The following courses are available during the Fall 2015 semester which runs August 17th – December 12th.
PUAD 5110, Seminar in Nonprofit Management
Wednesday 5:00PM – 7:45PM
This course provides an overview of the principles and concepts that are unique to nonprofit management. Topics include executive management, funding diversity, human resource management, marketing, volunteer management and ethics. Students are also given an introduction to the history and the importance of the nonprofit sector.
Instructor: Stephen Block earned his MSW from Indiana University and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs (SPA). As a Fulbright Scholar, he taught at Moscow State University of Management and is currently involved in activities to advance nongovernmental organization (NGO) management education in Russia. His teaching and research interests include nonprofit boards of directors, executive leadership, and nonprofit organizational behavior and development. Dr. Block has authored numerous journal articles and books including Why Nonprofits Fail: Overcoming Founder’s Syndrome, Fundphobia, and Other Obstacles to Success (Jossey-Bass, 2004), and Perfect Nonprofit Boards: Myths, Paradoxes & Paradigms (Simon & Schuster 1998).
PUAD 5115, Effective Grant Writing for Nonprofit and Public Sector Managers
Nonprofit and public sector agencies rely on grant monies to help fund programs and are always in need of enthusiastic grant writers who can use their unique knowledge and skill to promote this form of fund development. This course is designed to introduce the student to grant writing and the role that creativity has in the proposal process. The course is for those of you who are looking for new or alternative funding sources — that is, those who want to develop the ability to write effective proposals for the billions of dollars awarded each year for nonprofit and public service programs. The primary purpose of the course is skill development in preparing a written request for funding, or a grant proposal. In addition, the course covers key issues in the grant making process such as current trends in funding, planning effective site visits, and next steps when the proposal is funded or when it is not.
Instructor: Jessica Sowa is director of the nonprofit concentration. She received a PhD in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 2003. Dr. Sowa’s research focuses on public and nonprofit management, with an emphasis on organizational effectiveness, collaborative service delivery mechanisms, and the management of human resources in public and nonprofit organizations. She has studied inter-agency collaborations in early care and education and economic development, state civil service systems, grievance procedures, and performance management systems in nonprofit organizations. Current projects include research on communication processes and organizational effectiveness in nonprofit organizations, state leadership training programs, and HR capacity in small nonprofit organizations. Dr. Sowa is also on the Board of Directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
PUAD5120, Nonprofits and Public Policy
Nonprofits and Public Policy examines the intersection of the nonprofit sector and public policy and the ways in which each affects the other. The course examines relevant themes such as an overview of the nonprofit sector and nonprofit theory, public policy lenses, advocacy, lobbying, regulation of the sector, the role of nonprofits in devolution and privatization of government services and the future of the sector. The course also examines how nonprofits have influenced various public policies such as the environment, health, civil rights and the operating environment of the nonprofit sector.
Instructor: Jason Machado is currently a Doctoral Candidate and received his MPA from UCD in 2006. Jason’s research interests include comparative public administration, nonprofit board governance, grassroots advocacy and the role of nonprofits in the policy process. He has worked as a Public and Legislative Affairs Director for multiple Colorado nonprofits and continues to consult on several advocacy projects that promote civic engagement and voter access.
PUAD 5140, Nonprofit Financial Management
Financial management is one of the core competencies of effective nonprofit managers. Every nonprofit organization needs money to sustain or advance its mission. It is critical that managers of nonprofit organizations know how to use financial management tools to make appropriate and effective decisions. This course provides an overview of key financial management issues for the non-accountant. This course focuses on the knowledge and skills that managers need to be successful at allocating and controlling resources, and for analyzing, reporting and protecting the fiscal health of their nonprofit organization.
