Public Administration Networking Event

The FAU School of Public Administration, the FAU ICMA student chapter, the Florida City and County Management Association District IV, the Palm Beach County and City Management Association, and the City of Boca Raton hosted a “networking with the professionals” event on April 3, 2019. Thirteen local government professionals from our region talked to our public administration students and alumni about important topics, such as professional development, engaging a diverse community, the future of the local governance in Florida, and working with local officials. Thank you to all of the city managers, human resource directors, other professionals, alumni, and students who participated in the event!

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Public Administration Honor Society Inductees

Congratulations to the nine MPA students and three undergraduate students who were recently inducted into the Public Administration honor society, Pi Alpha Alpha. All of the inductees have a 3.7 GPA or higher, and their dedication to academic excellence is admirable!

Spring 2019 Inductees:

  • Ariel Bozeman
  • Thais Dias
  • Shaquita Edwards
  • Kevin Huff
  • Ashram Maharaj
  • Genaro Martinez De Villa
  • Brett Petrovich
  • Alycia Quaid
  • Jose Rodriguez
  • Richard Scherle
  • Yuu Soubra
  • Benjamin Trautman

We also extend our heartfelt congratulations to these Public Administration 2019 scholarship recipients! All of these students are committed to serving in the public sector and have excelled in their coursework:

  • John Canada Scholarship:  Ryan Lofaro
  • John Miklos Scholarship for Public Administration: Crystal Roye & Angelica Knight
  • Jane Thompson Scholarship in Public Administration: Maylee DeJesus & Samantha Normil
  • R.B. Johnson Endowment Scholarship: Anne-Catherine Wasser

Job well done!

Plenary Speaker for ASPA “Best Practices” Conference

The 13th Annual “Best Practices” Conference of the South Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration was held on February 8th at Nova Southeastern University. The conference focused on highlighting the best practices that are being employed presently in and around the profession and practice of Public Administration and Public Policy.

Peter Cruise (pictured left), Executive Director of the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy at FAU, was invited to give the Opening Plenary Speech for the Conference. He discussed the Palm Beach County Ethics Partnership as an example of a best practice in public sector ethics.

The PBC Ethics Partnership includes the Commission on Ethics, the Office of Inspector General, the Ethics Coalition and the LCPEA. These organizations and agencies share information and expertise with the intent of supporting compliance with the county’s ethics ordinance and the promotion of a more ethical culture in Palm Beach County.

FAU 2018 3MT® Championship

Five students from The College for Design and Social Inquiry competed in FAU’s third-annual 3MT® (Three-Minute Thesis) Championship among 106 total competitors. Wilson McClean, School of Public Administration PhD candidate, took first runner-up overall in the championship round. Congratulations to Wilson, and a job well done to all of our participants!

  • Wilson McClean– Heat 4 Winner and First Runner Up Overall – Public Administration PhD Candidate: “The ‘What is’ and ‘How to’ of Creating Healthy Public Organizational Development and Testing of the Public Organization Wellness Quotient (WQ)” – Watch Wilson’s video presentation here
  • Caralin Branscum– Heat 4 Runner Up – Criminal Justice Masters Candidate: “Voluntary Victim Intoxication in Sexual Assault: A Summary of Legal Standings”
  • Keren Gonzalez– Masters of Social Work Candidate: “Teaching Field Educators about Courageous Conversations concerning Racism and Religious Bigotry”
  • Dre Johnson– Masters of Social Work Candidate: “How to Increase Human Life Expectancy”

Andrea Ramos – Public Administration PhD Candidate: “Let’s Not Get too Close to Another Opioid Overdose”

12th Annual Ethics Seminar – “Using Power Ethically”

After a series of high-profile arrests of public sector officials in 2005-6, representatives of the Palm Beach County Planning Congress (PBCPC), Florida Atlantic University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP), and the Treasure Coast Section, Florida Chapter, American Planning Association (APA) met in the Fall of 2007 to organize a seminar exploring the personal and professional ethical challenges facing land use and planning professionals.

The inaugural seminar in 2007 explored the laws and rules of professional conduct and identified resources – formal and informal – to help keep participants on the “straight and narrow path.”  In subsequent years, the effort came to be co-sponsored by other organizations that shared our values and goals –  the Florida Bar Association, the Florida Institute of Government, the American Society of Landscape Architects, Nova Southeastern University, and the Florida Association of Code Enforcement.

