School of Public Affairs

Welcome to SPA

Dr. George Reed, Dean of UCCS School of Public AffairsWelcome to the UCCS School of Public Affairs, a vibrant learning community serving those who seek to make a difference in the public sector. The Roman poet Virgil asserted that the noblest virtue is the public good. Whether you are a prospective student, a graduate, a friend, or an interested citizen, thank you for your interest in our school.

The School of Public Affairs provides high-quality degrees and certificates within a culture of care. It is an environment where students, faculty and community members engage and learn from each other in the classroom and through research and experiential learning. Spend some time with our world-class faculty and you will soon come to understand why the School of Public Affairs is such a special place.

Our programs emphasize critical thinking and analytical skills necessary for leading and managing effectively in a diverse society. Our graduates are prepared to innovate in the complex world in which we live.

Our Master of Public Administration program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). This accreditation is awarded only after a rigorous peer review process that ensures our program provides high quality education and promotes values of public service.

Our flagship Criminal Justice undergraduate and graduate degree programs are renowned for combining theory and practice. Our dedicated Criminal justice faculty is comprised of top-flight academics and experienced criminal justice professionals who have much to offer those who are interested in issues of crime and justice.

The world of public affairs is rich and varied, full of challenges and rewards. 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 and administration, the School of Public Affairs has much to offer. Here you will interact with scholars and leading practitioners in small classes. You will have an opportunity to contribute from your own experiences and be challenged with opportunities for new learning. You will also engage in classroom dialogue and work on real-world problems in community settings.

If you share our desire to make the world a better place I invite you to take a closer look at the School of Public Affairs. We look forward to meeting you.

--George E. Reed, Ph.D


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Faculty Conference Presentation: American Correctional Association

On August 6, 2016, Senior Instructor Katy Cathcart and Dr. Susan Jones will be presenting and conducting a workshop at the annual American Correctional Association Conference on the relationship between the correctional culture and its effect upon staff misconduct and boundary violations. The title of their presentation is called What Does the Culture Have to do With It? Boundary Violations and Staff Misconduct.

Spotlight: Steve Recca

The University of Colorado's weekly publication (May 19, 2016) CU Connections profiled the School of Public Affairs' Steve Recca, Executive Director of the Center for Human Security, in CU's spotlight interview "Five questions for Steve Recca."

Publication Alert: Edin Mujkic

Congratulations to Dr. Edin Mujkic for getting two co-authored articles published: "WEB 2.0: How social media applications leverage nonprofit responses during a wildfire crisis", and "Leadership Behaviors and Trust in Leaders: Evidence from the U.S. Federal Government."

Faculty Alert: Michael Landon-Murray

At the 2016 annual conference of the International Studies Association, Dr. Michael Landon-Murray was elected as an Intelligence Studies Section (ISS) editor for a news and information partnership with H-Intel. He was recently selected as a course and program certification reviewer for the International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE).

Outstanding Students of the Year for School of Public Affairs

We congratulate these students for their excellence in the following School of Public Affairs' programs: BACJ: Caleb Payne, Heather Edwards, Jacob Schubert, Alyssa Swantkoski; MPA: Brandon Bishop and Kevin Hudgens; MCJ: Amy Bunn and Jake Campbell.

Publication Alert: Randy Pearson

Congratulations to School of Public Affairs' lecturer Randy Pearson for his article, "Thoughts on Special Operations Forces Roles in Combating Transnational Organized Crime", in the 2016 Joint Special Operations University monograph.

Publication Alert: Don Klingner

Published in 2014 and published in Mexico in 2015: "Using the ‘Narcotrafico’ Threat to Build Public Administration Capacity between the US and Mexico", by Don Klingner and Roberto Moreno Espinosa. CRC Press: Taylor & Francis, ASPA Series in Public Administration and Policy.

