School of Public and Environmental Affairs Bloomington
Astrid E. Merget
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Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Public Affairs
University President Emeritus
John W. Ryan
University Professor Emeritus
York Y. Willbern
Arthur F. Bentley Professors
Lynton K. Caldwell (Emeritus), Elinor S. Ostrom
James L. Perry
Ronald A. Hites
Robert Agranoff (Emeritus), David B. Audretsch, Randall Baker, William Black, Stephen P. Bogdewic (I), Charles Bonser (Emeritus), Jeremy Dunning, Kirsten Gronbjerg, Hendrick M. Haitjema, Roger Hamburg (SB) (Emeritus, Political Science), William Hojnacki* (SB), Jack W. Hopkins (Emeritus), John Kirlin (I), Robert Lehnen (I), Leslie Lenkowsky (I), Eugene McGregor, Astrid E. Merget, John Mikesell, Theodore Miller, Samuel Nunn* (I), Patrick O'Meara, Clinton Oster, John Ottensman (I) (Geography), David Parkhurst, Roger B. Parks, Joseph Pellicciotti* (NW), Maureen Pirog, J. C. Randolph, Edwardo Rhodes, Barry Rubin, Richard Rubin, Roy Shin (Emeritus), Tim A. Tilton, Jeffrey White, Daniel Willard (Emeritus), Charles Wise, Lois Wise, Terrell Zollinger (I), Kurt Zorn
Kenneth Adams (I), Allen Anderson (K), Debera Backhus, Terry L. Baumer (I), Wolfgang Bielefeld (I), Lisa Bingham, Christopher Craft*, Karen Evans* (NW), David Good, Jane Grant* (FW), Karen Harlow* (I), Diane Henshel, Ann Holmes (I), Roger Jarjoura* (I), Craig Johnson*, Robert Kravchuk, Kerry Krutilla, Greg Lindsey* (I), William Ludwin (FW), Joyce Man (I), David McSwane* (I), Deborah Mesch (I), C. James Owen* (Emeritus, FW), D. Jeanne Patterson (Emerita), Flynn W. Picardal, Sara Pryor, Kenna Quinet* (I), Ingrid Ritchie* (I), Marc Rodwin, Mary Tschirhart, Frank Vilardo*, Stephen L. Walston*
Matthew Auer*, John Gant*, Vicky Meretsky*, David Reingold*, Rafael Reuveny*, Philip Stevens*, Susan Zinner-Kemp* (NW)
An I after a faculty member's name indicates that the person teaches at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; FW, at Fort Wayne; K, at Kokomo; NW, at Gary; and SB, at South Bend.
Professor Roger B. Parks, SPEA 441, (812) 855-2457
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Doctor of Philosophy
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Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Public Affairs
The Doctoral Program in Public Affairs was created to take advantage of the unique strengths of SPEA's interdisciplinary faculty and research programs, both of which have earned wide recognition from peer institutions, national and international agencies, and professional groups. The curriculum equips students with the necessary skills for independent research and analysis of problems, issues, and solutions in government and the nonprofit sector in the following three major fields:
Instead of being grounded in a traditional academic discipline, each of the fields has developed from several theoretical literatures applied to real-world public affairs problems. Although research is grounded in the social sciences, the context of inquiry reverses the normal research process: Instead of beginning with questions originating with discipline-based scholarship, the research process originates with public problems and issues. The research challenge, then, is to match available tools of inquiry to the research opportunities presented by problems.
- Public finance: the theory and practice of fiscal administration, including public budgeting, revenue administration, and financial management;
- Public management: the design and operation of governmental institutions, including strategic/operations management and interrelationships between public and private organizations; and
- Public policy analysis: research methods and quantitative techniques for policy analysis, including the content, design and evaluation of public programs.
Students apply to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Those accepted are recommended to the University Graduate School for formal admission into the Ph.D. program. Applicants to this program must have completed at least a bachelor's degree. Prospective students are required to submit (1) a statement of purpose, which should be as specific as possible and, preferably, should refer to potential research mentors by name; (2) official results of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE); (3) official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work completed; and (4) three letters of recommendation. Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Early in the student's program, but in no case later than the third semester in the program, the student must form an advisory committee. The committee consists of four to five members and includes at least one faculty member from each of the student's two chosen major fields of study and also a representative of his or her minor field. The committee members act as mentors and help monitor the selection and fulfillment of program requirements. The chairperson of the committee serves as the student's principal advisor.
Major Fields of Study
Students must study two of the following three major fields that apply theory to public affairs problems: public finance, public management, or public policy analysis.
In addition to these major fields, students must select a minor. The minor field is designed in consultation with a faculty advisor and the chosen department.
Professional Ethics and Teaching
Because of the unique and sensitive issues surrounding government ethics and public trust, all doctoral students are required to complete a seminar in the professional ethics and teaching of public affairs. This seminar is usually taken over two semesters, generally during the student's first year in the program.
In addition to the required course in professional ethics and teaching, all students complete a core sequence of courses that includes a course in research design and methods in public affairs and three semesters of a Workshop in Public Policy. Students without prior graduate work in a field related to public affairs are also required to take an introductory course in public affairs. Students must also complete a research skills sequence (a two-semester quantitative analysis sequence) and must demonstrate either (1) advanced proficiency in quantitative or qualitative analysis or (2) proficiency in a foreign language appropriate to their field of study. Two required courses and two approved electives must be completed in each major field. The minor field consists of three or four courses within a given field.
Advisory Committee Review
During the third semester, the advisory committee meets with the student to review academic progress and to approve the program of study. The committee reviews and approves any graduate course credits (not to exceed 30 semester hours) that the student is permitted to transfer toward the program. Prior to completion of the fifth semester, the student will submit a research paper to the advisory committee and present the paper orally. The advisory committee will evaluate the paper and the presentation and will advise the Ph.D. program director whether the student should be permitted to continue in the program.
To enter into formal degree candidacy, students must successfully complete written and oral qualifying examinations covering content from their two major fields of study.
Upon completion of course work and exams, the student writes a dissertation. This allows the student to apply the knowledge acquired during the formal parts of the program and to contribute to the advancement of the student's field of study.
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