Congratulations to our Fall 2020 Graduates!
Congratulations to our Fall 2020 MPA Graduates: Sean Collen, Quanisha Collins Tabron, and Bruce Rich
Congratulations to our Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management Fall 2020 Graduates: Ahmed Abdullah, Alex Alberti, Jessica Alexander, and Funda Mills
Congratulations to our Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Urban and Economic Development Fall 2020 Graduate: Harold Creacy
MPA Program boasts 90 percent job placement rate
Are you graduating soon and are not quite sure what you want to do with your degree? Maybe UNC Greensboro’s Master of Public Affairs program is the answer for you.
The MPA program offers an exciting professional degree opportunity for students considering careers in nonprofit organizations or government agencies. This 43-hour program provides students with relevant educational experiences to prepare them for a variety of challenging careers. These positions can range from management to policy evaluation to program analysis.
The job placement rate for the past two years has been over 90 percent! Graduate assistantships, paid internships and scholarships make this degree more affordable than law school.
Examples of job placements for pre-service students in recent years are the following:
- Grants Management Asst/Program Coordinator, Partners to End Homelessness/The Servant Center
- Development Coordinator, NCCJ
- Community Impact Manager, United Way of Greater Greensboro
- Procurement Officer, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (TN)
- Community & Strategic Initiatives Planner, Piedmont Triad Regional Council
- Project Manager, City of Burlington
- Marketing & Communications Manager, United Way of Greater Greensboro
- Program Support Administrator, Rural Forward of NC
- PhD Student, Public Policy, North Carolina State University
- Budget Specialist, City of Greensboro
- Program Coordinator, Kate B. Reynolds Foundation
While the degree allows students a great deal of flexibility in choosing electives, the MPA program currently offers three concentrations for those who wish to specialize—the nonprofit management concentration, community and economic development, and local government management.
If you are not quite ready to commit to a full degree program, the MPA program also offers a 15-hour certificate program in Nonprofit Management. This program is designed to give students a general overview of the nonprofit sector while developing specific skills and program knowledge necessary to meet a variety of nonprofit agency needs.
The MPA program also offers an 18-hour certificate program jointly with the Department of Geography in Urban and Economic Development. This program is designed to provide a general overview of urban planning and development. Students completing this certificate will be prepared to deal with a variety of urban and community development issues.
Want to learn more about applying to the MPA program? Click here.
Professor Charles Prysby Retires
Professor Charles Prysby is retiring after 49 years of service to UNCG and we want to recognize his many contributions.
As a teacher, he taught research methods to generations of graduate and undergraduate students and offered courses in political behavior, elections, and Southern politics. He and his collaborators produced a teaching module called SETUPS that uses data from the American Elections Study (the most significant survey of American voters) to help instructors bring high quality voting data into classrooms throughout the country.
He also distinguished himself as a researcher. He is the author of four books, two edited volumes, and dozens of articles in the fields of public opinion, voting, and Southern politics. Through this work he is a nationally recognized scholar on voting behavior and Southern party politics. Over his career, he also served as a mentor for many students as they worked with him as undergraduate research assistants on these topics. Because of his expertise in voting data, he worked with the News Election Service (later Voter News Service) throughout the 80s and 90s and played a pioneering role in bringing early return data to election night news coverage.
Finally, Prysby is ending his career as at UNCG with a flourish, publishing a 2020 book with Routledge entitled, “Rich Voter, Poor Voter, Red Voter, Blue Voter.” In the book, he “examines the changing relationship between social class and voting behavior in contemporary America. At the end of the 20th century working-class white voters were significantly more Democratic than their middle-class counterparts, as they had been since the 1930s. By the second decade of the 21st century, that long-standing relationship had reversed: Republicans now do better among working-class whites.”
In addition, he has been a great colleague to faculty in the department, always willing to discuss the latest political or baseball news and make us envious of his many travel adventures.
Congratulations to the MPA Student Award Winners for 2020 – 2021
- North Carolina City/County Managers Association Scholarship – Jamie Sandoval
- Next Generation Graduate Award – Eva Jones, Michala Westbrook
- May Davidson Scholarship Fund – Grace Craig, John Crowder, Jerae Davis, Katherine Faulkner, Austin Morris, Elena Polanco, Kayla Quick, Alex Shepherd, Clint Stiles
- Annie Parham Endowed Graduate Award – Taylor Strassburg Hutchins
Life of a Lobbyist
UNCG alumnus Brian Lewis ’94, ’96 MPA discusses his career in North Carolina politics that began 1994 and how it carried him to the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly where he works as a registered lobbyist. Brian will give participants a peek behind one of the most misunderstood, maligned, and distrusted professions in our society. He will also talk about how he is attempting to change it.
Congratulations to our Undergraduate Scholarship Recipients!
The following students are the scholarship recipients for academic year 2020-21:
May Davidson Scholarship
Jenny Lois Francisco
Annie Moring Alexander Scholarship
Andrea Santolim Geller
James Clotfelter Scholarship
Mina Weil Scholarship
Congratulations to Our Outstanding Seniors!
Our department faculty voted to award the following students with our department’s highest honor—Outstanding Senior in Political Science, for academic year 2019-2020: