Month: September 2019

Week 5 Recap: Budgets, Finance & Prospective Students

Week 5 Recap: Budgets, Finance & Prospective Students

The Department of Public Policy spent the 5th week of classes speaking with prospective students and showcasing research about fellow budgeting and finance colleagues.

Adam Michael Murphy at the Eastern Connecticut State University Grad Fair
Adam Michael Murphy at the ECSU Grad Fair
  • Current MPP student and DPP Ambassador Adam Michael Murphy and DPP Outreach Coordinator Lian Kish chatted with prospective students at Eastern Connecticut State University’s (ECSU) Graduate School Fair on Tuesday.



  • This week Dr. Raissian also weighed in on The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommendations to make hormonal birth control available over the counter. Raissian acknowledged the importance of increasing access to healthcare, but also interacting with your healthcare providers. Her notes can be read in U.S. Today.


  • The DPP took on Storrs this Wednesday. Representatives kicked off the morning by speaking to a Communication class filled with prospective students. Both Lian, and the DPP’s Administrative Program Director Catherine Guarino then spoke with prospective students at the UConn All-Career Fair. The day also included information sessions about each of the DPP’s masters and related fast-track Professor Dr. Eric Brunner joined Lian for the fast-track, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Public Policy session.


  • Thursday through Saturday, various faculty members attended the Association for Budgeting & Financial Management (ABFM) Annual Conference in Washington D.C. The conference gives
    Professor Dr. Bill Simonsen speaking at ABFM
    Professor Dr. Bill Simonsen speaking at ABFM

    a chance for professors from around the country to share research and findings in financial management and budgeting for the public and non-profit sectors. The DPP was well represented by Professor Eric Brunner, Professor Mark Robbins, Professor Bill Simonsen, and Assistant Professor Yusun Kim.

    • Professor Bill Simonsen participated on a “Citizens, Experts, and Elected Officials” panel. He presented a paper on “Citizens Relationship to Government: The Connection between Notions of Citizenship and Support for Bond Referenda”.
    • Professor Mark Robbins presented the Jesse Burkhead award for best paper published in Public Finance and Budgeting to two talented scholars.
    • Assistant Professor Yusun Kim also presented a paper entitled “Returns to Scale in Property Assessment: Coordination Among Assessing Units in New York”.


Week 4: Conversations and Commitment to Public Service

Week 4: Conversations and Commitment to Public Service

This week the Department of Public Policy (DPP) engaged with individuals committed to social change.


  • On Tuesday, we visited Communication classes in Storrs and spoke about the Fast-Track and Master of Arts in Survey Research (MASR) programs. Our Outreach Coordinator Lian also met with prospective students. If you would like to meet with a DPP representative on your campus, please email Lian at


  • Our first newsletter of the year arrived in email inboxes on Wednesday. We recently went through a redesign that highlights accomplishments of various members throughout the DPP Network. If you would like to receive our triannual letter, please email


  • For our Thursday social media post we highlighted an event on Friday! This semester the DPP is looking to highlight different events in the community to share with our followers. Have an event you would like to share? Let our Outreach Coordinator Lian know at


  • We concluded the week with our first Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative (PSELC) of the semester on Friday. Members of the DPP Network also participated in the Youth Climate Strike Rally on Friday at the State Capitol in Hartford.


Next week we will be at Eastern Connecticut State University and UConn Storrs for various information sessions and recruitment events. Check out our Instagram @UConnDPP to learn more!

Welcome from the Department of Public Policy


Welcome from the Department of Public Policy

Annual DPP Welcome Back Reception in Zach's Atrium
2019 DPP Annual Welcome Back Reception

A few days ago we held our annual Department of Public Policy Welcome Back reception. The 150 students, alumni, faculty, staff and community partners added to our excitement about what our community of faculty, students and alumni accomplished last year and what we are well positioned to accomplish this coming academic year.

We had a very successful 2018-2019 academic year. The 2020 U.S. News and World Report rankings of public affairs programs placed us again in the top 50 among public affairs programs and top 10 among public budgeting and finance specialty areas. Many thanks to our faculty, students and staff who helped us maintain these top rankings. We have been regularly posting news about our student, faculty and staff achievements on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). Follow us on any or all of these media if you have not already done so. We promise to not disappoint.