Now in its 12th year and hosted by FAU’s LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy (LCPEA), this year’s seminar theme was “Using Power Ethically.” Merrett Stierheim, Chair of the LCPEA Advisory Board and Ambassador Robert M. ‘Skip’ Orr, Ph.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at FAU were highlighted speakers.  And for the first time in history, County Inspectors General from Miami-Dade (Mary Cagle), Broward (John Scott) and Palm Beach (John Carey) appeared on the same stage at the same time on a panel titled “Using Power Ethically in Public Ethics Investigations.”


LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy Fellows (L-R): Frank Schnidman, J.D., LL.M.; Susan M. Coughanour, FAICP; and Frank S. Palen, Esq., AICP; pictured with Peter Cruise, Academy Director; and Merrett R. Stierheim, Academy Advisory Board Chairman.

12th Annual Ethics Seminar Photo Gallery

Explore FAU 2018 – College Expedition

More than 100 prospective students and family members visited the College for Design and Social Inquiry during the “College Expedition” portion of Explore FAU 2018.  It was a great opportunity for Owl hopefuls to visit the colleges and departments they’re most interested in and speak with faculty and existing students about what it would be like to be a student in their respective degree programs.

Meet the New Graduate Program Coordinator

(L-R) Robin Larson, Graduate Program Coordinator; Leslie Leip, Associate Director; and Palina Prysmakova, Assistant Professor, at the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy dedication reception on August 22, 2018.

Robin Larson, Ph.D., is the new faculty coordinator for the Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Management programs within the FAU School of Public Administration (SPA). She is a retired Captain with more than 23 years of experience at the Pompano Beach Police Department and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, as well as the former Executive Director for the Department of Professional Standards, where she engaged in policy, planning, and research for Internal Affairs and the Institute for Criminal Justice Studies.

“As the MNM/MPA programs coordinator, my desire is to see our students achieve all their academic goals and emerge from our programs ready to serve and grow in various sectors of public service,” Dr. Larson said.  “I’m privileged to work with incredible faculty who offer challenging and meaningful curriculum as well as practical knowledge and skills that ready our students for challenges in today’s increasingly complex world.”

Dr. Larson has managed many complex projects, including agency mergers and organizational restructuring. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University and Barry University in Criminal Justice and Public Administration degree programs. Dr. Larson holds a doctorate and master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

You may contact Dr. Larson via email at or by phone at (561) 297-4569.

FAU Receives Endowment to Name LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 23, 2018) – Florida Atlantic University’s Public Ethics Academy within the School of Public Administration in the College for Design and Social Inquiry recently received a $475,000 endowment from the LeRoy Collins Legacy Group, Inc. to name the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy in honor of former Florida Gov. LeRoy Collins.

“It was my grandfather’s steadfast conviction with respect for others and a moral courage guided by the truth and by his conscience that helped him define his leadership,” said LeRoy Collins III, Collins Center board member. “FAU is a worthy partner and I am excited to see all that the Academy will accomplish.”

In addition to naming the Public Ethics Academy, a portion of the endowment will be used to fund two student scholarships each year.

The Academy, first organized by FAU in 2009, was re-launched in 2017 and Peter Cruise, Ph.D., was named its executive director. 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.

“The Academy’s research and training programs will promote and inform the principles Gov. Collins stood for and believed in,” said Wesley Hawkins, Ph.D., dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry. “This generous endowment will impact students for years to come and expand the Academy’s programs and services throughout the University.”

The Academy’s objectives are to increase understanding of local government and how it functions, promote high ethical standards in public service, provide an informational base for more informed policy making and develop the capacity of local officials to govern effectively.

“As one example of FAU President John Kelly’s vision of significant community engagement, the wonderful public service legacy of Gov. LeRoy Collins will continue at FAU through the Public Ethics Academy that now bears his name,” Cruise said.

For more information on the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy at FAU, visit

Ph.D. Alumni Spotlight: Where are They Now?

The FAU School of Public Administration is happy to report recent job news for two of its Ph.D. alumni. First up, Dr. Alexandru Roman – just five short years after graduation, Dr. Roman has been promoted to full Professor status at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB), and it sounds like he is just getting started.

