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 sementel@fau.edu today.