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School of Public Affairs

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs.

Whether you are a student, a potential student, an interested citizen, a community leader or just browsing the website, I’m confident you’ll be impressed with our programs.

As the #29 ranked school of public affairs in America, we take pride in our programs and feel a responsibility to train tomorrow’s leaders. Our motto is Lead.Solve.Change., and we take that very seriously. From innovative MPA and MCJ concentrations in emergency management and domestic violence to the highly successful growth of our first undergraduate degree (Bachelors in Criminal Justice), our many community events and the timely research of our Buechner Institute for Governance, we are a school committed to making a real impact.

I have been privileged to serve as dean since July 2008. It is a great pleasure to work with our superb faculty, our outstanding staff and our committed researchers at the Buechner Institute.

As I write this in 2014, the national and state economies are improving, but are still fragile, and politicians continue to debate the proper size and role of government at all levels. But, important challenges must be faced. From ensuring effective disaster recovery and continued economic development, to confronting income inequality and inefficient social services, even addressing climate change impacts and delivering better and more affordable health care, the School of Public Affairs is committed to training the next generation to solve problems. We also want to help change the dominant paradigm from political distrust and gridlock to civil and informed discussion and action.

As we strive to fulfill our mission, we hope you will take some time to learn more about the School of Public Affairs. And, please contact me if you have any questions or comments.


Paul Teske

Dean and University of Colorado Distinguished Professor | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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