Instructor: Erik Estrada is an attorney whose practice focuses on corporate and financial transactions, corporate governance, and regulatory guidance for businesses, public entities, and nonprofit organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder (B.A.), the University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs (M.P.A.), where he was named the Outstanding Student, the University of Denver College of Law (J.D.), where he was named a Chancellor’s Scholar, and the Boston University School of Law (LL.M.). Prior to attending graduate school, Erik served as a Trustee, Senior Fellow and Program Director at the El Pomar Foundation and as a Program Officer at the Boettcher Foundation.
PUAD 5180, Social Entrepreneurship
This course is designed to introduce students to the concept of social entrepreneurship. Using nonprofit (and public) organizational examples, students gain an understanding of what it means to be an innovative manager. Students study techniques designed to advance an organization’s mission and increase organizational effectiveness, accountability and efficiency through the use of for-profit techniques within a nonprofit context.
Instructor: John Ronquillo John Ronquillo’s research focuses on the processes of innovation in government and nonprofit organizations, as well as other related issues involving cross-sector collaboration, social innovation, and public and nonprofit management in general. He is currently engaged in research on hybrid social enterprises including low-profit limited liability companies (L3Cs), certified B Corporations, and benefit corporations. He has manuscripts published or forthcoming in Public Administration Review, The Nonprofit Quarterly, Handbook of Decision Making, Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations, and Human Resource Management in the Nonprofit Sector: Passion, Purpose and Professionalism. He has served as an advisor to student groups entering various competitions including the Dell Social Innovation Challenge and the Clinton Global Initiative. Dr. Ronquillo currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.
PUAD 5250, Intergovernmental Management
Intergovernmental relations across organizations is a defining element of how many public programs are managed. Intergovernmental management challenges public leaders to manage ever-tight public budgets; collaborate and cooperate across multiple jurisdictions, nonprofit and private organizations; address pressing issues including disaster response and recovery, sustainability, social welfare, environmental protection, immigration, public works and safety—to name a few; and demonstrate that the performance of the responding public organization is sound to the public, elected officials and the overseers of grant funds. These issues are not static; changing conditions drive new approaches and the need for managers who are flexible, innovative and persistent. Recent political and economic shifts have only increased the challenge for intergovernmental managers.
Instructor: Denise Scheberle recently moved to Colorado from Wisconsin, where she served as professor and chair of the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay. She is currently working on a book about environmental heroes and villains. She has multiple publications in the areas of environmental law and management, environmental federalism, and the implementation of environmental laws and regulations. Denise earned her PhD in Political Science from Colorado State University, and her MPA from the University of Wyoming.
PUAD5271, Managing Conflict and Change
Tuesday 5:00PM – 7:45PM
Explores the process of change in organizations, communities, society, and conflicts that arise. Through the use of relevant case studies and role playing exercises, students are provided a practical framework for looking at change and managing conflict associated with change.
This course deals with planned organizational change, defined as a set of activities and processes designed to change individuals, groups, and organizational processes, systems and structures. Managers are in ideal positions to anticipate, influence, and generate change. The focus of this course is on managing change in organizations. Conflict is studied as it relates to change.
The objectives of this course are:
- To understand change and its dynamics;
- To refine skills in recognizing change opportunities in organizations;
- To develop an understanding of the processes through which planned change may be accomplished: the development of the need for change, the creation of vision, the analysis and influencing of stakeholders, and managing the transition;
- To develop change agent competencies by requiring participants develop and execute plans to achieve meaningful, useful organizational change;
- To learn about one’s self in change and conflict situations;
- To further develop one’s abilities to think critically, analyze and apply theory to practice.