Last year, we relaunched the MPA Fellows program as a Saturday cohort program. Our current and incoming Fellows cohorts are full, and have a diverse and exceptional record in public service. This Fall we welcome 80 new students to our MPA, MPA Fellows, MPP, and MASR programs – which is a record number of incoming students in our Department.

Thanks to our alumni and community partners, our Internship and Professional Practice program is also seeing record engagement this year. Our welcome luncheon for Internship supervisors reminded us of the importance of these community partners to DPP. It also reminded us of the value that our interns add to the professional community that we serve. This academic year, our interns will spend a total of 30,825 hours working in these placements. Our internship program is central to our community engagement.

Our mentoring program engaged many of our alumni in its first year and is off to an excellent start this year. If you are interested in joining that program, please email Candace Fitzpatrick. As a token of appreciation for their efforts, our mentors will also enjoy free enrollment in any Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative workshop when they accompany their mentees to that workshop.

We will continue to post all job announcements on our alumni LinkedIn and Facebook pages. Because we realize that many alumni might miss these announcements, our staff are launching a new moderated career listserv as a service to our students, alumni and regional employers. If you have a position announcement to make, please email it to and we will forward to the listserv and post to our social media. We would appreciate you letting your HR staff know that we have this free service. We automatically added all current students and recent graduates (2 years out) to the listserv. All our alumni are also welcomed to join. If you would like to receive these job announcements, please join the listserv by:

  1. Sending an e-mail to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.UCONN.EDU
  2. Leaving the subject blank
  3. Entering in the body of the e-mail this command, filled in with the respective information:
    1. To subscribe: SUB DPP_CAREERS-L Firstname Lastname
  4. We will be very careful to only send relevant career announcements to this listserv, and every message we send will give you the option to unsubscribe if you wish to do so.

Last year, we launched the Public Service Executive Leadership Collaborative, which brought professional development opportunities to our alumni and the State’s public service community. In its inaugural program, we enrolled more than 150 trainees in the first 6 workshops. The reviews were excellent. This coming year, the Collaborative is offering 9 workshops, and we are able to continue to offer our alumni a 50% discount.

Encore!Connecticut has now been redesigned to accommodate private sector working professionals who are interested in future public service careers. The new program will be run over four Saturdays in March-May 2020 with fellowships running through the end of June 2020. If you wish to recommend a friend or colleague for this program, please let Dave Garvey know.

We are also very excited to welcome some new faces to our Department in 2019-2020. Dr. Yusun Kim (Syracuse University) will join our faculty. Maura Maloney has joined our staff as an operations coordinator. Three exceptional public servants will also join our adjunct faculty: Matthew Hart (Town Manager, Town of West Hartford), Penny Davis (Chief Human Resources Officer, CT Department of Social Services), and Paul Sullivan (Sr. Vice President, American Red Cross).

We are all looking forward to an excellent 2019-2020.


Mohamad G. Alkadry, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Head






Week 3 Recap: Admissions Season Has Begun And Faculty Are Being Recognized


Week 3 Recap: Admissions Season Has Begun And Faculty Are Being Recognized

It was a busy week here in the Department of Public Policy as students, faculty, and staff hit their third week of the semester.

Monday marked the first GAPPS-ICMA meeting. They spent time introducing association goals for the year and soliciting ideas from new students. Stay tuned for details on upcoming events, volunteering and learning opportunities hosted by GAPPS-ICMA!

On Tuesday, the DPP traveled with the School of Social Work (SSW) to the New York City Idealist Fair. The DPP’s Outreach Coordinator and SSW’s Admissions Recruiter were able to speak with a variety of students from the NYC area. They will be in Boston on Monday.

Tuesday also included the launch of the DPP Ambassador program. The program is designed to have current students interact with prospective students through a variety of events including one-on-one conversations, class visits, and fairs. To participate, please email Outreach Coordinator Lian Kish.

Wednesday and Thursday were quite eventful, with opportunities to meet new students on the Storrs campus. The DPP staff and faculty attended the Campus Change and Transfer Resource Fair and the Political Science Open House on Wednesday. On Thursday they visited undergraduate economics classes.

