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Novatney Bldg

11120 Glacier Hwy (NOV 1)

Juneau, AK 99801

Kathy DiLorenzo

Director of the Master of Public Administration Program & Associate Professor of Public Administration

Phone: 796-6418 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069

Email:

SOM: Public Administration

Novatney Bldg, Rm 129

Juneau Campus

Doctor of Arts in Political Science–2007
Idaho State University MPA –2004
Idaho State University BS Political Science – 2001 

Kathy DiLorenzo grew up in the Western states of Nevada, California, Washington, and Idaho, and is particularly interested in western and rural issues. She is currently completing her Doctor of Arts in Political Science with an emphasis in Public Administration and Public Law from Idaho State University. She completed her Masters of Public Administration in 2004. While completing her education Kathy worked as the primary quantitative analyst for Partners for Prosperity, non-profit organization that acquired a substantial grant to study and eradicate poverty in the 16-county region of Southeastern Idaho. Her areas of research include the bureaucracy, constitutional and public law, poverty, minority and at-risk populations.

James E. Powell

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Phone: 907-209-5676

Email:

School of Management

Novatney Bldg, Rm 108

Juneau Campus

http://www.uas.alaska.edu/som/mpa

University of Alaska Fairbanks, PhD, Natural Resource Policy and Sustainability Science – 2012

University of Alaska Southeast, MPA – 1995

Rochester Institute of Technology, Eisenhower Collage, BA, 1978

Jim has spent most of his life in Alaska with over three decades working on environmental and natural resource policy and management, and local governance issues. His public service includes nine years on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly with 3 years as Deputy Mayor. His dissertation research and current research interests are community and institutional adaptive capacity in response to climate change, sustainability, and local decision-making.  He currently teaches natural resource policy, local sustainability, public administration, and local governance courses. Jim balances his teaching with serving on several state and local nonprofit boards.  He also lectures and consults on sustainability planning.  He is a member of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources, and Ecological Society of America.

Aaron M Smith-Walter

Assistant Professor

Phone: 796-6009 Fax: 796-6549

Email:

School of Management

Novatney Bldg, 131

Juneau Campus

  • Virginia Tech Ph.D. Public Administration and Public Affairs –2015
  • James Madison University MPA –2007
  • James Madison University BS Sociology – 2002

Research Interests: public participation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), transportation planning, Narrative Policy Framework (NPF), public budgeting

Dr. Aaron Smith-Walter was recently published with co-author Dr. Nadhrah A. Kadir (of the Universiti Sains Malaysia) in Macrotheme Review, a peer reviewed interdisciplinary journal. The paper explores how administrative rules governing public participation are perceived by organizational stakeholders in the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization. The study concludes that reforming rules while providing a clear link to organizational goals and commitments can help organizational members develop a more positive view of the rules and regulations associated with public participation. http://macrotheme.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/6MR51Na.359103254.pdf

Kadir, Nadhrah A. and Aaron Smith-Walter. 2016.“Stakeholders’ Perceptions of the Administrative Rules Governing Public Participation in the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization.” The Macrotheme Review: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Global Macro Trends. Vol. 5, No. 1 pp. 73-96. 

Aaron Smith-Walter grew up in Virginia, and his dissertation research focused on metropolitan transportation planning and Cultural Theory. He has also worked in a municipal public transportation department for almost nine years, where he was responsible for training, safety monitoring, routing design, and special projects. His areas of teaching and research interests include public transportation, public participation, public finance and budgeting, images of public administration in post-apocalyptic fiction, Cultural Theory, and the Narrative Policy Framework (NPF). Aaron is especially interested in applications of the Narrative Policy Framework on firearms policy in the United States and the impact of Cultural Theory on approaches to public participation in transportation planning.

Cathy LeCompte

Adjunct Faculty of Public Administration

Phone: 786-4084 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069

Email:

SOM: Public Administration

Juneau Campus

Cathy LeCompte moved to Alaska in 1999 and started at the University of Alaska in 2000 as Assistant Professor of Business and administrator at the University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan campus. In July 2010, she assumed the role of Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Alaska Anchorage Community and Technical College. Cathy is an experienced online faculty member and skilled administrative leader who came through a CTE pathway; holds an AAS in Small Business Management, BS in Business Administration and an MA in Leadership. Her prior careers include nonprofit fund development executive, health club and restaurant manager, fitness instructor and head barista, small business owner and consultant. She is the current President for the Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education.

Sara Lawson

Adjunct Faculty of Public Administration

Phone: 796-6409 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069

Email:

SOM: Public Administration

Juneau Campus

Sara Lawson, MPA, CFRE
Consultant, Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Sara is passionate about the role that mission-driven organizations can play in strengthening communities. As a consultant, she brings a collaborative, analytical, and strategic approach to board development, capacity building, fund development, and leadership coaching for small-to-midsized nonprofit organizations in Alaska and Washington. Sara’s expertise is derived from 15+ years’ experience in a range of community  benefit organizations, including the arts, higher education, health care, and public radio. She has served as  executive director, program staff, committee chair, front-line volunteer, and board member.
 
In addition to consulting, Sara teaches graduate-level courses at Seattle University and the University of Alaska Southeast, including classes in Boards and Volunteers and Nonprofit Governance. She obtained her MPA from the University of Alaska Southeast, and a BA in Psychology from Trinity College. She serves on the board of Arts Corps, and volunteers with Catholic Community Services and 501 Commons.

Peggy Weaver

Adjunct Faculty of Public Administration

Phone: (907) 586-1312 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069

Email:

SOM: Public Administration

Juneau Campus

Maria Weeg

Adjunct Faculty of Public Administration

Phone: 796-6409 Second Phone: 1-800-478-9069

Email:

SOM: Public Administration

Juneau Campus

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