“I am happy and proud to be able to call CSUSB my academic home, and I very much look forward to continuing growing as a scholar here,” Roman said. “My professional achievements with CSUSB are, in many ways, a reflection of the guidance and rigorous preparation that I received at FAU during my Ph.D. program. The program’s amazing faculty, their supportive nature, and their high expectations have shaped my professional aspirations and have provide with the base that I needed to succeed in academia.”

Dr. Alexandru Roman

Dr. Khi Thai, one of Roman’s professors in the FAU School of Public Administration, had a few words to say about his mentee’s fast-paced success.

“I am extremely happy to know that Dr. Alexandru Roman achieved Professor status so quickly at such a high-ranking university,” Thai said. “He has always been a very humble and pleasant person to work with.”

Next up, Dr. Gilvert Angervil has taken a job as Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, in their Urban and Regional Studies Institute and Department of Government.

“Before joining our Ph.D. program, Gilvert held some high government positions in Haiti, including Congressman in his country,” said Thai, who also served as Angervil’s dissertation chair.  “He is a very intelligent student and hardworking, and I believe strongly that Dr. Angervil will be successful in his profession.”

Dr. Gilvert Angervil

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Public Ethics Academy Receives $500,000 Endowment


The Public Ethics Academy at FAU just received some major news, to the tune of a nearly $500,000 endowment from the former Collins Center for Public Policy in Miami. FAU was invited to make a formal proposal of how it would apply the disbursed funds, along with three other Florida entities – which included the Florida Humanities Council, Florida International University, and Miami Dade College. Ultimately, the Collins Center Board unanimously awarded their generous financial gift to FAU to name the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy, in honor of former Florida Governor LeRoy Collins, who governed from 1955 to 1960.

“Our objective was very clear: to preserve the legacy of Governor Collins, who was really a man ahead of his time and a shining example of ethics, integrity, and courage,” said Merrett Stierheim, former Collins Center board chairman. “Each proposing organization made a very genuine and sincere effort to respond to the criteria that we set forth, but at the end of the day, the vote was unanimously in favor of FAU because of the quality of their submission.”


Applying the Funds

In addition to naming the Public Ethics Academy, which lives within the College for Design and Social Inquiry under the School of Public Administration, the annual interest from the endowment corpus will be used to fund student scholarships, awarded as a result of essay submissions that cover the life and leadership of Governor Collins.

“The student essays will be permanent representatives of what the Governor stood for and believed in; but more importantly, that kind of [scholarly] competition will expose a lot of young people to his work,” said Joe Oglesby, Collins Center board member. “The research that they do will illuminate his achievements in a very special way that will be around for generations after generations.”


Remembering Governor Collins

Oglesby recalls being a young boy in the 1950s and hearing his mother, aunt, and uncle discussing Governor Collins. While he was too young to understand the specifics of their conversation, he remembers that their tone was always hopeful when referring to the Governor, who was the first leader of a Southern state to voice support for de-segregation and civil rights.

“As I grew older, I learned more about the Governor and what he actually did, and it was so special and separate from the main thought of the day,” Oglesby said.  “He was a very courageous man, and he went out on the plank for his beliefs. We would be fortunate if others would adopt that frame of mind and just say ‘I’m going to do what’s best for the state and the nation, and to hell with political labels’. When you compare that kind of integrity with what we see too often today where it’s all about self and ideology, you can appreciate how special he was.”

A lifetime public servant himself, Stierheim says that associating the Collins name with ethical values carries special meaning, and that the student essays will only perpetuate his great name and establish a living legacy – all under the guidance of the Academy’s Director and Palm Beach County Ethics Commissioner, Peter Cruise.

“It was my grandfather’s steadfast conviction with respect for others and a moral courage guided by the truth and by his conscience that helped define his leadership,” said LeRoy Collins III, Governor Collins’s grandson and Collins Center board member.

“He once said, ‘Government cannot live by taxes alone, or by jobs alone, or even by roads alone… Government must have qualities of the spirit. Without these qualities, there is no worthwhile leadership, and we grapple and grope in a moral wilderness.’ That is never more appropriate than today, and can only be accomplished by supporting, inspiring, and training our youth. FAU is a worthy partner for that endeavor, and I’m excited for all they will accomplish,” Collins said.


