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PUAD Classes - Course Descriptions

PUAD 601 Crime and Punishment
Examines the administration of justice and focuses on differential and discriminatory treatment in policing, criminal prosecutions, trials, sentencing, or imprisonment. Also considered are the basis and impact of racial profiling, harassment, arbitrary detention, and abusive treatment of members of racial and ethnic groups, immigrants, and/or other vulnerable groups by law enforcement, and disparate treatment by prosecutors and the courts. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 602 Diversity in Public Administration
Analyzes diversity and leadership in public and private institutions along ethnic, racial, and gender lines and the challenges of the facilitation of open dialogue on diversity. Examines the political, historical, social, and economic reasons why Americans of different ethnic, racial, and gender groups hold divergent views about major public policy areas, as well as fundamental views about democratic participation. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 603 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector
This course provides an overview of the U.S. nonprofit sector, its history, scope, diversity and its positioning among and between the private and public sectors of the U.S. economy. The course explores the legal framework under which nonprofit organizations operate and are regulated. Economic, political, social, organizational and giving theories of the sector are reviewed in order to understand the sectors existence, roles and activities with particular attention to philanthropy and voluntarism. Distinct contributions to society as well as contemporary challenges faced by the sector are examined. Prerequisite: PUAD 330, or POLS 110, or MGMT 305, or a PUAD master's core course, or consent of instructor. Junior status or above is also required.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 604 Resource Development and Management in Nonprofit Organizations
This course provides an overview of the broad range of activities relevant to acquisition, management and utilization of resources in nonprofit organizations. The course identifies the primary strategies through which resources are generated with emphases on grantwriting, fundraising, social entrepreneurship, and public/private partnerships. Development of organizational identity and management of public relations is examined in relation to resource and relationship development. Strategies for management of resources to ensure long-term benefit and sustainability are explored. Prerequisite: PUAD 603.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 605 Managing Nonprofit Relationships
This course considers the set of relationships that nonprofit leaders must balance within the organization and beyond organizational boundaries. Both internal relationships (with staff, volunteers, and board members) and external relationships (with stakeholders, other organizations, and the community at large) are critical to mission accomplishment. This course provides students with the resources necessary to understand the challenges and opportunities related to building and sustaining these vital relationships. Prerequisite: PUAD 603.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 606 Nonprofit Accountability: Public Needs and Public Values
This course examines the role of the nonprofit sector in society by posing broad questions about why nonprofit organizations are held accountable, to whom they are accountable, and detailing how organizations can satisfy accountability demands. The course investigates the public role of the nonprofit sector in society, identifies the stakeholders that are integral to an organization's mission, and describes and critiques the financial and evaluation tools that nonprofits can use to ensure their social viability. Prerequisite: PUAD 603.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 639 Concepts of Civil Society
Concepts of community, social capital, and civil capacity building, and their relations to effective community functioning, democratic politics, and administrative expertise.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 641 Public Service Leadership
Concepts of leadership in community, political, and administrative settings. These settings include government and all non-business organizations (e.g. certain for-profit organizations).
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC
M 06:00-08:50 PM BEST 130 - EDWARDS
3 24540
PUAD 660 Organizations and Management I
An exploration of management in the context of public organizations. Management is explored at the individual, group and organizational level including conflict resolution, problem-solving, planning and legal aspects of organizations. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 661 Organizations and Management II
A continuation of PUAD 660. The context for leading public organizations is explored through knowledge management, collaboration, innovation, process improvement and leadership succession. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Prerequisite: PUAD 660, and permission of instructor.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Callahan,Terri Sue
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
3 23076
PUAD 691 Internship in Public Service
Designed to provide public administration students an applied learning experience in either a public or nonprofit organization. Open to majors in Public Administration only. Prerequisite: One of the following: PUAD 330, 331, PUAD 332, PUAD 333, and consent of instructor required.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Portillo,Shannon
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1-6 21338
PUAD 692 Research Experience in Public Administration
Designed for advanced public administration students. Students learn research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty member to assist in his/her program of research. Open to majors in Public Administration only. Students are required to complete a final project or presentation, through advising and consultation with the designated faculty member. Prerequisite: One of the following: PUAD 330, 331, PUAD 332, PUAD 333 and consent of instructor required.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Portillo,Shannon
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1-6 21339
PUAD 693 Directed Readings
For advanced undergraduate students who wish to study a specific topic of interest that is not covered in the curriculum. Each student must complete a proposal outlining his or her topic request and submit to the Undergraduate Advisor. Intended for students majoring in Public Administration. Prerequisite: One of the following: PUAD 330, 331, PUAD 332, PUAD 333, and consent of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 694 Topics in Public Administration: _____
Study of selected topics in public administration. Course may be repeated for credit if content varies. Course may be offered in lecture or online format. Prerequisite: PUAD 330 or PUAD 331.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Crawford,Liz
R 06:00-08:50 PM REGN 256 - EDWARDS
3 21340
LEC Christiansen,Craig Richard
APPT- ONLNE KULC - LAWRENCE
3 24928
LEC Christiansen,Craig Richard
APPT- ONLNE KUEC - EDWARDS
3 24929
PUAD 824 Public Policy and Administration
An exploration of the ways in which public policy is made in the United States, focusing on the role of the administrator at each stage of the policy process: formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Various theories of policy-making with application to specific areas of public policy will be examined.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 825 Public Policy and Urban Administration
An exploration of policy development, implementation, and evaluation in the local government context. Various theories of the policy process and their application to municipal government are examined. (Same as POLS 825.)
