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Teaching

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I teach in the Center for Public Administration & Policy‘s (CPAP) MPA and PHD programs at Virginia Tech’s small campus at 1021 Prince Street in old town Alexandria, VA. My primary teaching responsibilities include introductory courses in policy analysis and research methods, as well as more specialized topics like my Spring 2009 course on the presidency and public administration and Fall 2010 Course “Observing Public Organizations.” Here are some syllabi:

Observing Public Organizations (PAPA 6254)- Fall 2010, Center for Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech

The Presidency and Public Administration (PAPA 6254) – Spring 2009, Center for Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech

Policy Design and Evaluation (PAPA 6224) – Spring 2007-11, Center for Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech

Public Administration and Policy Inquiry (PAPA 6514) – Fall 2006-10, Center for Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech

Research Methods Workshop – (PAPA 6254) – Spring 2008, Center for Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech

Capstone: Professions, Policies, and Politics (PAPA 6294) – Spring 2007, Center for Public Administration & Policy, Virginia Tech

Ethics and Values in Policy-Making (PS/PA 530) – Spring 2006, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The American Presidency (PSc 116) – Spring 2005, George Washington University

You teach at Virginia Tech in Alexandria? It’s true, many people are not aware that Virginia Tech maintains a small campus in Old Town, occupied by the architecture and landscape architecture programs,  urban affairs & planning, and then which I teach, the Center for Public Administration & Policy. Many of our students in Alexandria are part-time, often working full-time in a government organization or contractor. As a student of government, I probably learn more than I teach! (Don’t send that up the University hierarchy). It’s also a real pleasure to be a member of the CPAP faculty – my colleagues are a diverse, committed, slightly quirky* group of (I think) truly outstanding scholars in the fields of public administration and public policy.

*Exhibit A: High Table.

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