Looking Forward

All voting members of the Collins board are confident that Cruise and his team have built a plan that will work well into the future. Stierheim, Oglesby, and Collins will serve as Advisory Board members for the academy, beginning in Fall 2018.

“My grandfather was very focused on training future leaders with a strength of character,” Collins said. “Doing what was right was more important than doing what was popular. We need leaders with a vision and sense of purpose to tackle the problems we, as Floridians, face in today’s modern world. He would be pleased that his legacy is being perpetuated at FAU.”

The Academy is honored to have also received a $10,000 donation from The Eric Friedheim Foundation and a $50,000 pledge from an anonymous donor.

“Long after I am gone, the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy will still be going strong, and Governor Collins would be very pleased,” Stierheim said. “It’s a beautiful legacy to have – honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct. You couldn’t ask for more.”

Congratulations, Dr. Fennimore!

Anne Fennimore

On May 16, 2018, Anne K. Fennimore successfully defended her dissertation – Rethinking Public Service Motivation: The Role of Communal Narcissism and officially became Dr. Fennimore.

“Completing the Ph.D. in Public Administration at FAU has been a lengthy, but steadfast journey toward accomplishing my dream of becoming an academician,” Fennimore said.  “I could not have imagined completing a terminal degree at any other institution than FAU. The small class sizes, dedicated faculty, and mentorship opportunities have provided a beneficial environment for academic training and competitive placement in careers upon graduation.”

Background and Research Interest
In addition to her Ph.D., Fennimore holds bachelor’s degrees in Music Business and Psychology, and master’s degrees in Music Business (University of Miami) and Business Administration (FAU). Her primary research interest is in organizational misbehavior – a subject she has addressed in her four peer-reviewed articles:

  • “Munchausen syndrome by proxy: Perpetual organisational illness and therapy” in the International Journal of Organizational Analysis (Sole author)
  • “Natural born opportunists” in Management Decision (Sole author)
  • “Public entrepreneurship and sub-clinical psychopaths: A conceptual frame and implications” in the International Journal of Public Sector Management (Co-authored with Dr. Arthur Sementelli)
  • “Accounting for the horsemen of the administrative apocalypse” in Public Integrity (Co-authored with Dr. Sementelli)

While applying for faculty positions, Fennimore will remain in her current role as the Marketing and Communications Project Manager for the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU. The College for Design and Social Inquiry and the School of Public Administration offer Dr. Fennimore our warmest congratulations and best wishes for her bright future in academia.

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Dissertation Synopsis
Public service motivation (PSM) encompasses self-sacrifice (SS), compassion (COM), commitment to public values (CPV), and attraction to public participation (APP) as part of a public service ethic. The public and non-profit sectors are purported to consist of individuals possessing other-directed, communal values, rather than self-directed, agentic values characterizing private sector organizations.

However, PSM’s positive (prosocial?) bias often discounts the realities of self-interested motives and mixed motives. Garnering insights from personality psychology may further the development of PSM from multidisciplinary angles. Decades of research in the private sector has focused on malevolent personalities in organizations. Yet, similar efforts delineating malevolent types in public and non-profit organizations remain lacking.

The communal narcissism scale is distinct from other malevolent scales because it measures communal traits as a function of domain specificity. Unlike the agentic version of narcissism, in which self-aggrandizement is almost immediately apparent to others, the self-aggrandizement component of communal narcissism is hidden by a ‘saint-type bias.’ Further, some communal narcissism traits may mimic dimensions of the PSM scale.

This research found that CNI was, indeed, associated with PSM, particularly the self-sacrifice, public participation, and compassion dimensions. Additionally, PSM was positively associated with the non-profit sector and negatively associated with the private sector. CNI, in contrast was indirectly influenced by sector. Specifically, CNI was positively associated with the non-profit sector and negatively associated with the private sector.

LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy Receives Stierheim Video Archives

FAU’s LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy is privileged to host the following video archives featuring Merrett R. Stierheim, now in his sixth decade of public service with such former roles as City of Miami Manager, Miami-Dade County Manager, Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent, Manager of Miami-Lakes and Doral, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association, and many more.

