public management

Explore new ways of workforce and asset administration with the Public Management specialization. It prepares students by focusing on human and capital resource issues, changing venues of public management, and sound practices of institutional representation. Students who pursue this specialization are often nominated as finalists to competitive fellowship programs like the New York State Public Management Institute and the Presidential Management Fellows Program.

The specialization requires the completion of two required courses—PAF 9117 and PAF 9160—and two additional courses from the list below (click on the individual class link for a full description):

PAF 9117 Public Personnel and Human Resource Management [REQUIRED]
3 hours; 3 credits
Analysis of problems and issues dealing with public sector personnel. Topics covered include selection, training, employee evaluation, and promotion policies and practices. Managerial, legal, and political aspects of human resource management are also considered.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9160 Public and Nonprofit Management II [REQUIRED]
3 hours; 3 credits
Managing public agencies and nonprofit organizations. The course addresses concepts, strategies, and techniques for effectively planning, organizing, directing, and controlling agencies, programs, and projects. The objective of the course is to prepare students for practical managerial assignments in government and in the nonprofit sector.
Prerequisites: PAF 9120, PAF 9302, or PAF 9310
PAF 9110 Ethics and Public Decision-Making

3 hours; 3 credits
This course concerns the relationship of ethics and public service. Those in public service face a broad array of ethical problems and dilemmas ranging from simple matters of public trust through the application of ethical reasoning in policymaking. The course examines the limits of self-interest in public service, the differing ethical concerns of elective and appointive officials, the conflict between responsibility to hierarchical authority and personal conceptions of the right, bureaucratic responsibility for the ethical content of public policies, and the possibility of necessary evil. A significant portion of this course focuses on ethical theories that may help resolve these dilemmas.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9109 Government Contracting

3 hours; 3 credits
Review of the principles and practices of government contracting and analysis of the major types of government contracts. Administration and management problems of the government procurement function are identified and analyzed. Major policy questions, including societal implications of large-scale government contracting, are explored.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9111 American Pubic Law and the Administrative State

3 hours; 3 credits
Introduction to the American legal system and its role in the development and control of the modern administrative state. The course also emphasizes the legal context within which public and nonprofit agencies operate.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9115 Intergovernmental Relations

3 hours; 3 credits
Analysis of the vertical and horizontal relations among American governmental jurisdictions. The course focuses on the theory and history of American federalism and its emergence into an intergovernmental system. Emphasis is placed on the changing nature of constitutional, fiscal, and non-fiscal relationships.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9118 Labor Relations in the Public Sector

3 hours; 3 credits
Development and growth of public employee unionism. Topics covered include collective bargaining laws and procedures, government organization of labor relations, the dynamics of the bargaining process, the impact of collective bargaining on civil service systems, and current trends in public sector collective bargaining.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9138 Urban Services Delivery

3 hours; 3 credits
Review of the principles and problems in the design and evaluation of urban service delivery. Service areas covered include fire services, police services, health care and social services, waste disposal services, and justice system services.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9139 Communication Strategy

3 hours; 3 credits
In this class, students learn to design communication campaigns that will change or modify key behaviors; promote a cause, service, or program; or enhance the brand and fundraising capacity of an organization. Course topics will cover areas such as fear appeals, message fatigue, working with diverse audiences, and online and social media advocacy. Students will develop message strategies using techniques drawn from social marketing, persuasion, and political communication.
Prerequisite: PAF 9103
PAF 9156 Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Recovery

3 hours; 3 credits
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to policy, planning and management of human services issues that arise in preparing for and responding to disasters and emergencies that have broad effects on people, property, and communities. The course includes the role of both government and nonprofit organizations in responding to disasters and in providing services for relief and recovery. The course also addresses issues of readiness and planning by public and community organizations. Recent and historical events provide examples for students to examine and compare.
Prerequisite: None
PAF 9159 Privatization and Market-Based Government

3 hours; 3 credits
Market-based government, an important feature of The New Public Management, involves competition, privatization, public-private partnerships, competitive sourcing,, outsourcing, divestment, withdrawal, displacement, deregulation, citizen choice, vouchers, transferable permits, franchises, user charges, pricing strategies, voluntarism, and civil society-including faith-based institutions. Using a combination of theory, cases, and practice, the course prepares students to use these tools in the real world.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9163 Leadership and Strategy in Public Affairs

3 hours; 3 credits
Leadership and Strategy in Public Affairs examines the personal, institutional and strategic circumstances that public (and nonprofit and business) leaders confront as they conduct their work. The course focuses on the exercise of leadership, particularly the development and execution of strategy, particularly within the context of politics and government. Students will explore the strategic calculi employed by leaders as they attempt to mobilize support, achieve personal influence, and exercise institutional authority to accomplish objectives.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9171 Human Services Administration

3 hours; 3 credits
Examination of management approaches and perspectives relevant to client-centered, public organizations (e.g., social services, health care services, employment and training programs, corrections). Special attention is given to administrative structures, institutional perspectives, needs assessment, program management, and the integration of human services.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9181 Comparative Public Administration

3 hours; 3 credits
Public-sector managers at all levels respond to demands generated from beyond the borders of their own jurisdiction. This course focuses on international variations in public administration through a comparative analysis of the political and cultural environments that configure the public and nonprofit sectors around the globe.
Prerequisite: none
PAF 9299 Selected Topics in Nonprofit Management

3 hours; 3 credits
The course focuses on major areas in nonprofit management. Topics vary from offering to offering.
Prerequisite or corequisite: Grad 8 status or permission of the Office of Student Affairs and Graduate Admissions