Instructor: Jane Hansberry has held several executive positions in the public and nonprofit sectors. Most recently Jane was the Managing Director of Think 360 Arts Complete Education. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Hansberry was the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Enrichment (FHE) – a Boulder Colorado based somatic psychology training organization. In addition to her management positions Dr. Hansberry lectures at University of Colorado School of Public Affair and has taught at the University of Denver’s University College in its Masters in Arts Management program. Hansberry’s areas of research include the economic impact of arts and culture, nonprofit and public sector governance and organizational development, regional cultural asset districts, and the facilitation of collaboration. Prior to her doctoral studies Hansberry served from 1990-1999 as the District Administrator for the metropolitan Denver Scientific and Cultural Facilities District. Dr. Hansberry worked in local government and human services in rural Colorado in the 1980’s. She was the founding executive director of a women’s resource center in rural Colorado and was a founder of services to victims and survivors of domestic abuse. From 1983-1987 Hansberry served as the General Manager of the Fraser Valley Metro Recreation District in Winter Park, CO and in that capacity was a member of the management team that built Pole Creek Golf Course. In addition to her general management duties she oversaw the development of children’s and adult recreation programs.
PUAD5320, Public Policy Analysis
Wednesday, 6:30PM – 9:15PM
This course will examine multiple methods for analyzing public policy. Policy analysis is a general term used to describe the efforts to evaluate a societal problem and provide governments with possible courses of action, and the potential consequences of those actions, to address the problem. This course will focus on identifying an issue, how different kinds of policies impact behavior and choosing tools to address an issue, and introduce a variety of analytical techniques for estimating potential positive and negative consequences of a policy choice or government action. An overarching theme to the course will be on analytical transparency and ethics.
Instructor: Sam Gallaher holds is in the final stages of his Ph.D. in Public Affairs at the School of Public Affairs where he focusses on analyzing political subsystems with respect to how policy actors interact during policy change debates and how their beliefs drive their problem definitions and policy solution preferences. Sam also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Oregon State University. Prior to joining SPA, he worked for Johns Manville as a research engineer for three years where analyzed how potential policy changes would impact future production efficiencies, outputs, and staffing using discrete event simulation and other quantitative techniques. During his time with SPA, Sam has used both qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate political systems such as the oil and gas development subsystem in Colorado and Texas, Colorado’s water policies, and specific and programs such as the Colorado Works program at the Colorado Department of Human Services, the END Violence program at the Center on Domestic Violence, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Multi-Family Housing Division’s case assignment and archive processes.
PUAD 5380, Citizen Participation
This course is for students who are interested in learning about democratic theory and the practice of citizen participation in a democracy. The course focuses on citizen participation in the United States, with an emphasis on modes of public participation and their effects.
Instructor: Malcolm Goggin earned his doctorate in political science in 1981 from Stanford University and has taught in the Stanford University political science department and the department of community and preventive medicine at the Stanford University Medical School. He was also a tenured professor in the department of political science at the University of Houston’s Central Campus and taught public policy and administration in the MPA and Ph.D. programs there and at Michigan State University. He is the author or editor of five books and scores of articles and monographs. Dr. Goggin has been a Fulbright Scholar (University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland), a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution, and a Senior Fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at SUNY, Albany. He has been in teaching in the School of Public Affairs since 2005 and in the fall of 2008 was appointed Clinical Professor and is now teaching and conducting research full time on the UCD Auraria campus.
PUAD 5440, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Weekend Intensive Course
10/9-10 Fri. 4:00PM – 8:00PM, Sat. 8:00AM – 5:00PM
10/30-31 Fri. 4:00PM – 8:30PM, Sat. 8:00AM – 5:00PM
11/13-14 Fri. 4:00PM – 8:30PM, Sat. 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Conflict is a part of our daily lives. This course examines conflict and its resolution through negotiation. We will focus on the concepts and skills necessary to help you identify and resolve interpersonal, intra-group, and inter-group conflicts through negotiation. The course is designed to help you understand the dynamics that affect conflict, negotiations, and subsequent resolution. It will help you apply these concepts to a variety of decision-marking and dispute contexts.
Instructor: Wendell Pryor Wendell Pryor is currently the Director of the Chaffee County Economic Development Corporation, and Adjunct Professor/Lecturer with the University Of Colorado School Of Public Affairs. He retired as the State of Colorado Civil Rights Director, and has extensive executive level management experience in civil rights, human resources and nonprofit management in Colorado and California. He is a former lobbyist, a social entrepreneur and serves as the Chair of the Foundation Board for Innovage, a senior care organization. He has served on numerous boards and commissions. He has a law degree from the University of Denver, Masters in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, and undergraduate degree from Western State Colorado University. He was recently appointed as a Senior Fellow with the Buechner Institute with the School of Public Affairs.
