Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs
I am proposing a revision of an existing curriculum that would help the development of ethics awareness in the fields of Public Administration and Homeland Security/Emergency Management. As a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs students, under my guidance, will develop policy reviews based on case studies. Policy reviews will be based on Bill Daniels' ideal that ethics instruction be tied to principles rather than focus only on legal aspects of leadership. The framework will be developed based on policy reviews stemming from cases studied in a mandatory book review for a midterm exam. In all classes I am assigning mandatory book reviews for the midterm exams. The following books will be assigned, providing unique case studies that pertain to the class:
In class PAD 5001 Introduction to Public Administration, which is offered during the spring semester, the mandatory reading would be the book Bad Blood written by James H. Jones. Jones offers insights into the Tuskegee Experiment. I have been assigning this book in this class for the last two years, and it has had a big impact on the students' understanding on the role of ethics and moral in public administration. The horrible effects that the Tuskegee Experiment left on the people of Macon County, AL and long term consequences, such as distrust in the government (the Tuskegee Experiment, are responsible for theories that AIDS was "planted" by government agencies to hurt the African-American population).
In class PAD 5960 Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management, which is offered during the fall semester, the mandatory reading is the book Great Deluge written by Douglas Brinkley. This book discusses failures of government and general bureaucracy during Hurricane Katrina. This book is assigned to offer students a different view on the failures during hurricane Katrina. Usually, in classes like this one, structural and technical aspects of failures are discussed. However, my intention is to offer a different view, where actions or inactions of public administrators have life and death consequences.