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Loving Those You Lead: Developing Courageous Authenticity & Combating the Dangerous Silence of Apathy for Managers

Loving Those You Lead: Developing Courageous Authenticity & Combating the Dangerous Silence of Apathy for Managers, By Dr. Reginald Wells, Executive in Residence, Key Executive Leadership Programs Dr. Malone’s May blog post entitled “Don’t Forget the People,” offered an admonishment to those who choose to lead. Our work forces are suffering from stress, fearfulness, and loneliness and Dr. Malone concluded: “that as leaders we will need to work harder to love those… continue reading Loving Those You Lead: Developing Courageous Authenticity & Combating the Dangerous Silence of Apathy for Managers

Don’t Forget the People

by Dr. Patrick Malone, Director, Key Executive Leadership Programs Just before America found itself in the midst of a pandemic, three important pieces of research were released that gave us an indication of the status of the American workforce. And the results were quite sobering. A Gallup survey released in late 2019 addressed the challenge… continue reading Don’t Forget the People

Rekindling the Flame: Inspiring others to join the public service in the face of cynicism

by Paul Carlson, Executive Director, Seattle Federal Executive Board After directing a small federal agency, I am making the transition to teaching graduate students and I enjoy it immensely. However, I have been surprised to encounter profound cynicism among the students. They seem to have an overwhelmingly negative view, not just of government, but about… continue reading Rekindling the Flame: Inspiring others to join the public service in the face of cynicism

How Action Learning Launched Change Across Federal Government

How Action Learning Launched Change Across Federal Government By Anthony Rios, Director, Division of Federal Employees, Department of Labor, Key Alumni & Faculty  When I was approached last month to contribute to American University’s Key Alumni Blog, I immediately said yes. The invitation asked me to blog from the perspective of an MPA graduate of… continue reading How Action Learning Launched Change Across Federal Government

Federal Leaders Need More Opportunity for Inner Development

Federal Leaders Need More Opportunity for Inner Development By Bob Tobias, Former Key Programs Director Federal leaders want to increase the performance of those they lead but many don’t know how. Teaching them to fill out proper annual evaluation and performance improvement forms is not enough. It takes much more. When Jim Collins, author of… continue reading Federal Leaders Need More Opportunity for Inner Development

Current & Recent Research into Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy

By School of Public Affairs American University’s Master of Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy teaches content knowledge about terrorist groups and threats, as well as skills for evaluating these threats, all within a framework of policy creation and implementation. Joseph Young, PhD, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology and… continue reading Current & Recent Research into Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy

Public Policy Research: Impact of Race and K-12 Education

By The School of Public Affairs Research has shown that when minority students have teachers of the same race, they tend to perform better on several metrics, such as test scores and graduation rates. Nathan Favero, Assistant Professor in American University’s Department of Public Administration and Policy is exploring potential causes of this correlation and… continue reading Public Policy Research: Impact of Race and K-12 Education

Top Three Questions About the Master of Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy

With the Answers Prospective Graduate Students Want to Know By The School of Public Affairs Offered through American University’s School of Public Affairs, the Master of Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy prepares students for a career or advancement in the federal government, intelligence, or law enforcement. The top three questions we hear from prospective graduate… continue reading Top Three Questions About the Master of Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy

Are Americans as Anti-Immigrant as They Seem?

By School of Public Affairs Given recent headlines and racial conflicts, it’s easy to conclude that attitudes about immigration in the U.S. are rooted in racism and prejudice. The Muslim travel ban, Charlottesville protests, and the rescission of DACA all appear to confirm a racist anti-immigrant bias. While there may be public sentiment for reducing… continue reading Are Americans as Anti-Immigrant as They Seem?

Avoiding the Gaps: Creating Healthcare Policy That Works

By The School of Public Affairs The driving force behind most healthcare policy advocates is to maximize access and minimize cost. When evaluating and recommending policy, however, it’s essential to consider all of the implications and potential consequences. Even the most well-intentioned public policy can negatively affect some of those it is designed to help.… continue reading Avoiding the Gaps: Creating Healthcare Policy That Works

Countering Terrorism: Implications of the Laptop Ban

By School of Public Affairs In a post-9/11 world, travelers typically comply with changing security measures without question or hesitation. The reasoning behind these security choices lies deep within policy practices implemented by Homeland Security. The recently ended U.S. laptop ban is an example of how the public experiences policy in action without necessarily having… continue reading Countering Terrorism: Implications of the Laptop Ban

How to Build a Compelling Application File for Graduate School

By School of Public Affairs Building a compelling graduate school application begins long before you actually apply. As you consider graduate school, it is critical that you understand the importance of managing the application process. Learn as much as you can about components required, school-specific preferences, priority deadlines, and decision-making, including who will review your… continue reading How to Build a Compelling Application File for Graduate School

“This is Not Normal”: The Impact of Presidential Social Media Use

By School of Public Affairs On July 1, 2017, President Trump tweeted “My use of social media is not Presidential – it’s MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL.” While this is undeniable, Chris Edelson, JD, Assistant Professor in American University’s Department of Government says it also raises a host of questions about the dignity of the office and… continue reading “This is Not Normal”: The Impact of Presidential Social Media Use