Public Administration

Alumna Melissa Huffman helps keep Texans safe during hurricane
Melissa Huffman ('12 M.P.A.) had planned a relaxing trip to her hometown of Coppell for the last weekend in August to celebrate her mother's birthday. But as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in League City, near Houston, Huffman canceled her trip when forecast models showed a tropical depression in the Caribbean -- named Harvey -- likely to hit the Texas coast after it strengthened into a hurricane. The first major Atlantic hurricane of 2017, Harvey came ashore...
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Roberts hosts Kaufman County high school students for day of mediation and more
Last fall, HPS’ Public Administration department welcomed a group of 22 juniors and seniors from North Forney High School (NFHS) to UNT to learn about peer mediation and life as a college student. “These students are candidates for leadership roles in the peer mediation program that our Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program faculty and students are co-developing with NFHS administration,” said Leslie Roberts, ADR program coordinator & principal lecturer, who organized the daylong...
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College & department scholarships application now available online
HPS undergraduate and graduate students enrolled for classes in 2018-2019 are eligible to apply for HPS scholarships. Some scholarships are open to all HPS students while others are available only to specific majors through the academic departments. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to HPS students each year thanks to generous support from HPS donors. Learn more and find applications at HPS.unt.edu/scholarships Most applications due Thursday, March 1.
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Bland named honorary member of international association
Robert L. Bland, endowed professor of local government in the University of North Texas Department of Public Administration, has been named an honorary member of the International City/County Management Association. He will be honored at the association's annual conference October 22-25 in San Antonio. Founded in 1914, ICMA provides training and professional development to more than 11,000 city, town and county managers, their staffs, and other individuals and organizations...
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UNT names new dean for College of Health and Public Service
Neale R. Chumbler, dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University, has been named the new dean of the University of North Texas' College of Health and Public Service, or HPS. His appointment will begin July 1. Chumbler will replace Linda Holloway, former chair and faculty member in the college's Department of Rehabilitation and Health Services, who has served as interim dean since September 2017. "I'm excited Dean Chumbler is joining UNT and...
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Jang presents at University of Utah’s Asia Center
This fall, Hee Soun Jang, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant department chair of HPS’ Public Administration department, gave an invited lecture at Asia Center, a Title VI National Resource Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Utah. Jang’s lecture, “The Government-driven Civil Society in South Korea,” offered an understanding about Asia’s recent efforts to grow the third sector and engage nonprofit organizations in social service provision, with a focus on South...
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Undergrads can now schedule advising appointments online
Visit appointments.unt.edu to schedule your appointment now. Undergraduate advising is offered by appointment 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Walk-in advising opportunities are only available during certain periods each semester. Find the advisor for your major.   Office of Student Services and Academic Advising UNT College of Health and Public Service Chilton Hall, Suite 289 410 S. Avenue C, Denton, TX 76201 940-565-4115 HPSadvisingservices@unt.edu
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$1,000 Ricco Ethics Competition open to HPS students
Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. It is open to all students in the 13 colleges and schools at the University of North Texas. The ethics competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be...
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Photos: Homecoming 2017
View 150+ photos on Flickr. Dozens of alumni returned to Denton on Saturday, November 11 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. The College of Health and Public Service (HPS) hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! HPS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by December...
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Career Development Specialist available to HPS students
Gena Kirkwood is the Career Development Specialist for all majors in the College of Health and Public Service. She can help you transition from student to professional and help you navigate all of the resources and services offered by the UNT Career Center. Email: Gena.Kirkwood@unt.edu Twitter: @GKcareeradvisor LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/GenaLKirkwood To make an appointment, log in to Eagle Careers powered by Handshake.  
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Student Lindsay Jacques receives $5,000 fellowship
Lindsay Jacques, who is currently an intern at the City of Southlake City Manager’s Office, received a $5,000 fellowship from the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas. Lindsay Jacques, a second-year student in the University of North Texas Master of Public Administration degree program, has received a $5,000 Lynn F. Anderson Fellowship in Government Finance from the Government Finance Officers Association of Texas.       ...
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Message from the Dean: Fall 2017
Greetings everyone, Fall is an exciting time in any university, but it is particularly exciting for our college as we embark upon our first full academic year as the College of Health and Public Service. As a college that prepares professionals for the workplace and advances research across several disciplines, the new name embodies two major themes of our college and helps to clarify our mission. While the name has changed, our rich history of working collaboratively to solve social...
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Photos: First Flight Week at HPS
View all 17 photos on Flickr. The College of Health and Public Service welcomed our new first year students during UNT's First Flight Week. Students had an opportunity to get to know each other and get to know more about the college. PACE coordinated the events designed to demonstrate the college’s commitment to community engagement, including mini-service projects with three of our community partners: Our Daily Bread, Hallie’s...
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PADM student organization wins 3rd place in event contest
The Public Administration Student Association (PASA)/ICMA Student Chapter student organization received third place in the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)’s Best Event Contest for their Annual Alumni-Student Conference. "The student chapter at the University of North Texas (UNT) won third place with the 55th Annual Alumni-Student Conference. The chapter worked alongside the UNT Public Administration Alumni Board to bring together UNT alumni, students,...
