The Center for Public Administration and Policy promotes the common good of our constitutional republic and the advancement of public service by providing outstanding education, research, and outreach in the theory and practice of public administration, management, and policy.
CPAP offers both the MPA degree and the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Public Affairs. Our MPA program is accredited by NASPAA and is currently ranked 17th nationally among Public Management Administration programs by U.S. News and World Report.
CPAP is one program at three campuses: Alexandria (MPA, PhD), Blacksburg (MPA, PhD), and Richmond (MPA). The application requirements for our degree programs are the same for all three campuses.
CPAP also offers graduate certificates in Local Government Management, Public and Non-Profit Financial Management, and Homeland Security
Advances in Understanding Coastal Resilience Blacksburg, VA, USA
Dec 03 3:15 pm EST Advances in Understanding Coastal Resilience Featuring Women in Disaster Resilience Research 3:15 – 6:30 PM, 3 December 2015, Café X – Kelly Hall Introduction and Welcome, Christopher Zobel, Robert Weiss, Jennifer Irish (3:15 – 3:30) Climate of Change: Challenges and Adaptation to Accumulating Disasters (3:30 – 4:30) Dr. Julie K. Maldonado, Dept. of Environmental Studies, UC-Santa Barbara This presentation will consider the intersection of climate change, disasters, and displacement, showing how social, environmental, and climate justice are intimately interlinked. In doing so, it will highlight three tribes in coastal Louisiana who have been hit by both the underlying drivers and causes of climate change, and the outcomes. While this discussion will cover the layers of disasters, vulnerabilities, and cascading effects, it will also highlight what communities are actively doing to adapt, challenge, and resist social and environmental injustice. The presentation will demonstrate that these are not scenarios that will occur in a distant future, in a distant place; this is the reality we are facing right now. Research and Development in Coastal System Resilience (4:30 - 5:30) Dr. Julie Rosati, Research Coastal Engineer, US Army Corps of Engineers Being resilient - the capacity to prepare in advance of a short or long-term disturbance, being able to resist or absorb damages during the crisis and recover rapidly, and adapt in preparation for future unknown stress – has recently emerged as the means to better achieve the necessary functioning of a system, given an uncertain future. The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) initiated new R&D to quantify coastal system resilience from project to regional scales. This presentation will discuss how this R&D program supports the range of USACE missions; it will introduce resilience concepts and the range of work by others within the field of resilience; and it will conclude with a summary of ongoing research in coastal system resilience. 11 March 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami: Some Lessons Learned (5:30 - 6:30) Dr. Joanne Bourgeois, Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington The most tsunami-prepared country in the world was hit by a major earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Yet, there were more casualties and damage than anticipated. What were Japan’s anticipations and preparations? What worked and what did not? Because historical records are typically shorter than recurrence intervals for the largest earthquakes and tsunamis, scientists have begun systematic studies of paleoseismology and tsunami geology. Field trips a year before this devastating event focused on elucidating from the prehistoric geological record what was known of past events in the region, and on different means by which the population was prepared. Lessons learned from events like Tohoku carry over into populations living with and potentially surviving many natural hazards.
Mining the Trust Gap: Ferguson and Americans’ Changing Views of Police Behavior Arlington, VA
Dec 15 6:00 pm EST Metropolitan Institute is happy to present the 2015 Fall MI + SPIA Speaker Series for more information visit us at https://www.mi.vt.edu/2015-fall-lecture-series/ Lecturer: Jeannine Bell, Professor, Indiana University Bloomington VT Research Center in Ballston, 900 N Glebe Road, Arlington, VA Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Doors open at 6pm Lecture begins at 6:30pm Light refreshments will be available. Synopsis: The events that transpired in Ferguson, MO after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot to death an unarmed man, Michael Brown, on August 9, 2014, reveal that neither the end of Jim Crow nor the election of a black president of the United States has allowed African Americans to be similarly situated with whites. Nowhere is the separation between blacks and whites clearer than in criminal justice matters. From statistics regarding incarceration to public opinion regarding police behavior, there has long been a wide gulf between white and black Americans. President Obama and others refer to the drastic difference in public opinion regarding the police a “trust gap.” The trust gap is nothing new however, as African Americans have long had difficult relationships with the police. These relationships have been complex and have varied by class. Sustained discussion of the incidents between police officers and African Americans may also have affected whites’ views of police practices. This talk explores views of police processes by Americans of different racial and ethnic backgrounds using a range of sources including interviews with blacks and whites, new accounts, and public opinion data. Dr. Bell was recently appointed editor of the prestigious “Law and Society Review,” a publication of the Law and Society Association. Read about it here. RSVP before 11-29-2015 at https://trust-gap.eventbrite.com.
Graduate Studies Info Session 1021 Prince St., Alexandria VA
Jan 27 6:00 pm EST Learn more about the Graduate Programs offered by the School of Public and International Affairs!