Matthew Garlipp
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Allison Becker
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Alex Greer
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Andrew Haines
MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
 
 
Angela Gladwell
M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
 
 
Elizabeth Burland
M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
 
 
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M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
 
 
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MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
 
 
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Taylor Hawk
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Gwen Angalet
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Hira Rashid
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Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
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James B. Goetschius
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Jenna Ahner
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Jissell Martinez
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Kirsten Jones
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MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
 
 
Mark D Stevens
MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
 
 
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B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
 
 
Meredith Rubin
B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
 
 
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MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
 
 
Evan Miller
MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
 
 
Natasha R. Nau
MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
 
 
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MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
 
 
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B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.
 
 
Paul Ruiz
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
 
 
Ryan Burke
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
 
 
Scott Beale
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
 
 
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M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Stephanie Ottino
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
 
 
Fratern Masika Tarimo
MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
 
 
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M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
 
 
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MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management
 
 
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Courtney Mogavero
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Janet Sheridan
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Melanie Ross Levin
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Eric Anthony Johnson
Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
 
 
David Rudder
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Erin Kennedy
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
 
 
Tom Friedman
MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
 
 
Mike Morton
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Jonathan Kirch
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Albert Shields
MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
 
 
Kim Gomes
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
 
 
Erika Farris
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
 
 
Mike Fortner
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Emily Gonce
MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
 
 
Bill Clark
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Barrett Edwards
MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
 
 
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Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
 
 
Michelle Kung
PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
 
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Ph.D. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy: Plan of Study

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Year One: core curriculum and qualifying exam

The Ph.D. Program Plan of Study form must be completed by the student in consultation with his or her academic advisor, approved by the advisor and the Ph.D. program director, and submitted to the academic administration office (184 Graham Hall) no later than the end of the second semester of study. This plan of study should be reviewed each semester and updated as necessary; each update must be re-approved and re-submitted to the school. Students should consult with the Ph.D. program director about possible course waivers or substitutions.

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Year Two: development and approval of doctoral dissertation proposal

The central requirement of the second year of doctoral study is the development and approval of the doctoral dissertation proposal. Students should enter the second year with a preliminary design based on the work completed in UAPP801 and additional refinements over the summer.

The students prospective doctoral dissertation supervisor (who will become the chair of the doctoral dissertation committee) should be identified as early as possible in the second year of study. The doctoral dissertation supervisor must hold a faculty appointment in the Biden School.

Coursework in support of the doctoral dissertation proposal

All coursework selected in the second year should be in support of the development of the doctoral dissertation proposal. Before the start of the third year of full-time study, students should formally defend their doctoral dissertation proposals for their full dissertation committees.

Entry into official candidacy for the Ph.D. degree occurs after the dissertation proposal has been successfully defended and approved. To accomplish this, student should obtain the Recommendation for Candidacy for Doctoral Degree form from the academic administration office (184 Graham Hall) prior to their defense, and then obtain the signatures of committee members on this form upon the successful defense of their proposal. The completed form must then be submitted to the SPPA academic administration office. Once the dissertation proposal is approved, final grades are submitted for UAPP863 and UAPP865.

The committee must be composed of at least four and no more than six members. The committee chair and at least one other member must hold faculty appointments in the Biden School. In close consultation with the faculty member who will be the chairperson of the committee, the student then identifies the remaining members of the dissertation proposal committee. Each dissertation committee must have one individual from outside of the Biden School: from another academic department of the university or from outside the university.

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Year Three: dissertation research and and teaching experience

Doctoral dissertation research

The defended proposal must be approved by the beginning of the fall semester of the third year in order for the student to enter doctoral candidacy and to register for the required 9 credits of doctoral dissertation research in the fall semester of the third year. After registering for these 9 credits, doctoral candidates may then enter sustaining status in the spring semester of the third year.

The focus of the third year is on carrying out the approved research design. The typical benchmark for the end of the third year is the completion of the conceptualization, data acquisition, and analysis approved in the dissertation proposal. At the end of the third year, this work should be completed. During the third year, portions of the dissertation manuscript (such as the problem statement, conceptualization, and literature review) should be drafted on a timetable agreed upon with the chair of the students dissertation committee. 

Teaching and research experience

Because students are typically engaged in their doctoral research, the third year of study is an appropriate time for doctoral students to fulfill the teaching and research requirements.

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Year Four: dissertation completion

The fourth year of study should be devoted to completing the doctoral dissertation. Drafting the full dissertation manuscript is a formidable task and typically involves multiple revisions of chapters. Students should plan to submit a full draft of the manuscript to the dissertation committee chair for review by the end of the fall semester of the fourth year. The chair will advise the student on when the manuscript should be reviewed by other members of the committee, but in all cases, the members of the committee must have the opportunity to review and comment on a draft of the dissertation prior to the formal defense.

The formal defense should be scheduled by March of the fourth year of full-time study in order to enable the student to make any necessary revisions prior to submitting the final manuscript for graduation in May of the fourth year.

The defense of a doctoral dissertation is a formal public event. The chair of each committee and the doctoral student must coordinate with school administration for the scheduling and public announcement of the dissertation defense.

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