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Join Interim Dean Holloway at upcoming alumni receptions
Whether you graduated forty years ago or yesterday, you will always be an integral part of the Mean Green family. Stay connected to your alma mater by joining Interim Dean Linda Holloway and other HPS alumni and friends at one of the upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Receptions: Dallas County September 28, 2017 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Belo Mansion, Dallas, TX With more than 36,000 alumni in Dallas county, we will be painting the town Green! Plan to attend our UNT Alumni Fall Reception - Dallas...
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College welcomes new faculty, staff for 2017-2018 year
The College of Health and Public Service is delighted to introduce these new faculty and staff: Amanda Anaya, Administrative Specialist IV Behavior Analysis April Becker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Behavior Analysis Becker earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center where her work with Dr. Mark Goldberg focused on behavioral recovery from brain injury and the use of plasticity-modulating pathways to augment rehabilitation. Becker's research and...
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HPS announces faculty promotions for 2017-2018 year
Leslie Roberts, JD, promoted to Principal Lecturer Public Administration Prior to joining the faculty at UNT in 2011, Roberts practiced law for over 20 years in both the U.S. and overseas. She has more than 8 years experience working as a mediator in business, probate, employment, education, and family disputes. Erin C. Schafer, Ph.D., CCC-A, promoted to Professor Audiology & Speech-Language Pathology Schafer’s research focuses on the assessment and (re)habilitation of adults and...
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PADM alumnus Canizares highlighted in association video
The International City/County Management Association featured Public Administration alumnus Mario Canizares (’00 MPA) in this recent Member Spotlight video. Canizares currently serves as the assistant city manager for Denton, Texas.
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PADM alumnus Hart receives lifetime achievement award
At a recent meeting in Austin, the Texas City Management Association presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Public Administration alumnus Bob Hart ('78 MPA). He currently serves as city manager for the City of Corinth.
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HPS alumna named next UNT provost
Jennifer Evans-Cowley, a UNT alumna with more than a decade of experience in higher education leadership, has been named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Texas.  She will have a faculty appointment in HPS’ Public Administration department. Evans-Cowley earned a master of public administration from UNT’s MPA program, which is ranked first in Texas and 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Evans-Cowley will also have a...
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Emergency management researchers to study factors for recovery after disaster
University of North Texas doctoral student Britt-Janet Kuenanz (left) and faculty members in UNT's Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, Laura Siebeneck and Ronald Schumann will research what encourages individuals impacted by disasters to stay or return to their communities, and what barriers prevent them from staying or returning. This past October marked four years since Hurricane Sandy became the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history when...
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From the dean: Summer 2017
Have you heard? PACS is now the College of Health and Public Service. And with the change, we’re launching the college's eNewsletter. Our students, faculty and alumni are doing great things, and we want to keep you apprised of the latest news. A few times per year, we’ll share quick updates on the college. The College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) has been renamed the College of Health and Public Service (HPS). The new name directly reflects the major strengths that...
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MPA alumni return to UNT for annual conference
Over 170 alumni joined current Public Administration students at the UNT Gateway Center for the annual MPA Alumni Conference in April. The morning panel session focused on making smart decisions through data and included these experts: Andel Koester, Associate Director, What Works Cities Melissa Kraft, Chief Technology Officer, City of Denton Melinda Galler, Assistant City Manager, City of Lewisville Lynda Johnson,...
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Videos: HPS student survives five days in the desert
HPS student Amber VanHecke was profiled on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America and in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for surviving after being stranded in the Arizona desert for five days. She was looking for a trailhead near the Grand Canyon's south rim, but GPS sent her down the wrong roads, which led to her being lost and running out of gas. According to emergency rescue, she "did everything right" to survive and be rescued.
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Apply now to be an ambassador for HPS
Calling HPS undergraduate students! Are you passionate about helping others while sharing your knowledge of HPS? Do you want to work with Faculty and enhance your resume? If so, we want to hear from YOU! In the HPS Ambassador Program, HPS undergraduate students will have the opportunity to collaborate at various department and campus-wide events, help students that might be interested in our programs, collaborate with other students, faculty and staff on campus while developing...
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UNT Alumni Association to host regional chapter spring mixers
Stay connected to your alma mater by joining us at one of the four upcoming UNT Alumni Regional Chapter Spring Mixers. Select the event that best fits your schedule and location. These events were made to give you the opportunity to reconnect with other UNT alumni in your area for networking, University updates and fun. Dallas County Tuesday, March 28, 2017 5:30-8 pm The Social House of Addison, Dallas, TX RSVP by March 26 Tarrant County Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:30-8 pm Acre...
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Commencement set for May 12-13
PACS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 12, 2017 3:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum University-wide Graduation Celebration Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 p.m. Location TBA Doctoral and Master's Commencement Saturday, May 13, 2017 5:30 p.m. UNT Coliseum Visit commencement.unt.edu for the latest updates on all Commencement activities. View photos from Fall 2016 Commencement on Flickr.