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Krause,Rachel M
R 04:30-07:20 PM BVB CLSR - PBLC MG CT
3 24594
PUAD 826 Public Policy and Administration of State Government
An examination of political and administrative aspects of state government focusing on legislative and executive branches of government.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 827 Health Care Policy and Administration
A seminar designed to explore the development of public health policy in the United States. Particular attention will be given to (1) the development of public institutions and policy goals; (2) current policy problems such as expenditure-cost controls, prospective reimbursement, utilization review, access, and public and private investment planning; and (3) administrative problems in the current health care system. (Same as HP&M 837.)

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 828 Nonprofit Management and Policy
This course focuses on the economic, social, and legal foundations of the nonprofit sector. Nonprofits are examined in the context of a three-sector economy, with emphasis on the ways in which nonprofits compensate for market failures and government failures. The course examines government-nonprofit relations in the modern welfare and offers an in-depth examination of the health, education, and welfare functions as performed by nonprofits. This course also provides exposure to selected topics in nonprofit management such as grant writing, board relations, advocacy, fundraising and volunteer management.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 830 Administrative Ethics
A survey of ethical issues faced by public administrators. Special attention will be given to ethical problems arising within hierarchical organizations and to the ethical implications of particular public policies.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 831 Public Administration Practicum
Exposes students to day-to-day operational facets of public management through workshops, speakers, exercises.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Hummert,Raymond Joseph
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1 14724
LEC Hummert,Raymond Joseph
APPT- KUEC APPT - EDWARDS
1 14722
LEC Hummert,Raymond Joseph
APPT- BVB CLSR - PBLC MG CT
1 14723
PUAD 832 Organizational Theory
An introductory theory course designed to develop an understanding about organizations, their environments, and the political subsystems in which they exist.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 833 Administrative Behavior
An examination of individual and group behavior within organizations, focusing on motivation, leadership, conflict and conflict resolution, group dynamics and communication.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 834 Human Resource Management
Explores the way public sector organizations procure, allocate, and develop labor and how the employee-employer relationship is established and maintained. Also emphasizes the relationship between civil service personnel systems and larger political systems.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 835 Financing Public Services
This course examines the theories of taxation and non-tax revenues. Basic microeconomic theory is introduced.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Fowles,Jacob T
T 04:30-07:20 PM BVB CLSR - PBLC MG CT
3 26320
PUAD 836 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
Introduces quantitative approaches to examine public management and public policy decisions. Concepts of research design, probability, and inferential statistics are covered.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lane,Bradley W
M 06:30-09:20 PM BUD 10A - LAWRENCE
4 20679
LBN Lane,Bradley W
M 05:30-06:20 PM BUD 10A - LAWRENCE
4 20680
LEC Lane,Bradley W
T 06:00-08:50 PM BEST 165 - EDWARDS
4 20681
LBN Lane,Bradley W
T 09:00-09:50 PM BEST 165 - EDWARDS
4 20682
PUAD 837 Resource Allocation and Control
Examines the theory, processes, and administration of public budgeting. Emphasizes how political and economic factors shape budgetary processes and outcomes; how budget formats, systems, and management tools affect resource allocation and organization performance; and technical and analytical tools needed to successfully navigate budget processes.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Ho,Alfred Tat-Kei
W 06:00-08:50 PM WES 4035 - LAWRENCE
3 21341
LEC Ho,Alfred Tat-Kei
M 06:00-08:50 PM RC 100 - EDWARDS
3 22488
PUAD 838 Urban Service Delivery
Focuses on organizational arrangements for the provision of basic urban services and the character of service delivery politics. Methods for evaluating the efficiency and responsiveness of alternative organizational arrangements are treated.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 839 Topics in Public Administration: _____
Study of selected topics in public administration.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Getha-Taylor,Heather
M 02:00-04:50 PM WES 4035 - LAWRENCE
3 26321
LEC Krause,Rachel M
T 06:00-08:50 PM WES 4035 - LAWRENCE
3 24542
PUAD 840 Theory of Public Administration
Survey of the development of ideas about public administration among public officials and research investigators. Emphasis on basic concepts, research reports, and theoretical treatises on the nature of public administration.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 841 The Role, Context, and Ethics of Public Administration in American Society
Provides students with an overview of the social context of public administration with an emphasis on political issues, political history, and ethics.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Oleary,Rosemary
W 02:00-04:50 PM WES 4035 - LAWRENCE
3 24541
PUAD 842 Law and Public Management
Course investigates major concepts that make up the legal environment of public administration. The accepted uses and procedures of the field, relationships among courts, agencies, the legislature, and basic legal research are examined.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Portillo,Shannon
M 06:00-08:50 PM REGN 252 - EDWARDS
3 24072
PUAD 843 Constitutional Foundations of Public Administration
This course provides a grounding in the constitutional premises of public administration including executive, legislative, and judicial powers, and federalism, and those issues associated with the development of economic institutions and processes such as taxation, employment regulation, and commerce controls.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 844 Advanced Seminar in State and Local Budgeting
This course studies the theories behind selected topics in public budgeting and compares the theories with the actual practice of budgeting in the State of Kansas and its communities.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 845 Public Management and Organizational Analysis
Explores knowledge of organization theory and behavior to understand and explore organizational dynamics in the public sector. Topics include change, innovation, and organizational culture.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Goerdel,Holly
