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

  • Charles E. Menifield, Dean
  • Madinah Hamidullah, Assistant Professor
    Director, Undergraduate Program
    Approvals for BA curriculum, courses, internships, independent studies, exceptions to BA policies, and grade appeals
  • Rachel Emas, Associate Professor
    Assistant Director, MPA Program
    Approvals for MPA curriculum, courses, internships, independent studies, exceptions to MPA policies, and grade appeals
  • Gregg Van Ryzin, Professor
    PhD Director 
    Inquiries regarding the PhD program
  • Yahong Zhang, Associate Professor
    Director, International Programs
    International MOUs, approvals for international students, 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
  • Gail Daniels, Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
    Advising MPA students, graduation certification, course transfer requests, admissions, and withdrawals
  • Yolanda Jackson, Academic Advisor
    Advising undergraduate students
  • Terry Hall, Manager, Writing and Career Development Center
    Career services such as assistance with resume, cover letters, and individual academic writing coaching sessions


Communications and Marketing

  • Ginger Swiston, Director of Communications
    Inquiries regarding media requests, websites, and marketing and communications
  • Jade McClain, Editorial/Media Specialist
    Inquiries regarding media requests, websites, and social media


Community Engagement

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