What a week some ten years ago--The Weather Channel might have described it as the confluence of convergent and divergent air flows, in this case probably hot air colliding. Even with the diligent effort of a more than capable Administrative Assistant, my schedule was put to the test. In one week I had to be... Continue Reading →
Getting Serious About Practitioners in The Classroom–By Stephen G. Harding (January 25, 2019 Issue of PA Times
https://patimes.org/getting-serious-about-practitioners-in-the-classroom/ Fifteen Years an Adjunct To be clear, I was not a day-to-day freeway-flying adjunct lecturer searching for the on ramp to the tenure track. That lane was reserved for those freshly minted Ph.D.’s pursuing membership in the academy. I was another kind of adjunct, one wearing the moniker practitioner instructor. It required wearing a... Continue Reading →
To Teach or Not to Teach–Insights From a Practitioner-Instructor
"Beyond the mechanics of teaching, these areas provide substance to the reasons why one should or should not teach. Still as important, these focus areas provide a glimpse, and really just a glimpse, into the culture of the academy and the students of today. If your last contact with higher education was as a student... Continue Reading →
The Advent of the Street Level Bureaucrat in the Classroom — New Challenges for Graduate Urban Management Education– by Stephen G. Harding
"Labor agreements, archaic management practices and outdated human resource class and comp requirements set the stage for this wave of new, somewhat reluctant, graduate students. Beyond their own job performance, they have to demonstrate more. Even for long term-seasoned professionals, no new credential means no promotion and no pay raise. They’ve hit the career and... Continue Reading →
MPP & MPA Programs in California–Can Good City Management be Taught? by Ken Pulskamp & Wade McKinney (Western City Magazine, April 2015)
"There is an innate challenge in teaching something as complex as city management. It’s not just public finance and organizational behavior, not by a long shot. It’s a delicate balance of practical skills, political savvy, on the job experience, and service. Here in California, we are fortunate to have a plethora of top tier institutions... Continue Reading →
Another Opportunity to Guest Lecture by Stephen G. Harding, Committee Chair on the Third Edition—Managers as Teachers: A Practitioners Guide to Teaching Public Administration.
https://icma.org/documents/managers-teachers This Thursday will mark my fourteenth time wearing the guest lecturer’s hat. These are always fun to do. In years past, the requests were predicated on my technical expertise. I was asked to lecture about some topical specialization. It could be related to real estate development, fiscal impact, public financing mechanisms, or the latest... Continue Reading →
‘Majoring in a Professor’–By Scott Jaschik
"Why are some majors more popular than others with undergraduates? Is it the perception that they lead to good (well paying) jobs? Are certain fields naturally more attractive to new undergraduates? Will students respond to tuition incentives to pick (or bypass) some fields? Maybe it’s much more simple: Undergraduates are significantly more likely to major... Continue Reading →
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