“Through the generosity of the Stierheim family and the work by Mayco Villafana, the PEA can now share these wonderful memories of the career and life of Mr. Good Government: Merrett Stierheim,” said Peter Cruise, Director of the FAU Public Ethics Academy and Palm Beach County Ethics Commissioner.

Visit our “About Merrett R. Stierheim” page to learn more about his life and legacy, and to view the video archives.

Congratulations, Class of 2018!

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, nearly 300 bachelor students and 140 masters students accepted their diplomas from the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University. To all of our students, it has been our pleasure to have you in our classrooms and to watch you grow and learn in your programs.

Whether you are continuing your education or ready to apply your knowledge in the workforce, we look forward to watching your next chapter unfold. Remember that we are here for you and rooting for your success each step along the way.

As Chairman of the FAU Board of Trustees Anthony Barbar said during his undergraduate commencement speech, “It’s now our turn to learn from you.” Be well and best wishes!

  • 21 Bachelor of Architecture
  • 127 Bachelor of Arts
  • 16 Bachelor of General Studies
  • 14 Bachelor of Public Management
  • 23 Bachelor of Public Safety Administration
  • 70 Bachelor of Social Work
  • 16 Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
  • 8 Bachelor of Urban Design
  • 9 Master of Nonprofit Management
  • 6 Master of Public Administration
  • 12 Master of Science
  • 106 Master of Social Work

Want to explore the degree programs in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at FAU? Call our Academic Advising Team today: (561) 297-2316

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Commencement

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Spring 2018 Graduate Commencement

Professor Invited to the United Nations

Dr. Ali Farazmand, Professor in the FAU School of Public Administration, has been invited to participate in the United Nations’ Committee of Experts on Public Administration (UN-CEPA) Meetings in New York, April 23-27th.


The Committee is responsible for supporting the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among Member States notably in relation to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in support of the implementation and progress reviews of the Sustainable Development Goals.


“This meeting puts Florida Atlantic University on the global map of top institutions that are involved in these efforts,” said Dr. Farazmand.


The goal of the Committee’s time together will be to address and help the United Nations with:

(a) solving current and future global problems by

(b) offering creative ideas and solutions to crises of all sorts around the world;

(c) providing technical and advisory assistance to Member-States on improving governance and public administration; and

(d) preparing draft papers and reports for discussions for dissemination of knowledge and policy advice towards achieving the UN 2030 Strategic Sustainability Goals with issues that include environment, development, crisis management, capacity building, metropolitan sustainability, governance, and public administration.


“I feel highly honored to again be representing FAU in this global institutional body that shoulders an enormous responsibility in tackling a multitude of issues and problems of our world,” Farazmand continued.

Top Graduate School Honors by U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report awards top universities in their annual list of “Best Colleges Rankings”, which spans nearly 50 categories students can reference when making their college selection.

We are proud to announce that Florida Atlantic University’s School of Public Administration in the College for Design and Social Inquiry just earned a coveted spot. We were named one of the Best Graduate Schools in Public Affairs for 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.

Annual Ph.D. Colloquium

Public Administration Ph.D. student James Capp shares his research on “The Bureaucratic Consciousness: Romantic and Critical Ways of Knowing”

Public Administration Ph.D. student James Capp shares his research on “The Bureaucratic Consciousness: Romantic and Critical Ways of Knowing”

The Association of Doctoral Students in Public Administration (ADSPA) and the Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) sponsored this one-day conference, which annually promotes Public Administration research and writing among doctoral students and candidates.

“This is a multi-university effort that gives students a prime opportunity for feedback and practice before they enter the workplace,” said Dr. Arthur Sementelli, the Public Administration Ph.D. Program Coordinator.  “The colloquium is a completely student-run and student-funded event that has been held off and on for more than 10 years. I am immensely proud of the students and the research that was presented.”

The Public Administration Ph.D. degree is designed for students who want to have research as their primary career and/or work in academia, but the program is also open to professional practitioners with a strong research interest.

“The School of Public Administration provides its doctoral students with the theoretical foundations and the analytical skills to pursue rigorous and innovative research projects,” said James Capp, a current Ph.D. student.

“Perhaps most importantly, the faculty members encourage us to hone our scholarship through academic presentations and publications. As a result, graduates of the program are highly competitive in the job market, with most of my peers landing excellent positions at research universities and public agencies all over the country.”

Interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Administration? Email today.

The Food Recovery Network, FAU Chapter, Fights Hunger and Food Waste

Sybil Brown, Graduate student at FAU's School of Public Administration, is helping to prevent hunger.

The Florida Atlantic University chapter of the Food Recovery Network, which was founded in December of 2017, has now been actively conducting food recoveries on the Boca Raton campus since February 7th, 2018. With a total of 12 student members and volunteers, we have successfully carried out 10 food recoveries from the Atlantic Dining Hall where we have rescued more than 1,000 pounds of food total!! All recovered product is food that would have otherwise gone to waste, but is instead being used to feed hungry people in our community. The food is being donated to a local cooperative feeding program called Boca Helping Hands. We are fighting food waste on campus and using it to feed people in need. We will be continuing our recoveries during the remainder of the semester on Wednesdays and Fridays, and are hoping to expand by adding an additional pick-up on Mondays as well. If you are interesting in getting involved or want to learn more, please email us at

FAU School of Public Administration Hosts “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event

The FAU School of Public Administration partnered with the FIU Department of Public Policy & Affairs, Nova Southeastern University Public Administration Program, the FAU & FIU ICMA student chapters, the ICMA, and the Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade City Managers’ Associations and Leagues of Cities to present an evening about building communities of inclusion. Leigh Ann Henderson, William Jackson, and David Scott talked about the innovative programs and practices their organizations have to build communities of inclusion.

Director of Economic Development and Strategy for Boynton Beach Speaks at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event

David E. Scott, Director of Economic Development and Strategy for the City of Boynton Beach, was a guest speaker at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event sponsored by FAU, FIU and NSU and the ICMA student chapters at FAU and FIU on March 1, 2018.

David E. Scott, the Director of Economic Development and Strategy for the City of Boynton Beach, leads the City’s efforts to promote a healthy and vibrant economy and community through locally-based, regionally-driven economic development. His topic is: Building Wealth in the community. Building a sustainable economic development strategy
requires that the City empower the residents of Boynton Beach as active participants in the ongoing economic development of their neighborhoods; creating a legacy of sustainable community wealth that benefits all its citizens. The Community Outreach team will aim to ensure that residents benefit from any development or redevelopment initiative, and that publicly subsidized projects effectively address community needs by creating job and job training opportunities, workforce development, fair access and support for local small and minority owned businesses to pursue related contracts, environmental justice, minimized local business displacement and adequate workforce housing. This in turn will enable residents to purchase and retain housing and thus become stronger stakeholders in the community. Community organization and engagement will be crucial. We will seek to link the community with resources that will assist in galvanizing the combined efforts of residents, through Neighborhood Economic Development strategies that engage community organizations, businesses, and faith-based, financial, and educational institutions; focused on providing technical assistance and financial support for community revitalization, and incubator assistance for small business development and entrepreneurs.

City Manager of Wilton Manors Speaks at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event


Leigh Ann Henderson, City Manager for the City of Wilton Manors, was a guest speaker at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event sponsored by FAU, FIU and NSU and the ICMA student chapters at FAU and FIU on March 1, 2018.

Leigh Ann Henderson, City Manager for the City of Wilton Manors shared how Wilton Manors supports and celebrates a diverse and inclusive community. The City of Wilton Manors is recognized as a leader in advancing equality and in creating a city that is inclusive and welcome to all. Through its progressive policies, planning, and management, Wilton Manors has fostered and supported diversity in its neighborhoods, businesses and its own workforce.

William Jackson, Community Justice Division Manager of Urban League of Broward County, Speaks at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event

William Jackson, Community Justice Division Manager of Urban League of Broward County, was a guest speaker at the 2018 “Building Communities of Inclusion” Event sponsored by FAU, FIU and NSU and the ICMA student chapters at FAU and FIU on March 1, 2018.

