Master of Public Administration

New faculty: Dr. Jennifer Biddle and Dr. Christopher Prentice

Faculty News

Spring 2015

Creation of new nonprofit Management & Leadership minor

Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney and Dr. Christopher R. Prentice have spearheaded the creation of a new Minor in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, open to all UNCW undergraduates. With 2.3 million nonprofit organizations accounting for roughly 10 percent of the U.S. economy, the nonprofit sector presents a unique opportunity for study by students from diverse backgrounds looking to expand their academic and professional horizons. The Minor will equip students with the management and leadership skills critical to nonprofit organizations and will also help them succeed in for-profit businesses and government agencies.

Summer 2014

Dr. jeff brudney serves as panelist for united nations volunteers

Jeff Brudney served as an expert panelist for United Nations Volunteers on July 17, 2014 in Bonn, Germany. Read about the article on StarNewsOnline.

Spring 2014

SENCASPA HOnors dr. jeffrey brudney!

The Wilmington chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the UNCW MPA program is honoring Dr. Brudney for his selection as author of one of the most influential articles to appear in Public Administration Review (PAR) since its inception in 1940. Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend his honor ceremony where Dr. Brudney will provide a short presentation on his article and be recognized for his great achievement! The ceremony will be held Friday, April 25th from 6:00 - 7:30pm at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. RSVP to Ben Rickman.

Article by dr. jeffrey l. brudney among esteemed journal's 75 most influential.

An article by Jeffrey Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Non-Profit Sector, UNCW Public and International Affairs, has been selected as one of the 75 most influential articles to appear in the Public Administration Review (PAR) since its inception in 1940.

"Toward a Definition of the Coproduction Concept," appeared in the journal in 1983. "I am deeply honored by this most noteworthy achievement," says Brudney. "More than 3,500 articles have appeared in PAR, so being selected as one of the 75 most influential is quite an accomplishment."

The PAR Editorial Board selected the articles after an eight-month review process. The 75 articles will be officially announced at the 75th anniversary conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), which convenes March 14-17 in Washington, D.C. The authors themselves will be honored at a reception during the 2015 ASPA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

highlighted by star news: Two NEW Minors offered by the Communciations and Public & International Affairs Departments!

Want to run a political campaign or start your own business? Starting this fall of 2014 at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, there's a minor for that. Students can now minor in campaign management or entrepreneurship. The two newest concentrations, which were approved by the university's faculty senate committee in early January, will begin this fall. Click here to read the full story from Star News online.


This film is based on Dr. Jeffrey Brudney's class "Nonprofit Leadership Experience" (PLS 492/592), in which students are required to complete a project that they select from a variety of projects identified with nonprofit organizations in the community. The students present the projects at a Capstone Poster Session open to the nonprofit and university communities, held at the end of the semester. Through interviews before and after the class - before the students undertake their projects in the community and after they complete them - the film captures the growth, development, and learning of the students. The full film can be viewed here.

Fall 2013

"building a better wilmington" ACCEPTED INTO THE CUCALROUS FILM FESTIVAL

Building a Better Wilmington was first screened at the 2013 Cucalorus Film Festival. It features interviews with members of local nonprofits, activists, musicians and community leaders who are all currently involved in enriching Wilmington through volunteer efforts. Student Director Ryne Seals and Graduate Student Vanessa Lacer capture conversations that highlight the personal rewards of involvement, how one can participate, and the importance giving and volunteering has on our community. Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney, MPA Professor and Academic Director of Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO), conceptualized and oversaw the creation of the film.

NEW! Please join us for a free viewing of "Building a Better Wilmington" and "Volunteering in the Port City" on Wednesday, January 29th from 7:00 - 8:30pm at Lumina Theater.

2013 Graduate Student Mentor

Barth receives the Graduate Student Mentor AwardMPA Professor Tom Barth receives the 2013 Graduate Student Mentor Award. Once a year, according to the Graduate School website, it "honors an outstanding faculty mentor who places high value on and excels in mentoring graduate students. Nominees must be tenured graduate faculty who hold the rank of associate or full professor and are employed by UNCW in a full-time capacity." Congratulations, Tom. Keep up the good work. The program and our students value your contributions.

Faculty Publications

Paige Tan's article "Yudhoyono's Legacy: Between Politics and Principle" was published in Current History, September 2013.

New MPA Faculty!

Welcome aboard our newest MPA faculty members, Jennifer Biddle, Ph.D. and Christopher Prentice, Ph.D. (pictured above). Beginning in fall semester 2013, they will join the Public & International Affairs faculty as Assistant Professors of Public Administration.

Jennifer "Jenny" Biddle joins us from American University where she served as a post-doctoral fellow conducting research on collaborative environmental governance. Her areas of interest include: environmental policy, collaborative environmental governance, freshwater ecology, and rain garden design and installation. Professor Biddle will advise students concentrating on environmental management and coastal planning and policy.

Christopher "Chris" Prentice recently graduated from NC State University with a Ph.D. in Public Administration with a specific focus on nonprofit organizations. His teaching and research interests include: civil society organizations in the Middle East, charter school funding, and nonprofit financial management. Professor Prentice will be the faculty advisor to students taking the nonprofit concentration.

Spring 2013

Join us in wishing Laurie Paarlberg, Ph.D. best wishes in her new endeavors! She will be leaving UNCW as she has accepted a position with Texas A & M University. We will miss you greatly.

Fall 2012

Congratulations to John Brennan who has had his article, "The Radical Right, the National Municipal League Smear File, and the Controversy over Metropolitan Government in the United States during the Postwar Years" accepted for publication in Public Voices.

Welcome Aboard! Jeffrey L. Brudney, Ph.D. joins the UNCW MPA faculty as the Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector. Read all about him.