PIA Constitution



Monday, September 21, 2015


The department has welcomed two new faculty members and one new staff member:

Ben Taylor grew up in LaGrange, Georgia. Ben has an A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. in political science from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Before coming to UNCW, Ben was a tenure-track assistant professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass., from 2013 to 2016.  At UNCW, Ben will be teaching courses in American politics, specifically in political behavior. For more information about this research, please see his personal website (jbenjamintaylor.com) or his UNCW website. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Sarah Gilbert, who is the Education Coordinator at the Wilmington Yoga Center.

Tonya Taylor has been a UNCW Administrative Support Associate since the beginning of 2012.  I have previously been in the Mathematics and Statistics, Music and Women’s Studies and Resource Center Departments.   I have a 24-year-old daughter that works in the Honors College.   I look forward to settling in and beginning to take advantage of the free college courses I can take as a UNCW employee.   I live out in the country on 1 ½ acres and have rabbits, chickens, and a Yorkie.

MPA Fellows program

New Hanover County government has initiated a MPA Fellows program which began in fall 2014 for new MPA students. Each spring, applicants to the MPA program can apply for three one-year positions with the county. Three new MPA students had been placed in the policy, planning and human resources offices where they gained tremendous experience and made significant contributions to county government. They worked 19 hours per week and were paid $18 per hour (no benefits).

The purpose of the program is to assist the MPA program in recruiting top students with an interest in a local government career. Students receive a variety of work experiences that provide both professional development and a resume builder.

MPA Class Supports Youth Gun Violence Initiative

Tom Barth’s Public Management Tools class in the fall provided support to the City of Wilmington’s initiative to address youth gun violence in our community. Students collected data, facilitated meetings and conducted gap analyses for the four cluster groups that emerged from a series of community town hall meetings: law enforcement, education, jobs and prevention/intervention.