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Faculty Contact, Conference, and Sample Dissertation Information

PhD Staff Contacts:

Chris Weible
Program Director:
(303) 315 - 2010

Dawn Savage
Student Services:
(303) 315 - 2743

Antoinette Sandoval
Student Services:
(303) 315 - 2487

Brendan Hardy
Director of Student Recruitment and Career Services: 
(303) 315 - 2227

Student Association: 

Contact Daniel Costie at 


Interested in attending professional conferences and submitting papers for conferences or journals?  Read this overview of conferences, journals, and professional associations in the field of public affairs.

American Society for Public Administration
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
American Political Science Association
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action
Academy of Management
Midwest Political Science Association

The Workshop on Policy Process Research (WOPPR) provides opportunities for SPA PhD students to learn about the study of the policy process and to present their own research.  Visit the WOPPR homepage for more information, or contact Professor Chris Weible.

Sample Dissertations:

If you are interested in learning more about SPA dissertations, these three cover a range of topics, methods, and organizational approaches.

Mermagen, Dissertation.pdfLucy Mermagen Dissertation.pdf

Davis, Dissertation.pdfMarc W. Davis Dissertation.pdf

Elgin, Dissertation.pdfDallis J. Elgin Dissertation.pdf

Career Services:

Planning your career?  This page has links to helpful career resources as well as a selection of current job postings for PhD graduates in public affairs. | 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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