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.

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.