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Read interesting and provocative new research and insight in the latest issue of JPAE, the Journal of Public Affairs Education.  To read an individual article (in PDF), click on its title, or access the entire issue (in PDF).
VOLUME 20, No. 1

From the Editor—Don’t Know Much about History? Does it Matter?
Editor in Chief David Schultz introduces the current issue and discusses what role the study of history, and other bodies of knowledge and skills, play in molding future public administrators.

From the NASPAA President—The ABC’s of NASPAA: Addressing Challenges, Being the Authoritative Voice in Public Service Education, Continuing to Model Public Service Excellence
Ethel Williams
In her incoming address, NASPAA's president for 2013-14 outlines her vision and agenda, and describes the challenges of becoming a global voice.


Why and How to Teach History in MPA and MPP Programs: An Introduction to the Symposium
Richardson Dilworth
Guest editor Richard Dilworth introduces the symposium on the use and teaching of history in public affairs programs.

Historical Thinking as a Skill in Public Affairs Graduate Education
Richardson Dilworth
What does it mean to think historically, and why should public affairs educators care? The author addresses both questions.

Let’s Stop Educating Closet Historians
Richard A. Harris
What do historians do? Harris describes, from a historian's perspective, what history is and how he thinks public affairs faculty can learn from this discipline.

George Washington and Enlightenment Ideas on Educating Future Citizens and Public Servants
Scott A. Cook and William E. Klay
What can we learn about public administration from George Washington? The authors discuss the life and career of the first president and the lessons we can learn from both.

How (and How Not) to Use History in the MPA/MPP Classroom
Jessica Trounstine
Our students don’t know much about history, but what can we do about that? This article presents three ways public affairs programs can get students to think historically.

A Confident Humility: MPP Students and the Uses of History
Guian A. McKee
History is not bunk and it is not the simple collection of dead facts. McKee asserts that the study of history can build confidence in public institutions in a time of skepticism.


The Enemy of Teaching Evidence-Based Policy: The Powell-Bush Doctrine of Public Affairs
Joseph Ferrandino
Evidence-based policy is the new imperative but it comes with political baggage and perils. Ferrandino uses the Powell-Bush doctrine to recommend how to navigate the controversies and teach this new policy approach.

The Immediate and Long-Term Impact of Practicum Experiences on Students

Mary Sprague and R. Cameron Percy
Practicum learning is a great way to learn and teach, but what are the impacts over time? The authors' study found multiple positive benefits of applied practicum experiences.

Developing Practical/Analytical Skills Through Mindful Classroom Simulations for “Doing” Leadership
Carlos Figueroa
Classroom simulations are an often-used teaching tool. But how can one maximize their benefits? Figueroa provides suggestions as well as recommendations for making simulations "mindful".

Lessons Learned From Teaching the Affordable Care Act of 2010
Jacqueline L. Angel and Toni P. Miles
The Affordable Care Act is arguably the single most significant policy change in the U.S. in decades, yet faculty may not know how to teach it. The authors describe the issues and present a model for teaching about this complex topic within the framework of health care policy reform.

Review of Bureaucracy and Democracy by William T. Gormley and Steven J. Balla
Barbara Coyle McCabe reviews the new book on the role of a public bureaucracy within a democracy.

Symposium on “Blurred Lines: Preparing Students to Work across the Public, Nonprofit, and For-Profit Sectors”


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 Hamline University School of Business 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, Editor in Chief
Kristen Norman-Major
, Managing Editor
Hamline University
Iris Geva-May, Associate Editor, 
International and Comparative
Michael O'Hare, Associate Editor, 
Assessment and Practice
Lisa Dejoras, Editorial Assistance
Chris Thillen, Copyediting
Val Escher, Layout

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JPAE Winter 2014 cover
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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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