PUAD 5503, Governmental Budgeting
This course introduces you to the theory and practices of government budgeting and accounting. The course reviews the theoretical development of budgeting, the budgeting cycle (or process), a variety of budget formats, the role of politics in budgeting, cost analysis, capital budgeting and debt administration, accounting, financial management. The course introduces students to financial documents including operating and capital budgets, official statements, and Comprehensive Annual Financial Statements. In addition, attention is given to developing the budgeter’s analytical and quantitative skill set through exercises in forecasting, costing, efficiency measures, financial condition analysis, and analyses. The course reviews budgeting primarily at the local, state, and federal levels of government, although most of the analytic material applies equally to nonprofit organizations.
Instructor: Dr. Christine Martell is an Associate Professor and MPA Program Director at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver where she focuses on issues of public finance and policy. Her teaching and research interests include debt policy issues, fiscal federalism, international development, and the development of municipal credit markets in developing countries.
PUAD 5626, Local Government Politics and Policy
Monday, 5:00 – 7:45PM
As a policy analyst or manager, one is often taught that policy should be developed and implemented on the basis of objective criteria that identify solutions that are efficient, effective, equitable, and accountable. In practice, policies are formulated and carried out in political charged arenas where various interest groups maneuver to maximize their advantage. In order to be effective as analysts and managers it is important to understand the politics of local government. The objective of this course is to help students learn to think and act more strategically about policy within a political context and to provide students with some tools to assist in this kind of thinking.
Instructor: Allan Wallis is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, where he directs the concentration in local government. He currently teaches courses in leadership and ethics, urban policy, growth management policy, and innovation in public management. He has also taught courses in architecture, city planning and urban design. Dr. Wallis focuses his work on emerging forms of metropolitan regional governance, leadership development, and methods for improving collaboration among nonprofit organizations. He is currently working on a metropolitan regionalism project in South Florida and Chicago under a grant from the MacArthur Foundation. He has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and a book-Wheel Estate: the Rise and Decline of Mobile Homes.
PUAD5650, Disaster and Emergency Management Policies
Examines policies for the management of hazards, emergencies and disasters. Focuses on a series of case studies concerning major disasters and on management principles drawn from those cases. Examines the role of institutional processes, government organizations and nongovernmental organizations in emergency management.
Instructor: Aden Hogan is the City Manager for Evans, Colorado, a northern Front Range community of 20,000 located in central Weld County. Aden has over 35 years of public administration experience in both cities ranging from 10,000 to 500,000 in population and in county government. He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in business from Mesa State College. He has also earned the Credentialed Manager Certificate from the International City/County Management Association along with several national awards for program excellence. Aden is an adjunct instructor for the University of Colorado teaching public administration, disaster management, and leadership and ethics. In 2014 Aden was honored by the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and Pi Alpha Alpha with the Leo C. Reithmayer Award for Outstanding Leadership as Colorado Public Administrator of the Year. He is a frequent lecturer and keynote speaker across the U.S. and Canada.
PUAD 5631, Seminar in Environmental Politics and Policy
Monday, 3:30PM – 6:15PM
This class examines the fundamental principles of politics and policy that shape strategies of environmental protection. Focuses on the role of institutional processes, government organizations and nongovernmental organizations in environmental politics and policy.