Speaking of economics, it was reported on Wednesday that Professor Eric Brunner’s 2018 co-authored research on K-12 school funding was pivotal in the development of a $9 billion education construction bond in California. The bond will go to vote in March 2020, for a total of $15 billion to fund new facilities for schools from kindergarten all the way through the state’s colleges and universities.

On Friday, faculty, staff, and students of the DPP joined UConn President Katsouleas for a Coffee Hour at the UConn Hartford Bookstore. He discussed his vision for the future of UConn and was excited to meet more students and staff on the Hartford Campus.

Later on Friday morning, representatives from the DPP and the CT Office of the State Comptroller presented findings from a report on behalf of the Governor’s Council on Women and Girls. Their report entitled “The Connecticut State Workforce: An Analysis of Representations and Compensation Equity Across Gender and Race-Ethnicity” made national news earlier this year. DPP Department Head, Professor Mohamad Alkadry spoke at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford with CT State Comptroller Director of Communications and current MPA Fellow, Tara Downes, and Assistant State Comptroller, Michelle Gilman.

DPP Begins Search for Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management

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Job Description: Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management (PDF)

DPP Begins Search for Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Management

(PDF version)

The Department of Public Policy (DPP) at the University of Connecticut seeks to fill a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in August 2020. The Department of Public Policy is home to a NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA), a Master of Public Policy (MPP), an on-line Graduate Program in Survey Research, a MPA Fellows program (an executive MPA cohort), and four graduate certificates in nonprofit management, public financial management, survey research and leadership and public management. The Department offers an undergraduate minor and allows selected students to begin taking graduate courses while undergraduates. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a strong research program in their field.

The Department of Public Policy is located on the new state-of-the-art campus in Hartford, Connecticut’s capital city. The University of Connecticut is a premier research institution, designated as a Research University/Very High research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. UConn is ranked 22nd by U.S. News & World Report among national public universities in the United States. The Department’s public affairs programs are ranked 9th in public budgeting and finance and 47th among public affairs programs. The Department of Public Policy has 15 full-time faculty, 200 graduate students, and 1,100 alumni.

The successful candidate’s primary teaching assignment will be to offer core and elective classes in the MPA and MPP programs, including courses in the management, design, and evaluation of nonprofit programs. The specific teaching assignment will be determined based on the interests of the candidate and the needs of the Department, and can include graduate or undergraduate classes.


Minimum qualifications include an earned Ph.D. in public administration, public policy, economics, political science, sociology, philanthropy or a related field. Candidates must have a strong record of, or strong potential for, scholarly excellence based on rigorous social science research methods. Candidates must demonstrate strong communication skills and the capability to teach courses in nonprofit management and other courses supporting our MPA, MPP, and certificate in nonprofit management curricula. Successful applicants must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. prior to the start date. Candidates already appointed at the Assistant Professor level are encouraged to apply. Applicants with advanced ABD’s will be considered at the Instructor level until their Ph.D. requirements are completed.


The ideal candidate will have a proven track record, or demonstrated potential, of scholarly success in the management, financial management, analysis, or evaluation of nonprofit organizations and programs. Preference will be given to candidates with a record of or strong potential for obtaining external research support. Strong preference will be given to applicants who are comfortable with a wide array of analytical methods. Finally, the best candidates will provide clear evidence of contributions to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience through research, teaching, and/or public engagement.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2020. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Hartford Campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at UConn’s main campus in Storrs, or online as part of their ordinary workload. The University offers a highly competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Use this link to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and recent teaching evaluations (if available), and contact information for three references (email, phone number, and mailing address) who can comment on research and teaching capabilities and accomplishments. Review of applicants will begin on October 4, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Any questions about the position may be sent to Mark Robbins, Search Committee Chair, Department of Public Policy at

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2020124)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Week 2 Recap: Building Partnerships and A Potential Presidential Debate


Week 2 Recap: Building Partnerships and A Potential Presidential Debate

This week was a markedly busy week as Department of Public Policy students and faculty fall into the rhythm of UConn Hartford. After the whirl of the first week of classes, the Labor Day rest on Monday was appreciated by all.


