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Leadership and Management MPA Online Public Service

Public Service in Chaotic Times: Finding the Motivation

By Dr. Tara Blanc, Associate Professor (Teaching) Why do people choose a career in public service? This question seems particularly relevant today as we grapple with the current pandemic, protests, and political turmoil. The answer may lie in one’s predisposition to help others and make a difference. A recent piece in the PA Times asked […]

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Leadership and Management MPA Online

Managing Stress in Uncertain Times: From Short-term Coping to Longer-term Resilience

By Dr. Kelly Campbell Rawlings, Associate Professor (Teaching) When COVID-19 first appeared on our radars and began showing up in our communities, we braced for impact. States were locked down and everyone scrambled to respond to emergency conditions. Schools went online, employees worked from home, and we hunkered down for what we thought might be […]

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MPA-OL Alumni Roundtable: City and County Government in Times of Crisis

Join us today at 5:30 p.m. PST for a roundtable discussion about strategic decision-making in local government during our current global climate. The conversation will be led by Dr. Dora Kingsley Vertenten, program coordinator of the online Master of Public Administration. She will be joined by the following four online MPA graduates, all of whom […]

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Leadership and Management MPA Online

Great Virtual Teamwork

By Dr. Dora Kingsley Vertenten, Professor (Teaching) Online education is programming that the USC Price School has been perfecting for ten years. The MPA online program has been wildly enhanced by implementation of soft skills learning along with the usual critical thinking and analytic lessons for students.  Students in the MPAOL program report participating in more […]

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Leadership and Management MPA Online Public Policy

Opportunity Knocks, PAs

By Dr. Matthew Wheeler, Adjunct Associate Professor Guess what, public administrators… there’s a knock at our door.  That sound?  Why yes, that is opportunity.  Perhaps relevance, legitimacy and validation knocking too.  Of course, we all understand our value as fiduciaries of public interest.  However; we also understand our own professional achilles of the public recognizing […]