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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Associate Professor/MPA Director Position

The UCCS School of Public Affairs is actively recruiting for an Associate Professor and MPA Director for our Master of Public Administration program. Applications are due by October 31, 2016. Associate Professor/MPA Director position.

Publication Alert: Edin Mujkic

Congratulations to Dr. Edin Mujkic for co-authoring and getting "Ethics Training for U.S. Military Leaders: Challenging the Conventional Approach" published by Public Integrity Journal.

Katy Cathcart Receives Prestigious WACJ 2016 Innovative Teaching Award

Congratulations to Katy Cathcart, our Senior Instructor of Criminal Justice, for receiving the 2016 Western Association of Criminal Justice Innovative Teaching Award! Katy Cathart WACJ Innovative Teaching Award.

Faculty Panel Presentation: A Muslim Threat: Real or Perceived?

A Front Range University Event Series at UCCS and the University of Denver, this year's theme is on "The U.S. and Islamophobia." The School of Public Affairs' Dr. Edin Mujkic will discuss the topic of “A Muslim Threat: Real or Perceived?” on September 19 from 5-7pm. The entire series will be held from September 19 - 21 from 5-7pm in the Library Apse.

Regina Winters Tapped as Prestigious Ethics Fellow

School Public Affairs' Assistant Dean and Senior Instructor, Regina Winters, has been chosen as one of seven faculty UCCS faculty members to serve as a UCCS Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellow for 2016-2017. Seven faculty tapped as ethics fellows.

East Africa Course in January 2017

Enroll in UCCS' East Africa happening in January 2017. The course, developed and facilitated by the Global Livingston Institute, focuses on international development. View the Africa Course Presentation and other course details.

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.

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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Professional Development Series: Social Impact Businesses

Come hear from local social entrepreneurs this afternoon, Monday, October 24 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm in UC 302. The Colorado Coalition for Social Impact will also talk about the range of options between nonprofit and for profit entities.

CJ Engagement Series: Kids Doing Life

Mary Ellen Johnson with The Pendulum Foundation will make a presentation and have an open discussion on Kids Doing Life in Colorado and the United States on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 from 10:50am - 1:30pm in the Upper Lodge at UCCS.

CJ Engagement Series: Offender Panel

State Parole Officer Roger Harrington will lead a panel presentation involving offenders convicted of various categories of Crimes of Violence on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 10:45am - 1:30pm in the Upper Lodge at UCCS.

Survivor Speak Out 2016

​Respect on Campus' Survivor Speak Out series is inviting community members to hear from survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault on uesday, October 18, at 6:30 pm in Osborne room B134.

Professional Development Series: Ease into Public Speaking

In our "Ease into Public Speaking" event, we will provide proven tips on communicating to be understood on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 7:30 - 8:30pm in the Columbine 322 at UCCS.

Criminal Justice Reform: an evening with Shaka Senghor

The Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance presents its 2016 signature event on an evening with best-selling author Shaka Senghor Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 6pm at the Pikes Peak Center. Tickets are free but reservations are required by October 2:

Diversity of Political Thought Event

UCCS' MOSAIC, School of Public Affairs, and Political Science units will host a panel event to foster conversation around the diversity of political thought and provide a forum to conduct civil discourse. Event is tentatively scheduled for November 3, 2016 from 4:00-6:00pm in UC 124.

Professional Development Series: Energize Your Job Search

In our "Energize Your Job Search" event, we will provide strategies on optimizing your resume, cover letters and job search on Monday, November 14, 2016 from 7:30 - 8:30pm in the Columbine 322 at UCCS.

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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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