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FROM THE EDITOR—Back to School
Editor in chief David Schultz introduces the volume by discussing innovation in the classroom, using advice he received on his first day of teaching: “Never be afraid to experiment.”

No Time Like the Present: Making Rule of Law and Constitutional Competence the Theoretical and Practical Foundation for Public Administration Graduate Education Curriculum
Stephanie Newbold
exhorts the important but often overlooked role of the law in public affairs and encourages curricula to devote more time to examining the legal and constitutional foundations of our field.

David Schultz
Kristen Norman-Major

Hamline University
Michael Popejoy, Book Review Editor
Iris Geva-May
, Associate Editor, 
International and Comparative
Michael O'Hare, Associate Editor, 
Assessment and Practice
Jeffrey Callen,  Editorial Assistance
Lisa Dejoras, Editorial Assistance
Chris Thillen, Copyediting
Mark Kruger, Layout

Teaching Law in Public Affairs Education: Synthesizing Political Theory, Decision Making, and Responsibility
Charles Szypzak
emphasizes the need for administrators to understand the legal and ethical foundations at the core of public affairs. We need not be lawyers, he contends, but to be effective we should understand both law and ethical issues.

Developing Competency-Based Emergency Management Degree Programs in Public Affairs and Administration
Naim Kapucu
draws attention to the emerging field of emergency management programs that have arisen since 9/11. This piece seeks to define the core competencies for this field.

Reformulating and Refocusing a Fiscal Administration Curriculum
Tough economic times demand better fiscal and budgetary management. Michael T. Peddle and Kurt Thurmaier argue for the need to define core teaching and learning competencies within the subfield of budgeting and fiscal management.

Social Entrepreneurship and the Financing of Third Sector Organizations 
Consider this question: Are the skills to be a successful entrepreneur in the non-profit sector parallel to those required in the public and private sectors? Dennis R. Young and Mary Clark Grinsfelder explore this issue, contending that a broader skill set is required in the non-profit sector, necessitating a more inclusive method of teaching it if a curriculum is to reflect what is demanded in practice.

Social Integration and Academic Outcomes: The Case of an International Public Policy and Management Program
International students are an important constituency in American public affairs programs. But they face daunting academic and social challenges as they matriculate. How can we better prepare them to succeed? Glenn A Melnick, Gurvinder Kaur, and Joanna Yu researched this important topic, and offer suggestions on ways to better integrate international students into our programs.

Advancing and Assessing Public Service Values in Professional Programs: The Case of the Hauptmann School’s Master of Public Affairs Program
Universities have missions and values. How do we reconcile them with the educational goals of public affairs programs? Rebekkah Stuteville and Laurie DiPadova-Stocks provide a case study that explores this integration, offering observations on how to communicate institutional values in the classroom.

Teaching Public Management as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia
William C. Adams
provides personal and professional observations on how his Fulbright experience in Malaysia affected him. He also offers “how to” observations on securing, planning, and benefitting from the experience. 

Review of Public Administration: An Introduction by Marc Holzer and Richard W. Schwester 
Johnnie Woodard
critically evaluates a new undergraduate teaching text. 

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edited by David Schultz and Kristen Norman-Major, is the leading scholarly light for promoting change in teaching, learning, and quality in public affairs education. JPAE is a source of expertise directed towards professors, administrators, students and practitioners concerned with the preparation of the next generation of professionals in public service.

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