Associate Dean's Welcome Message

Dr. Schwartz Greetings from the School of Public Affairs! As Associate Dean, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website and our school. Whether you are a prospective or current student, a graduate, a friend or interested citizen, I appreciate your interest.

I hope as you peruse our site that you will recognize our desire and ability to provide excellent education as well as to serve and engage with our community. The School of Public Affairs (SPA) provides a vibrant environment in which students, faculty and community members engage with each other and learn together - in the classroom, in the field, and through research and conferences.

The School of Public Affairs is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This accreditation is received after undergoing a voluntary, rigorous peer review process to assure that we meet NASPAA standards; the accreditation must be renewed every seven years. We are proud that our school meets these high standards and that our program is in harmony with NASPAA's mission of high quality education and promoting values of public service.

The world of public affairs is rich and varied. Whether your interests lie in local, state or the federal government, in serving as an elected official, in leading a nonprofit agency or foundation, in the broad and demanding field of criminal justice, or in the arena of policy analysis, the School of Public Affairs has much to offer you. You will interact with academic scholars and leading practitioners in small classes. You will have an opportunity to contribute from your own experiences and to be challenged with opportunities for new learning. You will engage in classroom dialogue and work on real-world problems in community settings.

Our programs focus on the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities for critical thinking and analysis, leading and managing effectively in a diverse society, innovating and implementing in the complex world in which we live.

Please join us and prepare yourself for the future.