Contact Rutgers SPAA

School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
Rutgers University-Newark

Center for Urban and Public Service
111 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-1801

p: 973-353-5093
f: 973-353-5907

Who to Contact at SPAA?

Please see below for a list of SPAA staff and their responsibilities.

Faculty Governance

  • Rachel Emas, Global Executive Online MPA Program Director
    All inquiries regarding the Global Executive Online MPA program (GEOMPA)
  • Madinah Hamidullah, BA Director and Assistant Professor
    Approvals for BA Curriculum, Courses, Internships, Independent Studies, Exceptions to the BA Policies, and Grade Appeals
  • Lindsey McDougle, PAGA Advisor and Assistant Professor
    Oversees the MPA student organization; Public Administration Graduate Association (PAGA)
  • Stephanie Newbold, MPA Director and JD/MPA Coordinator and Associate Professor
    Approvals for MPA Curriculum, Courses, Internships, Independent Studies, Exceptions to the MPA Policies, and Grade Appeals
    All inquiries regarding the JD/MPA Program
  • Norma Riccucci, PhD Director and Board of Governors Distiguished Professor
    All inquiries regarding the PhD Program
  • Yahong Zhang, International Programs Director and Associate Professor
    International MOUs, Approvals for International Students; OPT or CPT, Internships and Course Exceptions/Approvals

Student and Academic Services

  • Annie Virkus, Associate Dean for Student and Academic Services
    Responsible for overseeing the student and academic services and staff
  • Tugba Aksoy, Senior Student Programs Manager
    Advising MPA students last names starting with J to Z and advising of all online MPA students, Registration, Course Scheduling, SPAA Commencement and Honor Society, Liaison to SPAA Student Organizations
  • Gail Daniels, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
    Advising MPA students last names starting with A-I, Graduation Certification, Course Transfer Requests, Admissions, and Withdrawals
  • Sharon Stroye, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs
    Undergraduate Advising, Course Registration, Course Scheduling, and Graduation Certification
  • Terry Hall, Manager-SPAA Writing and Career Development Center
    SPAA Career Services such as assistance with resume, cover letters and individual academic writing coaching sessions


  • Ginger Swiston, Director of Communications
    Inquiries regarding media requests, websites, and marketing and communications
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