Instructor: Tanya Heikkila received her PhD in Public Affairs in 2001 from the University of Arizona. Dr. Heikkila’s research expertise is in comparative institutional analysis, common pool resource governance, and water resource management. She has studied institutions for coordinating groundwater and surface water in the western United States, interstate water conflicts and cooperation, the organization of collaborative ecosystem restoration programs, as well as the performance of special purpose governments. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Sloan Foundation, the PepsiCo Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
PUAD6600-1, Transportation/Infrastructure Policy
Tuesday, 6:30pm – 9:15pm
This course will provide an in-depth examination of surface transportation policy and planning. Topics will include evolution of the U.S. transportation system, markets and demand, cost and pricing, transportation and land use, investment and economic development, public and private roles, and the impact of emerging technology. Course sessions will include presentations by active practitioners and government officials.
Instructor: Don Hunt served as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Transportation from 2011-2015. Don’s entire career has been dedicated to transportation and related urban development. He was a partner in BRW, a national transportation and urban development firm, for 25 years. His current firm, Antero, provides project and program advisory services.
PUAD 6600-2, Public Private-Partnerships
Thursday 6:30PM – 9:15PM
As governments implement new ways to be efficient, improve performance and leverage resources, public-private partnerships have become policy and management innovations helping to build our infrastructure and deliver services. Partnerships are not new, but their application has become much broader and diverse. Every state in the country has become a laboratory for public-private partnerships in transportation, economic development, education, health, and sustainability. This course will address the fundamentals, concepts and current practices in public-private partnerships with specific attention to intergovernmental problem-solving and new methods of networking and collaboration.
The Colorado experience in PPPs will provide the context for understanding these dynamic mechanisms. Students will analyze current PPPs as cases; exchange with guest lecturers currently leading PPPs, and evaluate projects in class assignments doing research, analysis, and field interviews. Students will enhance their knowledge and skills commonly used in public, private, non-profit and enterprise management and will gain an understanding of the context and narrative of PPPs in international and US practice. Current public-private partnerships are shaping Colorado’s future through major investments and new approaches to sustainable communities – these are the projects this course will engage.
Instructor: Randy Harrison currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow at the Buechner Institute for Governance to develop the Certified Public Management Program, initiatives in Public-Private Partnerships, local and economic development. He recently served as Executive Director of Move Colorado, a non-profit corporation representing Colorado’s transportation community on transportation finance issues, and served two global architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms (URS and AECOM) where he lead proposals for public-private partnerships to build high speed rail from DIA to Eagle-Vail; managed lanes on C-470; and LRT Passenger Rail from Denver Union Station to Golden, CO. As Director of State Planning in the Office of State Planning and Budgeting, Mr. Harrison managed strategic initiatives: the Colorado Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) Project to locate a $5 billion DOE high-energy physics laboratory in Colorado; Director of the Governor’s Council on High Technology Economic Development; Executive Director of the Colorado Commission on Local Government Finance; and Executive Director of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Capital Infrastructure.
PUAD 6600-3, International Development
Weekend Intensive Course
9/10-12 & 9/24-26
Thursday/Friday sessions: 4-9pm
Saturday sessions: 8am-6pm
The objective of this course is to bring issues relating to international development to life with a series of readings and dialogues involving leaders and experts in the arena of international development to help you in conceptualizing the nature of these issues and in thinking in a more systematic and strategic way–from a public policy and management perspective–about how to address these challenges. In this course you will spend time in classroom discussion and dialogue dissecting the critical policy issues as they relate to international development.
This course will tease out the following five issues:
- What does it mean to do international development? What works and what challenge’s exist?
- What is the role of health care and international development?
- What is the role of education and international development?
- How does public management impact international development?
- Where does conservation and sustainability fit into the mix?
Obviously, there is no one correct answer to these questions. As a result, we will be examining a range of interpretations and solutions through a series of readings and dialogues with key international development leaders. In reviewing what we know about international development we will also consider whether best practices truly exist as it relates to health, education and public management.
Instructor: Jamie Van Leeuwen currently works as Senior Advisor & Director of Community Partnerships for Governor Hickenlooper and Lieutenant Governor Garcia. Prior to this role, he worked as the Policy Director and served on the transition team for the Hickenlooper for Colorado gubernatorial campaign. In 2006, Jamie was appointed by Denver Mayor Hickenlooper to head up Denver’s Road Home, the city’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The initiative generated over $50 million in new resources, developed over 2,000 new units of affordable housing, prevented over 3,500 families from becoming homeless and reduced chronic homelessness by 70%. In 2007, Jamie was appointed to chair the Drug Strategy Commission and oversee the Office of Drug Strategy. In the first two years the plan created over $500 thousand in new treatment services and generated $3.5 million in-kind media annually. Previously, Jamie directed fundraising, legislative work and research as Director of Development & Public Affairs at Urban Peak, serving homeless and at-risk youth. He is a graduate of Leadership Denver, Emerging Leaders, and Leadership Arts and served as adjunct faculty at University of Colorado, Metropolitan State College of Denver and University of Denver. Jamie completed his PhD in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver with an emphasis on affordable housing and homelessness. He has a Masters degree in International Public Health and a Masters degree in Sociology from Tulane University.
PUAD6600-4, Water Policy
Wednesday, 5:00PM – 7:45PM
This course will examine the inherent conflict between protecting our environment and the development of water and energy. Independent focus will be given to the challenge, opportunities related to both topics separately, and then we will investigate the policy, political, and legal issues that connect the two resources.
Historical context for environmental management will be discussed at length. We will explore whether history provides a viable path forward or whether new models will be required to navigate through future conflicts?
The class will analyze the “balanced” development of energy and water and what that term means in the field of public policy. We will evaluate federal and state laws that impact the development of natural resources and deconstruct the underlying policy objectives of these laws. This course is intended to provide context for the difficult decisions that public administrators will face in the coming decades. Although the subject will focus on water and energy, we will use these subjects to evaluate the broader issues of critical thinking and challenge accepted thought patterns. We will also delve into the issues of the challenges facing public officials in difficult decision making models.
Lectures will present fundamental concepts. Classroom discussion will review readings and assignments. Small group discussions will encourage exploration of topics and one or two guest lectures will present case studies. This class will be highly interactive and students will be graded on course projects, as well as the final paper.
Assignments will foster real world understanding of water and energy policy issues through consideration of historical reading, current events, individual case studies, and group case studies.
Instructor: Mike King has led the Department of Natural Resources since 2010, navigating the agency through significant reorganization, regulatory accomplishments and landscape-scale protection under the direction of Governor John Hickenlooper. As Executive Director of DNR, King guided the creation of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a merger of two previously stand-alone divisions that serves as an important example of Governor Hickenlooper’s efforts to shape a more efficient state government. King also shepherded the move of the Colorado Geological Survey from DNR to its new home at the Colorado School of Mines, where it can more cost-effectively serve Coloradans as a critical source of research and information. King has also executed three major regulatory initiatives designed to strike the evolving balance between development of our oil and gas resources and protection of the environment and human communities. He guided a lengthy collaborative process with the U.S. Forest Service and the public to develop a Colorado Roadless Rule that dramatically increases safeguards and preservation of our spectacular forests. He has also overseen a period of record revenues for the Colorado State Land Board, which raises money for K-12 education in the state. In addition King has played an important role in resolving water allocation challenges between Colorado’s Western Slope and Front Range. One of his priority missions is bringing more Colorado youth into the outdoors and into natural resource-focused careers. King is a native West Slope Coloradan. He became the Assistant Director for Lands, Minerals and Energy Policy in January of 2006 and was appointed as Deputy Director of the Department of Natural Resources in September of 2006. Mike was appointed executive director of DNR in May 2010. He was reappointed to the position by Governor John Hickenlooper in January of 2011. Prior to his employment in the Executive Director’s Office, Mike worked in the Policy and Regulation Section at the Colorado Division of Wildlife in various capacities for six years and was an Assistant Attorney General from 1993-1999.Mike received his Bachelors degree in journalism from CU-Boulder, law degree from the University of Denver and a Masters in Public Administration from CU-Denver’s Graduate School of Public Affairs