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Faculty and Advising


Advising

Doctoral students work with faculty advisors consistent with their academic interests and mentorship needs. The faculty advisor is a student’s principal mentor until the completion of the doctorate, and coordinates a student’s plans and progress with the Director of the Doctoral Program. S/he advises the student on how to choose a dissertation topic, selection of appropriate courses, who might compose the student’s dissertation committee, and other professors from whom to solicit advice. Before applying to the PhD program, prospective students should identify faculty members who might serve as their advisors if admitted to the program and include this in their statement of interest.

At the end of each academic year, PhD students must submit a Progress Report to the PhD Program Director (click here to link to the form), as well as review their progress with their faculty advisor.  During the progress review with the faculty advisor, students should bring a copy of their progress report form, as well as discuss more generally how well they are performing relative to their career goals and what additional steps they should take to enhance their development in the program.​

Faculty
Please see the SPA faculty webpage for a list of all SPA faculty.  All tenure-track and tenured faculty are eligible to chair dissertation committees or serve as primary advisors to PhD students.  All faculty are eligible to serve on dissertation committees and provide supplemental advising. 

In addition, a sub-set of our faculty are involved in teaching core PhD classes.  These faculty include:

 

Todd Ely  Todd Ely                      

Email: Todd.Ely@ucdenver.edu 

Research Areas: Public and not-for profit financial management, education finance, state and local government



Brian GerberBrian Gerber

Email: Brian.Gerber@ucdenver.edu

Research Areas: Disaster and emergency management, homeland security, environmental policy 

Biography



Mary Guy

Email: Mary.Guy@ucdenver.edu

Research Areas: Public administration, human resource management, organization theory and behavior 

Biography


Tanya Heikkila  Tanya Heikkila

Email: Tanya.Heikkila@ucdenver.edu

Research Areas: Environmental policy, collaborative governance, water policy and resource management, institutional analysis

Biography



Benoy JacobBenoy Jacob

Email: Benoy.Jacob@ucdenver.edu

Research Areas: Economics and public finance, state and local government

Biography



Jessica SowaJessica Sowa

Email: Jessica.Sowa@ucdenver.edu

Research Areas: Nonprofit and public management, human resource management, nonprofit collaboration, organizational effectiveness

Biography



Danielle VardaDanielle Varda

Email: Danielle.Varda@ucdenver.edu

Research Areas: Collaborative governance, inter-organiztional network, public health systems, emergency management, health policy and networks

Biography


Chris WeibleChris Weible

Email: Chris.Weible@ucdenver.edu

Research Areas: Policy process, collaborative governance, science and technology policy, environmental politics and policy, aquaculture, fisheries management

Biography



All Faculty in the School of Public Affairs


 

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