Focus on public engagement directed at the tools, theories, and processes relevant to public policy and administration. Introduction to the role citizens play in democracy, decision making, public administration, and public policy. Trends of engagement are explored alongside strategies useful to manage, encourage, and facilitate public participation in public policy and administration. Practice is emphasized.
In spring 2022, this course will focus on a broad perspective of the basic elements of citizen participation and engagement. Additionally, students will be introduced to participatory budgeting and e-government at the local level of government. Students will be provided an opportunity to develop technical skills necessary for effectively managing citizen participation and providing governmental/public services to citizens via e-government. Students will be exposed to resources in contemporary public agencies, including government and nonprofit organizations.
Victoria Gordon is a 2004 graduate of the University of Illinois—Springfield Doctor of Public Administration program. Dr. Gordon is a recently retired professor where she taught for sixteen years in the Department of Political Science, Master of Public Administration program, and served as the Director of the Center for Local Governments at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dr. Gordon has a decade of practical experience in local government administration and her areas of research interest include municipal finance and human resources management. Her work is published in Economic Development Quarterly, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Personnel Management, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education and Public Voices. Dr. Gordon is the author of two books–Maternity Leave: Policy and Practice and Participatory Budgeting in the United States: A Guide for Local Governments.