The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement has Three New Tenure Track Faculty for Fall 2016

The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement is thrilled to announce the successful search and hiring of three new tenure track faculty members.  Please welcome these Professors to the PACE and SFSU family.

o26a9696César Rodríguez is an Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice Studiesin the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  Formally, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at California State University, San Marcos. Originally from Daly City and South San Francisco, Cesar Rodriguez’ education began with his family, where he learned to pursue his education as a form of self-defense from his mother, as well as to practice reflexive criticism from his father. He has studied globalization through political economy, mass incarceration through history and geography, and culture through the disciplines of Chicana/o Studies and Black Studies. Generally, his work focuses on race, class & hegemony. In particular, he examines two prominent racial regimes in the US – the prison, and the border – as well as whiteness as a form of authoritarian populism.

o26a9772Autumn Thoyre is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  Formerly she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography at Colgate University. Her research into the politics of sustainable energy transitions focuses on energy efficiency and conservation, the “low-hanging fruit” of climate change mitigation. Using mixed methods and an expansive, critical perspective on energy efficiency and conservation, she aims to inform both academic debates about the natures and political economies of saving energy as well as policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and inequalities. As a Royster Fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, her research into the politics of energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs led to her completion of a Ph.D. in Geography. During her master’s degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science at Lund University in Sweden, she worked with colleagues from over forty countries to analyze environmental politics through interdisciplinary lenses. Emphasizing sustainability and social justice, she has taught courses in environmental policy, environmental conservation, energy politics, water politics, reproductive politics, human geography, and research methods.


dilara-yarbroughDilara Yarbrough
 is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies in the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. She has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Yarbrough was drawn to PACE because of the college’s emphasis on social justice and service learning. Her research focuses on gender, race and criminalized work in the production of marginality. She is particularly interested in how the experiences of sex workers, transgender people, and people experiencing homelessness illuminate the workings of systems that manage poverty. Her current book project draws on interviews and ethnography with people who have been homeless and worked in the sex trade to compare the effects of three different governmental responses to poverty: Criminalization, medicalization and harm reduction. Her other projects include a participatory action research study of the effects of the criminalization of homelessness in San Francisco and a study of transgender organizing against state violence in Istanbul, Turkey.

 

Funding the Next Generations Statewide Conference

 

p1030425The Promise of Local Dedicated Funds for California’s Children, Funding the Next Generation’s second statewide conference, was held Monday, May 9 at San Francisco State University.

Funding the Next Generation, a program housed in the College of Health and Social Sciences and in partnership with The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, started the initiative to promote local public funding streams dedicated to services for children, youth and their families. More than two years ago, it started a journey to capture the public’s growing understanding of the needs of children and the success of California’s local children’s funds in San Francisco and Oakland.

The group asked: Can local children’s funds become a way to ensure sustainable funding for services to children, youth and families? Can the creation p1030472of local children’s funds become a statewide movement? Join the conference to learn the findings and insights to date. Featured speakers included:

  • Governor Gavin Newsom, who as mayor of San Francisco oversaw the nation’s largest children’s fund, addressed his understanding of the benefits, challenges and opportunities of a local fund.
  • Celinda Lake is one of the nation’s leading political strategists and pollsters who is known for her cutting-edge research on social policies and has served as a tactician for candidates and issue campaigns at all levels of government. She discussed the ways to frame children’s issues within a political
    context, as well as the benefits of
    polling.

For more information, visit www.fundingthenextgeneration.org or contact Margaret Brodkin, the founder and director of Funding the Next Generation, at (415) 794-4963 or email margaret@fundingthenextgeneration.org.

Public Administration Mid-Semester Re-Orientation Event

 

During the Spring 2016 Semester, the Public Administration Program hosted a Mid-Semster Re-Orienation Event for its current students.  At this event, recent MPA graduates reflected on “If I knew then, what I know now. . .”  offering tips for navigating graduate school and our program, as well as thinking about life after (or with) the MPA.  The Presenters were:

  • Najeeb Kamil, Staff Development Specialist: Child Welfare Trainer, Alameda County Social Services Agency;
  • Nicole Kelly; CTE Consultant, Peralta Community Colleges;
  • Ellie Tumbuan, Principal, Vaya Consulting,
  • Lindsay Rango White, Member Success Manager, Impact Hub

The Presenters reflected on what they wish they knew in their first semester of the Program.  Below are the highlights:

  • Talk to your classmates, everyone else is working through time management, life management, learning curve and how to write papers again. Even having someone to vent to, check in with, helps so much.
  • Document the PA theories as you learn them right from the very start. Make friends with everyone in 700, start a google spreadsheet, and track the Public Administration theories together. Pool your resources. Start a regular study or working group a couple times a month, drink and eat together, solicit feedback from your classmates. You’re not in this alone.
  • If you wish to build expertise in a certain issue area you have not yet worked in–use the same issue or field to build a body of work throughout your projects and papers for courses along the way, explore various aspects of the issue from different angles. At the end of your 2-3 years in the program, you’ll have legitimately built issue area expertise and can use that to look for new jobs, network, anything.
  • If you are a working student, have conversation with leadership at your company so that they are onboard with education which will enhance your experience (at work and at school).
  • Get to know the professors more, their current research and interests, you never know how you could get involved.

