The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is a multidisciplinary division of Indiana University. The school is organized as a professional school, committed to teaching, research, and service. The interests of the faculty and professional staff typically fall into one or more of the following areas: policy and administration; international affairs; finance and economics; nonprofit management; urban affairs; environmental science and policy; criminal justice, law, and public safety; health science and administration. The school’s faculty, staff, and students work individually and jointly to solve problems that require SPEA’s unique combination of in-depth knowledge in the natural, behavioral, social, and administrative sciences.
SPEA, because of its broad program base, can offer scientific and technical assistance to Indiana communities. Public and private organizations, as well as all levels of government, benefit from the knowledge and expertise of SPEA faculty, staff, and students.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers Bachelor of Science degrees and associate of science degrees. These programs provide a sound general education with specialized study of public safety, criminal justice, public affairs, public health, or environmental systems. The school also offers minors and certificate programs.
This Bloomington-based office assists students in making the transition from the university setting to the working world. Workshops, individual counseling, and an extensive library are provided to all of our students. The Career Services & Alumni Affairs Office (CaSAA) provides career coaching and counseling to students in an effort to help them develop necessary critical job search strategies and techniques. Further assistance is offered through a course, SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning. Other services include interviews with on-campus recruiters, on-site employer visits, an interactive job board, bulletins, campus career fairs, access to professional journals and directories, and a wide range of employer information sessions and networking events.
SPEA places a premium on experiential education and applied learning. All SPEA undergraduate programs on the Bloomington campus require students to complete an internship. Internships give students an excellent opportunity to apply classroom theory and their academic knowledge base to real-life experiences. Students must be in good academic standing and file an internship contract with the Career Services & Alumni Affairs Office. Internships may be full or part time, paid or unpaid; however, prior approval from CaSAA is always required.
The internship program is designed for maximum flexibility so that many valuable learning experiences can qualify as internships. The purpose of the internship is to develop professional-level skills. All credit for an internship is awarded on an S/F (Satisfactory/ Fail) basis. Credit is not granted for work experience obtained prior to approval of an internship and enrollment in the appropriate internship class. Please visit the CaSAA Web site (www.iu.edu/~speaweb/careers/) for further information on required paperwork.
Students seeking career-planning assistance should check with the Career Services & Alumni Affairs Office, located on the Bloomington campus in SPEA 200, (812) 855-9639, for answers to specific questions.
Career-planning assistance is also available on other campuses. For information, contact:
Fort Wayne Campus
South Bend Campus
Mission: To inspire and cultivate dynamic interactions among alumni, SPEA, and students, for the betterment of SPEA and the professions that it serves. SPEA has a strong commitment to its alumni and considers them among its most valuable resources. We maintain contact with alumni through the SPEA Alumni Association, a constituent society within the parent Indiana University Alumni Association. The SPEA Alumni Association works on several projects throughout the academic year. In addition to its strong commitment to students as they make the transition to alumni, the association supports the school’s alumni newsletter, SPEA Alumni, mailed two times a year to more than 20,000 SPEA alumni located in all 50 states and 50 foreign countries. It also awards three annual student scholarships to two undergraduates and one graduate SPEA student from any Indiana University campus. The SPEA Alumni Association is governed by an elected board of directors comprising SPEA Alumni who represent diverse academic and geographic backgrounds within the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs encompasses public service activities that complement innovative academic programs. The school provides a wide variety of services to a number of federal, state, and local agencies.
The Business/SPEA Library fulfills the research and study needs of the School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The library has extensive electronic and traditional resources, including many dedicated to the missions of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Detailed information about the Business/SPEA Library can be found at www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=77.
The Community Research Institute (CRI) located on the Fort Wayne campus provides research and assistance for the economic, social, and public sector development of northeast Indiana. Additional information about CRI can be found at www.ipfw.edu/cri/cri.htm.
The goals of the Environmental Science Research Center are to promote excellence in environmental science research and foster increased interdisciplinary collaboration among environmental science faculty on the Indiana University Bloomington campus. The center has no degree programs. Activities of the center include seminars, discussion groups, and proposal preparation workshops. The center director is Distinguished Professor Ronald A. Hites.
SPEA’s Executive Education Program focuses on government, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector to prepare leaders and managers for a future of change and opportunity. Graduate-level programs offered include the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.) and the Public Management Certificate (P.M.C.). The Executive Education Program also provides customized leadership and management programs. With advanced knowledge and leadership development, graduates have the ability to make investments and improvements for the future.
