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Dr. Mark W. Davis '14

Mark W. Davis is joining West Chester University's Department of Public Policy and Administration. Mark's PhD studies were at the University of Colorado Denver in the School of Public Affairs where he was also a NSF IGERT Researcher in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Systems and Managing Editor of Policy Studies Journal. He is currently ABD with a planned completion of his PhD studies in May 2014. Mark completed his Masters of Public Affairs (2009) at Indiana University in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs where he also taught as an Adjunct for seven years. His undergraduate degree is Engineering and Public Policy (1992) from Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to moving into academia full time Mark worked as an environmental professional in the fields of integrated solid waste management, water supply and water treatment, and wastewater collection and treatment in a variety of management level positions. His research interests include: urban affairs, public management, collaborative governance, the public policy process, and environmental policy / sustainability policy initiatives. Within this research frame Mark focuses on U.S. national policy, and state and local governments. Mark was awarded the Norton Long Young Scholars Award by the American Political Science Association; this award is for scholars focused on urban politics who are currently completing or have recently completed their PhD studies.

Dr. Saba Siddiki '11

Saba Siddiki is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Her research expertise is in policy design, regulatory compliance, institutional analysis, and collaborative policymaking. She has studied these concepts in the contexts of aquaculture, organic farming, electric vehicles, United Way organizations, among others. She currently teaches public policy process, introduction to policy analysis, and urban sustainability in the SPEA MPA program. Saba attended the UC Denver School of Public Affairs (SPA) from 2007-2011. Her dissertation research focused on examining regulatory compliance in the context of U.S. aquaculture. During her time in the program, Saba was a PhD fellow in the UC Denver Sustainable Urban Infrastructure IGERT Program. She also worked as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Chris Weible. Through her fellowship and research assistantship, Saba was exposed to and availed many opportunities to engage in research projects with UC Denver and SPA faculty as well as her PhD colleagues. Example research projects include: an examination of the effectiveness of marine aquaculture partnerships, a review of applications of the theory of social construction and policy design, and a study of public-private water infrastructure partnerships in Chennai, India. While in the program, she also co-authored two federal grants to support research projects on aquaculture and organic farming, one of which was funded by the National Science Foundation in 2012.

Dr. Jonathon Pierce '12

Jonathan Pierce is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Public Service, Seattle University where he teaches in the Masters of Public Administration and Bachelors of Public Affairs programs. Dr. Pierce completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver where he studied the politics of hydraulic fracturing under Professors Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible, as well as teaching at the University of Denver. Dr. Pierce received a PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver (2012), an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2005), and a BA in Political Science and History from Loyola Marymount University (2004). His current research examines the policy process and the politics of natural resource development and sustainability. He teaches courses in policy process, policy analysis, public and nonprofit administration, research methods, and environmental policy.

Dr. Scott Mendelsberg '12mendelsberg.jpg

Dr. Scott Mendelsberg is executive director of Colorado GEAR UP, a pre-collegiate access program serving low-income and minority students. Colorado GEAR UP is seen as a national leader in education innovation, launching initiatives such as the Early Remediation Project, which places middle and high school students in college remedial classes and transcripts their success to ensure they’re college-ready when they graduate high school.  Dr. Mendelsberg also was cited as a “cage-busting leader” for his use of CLEP testing with GEAR UP students, a practice he initiated in 2010. More recently, Dr. Mendelsberg helped create the Colorado Challenge, a partnership of three pre-collegiate access programs  and four college campuses, which seeks to create an effective, cost-efficient and replicable model of four-year college completion for traditionally underserved students. Before joining GEAR UP, Dr. Mendelsberg was principal of Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, where he helped create the state ASCENT program.

Dr. Bryon Gustafson '12BryonGustafson2012.jpg

Bryon G. Gustafson is Chief of the Standards, Evaluation, & Research Bureau at the California Department of Justice, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), where he has worked since 2005.  He is responsible for hiring standards and testing for approximately 100,000 peace officers and public safety dispatchers in California.  His research interests focus on effects of regulatory policy, constitutive processes of policy formation, and economic justifications of regulation and policy—specifically as they relate to policing.  Gustafson is a graduate of the 218th FBI National Academy and was the 113th President of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California (USC).  He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver, is a Pi Alpha Alpha MPA graduate of USC, and also holds a Magna Cum Laude BS in Psychology from Excelsior College.  

Dr. Jewlya Lynn 10'

Jewlya Lynn is the CEO and founder of Spark Policy Institute, a nationally-recognized change agent that helps communities and policymakers to find and implement innovative solutions to complex problems. Her work at Spark focuses on bringing many different stakeholders together to collaboratively address some of society’s most pressing and difficult-to-solve issues. Dr. Lynn’s facilitation, policy research and evaluation areas of expertise cut across a broad range of substantive areas including health care and health systems, education, human services, juvenile and criminal justice, disparities, and natural resources and the environment. Dr. Lynn developed Spark's unique Strategic Learning model, a process that allows for understanding and responding to ongoing lessons learned through systematic data collection and immediate feedback loops. She is also at the forefront nationally in developing an evaluation framework for advocacy field building in partnership with the Center for Evaluation Innovation.

Dr. André Corrêa d’Almeida '10

André Corrêa d’Almeida  is the Program Manager for the Master of Public Administration in Development Practice and Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. André is also an expert of the Earth Institute in the fields of capacity building and international education programs in sustainable development. André is a Visiting Professor of Public Policy Analysis and Implementation at the University of Saint Joseph (Macao, China) and at Pratt Institute (New York, U.S.). He has experience at the management level in the U.S., Europe, South-East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. André has had research published in several areas of Social Economics and Institutional Development and has received research awards from the University of Colorado at Denver, George Washington University, and the Portuguese Government. | 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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