selected as columnist author for year 2017 for the PA TIMES Online. His focus will be on infrastructure – technology and public-private partnerships

Congratulations Dr. Beals!

Please congratulate Dr. Stacey Beals, who successfully defended her dissertation “Moving Towards Fairness and Diversity? An Analysis of Perceptions from Employees Working in the United States Department of the Interior.”

Congratulations Dr. Heilman


Please congratulate Dr. Joseph Christian Heilman on his successful defense of the Dissertation “Professional Public Administration: A Synthesis of an Inchoate Concept”


Please congratulate Lorena Schwartz on the publication: Integrating Qualitative Data Analysis Software into Doctoral Public Administration Education.  forthcoming in the Journal of Public Affairs Education

New Research on International Public Procurement

Khi V. Thai

Professor Khi Thai of the School of Public Administration has co-edited volume 16, issue 3 of the Journal of Public Procurement. The issue is a “Symposium on International Public Procurement” and includes an introduction written by Dr. Thai.

Professor Thai Co-Hosts International Public Procurement Conference

Professor Khi V. Thai of the School of Public Administration co-hosted the 7th International Public Procurement Conference in Bali, Indonesia, August 3-5, 2016.  There were 252 participants from major international organizations such as the World Bank, United Nations, and European Union. Some 35 countries were represented and 96 papers were presented. Here Dr. Thai (left) and Dr. Robin A. Suryo, Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian National Public Procurement Agency, handed the Best Paper Certificate and a prize check to Anne Rainville, one of three award winners.

New and Forthcoming SPA Publications

Congratulations to Ph.D. student David Moura (shown) and Professor Hugh Miller for having their paper “On Legitimacy: Is Public Administration Stigmatized?” accepted for publication in Administration and Society. Moura is lead author of the article. The study draws on research about stigmatized organizations and applies that framework to public administration as a practice and a discipline.

Also, Professor Miller had another article published, this one in Critical Policy Studies, about the epistemology of social constructivist research and the ontological standing of certain public policy concepts such as collective will, social structure and consciousness. It is available pre-publication on line. The title is “From Social Constructivist Epistemology to Context Realism”. The article (speculatively) draws on quantum ontology to proffer an argument for context realism for immaterial social science concepts.


Congratulations, Dr. Roman!

Please congratulate Alexandru V. Roman (Class of 2013) on being tenured and promoted to the rank of associate professor at California State University, San Bernardino

Congratulations, Dr. Pierre!

Jean M. Pierre successfully defended his dissertation titled:DETERMINANTS OF AID EFFECTIVENESS IN AGRICULTURE: NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs) IN HAITI. ” Congratulations Dr. Pierre!

Congratulations, Dr. Steinfeld!

Please congratulate Dr. Joshua Steinfeld on his successful dissertation defense. His dissertation titled: “Task Specialization in the Public Administration Profession: A Job Analysis of Public Procurement Practitioners” was defended 8/23/16

Ph.D. Student Publication

Anne Fennimore's second paper, "Munchausen syndrome by proxy: Perpetual organizational illness and therapy" has just been accepted for publication to the International Journal of Organizational Analysis.

Anne Fennimore’s second paper, “Munchausen syndrome by proxy: Perpetual organizational illness and therapy” has just been accepted for publication to the International Journal of Organizational Analysis.

Ph.D. Student Publishes Book Reviews on Equity Issues

Lester Leavitt has published the Book Review, “Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Civil Rights: A Public Policy Agenda for Uniting a Divided America” in Public Integrity and the book chapter, “Information Communication Technology and the Street-Level Bureaucrat: Tools for Social Equity and Progressive Activism” in Human Development and Interaction in the Age of Ubiquitous Technology.

City Managers Speak at PAA Induction and Awards Ceremony

Four local city managers gave inspiring accounts of what public service means to them at the Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) public administration honor society induction and awards ceremony held on the Boca Raton campus, April 18, 2016. The speakers were (left to right) Leigh Ann Henderson, City Manager of Wilton Manors, Andy Berns, Town Administrator of Southwest Ranches, George Brown, Deputy City Manager of Boca Raton, and Jason Nunemaker, City Manager of Fellsmere. The PAA inductees were: Eralda Agolli, Leydi Anciano, Danielle Arfin, Lynn Asseff, Arjola Balilaj, Gabrielle Bush, Hadis Farazman, Parisa Haim Faridian, Kadeja Henry, Mabel Hurtado, Jose Irizarry, Samantha King, Mary Maier, Eric Marmer, Marielle Saba, Amelia Sharpe, Rachel Zara, and Malena Zarate. Scholarships were awarded to: Samantha King (John Canada Scholarship), Eric Marmer (John Miklos Scholarship), Nicole Hughes (Jane Thompson Scholarship), and Grace Bush (R. B. Johnson Scholarship).

SPA’s Leslie Leip Evaluating Foster Care Grant program

Dr. Leslie Leip, associate professor and MPA program coordinator, is evaluating a grant program designed to help ensure that youth who age out of foster care successfully transition to adulthood.  The grant was awarded by the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Childrens Harbor, a nonprofit organization focused on keeping siblings together when in foster care.  Childrens Harbor is based in Pembroke Pines, Florida.