On Tuesday, UConn Hartford hosted the Hartford Involvement Fair. The DPP met many new undergraduate students at the fair, in an effort to gain interest and attract students to the Fast-Track Program. Students can apply to the Fast-Track as a sophomore for junior year, but we invite all undergraduate students to our events.


Wednesday brought political flurry, as we learned that the Hartford Foundation donated $1 million to the bid to secure one of the 2020 Presidential Debates. There are set to be four presidential debates, with six city finalists – winners to be announced later this fall.


MPP 2018 Alums Christopher Brechlin and Andrew Bolger
MPP 2018 Alums Christopher Brechlin and Andrew Bolger

On Friday this week, the DPP attended the CBIA Connecticut Economy Conference at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. CBIA stands for Connecticut Business and Industry Association and is a local organization that has over 200 years of experience lobbying for businesses around the state. Andrew Bolger (MPP 2018) and Christopher Brechlin (MPP 2018) were also in attendance from Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.


The Department of Public Policy also attended the Federal Executive Association of Connecticut (FEACT) 2019 Excellence in Government Awards Banquet. The FEACT Awards are annually given the most talented federal employees in the state.


Up next week:

The first GAPPS-ICMA meeting of the year is on Monday, 09/09 at 3PM in conference room HTB 406. Please join us!

Alumni Promotions and Career Changes: Fall 2019

Alumni Promotions and Career Changes: Fall 2019


UConn Department of Public Policy LogoAlong with excellent job placement for our Class of 2019, our alumni from previous classes are being promoted and taking on leadership roles at different organizations. 

Throughout the summer we posted a few of these alumni on Instagram and Twitter. Below is a list of their career changes!


Master of Public Administration

  • Jessica Inacio (2017): Strategic Development Coordinator, City of Fort Worth – Texas
  • Tyla Potvin (2017): Configuration Manager, Collins Aerospace – Connecticut
  • Ryan Kliszewski (2018): Associate Quality Specialist, GLX Constructors – Massachusetts
  • Elica Atanasovska (2017): Renewals Account Manager, License Logix – California
  • Ashley Bodamer (2018): Program Manager, Hartford Healthcare – Connecticut
  • Fuinnuala Darby-Hudgens (2018): Director of Operations, CT Fair Housing – Connecticut

Master of Public Policy

  • Diego Briones (2018): Economics PhD Candidate, University of Virginia – Virginia

Have you been promoted recently? Have you started working for a new organization? Do you have a job posting you would like us to share with our alumni network? Let us know at

The Class of 2019! Where Are They Now?


The Class of 2019! Where Are They Now?

2019 MPA and MPP Graduates in front of the Hartford Times Building
2019 MPA and MPP Graduates in front of the Hartford Times Building

For a number of years our department has proudly announced a 100% job placement rate within six month of graduation. The class of 2019 is on track to match our previous years statistics!

Throughout the summer we posted a few of the job placements for the class of 2019 on Instagram and Twitter. Below is a list of those placements! 





Master of Public Administration

  • Alecia Alleyne: Marketing Coordinator, Town of Franklin – Massachusetts 
  • Fabiola Bachinelo: Accreditation Associate, NASPAA – Washington, D.C.
  • Mariah Brennan Nanni: PhD Candidate, Syracuse University – New York
  • Franklin Edrich: Project Analyst, City of South Fulton – Georgia 
  • Dan Innes: Leadership Associate, Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut 
  • Josh Kelly: Town Administrator, Town of Bolton – Connecticut

Master of Public Policy

  • Hannah Casey: Environmental Specialist, Dominion Energy – Virginia
  • Shub Dhakal: Assistant Underwriter, Beazley – Georgia 
  • Sneha Jayaraj: Performance Management & Equity Fellow, City of Portland – Oregon
  • Bailey Mulqueen: Budget Analyst, Office of Policy and Management – Connecticut
  • Alex Tomczuk: Analyst, PFM Financial Advisors, LLC – Minnesota 

Have you been promoted recently? Have you started working for a new organization? Do you have a job posting you would like us to share with our alumni network? Let us know at