The politics of listening

  The US House of Representatives was not successful in passing a bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act. This is being portrayed as a failure of policy and leadership, with blame leaving virtually no person, party, or organization in Washington unscathed. At the same time, there is a general consensus that partsContinue reading “The politics of listening”

The War on Impoverished Citizenship: Reflections for Government-Citizen Relations around the Globe

Extended Abstract of Remarks Prepared for Delivery at the Institute of Public Affairs, Chonnam National University, Gwangju Metropolitan City, South Korea, October 27, 2014  Thomas A. Bryer, PhD The War on Impoverished Citizenship: Reflections for Government-Citizen Relations around the Globe A central question to ask in citizen-government relationships, and one that is not so easilyContinue reading “The War on Impoverished Citizenship: Reflections for Government-Citizen Relations around the Globe”

Together for Tomorrow: An Assessment of Partnership Formation

In spring 2013, students in PAD 6825 (Cross-Sector Governance) completed a service learning porject to evaluate the parntership formation in five Together for Tomorrow cities. They conducted telephone interviews with lead agencies in each city, VISTA members, school officials, and community partners to ascertain the processes employed to develop partnerships and utilize AmeriCorps VISTA resources.Continue reading “Together for Tomorrow: An Assessment of Partnership Formation”

Beyond Job Creation and Service Learning: Putting the Public Back in Public Affairs Education

I am happy to share an article that is forthcoming in Journal of Public Affairs Education. This also serves as the foundation for a larger book project. I welcome your thoughts. Download the article here. Below is an excerpt and one of the descriptive figures that form the core of the argument. The aim in thisContinue reading “Beyond Job Creation and Service Learning: Putting the Public Back in Public Affairs Education”

Fragmentation in Social Services: An Interactive Exercise

Gaining access to an array of social services needed to regain self-sufficiency can be challenging, depending on where the individual or family in need of service initiates their search. Presenting a request for goods or services at a small faith-based organization, food bank, or job training center may result in a very different set ofContinue reading “Fragmentation in Social Services: An Interactive Exercise”

New Semester: Have You Empowered Your Student Today?

Unbelievably, the summer has ended, and fall 2012 is upon us. The timing is perfect for faculty, aspiring faculty, and students to take a look at the Summer 2012 issue of Journal of Public Affairs Education. The issue contains a symposium on Social and Technological Innovations in Teaching Public Affairs, edited by me and Dr. Angie Eikenberry from University ofContinue reading “New Semester: Have You Empowered Your Student Today?”

By The Numbers….

I’m one month away from submitting my dossier to launch the tenure and promotion process. The dossier consists of two binders of material, including a one-page summary sheet. I can’t say everything on such a summary sheet, but I can communicate the numbers, so here we go: Research Research Areas: Public participation, bureaucratic responsiveness, collaborativeContinue reading “By The Numbers….”

Presentation on Joined Up Service Learning

Today I am at the 23rd International Conference on College Teaching and Learning. I will be receiving an award over lunch for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology. After lunch, I will be giving a presentation on a unique model of collaborative service learning I have been developing for the past couple of years.Continue reading “Presentation on Joined Up Service Learning”