The Development of the MPA at Marywood University
The Master of Public Administration program (MPA) at Marywood University is involved in researching issues of public and administrative affairs, nonlinear dynamics, homeland security, disaster management, peace and non-violence in resolving conflicts and comparative international administrative systems. We are working to coordinate annual and periodic conferences that engage local, regional, national and international scholars at Marywood University and publish scholarly work in a program-sponsored peer-reviewed journal. The goal is to transform our program into an international think-tank for public policy and administration. These objectives are used as a catalyst to examine the characteristics of partnership building, value sharing and prototypes intrinsic in applying supportive paths to addressing issues of public affairs. Accordingly, we are engaged in the development of the following activities:
- Coordinating and organizing annual and periodic conferences on public affairs and administration through international dialogue. These conferences will include local, regional, national and international participants.
- Publishing a peer-reviewed journal on public policy and administration as a tool for peace studies, security, public service, dialogue and conflict resolution.
- Offering workshops to local governments and nonprofit organizations on public management.
- Integrating research as critical part of both the education and network dimensions of our program.
We are working on engaging the MPA program in network development on local, regional, national and international levels to promote practical approaches to administrative systems in the public sphere. Rather than focusing on the institutionalization of outdated draconian measures of policy and administrative issues, our program is focusing on developing cooperative efforts to engage in networking and promoting social justice, peace, and ethical leadership. The program seeks to give voice to the global citizen and support victims of wars, genocide and oppression around the world, including providing access to education and a safe haven here at the United States. The program also seeks engagement and cooperation with NGOs on the global level to advocate sound political and economic policies, provide solutions to problems while restoring liberty, human dignity and potentials for happiness, and actualizing efforts toward supporting victims of economic, social and political cruelty.
We aim to develop international networks of public administrators that become agents for collaboration and partnership on global level. We hope to rain professional cadre of public administrators to engage in public service and respond to public affairs issues based on democratic principles, commitment and public integrity.
Our program considers the extent to which different issues are particular to public and nonprofit organization as well as broad array of administrative systems in nation-states around the world. An effective means of productive involvement is to form skills, attitudes and behaviors to comprehend administrative impact on the dynamics of public affairs within an integrated world. Reflecting on these thinking resides within our approach toward understanding progress through learning. Our focus is constructing common ground for dialogue in order to apply practical skills for ensuring collaborative interactions within public administrators on local, national, and international levels.
We are building these approaches incrementally. Over time, these experiences will help us forge effective alliances aimed in addressing pressing concerns in public affairs issues. Global networking, as a consequence, will emerge as a commitment to transcending barriers in resolving problems and concerns. Much of our success will depend on decisions made by the others as well as ourselves. Collectively, we will communicate with each other effectively in order to understand both our interests, as well as the inspirations of all involved within autonomous network of collaboration.
We value ethical, multi-cultural, non-violent, and common sense approach toward public service and emphasize diversity, global perspectives, and multi-culturalism as a response to interplaying dynamics in our profession. Our identities is shaped by possess of participatory engagement through the understanding and respect of different attitudes and approaches toward public administration. The program, as such, focuses on the following:
- Train public administrators on local, national, and international levels within cooperative networks through active engagement in problem solving.
- Identify problems and issues among groups, organizations, and nation-states in order to arrive toward realistic and non-violent approaches to both local and global issues through cooperative association.
- Train public managers and administrators on all levels to adapt ethical responses toward issues of public service.
- Develop collegial and supportive associations within our profession to share resources and expertise on local, national, and international levels.