SPAA Faculty & Staff Highlights: Academic Year 2021-2022
- Domonic Bearfield (PhD'04), associate professor, was named the 2021-2022 chair of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), the accrediting body for the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) which is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
+ Bearfield was awarded the inaugural 2021 Hobby Prize for the Best Article on Ethics, Leadership, and Public Policy for his co-authored article "The Disenfranchisement of Voters of Color: Redux.”
+ Bearfield was awarded the 2022 SPAA Faculty Teaching Award for significant contributions to SPAA students’ intellectual lives through superior teaching practices.
- Rachel Emas, assistant teaching professor, was awarded the 2022 Gail Daniels SPAA Staff Award to recognize a SPAA staff member who displays outstanding service to students, faculty, and the greater SPAA community.
- Kyle Farmbry, professor, was named the 10th president of Guilford College.
+ Farmbry was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) 2021 Class of Academy Fellows in recognition of his years of public administration expertise.
- Aaron Gibbs, associate dean of student and academic services, was recognized by Rutgers University–Newark as an academic advisor/counselor who has given great guidance based on student feedback.
- Madinah Hamidullah was named associate professor at Rutgers SPAA.
+ Hamidullah was elected to the Executive Council of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) for a three-year term.
- Diane Hill, assistant professor of professional practice, was awarded a grant of $25,737 from ScreenNJ to support the Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement/Advocates for Healthy Living Initiative’s AHLI for Life Cancer Screening Campaign to improve colorectal and/or lung cancer screening rates among Greater Newark senior citizens.
+ Hill was named a member of the Wealth Disparity Task Force established by NJ Governor Phil Murphy.
- Alyssa LaPatriello, assistant dean of undergraduate programs, was recognized by Rutgers University–Newark as an academic advisor/counselor who has given great guidance based on student feedback.
- Jiahuan Lu, associate professor, was appointed as an associate editor for the journal Nonprofit Management & Leadership.
+ Lu joined the Board of Editors at the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
- Charles Menifield, dean, was awarded the 2021 NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Award in Education which recognizes volunteers who provide academic and/or extracurricular support to others of all ages.
- Gregory Porumbescu was named associate professor at Rutgers SPAA.
+ Porumbescu joined the Board of Editors at the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
- Norma Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, was awarded the inaugural 2021 Hobby Prize for the Best Article on Ethics, Leadership, and Public Policy for her co-authored article "The Disenfranchisement of Voters of Color: Redux.”
+ Riccucci was bestowed with the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
- Miyeon Song joined the faculty of Rutgers SPAA as an assistant professor.
- Frank Thompson, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Emeritus, was awarded the 2021 Louis Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for his book "Trump, the Administrative Presidency, and Federalism," coauthored with Kenneth Wong (Brown University) and Barry Rabe (University of Michigan).
- Gregg Van Ryzin, professor, was awarded the 2022 SPAA Faculty Service Award for outstanding service to our students, faculty, and the greater SPAA community.
- Lois Warner (PhD'07), assistant teaching professor, was selected for the 2021-2022 Chancellor’s Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship Program (SIR) supported by the P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship at Rutgers University–Newark.
- Pengju Zhang, assistant professor, won Best Paper Award at the 2022 Midwest Public Affairs Conference (MPAC), held June 23-24 at the University of Illinois Springfield, for his work, "Impact of Home Rule on Municipal Boundary and Fiscal Expansion: Evidence from Texas."