The Geographic Information Systems Laboratory (GIS) is a state-of-the-art computing facility. The lab has information processing technology that manages, analyzes, and displays spatial data for scientific and policy research. Information about the GIS Lab can be found at www.indiana.edu/~speagis.
The Great Lakes Center for Public Affairs and Administration is a unit of the Division of Public and Environmental Affairs on the IU Northwest campus. The center conducts research and provides technical services to units of governments and other institutions in northwest Indiana. The center also focuses on issues in public affairs and administration in the Great Lakes region.
The Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute (ICRI) has a three-fold mission: teaching, research, and service in conflict resolution and collaborative governance. ICRI’s teaching mission includes the development of undergraduate, graduate, continuing education, and executive education curricula to foster a deeper understanding and broader use of dispute resolution processes (mediation facilitation, early neutral evaluation, ombudsmen programs, arbitration, partnering) and consensus-building processes in governance (dialogue, deliberation, and collaboration). ICRI also provides training workshops in principled negotiation and mediation. Its research mission includes evaluation of dispute resolution and collaborative governance processes and programs in public and nonprofit organizations, with the goal of contributing to continuous improvement in both the processes and our knowledge of their impact on participants and organizations. ICRI’s service mission is to support conflict resolution programs in Monroe County and the state of Indiana. Additional information about ICRI can be found at www.spea.indiana.edu/icri.
The Institute for Development Strategies, co-sponsored by the Office of Research and the University Graduate School and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is a university-wide research program linking faculty resources from various departments and campuses. The institute examines research-related problems in the field of regional economic development at the state, national, and international levels. It focuses on mobilization of regional resources for development and conducts research on the causes and consequences of regional change. Additional information can be found at www.spea.indiana.edu/ids.
The Institute for Family and Social Responsibility (FASR) is a joint effort of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the School of Social Work, with its focus on social policy research and outreach activities. The institute’s mission is to bring together the resources of citizens,
The Transportation Research Center was established to coordinate and facilitate the transportation research activities of the university. The center’s expertise lies in the areas of transportation safety, urban public transit, transport management, and transport regulatory policy. The center uses a staff of professional researchers, faculty, and graduate students in performing research projects for federal, state, and local government agencies, and for the private sector.
The Center for Urban Policy and the Environment is a nonpartisan applied research organization in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. The center, now more than 10 years old, is one of the largest of its kind in the country. Any social and economic issues that affect quality of life are of interest to center researchers. Some of the research topics have ranged from community safety and riverboat gambling to policies to reduce health care costs, neighborhood empowerment, the property tax structure, the economic impact of the arts and sports, and drinking water and sewer infrastructures. With an award of general support from Lilly Endowment, Inc., center scholars have conducted ongoing studies on Central Indiana. These investigations have helped policymakers understand how investments by households, businesses, governments, and nonprofits have influenced the Central Indiana region.
Center scholars, staff, and student interns typically form project teams and work in partnership with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. Over the years, the center has worked with more than 150 clients and partners. These include the city of Indianapolis, the Indiana Port Commission, Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Indiana Gaming Commission, Indiana General Assembly and Office of the Governor, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Indiana Land Resources Council, and the Points of Light Foundation.
For more information about the center, visit its Web site at www.urbancenter.iupui.edu.
Center for Urban Policy and the Environment
Alpha Phi Sigma is the national criminal justice honor society, with chapters established on the Northwest, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Kokomo, and Indianapolis campuses of Indiana University. The society recognizes scholastic excellence of students in the field of criminal justice. It was founded in 1942 and was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies in l980. To be eligible, undergraduate students must have earned an overall grade point average of at least 3.20 for at least 40 credit hours of course work, and must include at least four criminal justice courses with a minimum 3.20 grade point average. Local chapters may modify these requirements. Please check with your local faculty advisor.
Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honorary society for schools of public affairs and administration. The society acknowledges outstanding scholarship and contributions to these fields. It was founded in 1972 by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) to honor those whose performance in public affairs has been distinguished. The Indiana chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha is a charter chapter. Membership in Pi Alpha Alpha may be compared to membership in Phi Beta Kappa for liberal arts graduates. A person evaluating credentials in the various fields of public service should recognize the professional quality such a membership represents.