Archive for the ‘CPAP’ Category



June 11, 2012

It’s on the Internet so it must be true. Congratulations to my colleagues Kris Wernstedt and Patrick Roberts, who were also promoted. Thanks particularly to my colleagues with Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy, who dragged, prodded,and beckoned my tenure case forward. I like my job and I’m looking forward to keeping it. Ahead!


High Table 2012

June 7, 2012

Workshop on Appointees – May 4-5th

May 2, 2012

This Thursday and Friday!

Appointee Politics and the Implications for Government Effectiveness

Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs


The Center for Public Administration and Policy and the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech

Dates: May 4 and 5, 2012

Location: Alexandria, Virginia


Matthew Dull and Patrick Roberts, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University,

Center for Public Administration and Policy, School of Public and International


William Resh, Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Registration: Andina Nagler, Virginia Tech (

Local Host: Patrick Roberts, Virginia Tech, (, 202-549-4987


The workshop will engage scholars and government officials in empirical and theoretical questions about the role of Senate-confirmed appointees in American government. The workshop aims to build a community of scholars working on appointees, and it aims to connect scholars and government officials concerned about reforms to the appointment process. We hope this will be the first in a series of events.

Here’s the Workshop Agenda.


Who’s Running the Country?

January 14, 2012

A friend says the headline for this article in the VT Research Magazine about our ongoing study Senate-confirmed political appointees suggests perhaps I’m running the country. Not so, but I appreciate the great article and the photo (which makes me look studious). Previous posts about the appointees project here and here . Here’s an article with an overview of the dataset we’ve developed.


John Rohr (1934-2011)

August 21, 2011


Eco-City Alexandria and Community Indicators – Lunchtime Forum – July 14th

June 29, 2011
Alexandria Quality of Life Initiative Lunchtime Workshop Series Cosponsored by ACT for Alexandria ■ City of Alexandria ■ Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria ■ Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy

Eco-City Alexandria and Community Indicators

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Noon -1pm

Beginning in spring 2007, the City of Alexandria partnered with Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program (UAP) to design and facilitate a new, strategic collaborative planning process, called Eco-City Alexandria, to create an Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan to guide Alexandria toward sustainability. Eco-Cities are places where people can live healthier and economically productive lives while reducing their impact on the environment. They work to harmonize existing policies, regional realities, and economic and business markets with their natural resources and environmental assets. Eco-Cities strive to engage all citizens in collaborative and transparent decision making, while being mindful of social equity concerns.

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VT Washington Semester

June 16, 2011

This summer Derek Hyra and  I are co-teaching the Virginia Tech Washington Semester program – which combines a summer internship in the DC area and one day a week dedicated to coursework and site visits. Here’s a copy of the course syllabus.  I’m also the self-appointed Washington Semester 2011 staff photographer. A few pictures from the summer so far:

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