Where Do Our Grads Work?

September 16 Friday 01:53 PM

The results are in! The MPA/MPP class of 2016 is off to new things. All 27 of our newest graduates have found jobs or are continuing to pursue their education. A quarter are working in government, another quarter are working internationally in government or quasi-governmental organizations. The most popular level of domestic government was state government, although a couple of folks are also working at the local level and one graduate is working at the federal level. Students also chose to pursuing furthering their education and careers in nonprofits. One graduate is serving in the military, and three are working in the private sector.

We look forward to hearing about your accomplishments, class of 2016!

Martin School Professor Named Co-PI for New Data Center

September 9 Friday 09:19 AM

Dr. Toma has been named a co-principal investigator for the new Kentucky Research Data Center, which will open in Spring 2017 through the Gatton School. The KRDC is a collaboration between the U.S. Census Bureau, UK, and several other public institutions in the region, including the University of Louisville and Indiana University.

What does this mean for our community? VP of Research, Lisa Cassis, puts it well in the press release, "This center will enable researchers at UK and in surrounding regions to have an immense economic, social and health-related impact by providing restricted access to data through a partnership with the Bureau of the Census." Having a federal data center here on campus will enable interdisciplinary research across institutions in a big way. We can't wait for the center to be up and running!

Welcome, New Students!

September 8 Thursday 11:47 AM

This fall, we welcome a new group of students from all over the world, both to the University of Kentucky campus and virtually. The newest members of the Martin School community come from a variety of backgrounds and are filled with passion. We look forward to working with them, both in and out of the classroom.

New MPA and MPP students had their first opportunity to interact with each other at an ice cream social hosted by the student organization, Res Publica, the evening prior to orientation. At orientation, students from the Ph.D., MPA, MPP, dual degree, and international programs heard from faculty and staff, signed up for classes, and had a chance to connect with alumni and current students.

Dr. Toma, Sarah, and a group of new master's students braved the wet weather the day after orientation to enjoy Asbury's low-ropes course. Luckily, only a few walked away with itchy bug bites! 


However, the fun won't end there. The new cohort of MPA/MPP students will attend a dinner hosted by a member of our Board of Visitors this weekend. Next weekend, all current students, faculty, staff, and their families will gather for a fall picnic! We can't wait to play lawn games and enjoy the cooler weather together.

Autumn is a great time of year here in Lexington, in large part because we have the opportunity to welcome new faces to our community. We are glad you're here!

MPA Student Reports on Summer Experiences Interning in Local Government

September 7 Wednesday 12:08 PM

Eric Pollitt, a second-year MPA student, shares his thoughts about his summer internship experience. Pictured (from left to right) are: Tim Williams, City Administrator; Eric Pollitt, City Intern; and the Mayor of Crestview Hills, Paul Meier.


I would like to thank my boss and Crestview Hills City Administrator, Tim Williams, for the opportunity to intern under him. Tim and I met at the KCCMA 2016 Winter Conference, and discussed local level government and the City Manager/Administrator career field. Later on in the semester, Tim reached out to me offering an opportunity to learn and gain experience in local level government.

There is never a dull day at Crestview Hills and something is always happening. My favorite parts of the internship, so far, have been the following: riding around the City with Tim, and sitting in on City Council, various Committee, and other joint meetings. When riding around the City with Tim, we get a chance to see real problems and observe Crestview Hills’ projects developed in real time. Also, it gives us a chance to talk about the City’s future projects and allows us to see potential problems the City can be proactive in preventing. The Committee meetings are always interesting with discussion on topics such as lane widening, creek erosion prevention, subdivision development, and road repairs.

The biggest thing I have taken away from this experience is a public project is not as simple as appropriating funds. You can have a group of ten participants who have been collaborating on a project for two years, and suddenly someone says, “Hey, wait a minute, we have cause for delay.” This alone can derail start dates, throw off cost estimates, and result in pushed back deadlines. The second biggest take away is coming to a consensus solution to a problem where multiple jurisdictions are affected is difficult and time consuming.

The internship at Crestview Hills has confirmed my interest in local government and career aspirations to become a City/County Manager/Administrator. 

Alumnus Visits India through US State Dept Initiative

September 7 Wednesday 01:47 PM

Louay Constant, who received his Ph.D from the Martin School in 2002, recently visited India through a U.S. Department of State initiative. Dr. Constant is a researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor through the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His body of research has focused on education policy. You can learn more about Dr. Constant's work at RAND by clicking here.

During the two week trip, Dr. Constant spoke to a variety of audiences about the challenges and opportunities of aligning skills development with workforce needs through career and technical education, which are a big focus for a government initiative, the National Skill Development Corporation.

Wish you could have heard Dr. Constant speak during his trip in India? You can watch a clip or read some of the press coverage below!