In Government We Don’t Trust

In Government We Don’t Trust. School of Public Administration at UCF’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management Director Dr. Thomas A. Bryer and Dr. XiaoHu Wang are quoted and noted, respectively, in the Governing magazine article on trust in government. How do you suggest increasing citizen trust in government? Is it possible? A worthy objective?Continue reading “In Government We Don’t Trust”

Teaching with Social Media to Empower Students and Give Courage to Faculty: A Civic Engagement Class Example

Next week, I travel to Toronto, Canada to present on a panel entitled “Utilizing technology to enhance and improve the learning experience.” The panel is being convened by the Teaching Section of the Association of Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. This presentation will be similar to those I have delivered in previous workshopsContinue reading “Teaching with Social Media to Empower Students and Give Courage to Faculty: A Civic Engagement Class Example”

Community Responsive Research as Art

On October 19, 2011, I had the honor of effectively taking the reigns as Director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management at UCF. In my opening remarks to the community, made at an event at an art gallery in downtown Orlando, I attempted to draw a parallel between the diverse and innovative scholarshipContinue reading “Community Responsive Research as Art”

Center for Public and Nonprofit Management Makes Faculty Research Accessible and Relevant

This year, the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management in the School of Public Administration at UCF is launching a new initiative to make the research and scholarship of our faculty more accessible to our local community stakeholders and partners. The instrument: a one page “research brief” that states key research findings and, importantly, offersContinue reading “Center for Public and Nonprofit Management Makes Faculty Research Accessible and Relevant”

Teaching with Social Media

Tomorrow, I am delivering a workshop to faculty at Seminole State College on the subject of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and its Use and Impact in the College Classroom. This is a hot topic and an emerging issue is scholarship and practice. Download my presentation material. The following are my key strategic recommendations for anyContinue reading “Teaching with Social Media”

A Politics of Hope within Public Administration

“Hope” is a powerful word. Bill Clinton ran for the presidency as the man from Hope (Arkansas); Barack Obama won the presidency largely on a theme of hope and change. As our partisan politics and legislative politics demonstrate so vividly, hope, to the extent is exists, is often fleeting. The shift from campaigning to governing,Continue reading “A Politics of Hope within Public Administration”