Annual Washington D.C. Networking Trip

Each year SPP graduate students visit Washington, DC as part of the Professional Development Seminar or Prosem. The Prosem has become an integral part of both the MPPA and MPP curriculum. This seminar offers students opportunities to sharpen their job-seeking and networking abilities in sessions that enhance their skills in writing cover letters and resumes, public speaking, interviewing, social networking and more.  The trip to DC is designed to give students exposure to the wide range of professional opportunities that are available to them as graduates of our programs.  Students meet SPP alumni and other policy professionals who are working in a variety of government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Kyle Wedberg

The Arts School Network (ASN), which is the largest professional organization of arts schools, is honoring Kyle Wedberg ’00 (Masters of Public Administration) with the Jeffrey Lawrence Award. Wedberg is the President and CEO of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a performing and visual arts high school for students from across Louisiana. NOCCA counts many notable artists among its alums, including jazz musicians Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Terence Blanchard.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) Professor Lee Badgett

When economist M.V. Lee Badgett published her 1995 study on the wage gap faced by gay men and lesbians, there was nothing like it in the field. In fact, conventional wisdom held just the opposite.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Jane Fountain

Photo credit: John Solem for UMass Amherst

Jane Fountain, distinguished university professor of political science and public policy and chair of the Department of Political Science, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty David Mednicoff speaks about Iran Nuclear Deal

Faculty at the UMass School of Public Policy are undertaking vital research to offer solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. These faculty are avid writers and researchers who are often called upon by press for their expertise. Below is a summary of recent publications and interviews of our faculty.

From left: SPP students and Rebecca Richards during a question and answer session.
Photo Credits: Matthew Medeiros / University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) Professor Lee Badgett

Courtesy of University of Massachusetts Office of External Relations and University Events

Professor M.V. Lee Badgett, who holds a joint position in Economics and the School of Public Policy will be honored along with seven others at the University’s Faculty Convocation at 2 pm on October 11, in the Campus Center Auditorium.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is located in Thompson Hall

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has moved to Thompson Hall from its former spaces across campus in Gordon Hall. All of SPP’s core faculty and staff are now located on the second floor of Thompson. SPP began there in 1998, when what was then called the Center for Public Policy and Administration was established.

“This move will strengthen our relationships with departments located nearby,” explains SPP Director Alasdair Roberts. “Our work is interdisciplinary, so everything the school does is focused on collaboration."

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) students

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is welcoming another large class for this academic year, with forty-three students newly registered in its accelerated and two-year master’s programs. Combined with other full- and part-time enrollment, the SPP community now includes almost 70 student members.

The University of Massachusetts welcomes Gina McCarthy to campus Sept. 10, 2017

-- Via UMass News & Media Relations

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under former President Barack Obama, will give the keynote address to the North East Graduate Student Water Symposium (NEGSWS) on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Engineering Lab II auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public.

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