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Fall 2011 Newsletter

Center for Public Service Newsletter

Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

Volume 1, No. 3 | Fall 2011

Letter from the Director

Phil Keisling Long before I joined the academic world here at PSU as the Director of the Center for Public Service, fall’s arrival has always felt like the true start of the New Year.

It’s a chance to gear back up after a sunny Oregon summer (in most years, at least!). It’s also a good time to launch new initiatives, two of which I’d like to briefly mention: the Health Systems and Public Health Management Online Certificate, and the Mark O. Hatfield Public Service Resident Fellows Program. Read more >

International Conference a Great Success!

International                         Conference Speaker Line-Up The Hatfield School of Government and its Center for Public Service hosted The 2nd International Conference on Government Performance Management and Leadership, on October 1-2, 2011, in Portland, Oregon. More than 140 scholars, practitioners, and students attended the two-day event, which featured more than 70 submitted papers and presentations. Almost 50 participants came from abroad, representing 8 different countries.  Our largest international delegation came from China - with 24 participants!

In addition to Portland State University , we would like to thank our other conference co-sponsors: China’s Lanzhou University (School of Management) ; Japan’s Waseda University (Okuma School of Public Management) ; Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration (HCMA) ; and Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration . The Oregon Public Performance Measurement Association (OPPMA) held a small seminar and assisted as a panel sponsor. Thank you all. The conference would not have been possible without your support. Read more >

Health Systems & Public Health Management: Online Certificate

Vials The Division of Public Administration and the Center for Public Service at Portland State University are pleased to announce a newly designed certificate in Health Systems and Public Health Management (HS & PHM), an online certificate of completion program.

The certificate in HS & PHM is especially designed to be relevant to current and aspiring managers seeking to expand or acquire new tools and skills to effectively manage people and programs in today’s rapidly changing and challenging health services landscape.

This program is designed to suit the needs of full-time, working professionals in health related fields.  The convenience of an online curriculum coupled with Quick Entry registration allows for a streamlined focus on the theoretical and practical facets of public health management. Read more >

Nonprofit Leaders: Maximize Your Impact

Working with                         kids Whether you are the executive director of a large organization, staff at a community-based service provider, a volunteer board member or a student looking for your first job, you need to be able to maximize your impact on the community. A hands-on understanding of management, fundraising and volunteer coordination can make the difference for you, and for the community. The Institute for Nonprofit Management at the Center for Public Service works to meet the needs of nonprofits. Read more >

Wolves in Oregon: Executive Seminar Program 

Wolf Registration is still open for the Executive Seminar Program , a professional education program for mid-career managers and senior staff in public, private, tribal and non-profit organizations. This program uses live case studies of controversial natural resource issues as a focal point for leadership development. The first case study on Wolf Recovery and Management in Oregon will take place October 24-28, 2011 in La Grande and Enterprise, Oregon.

After an absence of nearly sixty years, three grey wolves were found in northeastern Oregon in 1999. These wolves were traced to an experimental population in Idaho that had been re-established as part of a federal wolf recovery program. The focus of the case study will be on how well Oregon’s wolf plan anticipated and addressed wolf management issues, and what needs to be done to ensure the conservation of this charismatic species while protecting the social and economic interests of all Oregonians.  Read more >

Oregon Fellows Program: Another Successful Cycle

Photo of Oregon                         Fellows The Center for Public Service’s Oregon Fellows Program has successfully ended its 2011 cycle. This highly competitive 10-week full-time fellowship program is designed to bring national class talent to Oregon public enterprises. Over the last decade, more than 300 Oregon Fellows have completed projects for more than 80 organizations. This year we selected 35 Oregon Fellows, out of 150 applicants, and placed 22 Fellows in our Summer 2011 cohort. These men and women hailed not just from excellent NW-based graduate programs such as PSU, Oregon, Willamette University, and the University of Washington – but also from graduate schools at the University of Michigan, Duke, University of Texas and Harvard. The Fellows were placed with, state and local agencies, and not for profits such as WSDOT, PECI, Metro, City of Sandy, OUS, Salem Keizer School District and Oregon State Police. Read more >

International Scholars at the Hatfield School of Government

International                         Scholar Xuejun Wang Every year, Portland State University hosts over 300 visiting scholars and faculty from all over the world. These visitors engage in teaching, research, and other academic activities with PSU faculty and students. PSU academic departments, such as the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, welcome visiting scholars to share their knowledge and international perspectives on a wide range of subjects.

The latest cohort of international scholars has brought a diverse range of professional experience and research interests.  Hailing from Japan, China, and the Republic of Korea, these public service professionals are helping build international relations with Portland State while accumulating important research for their home institutions and departments. Read more >



Sara Saltzberg takes on Assistant Directorship of CPS. 
Sara joined the Executive Leadership Institute staff in 2007 to administer human resources, budget, and contract work for the Institute. In the intervening years, she has taken on an informal leadership role among the staff, and this fall, that role was formalized. Congratulations, Sara!

Dr. Sherrill Gelmon wins 2011 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award .
This national award promotes community service in higher education, and recognizes one senior faculty member each year. One of Ms. Gelmon's biggest innovations was to evaluate the stake that community organizations had in service-learning partnerships and the benefits they received. Dr. Gelmon published her set of guidelines in Assessing Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: Principles and Techniques.

Smart Grid policy course highlighted in new book.
The recently published book The Advanced Smart Grid: Edge Power Driving Sustainability by John Cooper and Andres Carvallo lists Portland State University among a handful of other forward-thinking institutions that are exploring the technology and policy around the Smart Grid. The authors describe the CPS course "Planning the Smart Grid for Sustainable Communities," taught by Jeff Hammarlund, as a "graduate-level cross-disciplinary seminar that is becoming a model for similar smart grid programs at other universities."


Nonprofit Management: Andreas Schrö er
Organization and Leadership (Organisation und Führung), edited by Michael Göhlich, Chistine Schiersmann, Andreas Schröer and Susanne Weber at the European editing house: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. This book includes the proceedings of a conference on leadership of the German Educational Research Association in Heidelberg.

Social Investment: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Soziale Investitionen: interdisziplinäre Perspektiven), edited by Helmut K. Anheier, Andreas Schröer and Volker Then at Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. This book explores the concept of social investment as an analytic instrument for interdisciplinary research on cross sectoral production of public goods.

Public Health Management: Jill Rissi
Jill Rissi, Public Administration faculty, co-authored an article, “Health Insurance Status, Medical Debt, and Their Impact on Access to Care in Arizona,” published in the American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 101, No. 8, August 2011.


Oregon Emerging Local Government Leaders
The Emerging Local Government Leaders (ELGL) group is a growing network of local government professionals who meet regularly to discuss topics of interest; share knowledge and information; and support one another in their career aspirations in public service. ELGL is comprised of more than 160 local government professionals, in the early to middle stages of their government careers, from city managers to management analysts. Learn more at

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