News and Events
New faculty members Dr. Jennifer Biddle and Dr. Christopher Prentice
New faculty members Dr. Jennifer Biddle and Dr. Christopher Prentice
Keep up with the latest news and events from the Public and International Affairs Department here. Our faculty and students are always striving to create new and innovative opportunities to get involved in the department. Below you will find a host of information regarding recent press and media coverage, forums, community, and exciting new student research projects and events.
Faculty Press and Media
FORUMS & PANELS
- Our very own Dr. Daniel Masters hosted a panel discusssion April 28, 2014 to discuss the ongoing events in the Ukraine.
Dr. Remonda Kleinberg moderated the discussion and panelists included:
- Dr. Diane Levy, ANT, “Ukraine in 2013”
- Dr. David Graber FLL/IS “Ukraine Crisis in the Russian Media”
- Dr. Jerrod Tanny, HST “Jews in Ukraine”
- Dr. Sue McCaffrey, HST “Eastern Ukraine: Past and Present”
- Dr. Jim Leutze, “Military History: Russia in Ukraine”
- Dr. Dan Masters, DPIA, “Foreign Policy responses: Russia and the West.”
- Betty and Dan Cameron Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector Dr. Jeffery L. Brudney was invited to serve on the Expert Advisory Panel for the United Nations Volunteers to write the *State of the World's Volunteerism Report*, Volume II. He also served on the Expert Advisory Panel for the United Nations Volunteers on the first *State of the World's Volunteerism Report,* published in 2011. The Panel was held in Bonn, Germany in February 2014.
- UNCW and the City of Wilmington recently hosted a free forum entitled "Examing Gun Violence from a Wilmington Perspective." Dr. Earl Sheridan, Professor and Chair of the Department of International and Public Affairs introduced the group discussion and audience Q & A. Panelists included Craig Burnett (Public and International Affairs); Cecil Willis (Sociology and Criminology); and Donyell Roseboro (Watson College of Education). Dr. Aaron King of the Public and international Affairs Department served as moderator.
- Wilmington's own Star News recently penned an excellent article touting the accomplishments of the new and exciting "Nonprofit Leadership Experience" class. The class is jointly taught by Betty and Dan Cameron Family Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector Dr. Jeffrey Brudney and Dr. Christopher Prentice. The class is applied in nature, combining undergraduate and graduate students and blending lecture and field experience to produce projects in the community for local nonprofits.. Read the article here (External PDF).
- Check out local media coverage of Dr. Dan Masters, Dr. Paige Tan, and Dr. Aaron King of the Department of Public and International Affairs, along with Dr. Herb Berg of International Studies, participating in a panel on September 2013 on the topic of US intervention in Syria.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Brudney, Betty and Dan Cameron Family Distinguished Professor of Innovation in the Nonprofit Sector at the University of North Carolina Wilmington conceptualized and oversaw the production of the short film "Building a Better Wilmington: Giving and Volunteering in the Port City." Filmed here in Wilmington, the project aims to encourage student film making and to inspire participation in the community.
Undergraduate film major Ryan Seals directed, filmed, and edited the film and MPA graduate student Vanessa Lacer produced the film under Dr. Brudney's supervision. The film will be featured at this years Cucalorus Film Festival November 13-17, 2013.
Professors from the Public and International Affairs department participated in "Pie a Professor Day" on November 7, 2013. Students had the opportunity to relieve some pre-finals stress and support a good cause by throwing a pie at a PIA professor for a $2 donation. The good sports that were "pied"included Dr. Aaron King, Dr. Craig Burnett, Dr. Tom Barth (pictured to the right), Dr. Paige Tan, and Professor Chris Faulkner. All proceeds benefitted the UNCW Model United Nations Club.
Public and International Affairs Community
Welcome Aboard Our Newest PIA Faculty Members
Jennifer Biddle, Ph.D. (Pictured at the top of the page)
Jennifer "Jenny" Biddle joins us from American University where she served as a post-doctoral fellow conducting research on collaborative environmental governance. Her areas of interest include: environmental policy, collaborative environmental governance, freshwater ecology, and rain garden design and installation. Professor Biddle will be teaching graduate MPA courses as well as undergraduate Environmental Politics.
Christopher Prentice, Ph.D. (Pictured at the top of the page)
Christopher "Chris" Prentice recently graduated from NC State University with a Ph.D. in Public Administration with a specific focus on nonprofit organizations. His teaching and research interests include: civil society organizations in the Middle East, charter school funding, and nonprofit financial management. Professor Prentice will be teaching graduate MPA courses as well as undergraduate Public Administration.
Craig Burnett, Ph.D.
Craig Burnett joins us from Appalachian State University where he was an Assistant Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of California, San Diego (2010) where he studied Political Behavior and Political Institutions. His research interests include: voter knowledge, voter competency, decision-making, direct democracy, and urban politics and institutions. Professor Burnett's research has been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The Sacramento Bee. Professor Burnett teaches state and local politics and politcal behavior.
Dr. King participating in the Model UN
"Pie a Professor" Fundraiser
Aaron King, Ph.D.
Aaron King recently graduated with a Ph.D. from Duke University (2013) where he studied American Politics and Political Methodology. Professor King was also a Political Institutions and Public Choice Program Fellow at Duke University. His research interests are in American politcal institutions (Congress, Politcial Parties, and Presidency). Professor King teaches Honors American Political Issues and American Political Parties. Professor King is also the faculty advisor to the Political Science Honors Fraternity, Pi Sigma Alpha.
Carl Najdek, Ph.D.
Carl Najdek recently graduated with a Ph.D. from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013) where he studied Political Theory and American Political Science. His research interests include: American political thought, contemporary poltical theory, modern political thought, and classical political thought. Dr. Najdek's dissertation was entitled, "Creating Democratic Culture: Identity, Political Renewal, and Internationalism in Walt Whitman's Political Thought." Professor Najdek teaches American National Government and Introduction to Political Theory.
A special congratulations to Dr. Najdek and his wife Courtney on their new son Adam Casper Nadjek!