Presenters also provided advice to current SF State MPA students:

  • The program is yours to make the most of. If you want to network, do deeper research or develop a mentorship with someone, GO FOR IT! See the program as more than just night classes and soak everything in that you can during your time with the program! You can mine the value of the program further by getting to know faculty, volunteering, using your course projects to do consulting gigs, taking leadership positions formally or informally. But it is up to you to develop a risk appetite for creating what you want.
  • Make friends with your classmates. You can learn just as much from your peers as you will from faculty. Your classmates are an incredibly diverse, talented, brilliant group of people. USE the differences in their ages, cultures, professional backgrounds and interests to learn more and connect with their organizations. They’re all interested in changing the world in various ways. Build your network actively through them. Be a resource to them and offer your talents to complement theirs. It’s a very small world🙂
  • Consider working part-time if possible to take advantage of every opportunity even if it’s unpaid (fellowships, internships, etc.)

The Public Administration Program will offer a similar event for the Fall 2016 semester on Monday, October 3, 5 – 6 pm in DTC 677.

Article Authored by SFSU MPA Faculty

Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 2.41.50 PMCurrent SF State MPA students and recent alumni are likely familiar with hybrid courses, which combine face-to-face and online instruction; the MPA program first piloted hybrid courses in Spring 2014. Drs. Shea, Joaquin, and Wang conducted a study of their hybrid courses in order to contribute to their own (and the field’s) understanding of hybrid pedagogy. Read their most recent article on the topic; it proposes a conceptual framework that can be used to inform learning and promote student success in hybrid courses. The article is published in a featured symposium on interactive learning in the Journal of Public Affairs Education. You can read it here http://www.naspaa.org/JPAEMessenger/Article/VOL22-3/06_Shea.pdf

 

 

Speed Mentoring Event for Student with an Interest in Justice Administration

 

CJ SA Speed Mentoring SP 16 009On April 19, 2016, The Criminal Justice Student Association and the School of Public Administration and Civic Engagement (PACE) hosted its first annual Speed Mentoring event. At the event, current and former members of criminal justice professions met with students to discuss their career paths and offer advice and opportunities for student to jump-start their justice careers. Students were offered a broad range of experiences and approaches from which to draw lessons, and SFSU Alumni graduating between 1971 to 2003 were represented. The Mentors career experience ranged from Retired Captain of the San Francisco Police Department to Chief of Investigations with the San Francisco District Attorney. In service, the Mentors represent a variety of experience including the Vice President of the International Police Association, Board Member of the San Francisco Housing Authority and an SFSU CJ lecturer. Speed Mentoring is not a job fair, but rather provides students the chance to learn directly from current and former members of criminal justice organizations about what it takes to be a success in the varied and exciting professions represented. The Speed Networking event is the first of what will become an annual tradition for the School of PACE as it strives to connect current students with alumni and community members to further their professional development. We thank all those involved in making this inaugural event so successful.

 

PA 790: Administering Tax and Debt Policies: Prevailing Issues Class Visits SF City Hall

 

IMG_8041Dr. Wang took her PA790 students to the City Hall Tax Collector Office in March 2016. They met Treasurer, Jose Cisneros, and Tax Collector, David Augustine. They shared the history of the SF Office of Tax Collector, a number of detailed tax regulations, the change of tax from payroll to gross receipts, “sharing economy” (or “gig economy”) and challenges of a modernizing and decentralizing economy for local government revenue in addition to taking questions. The Public Administration Program is grateful for the investment in time from the Office of the Treasurer, as it has shaped our students understanding of the role of different departments in municipal government and the power of those bodies to improve the standard of living for all residents.

Working in Local Government: Which public(s) do we serve

local govOn February 4, Public Administration students attended a Career Development workshop: “Working in Local Government: Which public(s) do we serve – how and why” The Panelists reflected on their path to the current position, their challenges and what skills they use the most.

The Panelists included:

  • Greg Crump, SF State MPA Alumnus, Communications & Public Affairs, Department of Public Works, City & County of San Francisco
  • Danielle Lee, MBA, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainability, San Mateo County
  • PJ Moore, SF State MPA Alumnus, Outreach Coordinator, Planning and Capital Management Division, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

The Panelists discussed their pathway to their current position. Volunteering, then an internship and leadership in a special project was the most common pathway.

The Panelist faced many challenges in serving the public. Skepticism and distrust were the biggest challenges faced. Building trust and working to show that their agency is genuinely working to meet the public’s needs is a priority.

The skills that have been most instrumental to the panelists are writing and communication skills. The ability to explain complex situations in a simple way and for different audiences is very important as well as the ability to put things in perspective, view the services the agency provides and choices its makes with a broad lens.

Some advice the panelist had for current students is to obtain an internship with an agency which you would like to pursue, get involved and set yourself apart, and learn every departments’ system of operation.