Professor Ernie Joaquin’s Papers on E-Government

egovWith “electronic government” being ripe for evaluation in terms of its impact on public sector accountability and performance, Routledge (2015) has published Dr. Ernita Joaquin’s new chapter for E-Government and Websites (edited by A. Manoharan and M. Holzer), in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Greitens. Entitled “Improving the Effectiveness of E-Reporting in Government with the Concept of Multiple Accountability,” the chapter discusses different types of online performance reporting and evaluates two cases of federal performance information projects for the types of accountability they emphasized. Decision aids are also included in the book for practitioners.

This work carries forward the two professors’ fruitful partnership in understanding the democratic and governance impact of IT innovations: in 2012, they wrote “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Websites through the Lens of Digital Accountability and Citizen Engagement,” and in 2011, they wrote “Integrating Budget Transparency into E-government Websites.” Both were published by IGI Global.


New MPA courses for students and professionals on Data Mining & Visualization and Collaborative Government

PA 756:  Data Mininsomvisg & Visualization

Dates: 1/7, 1/9, 1/12, 1/14, 1/16

Day: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Time: 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.

Room: Downtown Campus

Instructor: Genie Stowers

Units: 1

Course Description: With the advent of the open government movement throughout the world, more and more governments are putting their data online for citizens, nonprofits and private sector firms to use.  This has led to a new discipline, data science, and even a new type of job. This course will focus on tools that can be used to access and analyze data visualizations to help others understand the patterns and meanings within the data.

Course: PA 743:  Collaborative Government

Dates: 1/6, 1/8, 1/13, 1/155148-Collaborationpyramid

Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time: 6:00pm-9:30pm

Room: Downtown Campus

Instructor: Glen Rojas

Units: 1

DescriptionThis course will discuss the history and the forces behind the evolution of intersectoral, intergovernmental, and inter-organizational collaboration and networking in public affairs, and their relevance to public administration. The course will examine the different typologies, characteristics, and goals of collaborative and network arrangements in various areas of public policy and service. Students will identify and analyze examples of collaborative government in the local community in terms of their performance, levels of citizen engagement, and accountability.

PA 776: Environmental Policy will be taught Spring 2015


PA 776 (Environmental Policy) Course Description: This course offers an introduction to environmental policy in the United States – a topic that is becoming a mainstream element of the planning and administrative realm. It is designed to examine environmental problems as inter-disciplinary, interconnected issues anchored in their fundamental ecological, physical, and natural resource components, but inextricably linked to broader social, political, and economic factors and context. It will introduce you to national policies that have been designed and implemented to address these environmental problems, as well as state and regional/local extensions of these regulations, and/or particular programs developed independently of national policies. Our exploration and discussion of environmental policy will center on the need to adopt inter-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder approaches to effective policy design.

In order to understand this broader context, we will briefly examine the history of environmental policy in the United States, key theories underlying policy development, and the structure and components of pre-eminent national policies themselves. We will use case studies of specific policy processes and decisions to compare and contrast how environmental policy design has been more or less effective in various arenas, and why. We will analyze the specific environmental policy programs and tools (national, state, and local) that have been used in these cases, as a way to consider policy alternatives and options for the future. By the end of the course, students will have a broad view of environmental policy and politics in the United States, and will be able to apply this knowledge to practices and programs in the work arena.

The course is beneficial to graduate students across a range of planning arenas, such as city and regional policy and planning, geography, business, environmental science, and public health, to mention a few. It is also a strong elective for advanced undergraduates in environmental studies and urban studies. The course has been developed with the assumption that students have no prior academic exposure to U.S. environmental policy.

PA 776 is an elective for all MPA students, and is required for those pursuing the environmental administration elective emphasis.

Dr. Juliet Lamont the professor for this course (A.B. Harvard University; M.S., Ph.D. U.C. Berkeley), is an environmental sustainability expert, specializing in ecosystem-based strategies for environmental planning, management, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. She has worked across the full spectrum of private, government, non-profit, and academic sectors through her own consulting practice (Creekcats Environmental Partners), as well as lecturing on sustainable urban development topics at San Francisco State University for a number of years, in addition to her previous teaching experience at U.C. Berkeley. Her courses blend her passion for the environment with practical applications, tools, and extensive theoretical knowledge, with the goal of providing students with the ability to analyze and tackle environmental problems both creatively and effectively. Please e-mail her with any questions, at:

MPA Student Presents at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

MPA student Kristen arnova5Wolslegel presented her research at the annual conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) on November 21st, 2014, in Denver.  Kristen was part of a panel on “Telling the story of the nonprofit sector and describing its place in our economy and society.”  Her research on the topic stems from her work at the California Association of Nonprofits, where she is a project manager.  Her trip to the conference was partially sponsored by a travel grant from San Francisco State University specifically for students.  Also presenting research at ARNOVA were Public Administration faculty members Dr. Jennifer Shea and Dr. Sheldon Gen.

New post-graduate fellowship with the County of San Mateo

smc_seal_4cThe MPA program is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the County of San Mateo to place MPA graduates into a paid full-time fellowship in various County departments.  Modeled after the federal Presidential Management Fellowship, the County fellowship will have recruits rotate through various projects and departments, with the aim of grooming them for permanent positions at the end of the fellowship.  The County will begin recruiting for the first class of fellows in spring semester, with expected start dates in the summer.  It intends to hire a few SF State MPA graduates every spring.  SF State’s MPA program was selected by the County for this partnership because of the high quality of the program and its students.