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Bretschneider receives Duncombe Award from NASPAA

Dr. Stuart Bretschneider

Dr. Stuart Bretschneider

This happy news just makes me tear up a little, too. As a student in the MPA program (’95-‘96), I took classes with both Professors Duncombe and Bretschneider. I am forever grateful to have been able to work closely with these two extraordinary scholars – and extremely dear men.  We are a small school and a tight community.  I worked directly with both Stu and Bill since 1996, and even more so when they each served terms as faculty Director of the PhD program in Public Administration.  I can fully attest to their strong commitment to quality scholarship and mentoring of doctoral students in our field. I am so pleased to see Stuart honored in this manner – but it also makes me miss Bill whom we lost way too early (hence the tears).

Yesterday it was announced that Professor Stuart Bretschneider has been awarded the William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for his outstanding contribution to doctoral student success, going above and beyond expected performance.

The award is named in honor of the late William Duncombe, a long-time professor at the Maxwell School, and is intended to recognize an exceptional faculty member at a NASPAA school who has supervisory responsibility for doctoral student efforts outside of coursework. Bretschneider is professor of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School and a Laura J. and L Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence. He is the first recipient of this award.

While the Maxwell School’s professional Master’s programs in PA and IR get much of the press, the quality of scholarship undertaken here is second to none given our faculty’s commitment to quality research and the application of rigorous analysis to the world’s most pressing problems.  Our department is home to approximately 25 PhD students, with an entering class size of 4-6 annually.

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