K-State has set a lofty goal of becoming a top 50 public research university by 2025. This goal has multiple components, but two are perhaps central. The first is a positive, student-centered atmosphere with a concentration on excellent teaching. The second is outstanding scholarship and research, which informs and improves instruction while it simultaneously benefits society as a whole. As you know, K-State Political Science has been successful in both of these key endeavors for some time, and we continue to move from strength to strength.
Category: FALL 2013
Four internationally prominent political scientists traveled to Manhattan to meet with political science students and faculty last year. Each also presented well-attended talks on campus.
Ann Bowman, Professor and Hazel Davis and Robert Kennedy Chair at Texas A&M University, gave a presentation entitled “The State-Local Government Power Differential” on May 13. Bowman is the author of multiple books and has published in leading journals in both political science and public administration such as Public Administration Review, Publius, and Political Research Quarterly. She was previously the James and Maude Professor of Government at the University of South Carolina.
One reason visiting scholars enjoy coming to KSU is the opportunity it provides for interaction and collaboration with our own well-known faculty. Unfortunately, an important professor in the department has departed for career advancement. Joe Aistrup, who served as Head of the department from 2002 to 2009 and Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences from 2009 to 2013, became the new Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University in Alabama in August. Aistrup had an extremely positive impact on the department during his tenure as Head, and his influence will be felt for years to come.
We are pleased to announce that Zhiwei Zhang, who recently earned his PhD in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky, has joined the department. Zhang is an expert in public budgeting, public finance and non-profit finance, and will teach courses on these subjects and others in the MPA program and the department. He recently published an article on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in Public Performance and Management Review and has presented research at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management meetings.
Dr. Zhang’s arrival is just one of the exciting developments within our MPA program we plan to highlight in future newsletters!