Resume Building Workshop: Join us!

Resume-ClipartResume Review and Professional Skills Workshop
Thursday Sept. 18, 7-9pm
Bartley 1011

Please join the MPA Program as we host a Resume Building Workshop with:

  • Albert Baladez, Employee Relations & Compliance, Villanova University
  • Sheila Doherty, Villanova University Career Center
  • Theresa Ellerbe, Philadelphia’s Office of Personnel Management
We will discuss the fundamentals of crafting a solid resume and how to tailor your resume for the appropriate sector. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Bring a current version of your resume for hands-on help and feedback!

RSVP to by Sept. 12. 
We hope to see you there!

Faculty Spotlight: Meet our newest professors!

Two new professors joined the Department of Public Administration this semester! To find out a little more about the newest members of our MPA Community, The Leaders’ Lounge caught up with Stefan and Danielle as the semester began…


Danielle Johnson, Assistant Professor

Hometown: Ashland, MAIMG_0077

What is your favorite thing about being a part of Nova Nation? The sense of community. I am a 2007 graduate of the Villanova MPA program, and I as a student I felt that my professions cared deeply about my professional and academic growth. Now as a member of the faculty, that sense of community and support is magnified and extends beyond just the MPA department.

Extracurriculars (Hobbies): I enjoy spending time with my husband and six-year old daughter doing family activities like visiting a museum or going to the park. I also enjoy having brunch with friends.

If you could take any MPA course what would it be and why? Effective-non-Profit Management. As a former graduate of the program, I have taken the majority of the course offerings, but non-profit management was not an option at that time. I am passionate about the work of non-profits and would have loved to formally study them as a part of the program.

What is your favorite movie? Beaches (with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey). Although it is almost 30 years old, I still cry every time I see the end! My daughter and I also love the Pixar movie “Brave.”

What is your favorite book and why? American Apartheid: Segregation and the Making of the Underclass by Massey and Denton. I was first exposed to this book as an undergrad at Penn and it opened my eyes to the class struggles facing many Americans. It also highlights the importance of public policy and how both “good” and “bad” policy can shape people’s life experiences.

What is your hidden talent? I’m a pretty good cook. One of my specialties is Beef Wellington which I make for my family during the holidays.

What tips would you offer for new MPA students? Take full advantage of the program – academically, professionally, and socially. The MPA community is rich in experience and knowledge, but is also very welcoming. Take the initiative to network!


Stefan A. Perun, Assistant Professor

P4Hometown: Lansdale, PA

What is your favorite thing about being a part of Nova Nation? I love engaging in intellectual conversations with students and colleagues. The community of inquiry, thought, and reflection in the context of the Catholic faith tradition at Villanova makes me feel free to seek understanding. I have not found that anywhere else. Oh, and I also enjoy attending the Vasey theater, basketball games in the Pavilion, and rooting on Wildcats Football at Franklin field!

Extracurriculars (Hobbies): I’m a family guy that enjoys walks with my wife and son, hanging out at the Tot Lot and playing on the swings, and afternoon picnics in the park. When they’re asleep, I’m usually on Bloomberg following the capital markets. When I can, I (try to) play golf.

If you could take any MPA course what would it be and why? Leadership Ethics; it’s the best course in the program. Sure, I’m biased because that’s what I teach, but the content is stimulating and the application exciting. When I took the course 10 years ago, it made me a better person. I believe I become a better person each time I teach it now. Thank you, Fr. Jacobs.

What is your favorite movie? Back to the Future (the whole trilogy, actually). Wag the Dog and Dr. Strangelove get it done for me, too.

What is your favorite book and why? Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition.  It’s refreshingly existential in an unbelievable “postmodern” world. I’m consoled by how closely I can relate to Homo Faber’s lot.

What is your hidden talent? I can weld?

What tips would you offer for new MPA students? Education is a journey of discovery. While we’re all trying to get our ticket punched to make more money or save the world, take the time and do the work to learn something. Submit to the coursework; there’s method to the madness. After graduation it would be a pity to have only earned a degree and promotion.

ELGL Visits the MPA Program!

What’s almost as great as a tour of Villanova’s beautiful campus? A virtual tour of Villanova’s MPA program!

Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) recently “visited” our program and featured Villanova in their latest On Campus profile.

Check it out, and while you’re there, explore ELGL’s articles and resources! ELGLtoVU

Join us: MPA Annual Kickoff Picnic!

Please join us for…

2014 MPA Annual Kickoff Picnic
Saturday August 23rd, 2-4pm

picnicVillanova University – South Campus Picnic Area

The new school year is approaching and what better way to celebrate the start of a new year than with an MPA Picnic! Meet the newest members of the MPA community and reconnect with your fellow students. Friends and family are welcome!

Please RSVP with the total number of attendees by August 18th.

Alumna honored: Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest

Exciting news from one of our alums out in Pittsburgh! Ali Saras ’09 was recently named one of Pittsburgh’s 50 Finest by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This award is given to “the city’s most accomplished men and women.” Ali is a charitable relationship manager for Swanson School of Engineering of the University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations, Ali!


Ali and the other finest professionals in Pittsburgh will be honored at an event hosted by the Foundation on Thursday, August 14th. For more information about the event, the recipients, and the award, check out this article in Whirl Magazine.


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