William Jackson, Community Justice Division Manager of Urban League of Broward County, discussed The Justice Project. For the past few years the Community Justice Division at the Urban League of Broward County formed a number of taskforce committees that have contributed to the awareness of issues that are growing in the black community. In 2014, the Increasing Community Engagement Amongst Black Males in Broward County Taskforce was assembled to plan the “Know Your Rights” event. In 2015, the Improving the Status of Black Males in Broward County Taskforce was formed to plan the “All Lives Matter” event. In 2016 the Urban League of Broward County’s Community Justice Division formed the Strengthening Positive Relations Between the Community and Law Enforcement Taskforce to plan “The Justice Project Operation: Trust” event. In light of the growing concerns over the lack of positive relations and trust between law enforcement and communities of color, The Justice Project Taskforce was founded in July 2016. Currently, the goal of The Justice Project is to strengthen relations and change the perception, attitudes and behavior amongst the community and law enforcement by creating opportunities for youth and police officers to engage in positive interactions via a seven-prong strategy: 1) Juvenile Diversion & Law Enforcement Engagement; 2) Community & Law Enforcement Restorative Justice/ Peace Circle Training 3) Restorative Justice Circles w/ Local Faith Based Organizations; 4) Women’s Tea Social: Sip & Share; 5) Community Forums, 6) Racial Equity Workshops (Dismantling Racism Institute); and 7) Annual Wide Event “Operation: Humanity.”

Congratulations to Maylee DeJesus Winner of the ASPA South Florida Chapter’s 2018 Natacha Seijas “Women in Public Service” Scholarship

Maylee DeJesus, a master’s student in the School of Public Administration, was selected as the winner of the ASPA South Florida Chapter’s 2018 Natacha Seijas “Women in Public Service” Scholarship, recognizing her commitment to excellence in the practice and study of public administration. 
The scholarship was  awarded at the 15th Annual Women’s History Month reception on Thursday, March 29th at Jungle Island, in Miami, Florida.  
Congratulations, Maylee!

Public Ethics Academy Honored By Palm Beach County


The Public Ethics Academy within the School of Public Administration in the College for Design and Social Inquiry at Florida Atlantic University has been honored by the Palm Beach County Commission with a proclamation naming April “Ethics Awareness Month.”

“Having the Public Ethics Academy recognized by the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners as a part of the ethics partnership in Palm Beach County shows just how strong FAU’s community engagement has become under President Kelly’s leadership,” said Peter Cruise, Ph.D., executive director of the Public Ethics Academy.

The Public Ethics Academy was first organized by FAU in 2009 to research ethics and provide training for local government agencies. Cruise was appointed executive director of the Academy upon its re-launch and was recently appointed to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics for a four-year term.

Ali Farazmand Wins Fred Riggs Award

Professor Ali Farazmand’s Speech as Recipient of the ASPA’s 2017 Fred Riggs Award in recognition of his distinguished Lifetime Achievements and Original Contributions to theories, knowledge, and practice in Public Administration, March 2017.

The following is shortened/condensed excerpt/report of Professor Farazmand:

Professor Ali Farazmand, School of Public Administration, was the recipient of the 2017 Fred Riggs Award at the ASPA Conference in Atlanta, March 2017. Dr. Farazmand was chosen unanimously by more than 300 members of the ASPA’s Section on Comparative and International Administration (SICA) in recognition of his distinct Lifetime Achievements, and original contributions to advancing knowledge in the fields of public administration and policy, at the Annual SICA Breakfast Meeting, March 2017. Fred Riggs Award is one of the ASPA’s top and most prestigious awards given to an outstanding scholar and member, one whose lifetime contributions to advancing knowledge in the fields of public administration and policy have surpassed any level of expectations by making groundbreaking theoretical and practical contributions to the fields. Professor Farazmand was recognized with distinction and resounding support from around the globe—more than 30 scholars wrote nomination and support letters for his award, plus all the SICA members who unanimously supported his nomination.

He was distinguished for his ground breaking original contributions to “Organization Theory, Institutional Theories, Globalization and Comparative/International Studies Theories, and Chaos/Transformation Theories, and Crisis Management Theories.”

