If you’ve listened to National Public Radio recently or picked up one of our brochures at an academic conference, these words may ring a bell:
SPEA – preparing leaders and advancing knowledge for the greater good
I know we’re preparing leaders.
Our graduates routinely climb to leadership positions across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. We’re proud of each of them and their impact on our world.
I know we’re producing knowledge. We have increased our full-time faculty, hiring 50 new people in the past five years. The number of articles produced by our tenure-line faculty has gone up 46 percent since 2008, and the use of this literature by scholars and practitioners is mushrooming.
There’s a difference, though, between creating knowledge and actively advancing it. I see so many smart people at our school doing smart work and wonder if we do a good enough job sharing their discoveries and their insight in a productive and timely fashion. It’s a frustration other deans and program directors likely share.
That’s why we’re launching SPEA Advance. This will be a quarterly publication focusing on our research and scholarship. We’ll mail it to you and we’ll post it online. We’ll cover the range of topics that SPEA covers: environmental policy and natural resources management, environmental science, public finance, civil society and nonprofit management, public management, healthcare and social policy, economic development, governance and public law, and cultural policy and arts administration.
We hope you’ll share what you read and that, in turn, you’ll tell us what you and your colleagues are discovering. In that way, together, we can advance the world’s knowledge for the greater good.
John D. Graham, Dean