Distinguished Professor Presents in Mexico

Distinguished Professor Don Klingner started off 2016 coordinating a 3-day International Seminar at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) where he gave presentations on public administration and US/Mexico relations.

Colorado Capital Conference

Current SPA graduate students are invited to apply for a stipend to the Colorado Capital Conference, an annual conference held in Washington D.C. designed to give participants an enhanced understanding of the federal legislative process and how to affect public policy.

Publication Alert: Dean George Reed

Published November 2015: "Military Leadership and Administrative Evil in Overcoming Leadership Challenges: International Perspectives", by George Reed and James Dobbs. Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2015, pp. 105-119.

Criminal Justice Faculty Presenting at The American Society of Criminology

We congratulate Dr. Anna Kosloski, Dr. Stephanie Ryon, and Dr. Henriikka Weir of the School of Public Affairs on being accepted to present at the prestigious "The American Society of Criminology," the annual flagship conference in the field of criminology in Washington D.C. from November 18-21, 2015.

Course Innovation: Community Development Issues in Eastern Africa

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) is offering an Education Abroad extended studies course during the 2016 Winterim through the UCCS Global Engagement Office that will give students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn, think and act on Community Development Issues in Eastern Africa. This course is open to SPA graduate and Sociology undergraduate students. It will be taught by Michele Companion (Sociology) and Don Klingner (School of Public Affairs) in cooperation with Jamie Van Leeuwen of the Global Livingstone Institute. View the Africa Course Presentation and other course details.

Alumna Spotlight:

MPA Alumna Rosemary Harris Lytle, president of the Colorado/Montana/Wyoming NAACP State Conference, was recently honored by One Colorado for her work with the American Civil Liberties Union on LGBT rights. Read the Denver Post Blog article : "One Colorado honors leaders who are allies to LGBT community"

New eJournal: Journal of Human Security & Resilience

The UCCS School of Public Affairs' Center for Human Security (CHS) has launched a peer-reviewed Journal of Human Security & Resilience, with Dr. Edin Mujkic as Editor-in-Chief and Steve Recca as Managing Editor.

School of Public Affairs Scholarship

To celebrate UCCS' 50th Anniversary and to provide financial support for students, the UCCS School of Public Affairs Scholarship has been created to raise funds for student scholarships. Invest Now.

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Upcoming Events

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Summer 2016 Alumni Event

UCCS School of Public Affairs' alumni Sky Sox baseball event on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Tickets, parking, and food on us!

Lessons Learned - Mary Fran Hunter Cold Case Homicide Investigation

In this Criminal Justice Community Engagement event, retired NCIS Agent Don Johnston will speak on his work on a cold case homicide investigation on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 5:30pm in Osborne Center B134.

City-County Citizens College

The City-County Citizens College is an opportunity to learn the responsibilities, functions, finances, programs, and services of El Paso County Government and the City of Colorado Springs. The training will take place on 2 Saturdays with the City of Colorado Springs May 14 & 21 and/ or 2 Saturdays with El Paso County June 11 & 18 at the Regional Development Building.

Colorado Capital Conference

Current SPA graduate students are invited to apply for a stipend to the Colorado Capital Conference, an annual conference held in Washington D.C. designed to give participants an enhanced understanding of the federal legislative process and how to affect public policy.

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UCCS Outstanding Teacher of the Year - Dr. Anna Kosloski


Why SPA at UCCS?

Choose the Best!

The UCCS School of Public Affairs is one of the premier schools of public administration in the Rocky Mountain West, and the school's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by NASPAA. The small, intimate size of the UCCS School of Public Affairs makes it a highlight for prospective and current students, making SPA an outstanding choice.

The school is known for its friendly and inviting culture and scholarship. While the student body is small; faculty and staff members are readily accessible and engage students as peers. At UCCS School of Public Affairs, students are assured of excellence in teaching by exceptional faculty.

Our Programs

Our strong program offerings include a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Master of Public Administration, Master of Criminal Justice, and professional certificates.

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