As part of the award ceremony, Professor Farazmand gave a 45 minute speech on his close academic relationships with Fred Riggs, and Riggs’ legacies and contributions. Farazmand’s speech touched on some central macro-big pictures, something no one had ever done before: Farazmand put Fred Riggs in the global contexts of the 1950s and 1960s, when institutional theories, systems theories, and Cold War Dual World Order permeated  academic scholarship  in social sciences (political science, sociology, economics, organization theory, and public administration) with suffocating ideological rivalries on the one hand, and promoted Western capitalist-oriented approaches to development and international studies. As an academic field of study and practical enterprise, public administration was caught in the middle, forced to perform and achieve the ideological goals dictated by the top that was leading the Cold War, while struggling with ways to advance science and professionalism:


  1. Institutional Theories required and meant “institution building and bureaucratization” (both military and civilian) of societies and enhancing the state power in developing and developed nations under the Western influence and domination.
  2. Systems Theories required and meant beefing up the power of the bureaucratized and capitalized systems of the capitalist government/state and economy with all means (including military coups as well as civilian bureaucracy reforms) to protect the systems by all means while crushing any discontent, popular democratic governments unfriendly to the United States, and revolutionary movements in Central and Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East.
  3. Organization Theory and Public Administration Theories focused on incrementalism in decision sciences and bureaucratized state power (both military and civilian) and execution of the Cold Ward ideological missions. Farazmand concluded that, while the Cold War and the Dual World Order have been replaced by the rising expectations and movements of citizen engagement as well as the concepts of anti-bureaucracy and prescriptions of market theory ideologies that promise a lot  but delivering little, the reality is that no revolutionary changes have taken place; on the contrary, a global surge of predatory capitalism and globalization (by both peaceful and violent means) have permeated the world of nation states and their economies, with rising more poverty, more human trafficking, more conflicts, and more wars with devastation in developing countries.

Predatory globalization and predatory capitalism backed by predatory states have turned the world into a new “age of madness” in the face of threats by dominant hegemonic states to use nuclear bombs against revolutionary governments and those refusing to be subjugated by the big ones in the 21st century.  The dual world-order has been replaced by Multi-World Order, as some states refuse to submit to the Uni-Polar World Order. The result has been mounting dialectical tensions at the global stage. Public administration theory must search for new ideas to neutralize actors of madness while improving service delivery and moderating ideological extremities.

He encouraged students and scholars to internalize and practice the values of what he called “Principled Professionalism”: competence combined with character, ethics and accountability against temptations of power and abuse of power, fairness and equity and avoidance of haste and temperament, professional integrity in the face of political and unethical pressures, and commitment to the Noble Profession of Public Service.” This is a future that students and scholars of public administration and policy must grapple with. Finally, Professor Farazmand also invited and advised younger scholars in public administration to take stock from experiences, study harder and broaden their world views with open mindedness, and be inspired by leaders of the fields and their legacies.

Ali Farazmand,
Atlanta, March 2017.


FAU Appoints New Ethics Commissioner


Peter L. Cruise, Ph.D., executive director of the Public Ethics Academy in the School of Public Administration within the College for Design and Social Inquiry, was appointed by FAU President John Kelly to the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics for a four-year term.

The mission of the Palm Beach County Commission on Ethics is to foster integrity in public services, to promote the public’s trust and confidence in that service, and to prevent conflicts between private interests and public duties.

“Cruise has extensive experience in the field of ethics and public administration, and is well qualified to serve on the Commission,” said Kelly.

An accomplished scholar, he has authored and co-authored dozens of articles in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of ethics and organizational studies. This is in addition to his time as a tenured faculty member who has taught and conducted research in the field of ethics.

Cruise served for more than 12 years as a health and human services manager. He also has served on the editorial board of the Global Virtue Ethics Reviewthe Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, and the Jossey-Bass/John Wiley Health Care Management Book Series.

For more information on the Public Ethics Academy at FAU, visit

Amazing Alumni Society Happy Hour

(l to r) Leslie Leip, William Jackson, Monique Damiano, Barika Williams, Sarah Saunders, Dave Soloman, Michael Friedel, Carlos Verney


(l to r) James Capp, Francisco Cabrera                (l to r) Carlos Verney, Hugh Miller

(l to r) Amanda Vilain, Jonathan Owens, Kaitlyn Collier, Ty Cunningham, Karen Sweeting, Carolyn Francis-Royer, William Jackson 


(l to r) Adam Reback, Jason Jacoby              (l to r) Monique, Damiano, Dave Soloman, Sarah Saunders

(l to r) Dayna Bhaggan, Laura Karpaviciute, Steve Bourassa, Lori Ford

(l to r) Dayna Bhaggan, Leslie Leip, Ginah Joseph, Laura Karpaviciute, Jo-Ann Lorber

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

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

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).