University of Vermont

Master of Public Administration

Summer MPA Courses

Summer 2014 Course Listings

PA 307 Administrative Ethics (syllabus)
Curtis Ventriss (email)
CRN: 60008
May 19 – June 27, 2014
May 19 - June 4 Reading and class preparation;
June 5 - 6 Class time from 8:30-5:00pm (Thurs & Fri);
June 12 - 14 Class time 8:30-5:00pm (Thurs, Fri & Sat);
June 16 - June 27 Writing final papers;

This course will address the basic ethical issues that arise in an administrative setting. We will explore such issues as: social equality, whistle-blowing, conflict of interest, deception and secrecy, to name just a few. This course will rely heavily on case study material, readings, and films that highlight some of the dilemmas and problems in ethical decision-making. 3 Credits

PA 323 Nonprofit Administration
Jane Van Buren (email)
CRN: 60855
May 19 - June 27, 2014 Hybrid
On campus May 19 - May 23 from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
On-Line May 26 – June 27

This course will review the history of the non-profit sector in the United States, examine how it is constituted and explore how these organizations work in contrast to and in concert with governmental and business institutions. Students will explore the nature of the sector, its impact of policy making, and obtain a solid introduction to the legal, financial and management aspects of non-profit organizations. 3 credits

PA 395 Human Resource Management
Richard Cate (email)
CRN: 60536
June 30 – August 8, 2014 Hybrid
This "hybrid" course will consist of five in-person class meetings(Tuesdays 5:00 - 8:30 pm) from July 01 - Aug 5: July 08, 15, 22, 29 and Aug 5.
The rest of the course will be conducted online.

This course combines analysis of actual cases and examination of the literature with thirty-five years of instructor experience to help students understand how public and nonprofit human resource management (HRM) really works. This is an evolving field that values the importance of understanding organizational cultures and human nature, as well as systems and processes. 3 credits

Pick three of the following 1 credit courses to earn 3 summer 2014 credits

Grant Writing
Anne Lezak (email)
CRN: 60843
May 19 – June 13, 2014 – on-campus
Class meets: T 5/20 9:30 - 3:00pm, T 5/27 9:30 - 12:00pm, T 6/3 9:30 - 12:00pm, T 6/10 9:30 - 3:00pm

This one credit course provides concrete, practical guidance for preparing successful grant proposals. Participants will learn how to organize proposals, find and use pertinent facts and data, and build compelling cases to effectively sell your proposal. We will discuss strategies to fully meet common proposal requirements, the importance of appearance, and address the key areas of budgets and evaluate Students will learn how to avoid common errors that keep many proposals from being funded. Students will also learn how to search for relevant grant opportunities.

Serving Culturally Diverse Populations: Introduction to Issues of Culturally Aware Practice
Sherwood Smith (email)
May 19 - June 13, 2014 Online

This one credit course combines an overview of the literature with analysis of actual cases and examination of the personal practice to introduce participants to issues of diversity for presentation leaders. The instructor brings his professional experience as facilitator, trainer and faculty member to help students understand how issues of culture and social justice interact with any workshop or instructional curriculum through our pedagogy. Students will gain knowledge of resources for future learning and enrich their understanding of issues relating to culture, identity, power, and equity.

PA 395 Performance Indicators
Erin Roche (email)
CRN: 60885
June 16 - July 11, 2014 Hybrid
On campus Mondays 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on 6/16, 6/23, 6/30, the remainder of the class is online.

Students who complete this 1 credit class will develop the ability to take an articulated goal and determine appropriate measures of progress toward that goal and communicate those measures to a lay audience. In addition, students will apply what they learned to measure performance on an indicator of their choosing.

PA 395 Project Management
Jean Kissner (email)
CRN: 60913
July 14 - August 8, 2014 On-line

This 1 credit class will cover the basic knowledge areas of Project Management - Initiation, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing. In addition, some of the “soft skills” to successfully run projects within a cross functional team or across organization will be discussed. A real life project will be used as a case study to work through project concepts.

PA 395 Nonprofit Marketing
Kate Finley Woodruff (email)
CRN: 60862
July 14 - August 8, 2014 Online

This course will identify various marketing considerations for non-profit organizations. Students will have the opportunity to develop marketing strategies for an existing of future non-profit organization, with emphasis on target marketing and audience identification, messaging and branding, promotions and special events, community partnership, and measuring results.

PA 380 Internship
CRN: 60012
Credits: 3-6
Section: Z1
Jason Duquette-Hoffman (email)

PA 391 Master's Thesis Research
CRN: 60013
Credits: 1-6
Section: Z1
Christopher Koliba (email)

PA 397 Readings and Research
CRN: 60014
Credits: 1-6
Section: Z1
Christopher Koliba (email)

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