A Message from Dr. Adele Lindenmeyr, Dean of Graduate Studies
Dear Graduate Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:
Dr. Lindenmeyr is pleased to announce the competition for graduate student research fellowships for the Summer of 2014. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 21, 2014.
For details regarding eligibility requirements, application procedures, and the required cover page to be appended to any submitted proposals, please visit the “Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship” found on the Graduate Studies website.
If you have a scholarly project for which you would like summer support, please discuss this with a faculty member in your program who will be willing to formally sponsor your effort.
We hope everyone in our Villanova MPA community had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This week, the Villanova Alumni Association asked students to tag what they’re thankful for on Instagram and Twitter. Check out highlights here!
We’re thankful for a community of fantastic professors, students, alumni, and staff!
What are you thankful for?
Please join us for the annual:
MPA Holiday Happy Hour
Thursday, December 5th
Friends and family are welcome and encouraged to attend! We would like to get an idea how many will be attending, so let us know if you plan to come – firstname.lastname@example.org
Join the facebook event here. We hope to see you!
Think the Career Center is just for undergrads? Think again! Villanova’s career counselors and career assistants are available to help you in your professional journey.
Set up an appointment with a career counselor for help defining your career goals, review of your resume, interview preparation, and job search assistance.
View listings for jobs and internships 24/7! GoNOVAJobs is Villanova’s own online system, maintained by the Career Center staff with current postings of internships, part-time and full-time jobs.
Use InterviewStream - a customizable web based practice interview tool – to practice interviewing virtually! Or, schedule an appointment to practice an interview live with a career counselor.
The Career Center also hosts career fairs throughout the year, can direct you to volunteering opportunities and job search links, and offers CareerShift, which can help you manage your job search online. Visit the Career Center website or stop by their offices in Garey Hall to learn more!
Earlier this month, several of our faculty and students attended the Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NeCoPA) at the University of Delaware. Each year, the conference aims to educate scholars and administrators “on current issues, research, and practice in public and nonprofit organizations.” Two of the students who attended shared their thoughts with the Leaders’ Lounge:
“From the student perspective,” said first-year student Emilia Allen, “attending the NECoPA conference allowed me to gain valuable exposure to the research and publication process: the importance of practical innovation, of personal commitment to academic integrity, and of the power in the ability to critically examine our world. In addition, it was an opportunity to see the work that we do in the classroom pragmatically applied in larger academic and professional contexts. The best part of the conference was when fellow MPA student Vincent Reitano presented the Transparency research that he co-authored with Dr. Arapis – it was fantastic!”
“NECoPA illuminated the various epistemological traditions we encounter in Villanova’s MPA,” said Vincent Reitano. “Research spanning manifold areas from educational finance to Detroit’s bankruptcy policy indicated the breadth of issues Public Administrators encounter. Discerning between the most appropriate methodological modes of inquiry was of primary concern, as evidenced in panels which converged to the philosophy of science; questions relegated to the Waldo-Simon debates still exist, proving the vitality of our applied field of study. Hence much of the research presented by Dr. Arapis and myself was debated in panel sessions on methodological grounds.
“Whereas many of the attendees present sought rationalist modes of inquiry and mixed methods to allay fears of reductionism, we employed positivism to seek rigorous results. While this divide was left unresolved due to the dichotomy in quantitative and qualitative worldview, it was exciting to observe such discourse alongside a new student, Emilia Allen; her search for an epistemological outlook which best addresses her energetic zeal for social justice affirms the intellectual voyage we as Public Administrators face together. Let us each take solace in this mutual search for Truth as we progress through coursework and professional experiences.”
Learn more about NeCoPA at northeastpublicadmin.org.