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Winter 2015
VOLUME 21, No. 1

From the Co-Editors—The Classroom of the Future
David Schultz introduces Marieka Klawitter, JPAE's new Co-Editor. In addition, Schultz discusses the Jetsons and public affairs education classrooms of the future.

NASPAA Presidential Address: NASPAA in a Time of Transition
J. Edward Kellough
The NASPAA president offers his vision for the coming year.

I Flipped My Classroom: One Teacher’s Quest to Remain Relevant
John Gunyou
How a new teacher tried something different, experimented and what he learned about teaching, his students and himself in the process.

Values, Competencies and Public Sector Training: The Value Base of Administrative Modernization
Eckhard Schröter and Manfred Röber
The article investigates how changing social values or role understandings might impact the classroom of the future, and how teaching technology might drive the future of education.

Instilling Public Service Values and Professionalism Through Information Literacy
Allison H. Turner
A terrific essay that explores the link between public service values, professionalism in the public sector and information literacy.

Using Community Partnerships to Create Critical Service Learning: The Case of Mar Vista Gardens
Grace Bahng
The author provides valuable information on how to construct good service learning programs that are beneficial to students, schools and community partners, and which produce results that in some small way make the world better.

Internships as Academic Exercise: An Assessment of MPA Curriculum Models
Tyler P. Reinagel and John David Gerlach
There are 77 percent of domestic NASPAA-accredited programs that require some type of internship. But what exactly are these internship programs to do pedagogically and how do they fit within a public affairs curriculum? The article reports on a survey of internships and provides rich data on common concerns and wonderful successes.

Student Preferences for Federal, State and Local Government Careers: National Opportunities and Local Service
Roger Rose
Where do our students want to work and what do they want to do? Good programs, in part, are shaped by student preferences and this piece examines what we can learn about our students and how it should drive curriculum.

Comparing Alternative Teaching Modes in a Masters Program: Student Preferences and Perceptions
Karl Nollenberger
Online programs have exploded, but how do adult learners view these programs and what do they like and dislike in them? Not only are the results here useful to other programs, but the article also stands as an example of one program seeking feedback from its users and how it learned from them.

Exploring the Demand for Ph.D.s in Public Affairs and Administration
Dianne Rahm, Vicki Brittain, Christopher Brown, Charles Garofalo, Nandhini Rangarajan, Patricia Shields, and Hyun Jung Yun
The number of doctoral programs in public affairs has expanded, but what is the real demand for them, especially in terms of teaching positions? The authors provide timely and important results that should give us all reason to pause and think about employment opportunities.

Book Review
Public Budgeting Systems by R. D. Lee, R. W. Johnson, and P. Joyce
Reviewed by Carol Jean Becker
In her review, Becker declares that this is a book not just about public budgeting, but an overview of governmental finances from the lens of budgeting.

JPAE Announcements

Call for Nominations: JPAE Seeking Nominations and Volunteers for its Board of Editors
JPAE is seeking board members and volunteers to review approximately two or three manuscripts a year on teaching, learning, curriculum and program management within their specialization. To submit a nomination, or volunteer to be a board member or ad hoc reviewer, please email

Special Issue Call for Proposals on Information Technology and Public Administration Education - Due March 1, 2015
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About This Journal

The Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) is dedicated to advancing teaching and learning in public affairs, which includes the fields of public policy analysis, public administration, and public management. Hosted by the Evans School of Public Affairs of the University of Washington and published by NASPAA, the quarterly journal features peer-reviewed scholarly articles on pedagogical, curricular, and accreditation issues pertaining to public affairs education, commentaries and symposia and book reviews. 

David Schultz, Co-Editor, Hamline University
Marieka Klawitter,
Co-Editor, University of Washington
Kristen Norman-Major
, Managing Editor
Hamline University
Iris Geva-May
, Associate Editor, 
  International and Comparative Education
Ashley Sonoff, Editorial Assistance
Lisa Dejoras, Editorial Assistance
Chris Thillen, Copy Editor
Val Escher, Layout and Cover Design

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Publisher: NASPAA

NASPAA, the global standard in public service education, is a membership organization of 280 graduate programs in public policy, public affairs and public administration located across the U.S. and around the globe. NASPAA’s mission is to ensure excellence in public service education and promote the ideal of public service, and it is the specialized accreditor of master degree programs in public affairs. NASPAA publishes JPAE in order to bring the best scholarship on teaching and quality directly into the hands of our membership and profession.

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