Department of Public Administration-Institute of Government

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Public Administration | Courses in Poverty Studies

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Director:
Hunter Bacot, Professor

Professors:
Robertson, Roby D.
Stevenson, Jerry G.

Associate Professor:
Wigand, Dianne

Assistant Professors:
Craw, Michael
Edwards, Vickie

UALR’s Institute of Government offers the master of public administration degree and the graduate certificate in nonprofit management programs to prepare students for professional management and leadership positions at all levels of government and nonprofit sectors. The Institute of Government offers undergraduate public administration courses for application in poverty studies, urban studies, and political science. The department is active in these undergraduate programs: Nonprofit Leadership Studies, Shepherd Poverty Studies, and Urban Affairs. For more information about Public Administration see the UALR Graduate Catalog. For questions regarding the Nonprofit Management Program, please contact Dr. Vickie Edwards, vledwards@ualr.edu, (501) 569-8026.

Courses in Public Administration (PADM)

PADM 3310 Policy Process
See POLS 3310. Three credit hours.

PADM 3331 Public Administration
Prerequisite: POLS 1310 or junior standing. Trends and organization of public administration; fiscal and personnel management; administrative powers and responsibility. Three credit hours.

PADM 4313 Public Personnel Administration
Analysis of the policies, practices, and issues of public personnel administration, including recruitment and selection processes, classification and pay plans, training, career management, separation, grievances and appeals, and unionization and collective bargaining. Three credit hours.

PADM 4341 Seminar: Comparative Public Administration
Prerequisite: senior standing. A seminar survey of similarities and differences in bureaucratic structures and processes. Analysis of the organization, staffing, and role of administrative systems in contrasting social and cultural contexts of the Western and non-Western worlds. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as PADM 5341. Three credit hours.

PADM 4353 Seminar in Budgeting
Prerequisite: POLS 1310. The course covers budgeting theory and practice. Topics include budgeting as allocations, process games, rituals, history, and politics. It examines institutions and their roles in budgeting as well as current issues such as uncontrollability, balanced budgets, and variance budgeting. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as PADM 5353. Three credit hours.


Courses in Poverty Studies

PVYS 2301 Introduction to Poverty Studies
This course serves as an introduction to a multidisciplinary study of poverty, including emphases on causes and effects of poverty, values, moral, and legal issues related to poverty, and difficulties in breaking the cycle of poverty. Three credit hours.

PVYS 2302 Poverty Reduction Strategies
Prerequisite: PVYS 2301. In response to the incidence of poverty, both in urban and rural areas, this course equips the student with analytical tools that aid in the planning, design, and implementation of anti-poverty strategies. Macro and micro approaches include individual counseling and prevention tactics, policy making, continua of care, community development, and community collaboration. The course is required for Shepherd Scholars. Three credit hours.

PVYS 3301 Service-Learning Placement I
Prerequisite: PVYS 2301, 2302 and admission to the Shepherd Scholars program. In this intensive fieldwork course, Shepherd Scholars will be placed with an agency in either an urban or rural poverty situation where they will be integrated into the work of that organization. Successful completion requires at least four weeks (160 contact hours) and both written and oral reflection presentations. Three credit hours.

PVYS 3302 Service-Learning Placement II
Similar to PVYS 3301, this course offers Shepherd Scholars with an intensive fieldwork opportunity. Students will be placed with an agency in either an urban or rural poverty situation where they will be integrated into the work of that organization. Students successfully completing PVYS 3201 may continued in that placement for this course with the approval of the program director and community mentor. Successful completion requires at least four weeks (160 contact hours) and both written and oral reflection presentations. Prerequisite: PVYS 2301,2302, and 3301 and admission to the Shepherd Scholars program. Three credit hours.

PVYS 4301 Seminar in Poverty Studies
This capstone course is conducted as a seminar in which students play a lead role along with the instructor in discussions of readings, papers, and presentations. lt is designed to challenge students to propose, research, and write a major paper on poverty and its reduction. Topics may derive from any relevant discipline and will be selected in consultation with a participating instructor who will serve as a preceptor.