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SPAA News & Noteworthy: Academic Year 2022-2023

JULY 13, 2022

Essex County Executive DiVincenzo Announces Results of Essex County Community Health Assessment Survey Conducted with Rutgers SPAA

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. announced the results of the recently completed Essex County Community Health Assessment Survey. Conducted from December 2021 to March 2022, the survey asked Essex County residents about the health issues and concerns they experience and obstacles they face in obtaining health care. The data collected will help the Essex County Office of Public Health Management and Essex County municipal health officers create programs and initiatives to raise awareness about and promote wellness. Essex County partnered with Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration in Newark to conduct the study. This is the first Community Health Assessment conducted by Essex County since 2006.

AUGUST 1, 2022

Rutgers SPAA ranked #5 in the nation, #10 in the world for Public Administration by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy

Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) has again been recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutions in public administration, ranking #10in the 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) compiled by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy. The GRAS recognizes institutions that consistently produce a high volume of influential, high-quality research. Rutgers SPAA received a world rank of #10, and placed #5 in the nation, out of 200 institutions in the subject of public administration.


Rutgers SPAA Collaborating with Big Ten Schools on Democracy in the 21st Century Initiative

Rutgers SPAA is collaborating with schools in the Big 10 Conference on the Democracy in the 21st Century initiative, an effort to develop educational programs that promote active civic education and engagement.

OCTOBER 12, 2022

SPAA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Hosting a Conversation with Aspiring Leaders in the 21st Century

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Rutgers SPAA hosted a conversation with "Next Generation Leaders" who are leveraging their SPAA degrees in diverse industries.

NOVEMBER 11, 2022

NJ Certified Public Manager Program Recognizes 99 Graduates at 2022 Ceremony

The New Jersey Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) recognized 99 graduates at the 2022 graduation ceremony held on Sept. 16, and this year's theme was "Public Service Calls for Excellence." The graduation ceremony marked the end of 22 courses designed to instill the necessary skills for participants to advance within their organizations by becoming stronger leaders, more strategic thinkers, and more knowledgeable and experienced managers.

NOVEMBER 15, 2022

Seoul National University GSPA and Rutgers SPAA Hold Joint International Conference at Rutgers University–Newark

The 2022 SNU GSPA-Rutgers SPAA International Conference, sponsored jointly by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark and the Graduate School of Public Administration (GSPA) at Seoul National University (SNU), was held Nov. 4-7 on the RU-N campus. The conference, with a theme of "Democracy, Performance, and the Challenge of Inclusive Governance," brought together scholars from around the globe to share insights on how governments can respond to current and future challenges.

NOVEMBER 28 2022

Rutgers-Newark Debate Team to Host North American Women and Gender Minorities Championship

The Rutgers-Newark Debate Team will host the 2022 North American Women and Gender Minorities Championship Tournament from December 2 through December 4 in the Essex Room at the Paul Robeson Campus Center. Thirty-five teams from across the nation, including the Rutgers-Newark team, will be competing in the tournament, covering topics such as international relations, literature and technology. This will be the first time RU-N hosts this tournament, which was founded in the 1990s to provide a platform for women, who often face disparities in the debate world and have historically grappled with gender bias. It later evolved to include those who are gender nonconforming.

DECEMBER 20, 2022

SPAA Service Day 2022 Features "Public Safety and the Public: An Intersection with the Community"

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the School of Public Affairs and Administration holds its annual SPAA Service Day. The theme this year was "Public Safety and the Public: An Intersection with the Community," and SPAA hosted a panel presentation with service leaders responsible for the safety of the community.

FEBRUARY 8, 2023

New MPA Curriculum Allows Students to Choose a Foundation in Public or Nonprofit Management and Offers More Electives

Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) is rolling out a new Master of Public Administration (MPA) curriculum that allows students to choose a foundation in either public or nonprofit management and to take more electives in order to shape the degree to their specialized interests and career goals. The new curriculum takes effect this fall in the traditional MPA (which is offered on campus, online, and hybrid) and in the 100% Online MPA.

FEBRUARY 23, 2023

Professor Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia's Newest Book Analyzes Ethnoracial Groups' Use of Violence to Achieve Their Goals

Professor Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia analyzes why and how various ethnoracial groups proactively and instrumentally use different forms of violence to achieve their goals in her newest book, Violent America: The Dynamics of Identity Politics in a Multiracial Society, from Cornell University Press.

FEBRUARY 28, 2023

In Recognition of Black History Month, SPAA Hosts Conversation with Exemplary Leader Kenneth Douglas (BA'15, MPA'17)

In recognition of Black History Month, SPAA hosted a conversation with exemplary leader Kenneth Douglas (BA'15, MPA'17), who is the director of fire and emergency services for the City of Trenton, NJ. He spoke about successes and challenges within his career and how having a master's degree in public administration helped him to become a director.

MARCH 2, 2023

Four SPAA Students to Compete in NASPAA 2023 Wildfire Simulation Competition

Four Master of Public Administration (MPA) students from the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark will be competing at the NASPAA 2023 Wildfire Simulation Competition. The four MPA students – Lydia Gray, James Horning, Rhiana Young, and Jacqueline Zapata – all expressed excitement and honor to be representing SPAA.


APRIL 25, 2023

U.S. News & World Report Continues to Rank Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) Highly Among Best Public Affairs Schools in Nation

Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) moved up in several categories on U.S. News & World Report’s just-released “2023-2024 Best Graduate Schools” list, and now ranks #12 in Public Management and Leadership, #14 in Public Finance and Budgeting, and #15 in Nonprofit Management out of almost 300 institutions nationwide. SPAA also has top placements in the specialty areas of Urban Policy (#4) and Local Government Management (#21), and is ranked #28 nationally in Best Public Affairs Programs.

MAY 5, 2023

Rutgers Team Leads Evidence-Based COVID-19 Health Literacy Project for City of Newark Initiative Funded by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

A Rutgers team consisting of faculty from the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark and affiliated faculty in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Rutgers-New Brunswick has partnered with the City of Newark, NJ, on an initiative to encourage COVID-19 safety and vaccination among underserved populations.

MAY 8, 2023

Rutgers SPAA Hosts Conversation with History-Making, 18-year-old Mayor, Jaylen Smith

This semester, Rutgers SPAA hosted a conversation with Jaylen Smith, the history-making, 18-year-old mayor of Earle, Arkansas, to give SPAA students a better understanding of leadership and how to manage complex organizations including government agencies, and most importantly, so students could see someone like themselves – an 18-year-old Black male – leading change through public service.

MAY 17, 2023

Rutgers SPAA Celebrates the Class of 2023

On Tuesday, May 16, more than 180 School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) graduates were honored and recognized as part of Rutgers University–Newark’s Commencement 2023 held at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

MAY 23, 2023

Rutgers Transparency and Governance Center Hosts Digital Dashboard Training for City of Newark Officials

The Transparency and Governance Center (TGC) at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) hosted a training session for city officials from Newark, NJ on Tuesday, May 23 to provide insights on digital dashboards the center developed as part of a three-year $2.3 million Smart and Connected Communities project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project is focused on working collaboratively with the City of Newark and Newark residents to advance digital public services, and is part of a larger digital literacy initiative of the TGC, which is led by Rutgers SPAA faculty, Director Suzanne Piotrowski and Associate Director Gregory Porumbescu.