W 06:00-08:50 PM REGN 255 - EDWARDS
3 24073
PUAD 846 Kansas and Its Government
This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to obtain a comprehensive overview of the culture, history, economy, and geography of Kansas along with the review of state and local government infrastructure. The review of governments will include the financing of governments in Kansas.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 847 Legislative Process
This course is designed to acquaint students with the workings of the policy process at the level of state government. Its focus will give students an understanding of the political process to enable them to function more effectively in state policy development and implementation. Prerequisite: PUAD 824, PUAD 825, PUAD 826 or PUAD 827.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 848 Advanced Management Practices in State Government
This course offers the student an opportunity to enhance skills developed in PUAD 826 in an experiential learning environment that simulates actual management practice. Complex cases will be rank ordered and resolved on a work schedule developed by each work group. Groups will work simultaneously on two or more cases at all times. Prerequisite: PUAD 826.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 849 Law, Courts, and Public Policy
This course provides an overview of the role of law, litigation, and courts in the public policy process, with an emphasis on bureaucratic institutions. The course covers the main theories and empirical research on the policy effects of litigation and intervention, with a particular focus on civil rights in the areas of employment, policing, welfare, prisons, and environmental policy. (Same as POLS 849.) Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 850 Intergovernmental Relations
This course focuses on the fiscal and administrative relationships among the three levels of government - federal, state, and local - in the United States. A number of topics will be examined, including a history of intergovernmental relations, the political, constitutional, and legal foundations of the intergovernmental system, and intergovernmental fiscal policy. The impact of the intergovernmental system will be assessed from the perspective of specific areas and intergovernmental programs.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 851 Infra-Structure Management
A survey of land-use, infra-structure, and technology issues in municipalities.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 852 Comparative Public Policy and Administration
This seminar examines the application of theories in public administration, public management, and public policy in international and comparative contexts. Particular attention is given to how governments and publics are connected by way of intergovernmental strategies, governance, and differing political and administrative arrangements.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 853 Policy Analysis and Evaluation
This course will examine the fundamental research techniques associated with analyzing alternative solutions to policy problems, as well as evaluating the effectiveness of public programs. Such techniques include cost-benefit, risk-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, and quasi-experimental and experimental designs.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Maynard-Moody,Steven
R 06:00-08:50 PM REGN 252 - EDWARDS
3 26322
PUAD 854 Innovation and Organizational Change
This course will examine theories of innovation and organizational change as applied to public organizations. Particular emphasis will be placed on the concepts of innovation in bureaucratic organizations, on the process of successful change in organizations, and on leadership and employees' roles.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Goodyear,Marilu
T 05:30-09:30 PM KS-ST FTLV - OFF CAMPUS
3 29798
PUAD 855 Financial Management for Public and Not-for-Profit Organizations
Financial management focuses on the use of financial information for decision making and evaluation. This course will rely on fundamental accounting concepts as they relate to the basic financial statements of government and not-for-profit organizations. Time will also be spent on financial management practices (e.g. cash management, debt management, etc.) and financial condition analysis. Material presented in this course expands on the foundational material covered in PUAD 837. Prerequisite: PUAD 837 or permission from the instructor.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 856 Management and Information Technology
An introduction to the concepts of information policy and management of technology within governmental organizations. The course covers the effects of technology on government and society as well as information policy (privacy, security and access) and their importance to democracy. The course also includes a leadership perspective on planning, funding, and implementation of technology systems in governmental organizations as well as the role of Chief Information Officer.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 893 Directed Readings
Designed to meet the needs of advanced students whose study in public administration cannot be met with current course work.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 894 Professional Development Seminar I
Open only to precareer students with internships, this intensive seminar is designed around issues interns confront in their working relationships. Emphasis is placed on the transition of the student from an academic environment to a professional work relationship. Class sessions deal with issues like employee socialization, power and trust, and administrative change. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.
Fall 2014
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
FLD Nalbandian,John
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
3 14725
PUAD 895 Professional Development Seminar II
Continuation of PUAD 894. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.

PUAD 896 Field Project Report
A major independent research project in lieu of a thesis for the MPA degree. Prerequisite: Completion of all other course requirements for the degree.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2014 semester.


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Three faculty have won W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence
Rosemary O’Leary is KU’s Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration
Four MPA graduates have been elected president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Founder of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)
Four faculty are National Academy of Public Administration Fellows
Bob Kipp, vice president of Hallmark Cards, was a 2012 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. secretary of health and human services, was a 2009 recipient of the CLAS Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award