SPEA graduates Sarah Widney, Alyce Kanabrocki, and Jeff Ehman published an article in Wetlands Ecology and Management. “The Value of Wetlands for Water Quality Improvement: An Example from the St. Johns River Watershed, Florida” combines empirical data, GIS modeling and economic analysis to calculate the removal and value of nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), two pollutants, by wetlands in the catchment. SPEA’s Chris Craft and Courtney Hackney (University of North Florida) also contributed to the article.
Kim Novick co-authored an article, “Capturing species-level drought responses in a temperate deciduous forest using ratios of photochemical reflectance indices between sunlit and shaded canopies,” in Remote Sensing of the Environment. Novick and IU co-authors Taehee Hwang, Hamed Gholizadeh, Daniel Sims, Edward Brzostek, Richard Phillips, Daniel Roman, Scott Robeson and Abdullah Rahman tested whether vegetation indices like those that can be derived from satellites can be linked to tree drought response in a deciduous forest in Indiana.
Matthew Baggetta and Brad Fulton received a $144,000 federal research grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Baggetta and Fulton’s project will use an innovative data collection technique—systematic social observation—to analyze the internal dynamics of civil society organizations.
Nikos Zirogiannis co-authored an article published in Statistical Methods and Applications: “Dynamic factor analysis for short panels: estimating performance trajectories for water utilities.” With co-author Yorghos Tripodis (Boston U.), Zirogiannis developed a novel estimation algorithm for a dynamic factor model (DFM) applied to panel data with a short time dimension and a large cross sectional dimension.
SPEA doctoral program graduate Luke Spreen received the Michael Curro Award for best graduate student paper by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM). His paper, “Bad Medicine? The Effect of the Illinois Income Tax Increase on Municipal Borrowing Costs,” shows that additional income tax revenue is partially offset by higher borrowing costs when governments do not provide a tax exemption for their debt.
Amanda Rutherford co-authored an article published in Public Administration Review. For “Top Management Turnover: The Role of Governing Board Structures,” Rutherford and co-author Jon Lozano (a doctoral student in the IU School of Education) analyzed data from 123 public research universities over 20 years in the U.S. Their key conclusion: executive turnover in public and nonprofit organizations may be partially explained by governing board structures and politics.
Tom Rabovsky and doctoral student Hongseok Lee published an article in Public Administration Review. For “Exploring the Antecedents of the Gender Pay Gap in U.S. Higher Education,” the authors analyzed data from 254 public and private nonprofit research universities. Their key conclusions: despite recent efforts to eliminate discrimination, gender-based inequity, including unequal salaries and pay, persists; representation of women in positions of seniority and power is an important mechanism for reducing disparities but the effects of representation are more pronounced in private nonprofit research universities, where women make up a majority of managerial staff and senior faculty, and; greater reliance on public sources of revenue is associated with lower pay gaps between men and women, while reliance on funding tied to competitive research funding is associated with larger pay gaps.
Beth Gazley published an invited guest editorial, “The Current State of Interorganizational Collaboration: Lessons for Human Service Research and Management,” in Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance. Employing a systematic review of more than 500 peer-reviewed articles on nonprofit collaboration, Gazley and Chao Guo (University of Pennsylvania and formerly of SPEA) found many of the existing studies fail to capture the complexity of collaboration.
Joanna Woronkowicz published an article in the Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society. In “Community Engagement and Cultural Building Projects,” Woronkowicz analyzes data from 13 building projects coupled with data on 444 arts organizations to determine if their community engagement efforts are effective mechanisms for generating support from other organizations. She looks at the degree to which context such as the competitive environment affects managers’ perceptions of community engagement strategies.
Julio César Zambrano-Gutiérrez, Amanda Rutherford, and Sean Nicholson-Crotty published an article in Public Administration: “Types of coproduction and differential effects on organizational performance: Evidence from the New York City school system.” The authors used 2007 and 2009 data from New York City schools to test three types of coproduction to determine if they had different effects on student proficiency in Mathematics and English Language Arts.
Jennifer Brass contributed a chapter to the Handbook on Theories of Governance (Elgar Press, 2016). The book, edited by Christopher Ansell and Jacob Torfing, advances a deeper theoretical understanding of governance processes while illuminating the interdisciplinary foundations of the field. Brass authored a chapter on Development Theory.
Donna McLean was appointed as one of seven new members of the Federal Aviation Administration's Management Advisory Council (MAC). Other appointees include senior public and private sector transportation and business leaders. The MAC advises the FAA's senior management on policy, spending, long-range planning, and regulatory matters. In addition to being the faculty director of the Washington Leadership Program, McLean operates Donna McLean Associates—a consulting firm specializing in transportation policy.
Jim Perry published his final editorial in Public Administration Review, capping a six-year term as editor-in-chief from 2012 to 2017. In a special digital Legacy and Stewardship edition, Perry wrote about the journal's long-standing leadership for the field of public administration. The edition also includes 10 editorials from his term that discuss issues such a practitioner-scholar partnerships, transparency and openness, and ratings and rankings. They represent what Perry, in his role as a steward for PAR's legacy, intended to be a panoramic view that looked to the past, present and future.
Kurt Waldman, a post-doctoral research associate at the Ostrom Workshop, and Shahzeen Attari published an article, “Maize seed choice and perceptions of climate variability among smallholder farmers,” in Global Environmental Change. The article, co-authored by Jordan Blekking and Tom Evans (IU Geography Department), explores how perceptions and biases, as well as choice overload, affect farmers’ seed selection in Zambia.
Maureen Pirog, Lindsey Bullinger and SPEA doctoral program graduate Edwin Gerrish (U. of South Dakota) published a report by The Pew Charitable Trusts: “TANF and SNAP Asset Limits and the Financial Behavior of Low-Income Households.” Supporters of state limits on the value of assets a recipient of TANF and SNAP funds may hold argue the assets amount to wealth that disqualifies the recipient from public assistance. Opponents argue the limits discourage low-income families from saving and impede self-sufficiency.