New MPA Leadership

As of July 1, Dr. Sheldon Gen will be taking over as unit head (now Program Director) of the Public Administration Program.  (Note: Since we are now part of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, we are no longer officially a department and our head is no longer a chair.)

As I have been Program Director, then Department Chair, and now Program Director again for 15 years (5 complete terms), we have been planning for this succession transition for some time, to take place after Dr. Gen received tenure and promotion.  That time has now arrived.   I have immensely enjoyed serving as unit head during this period but of course it is always a good thing to have new leaders and new leadership.  I know Sheldon will do an excellent job and I am looking forward to working with him in this new capacity.

I will, of course, still be in Public Administration teaching and doing research and am looking forward to being able to spend more time doing both of those activities.   Thank you for your support—our students and alums are what has always made this job so special!  Along with our outstanding faculty, you are just a great group of people and I have loved working with each and every one of you.


155 Attended the Navigating the IRS Workshop

On Thursday, April 26, 2012, 155 nonprofit professionals and board members – primarily those responsible for nonprofit accounting, tax preparation, and legal compliance – attended the Navigating the IRS Workshop for Public Charities at Seven Hills Conference Center on SF State’s main campus.  A partnership between the IRS Exempt Organizations division and the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, the purpose of the workshop was to educate those in attendance about recent changes to filing requirements for the IRS 990 form, the tax information form nonprofits must file each year.  Led by IRS specialists from the Exempt Organizations division, the workshop reviewed the changes to filing requirements and related compliance issues.  The speakers were impressed with the quality and quantity of questions from those in attendance, and many attendees said this was “the best” training they had taken part it, both in terms of the quality of information and the creativity and styles of the presenters.

Several MPA students were in attendance as participants in the workshop and several others were instrumental in making the event run smoothly.  A special thanks goes out to our Director of Academic Services, Bridget McCracken, and MPA students (all soon-to be graduates) Charlie MacNulty, Trever Pearson, and Regina Gieler, who joined us at Seven Hills and help set-up, clean-up, and get the attendees registered in a timely fashion.  Another MPA student, Holly Szafarek, was vital to the success of the workshop and worked closely with me (Dr. Jennifer Shea) and my colleagues in the College of Extended Learning to plan the workshop and coordinate the related details.

For those of us who are interested in partnership and the roles of intermediary organizations in helping large governmental agencies reach small and mid-sized organizations, the success of this workshop has even greater meaning.  I’ve mentioned a few individuals and institutional partners that were essential to the workshop’s success, but there are too many to name them all here.  Thanks goes out to all who helped make the partnership successful!

Navigating the IRS Workshop for Public Charities – April 26, 2012

Thousands of public charities lost their 501(c)3 status recently by failing to comply with changes to IRS Form 990 filing requirements instituted in 2008.  The IRS approached SF State’s Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, a partnership between the MPA Program and the College of Extended Learning, to host a unique, day-long workshop led by IRS Exempt Organization specialists.  Workshop participants will learn about the latest IRS regulations and filing requirements for small and medium-sized 501(c)3 public charities. The workshop is open to the public, but registration is required.  For more information and to register, visit:

When?  Thursday, April 26, 2012, 9 am – 4:30 pm

Where?  San Francisco State University, Seven Hills Conference Center (main campus)

How much? $50

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Get Help with Tuition– Apply for Scholarships!

Odell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration

For 2011-2012, the Department of Public Administration may nominate one applicant for consideration for the CSU California Society of Municipal Finance Officers Robert M. Odell Endowed Scholarship in Public Administration.

This scholarship is for currently enrolled full-time upper division undergraduate or graduate students in public administration whose minimum cumulative GPA is 3.0. Applicant must remain a full time student (12 units undergraduate; 9 units graduate) in good standing during the next academic yearStrong consideration will be given to an applicant who is also specializing in finance or who is a first generation college student.  Priority will be based on GPA. The nominee must not be a previous recipient of this award.  The application is May 1.

Dumke Fellowship for CSU Special Collections Research

The 2011- 2013 Dumke Fellowship is an award to pursue a research project utilizing the Dumke Collection or other collections housed in the CSU archives at CSU Dominguez Hills, the Center for California Studies at CSU Sacramento, or other special collections within the CSU.  A directory of the CSU Special Collections can be found at

One $1,100 fellowship will be awarded for the next academic year.  This fellowship is for CSU graduate students in public policy, American history, economics, library science, archival management, or government with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.  The deadline for applications is May 1. The applicant’s statement should include the following:

  1. Her or his interest in the American history or California history, the politics and economics of California, or similar areas of California studies.
  2. Prior work in the above areas and how that work relates to the State of California.
  3. The anticipated focus of the research project and a clearly defined pan of study.

Alum Kate White Hosts Video and Discussion on Impact of Losing Redevelopment Agencies And Funding.

Via Linkedin, Alum Kate White (Executive Director of Urban Land Institute- San Francisco) posted a video with experts talking about what is likely to happen in California now that redevelopment agencies– and redevelopment funds, will be eliminated.   From her posting, “States under fiscal duress are rethinking traditional urban redevelopment models. In California the Redevelopment Agency system is, barring state supreme court reversal of earlier decisions, expected to virtually disappear. An Urban Land Institute panel of experts discusses how cities, developers and investors will operate in a post-RDA world”.   See the video and comment in the discussion she has started online in Linkedin, from CPE TV.

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