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Apply now for PACS scholarships
PACS undergraduate and graduate students who plan to take classes in 2017-2018 are eligible to apply for PACS scholarships. Some scholarships are open to all PACS students while others are available only to specific majors through the academic departments. Thousands of dollars in scholarships are awarded to PACS students each year thanks to generous support from PACS donors. Learn more and find applications at hps.unt.edu/scholarships Priority due date is Friday, March 31...
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Corinth appoints PADM alumnus as city manager
The Corinth City Council recently appointed Bob Hart ('78 M.P.A.) as city manager. He will begin his new position February 6. Read the full announcement on the City of Corinth website.   See also: Corinth looks to continue building on good foundation (LakeCitiesSun) City Manager Bob Hart hired by Corinth (Kennedale News)
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Photos: Commencement Fall 2016
 View all 84 photos on Flickr.  Over 400 students participated in the PACS Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on December 16, 2016. Congratulations to all new PACS alumni! View photos from the day.  And be sure to save the date for Spring 2017 graduation activities: PACS Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 12, 2017 3:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum University-wide Graduation Celebration Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00 p.m....
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City of Dallas picks PADM alumnus as city manager
Congrats to UNT alumnus T.C. Broadnax ('93 M.P.A.), who is the sole finalist to become Dallas city manager, as confirmed by news outlets such as WFAA, NBC 5 and CBS DFW. Broadnax is one of many city managers throughout the state who have earned their M.P.A. from UNT and have gone on to lead some of the biggest and fastest-growing cities. Our M.P.A. program is ranked 1st in Texas and 13th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
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Support from teachers, each other helps students from foster care succeed in college
Students José Whitten and Kiara Powell both lived in foster homes as children. They’ve found support from other students with similar backgrounds in PUSH, a UNT student organization in which former foster care students mentor children currently in the child welfare system. José Whitten is preparing to graduate from the University of North Texas this month with a biological sciences degree, which he believes will prepare him for medical school.   He came to...
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PADM alumna discusses local economic development
Public Administration alumna Caroline Booth ('14 MPA) was recently named Denton’s new director for economic development. The Denton Record Chronicle featured Booth in the story Booth: Denton thrives on diversifying.
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Student awarded scholarship from Texas City Management Association
Misty Ricketts, a master of public administration student, has received a $3,500 Clarence E. Ridley Scholarship from the Texas City Management Association. The association, which is comprised of government professionals dedicated to promoting the highest standards of governance, service, leadership, ethics and education, provides up to three Ridley Scholarships each year to graduate students pursuing degrees in public administration, public affairs or urban affairs. The Ridley Scholarship...
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Video: UNT is helping students achieve their dreams
Our students come to UNT with dreams to have a successful career, provide for their families and make a difference in the world. Check out this inspiring video featuring UNT students and parents: Helping UNT Students Achieve Their Dreams Learn more about Admissions at UNT.
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$1,000 Ricco Ethics Competition open to PACS students
Nick and Anna Ricco, long-time UNT donors, created an ethics scholarship competition in 2011. It is open to all students in the 13 colleges and schools at the University of North Texas. The ethics competition was created to promote intellectual debate and discussion on ethics as related to students’ areas of study at UNT, their field of vocation or their avocation. The goal is to stimulate the applicants to new heights of reasoning and self-discipline. The ultimate result will be a higher...
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Commencement set for Dec. 16
College of Public Affairs and Community Service (PACS) Undergraduate College Ceremony Friday, December 16 9:00 a.m. UNT Coliseum UNT Doctoral and Master’s Ceremony Friday, December 16 7:00 p.m. UNT Coliseum Learn more at commencement.unt.edu or contact the PACS Student Advising Office.
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UNT Preview offers open house experience Nov. 19
UNT Preview is your opportunity to get a sneak peek at campus life and your future Mean Green family. Bring your family and your friends, and allow our students, faculty and staff to help you discover why UNT is the right place for you. Learn more.  
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Photos: Homecoming 2016
See all photos Dozens of alumni returned to Denton Saturday, November 5 for UNT Homecoming festivities. Check out these photos from the day. PACS hosted an Alumni Brunch at UNT on the Square followed by a tailgate tent near the stadium in the afternoon. Special thanks to all who joined us! PACS alumni, take our survey about Homecoming by November 30 for your chance to win a PACS prize pack. Subscribe to the PACS eNewsletter for announcements on...
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Emergency Administration and Planning forms new academic department
UNT’s Emergency Administration and Planning Program (EADP) has formed the new Emergency Management and Disaster Science (EMDS) department within PACS. Gary Webb, Ph.D. serves as the founding chair. EADP was established in 1983 as the world’s first resident degree program in emergency management. The program was previously part of PACS’ Public Administration department.  The program prepares students for emergency management and related careers in the public, private and...
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Newell to be honored through tree dedication Nov. 11
The Public Administration department (PADM) received a $2 million gift this spring from the Estate of Charldean Newell, a former faculty member and renowned scholar. The endowed funds will support graduate student scholarships. The department will plant a tree and dedicate a granite plaque in honor of Newell at a ceremony November 11. Friends of the college are welcome to attend. “This substantial contribution will help to ensure that the UNT MPA program continues to...
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