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Peter Wilcoxen receives National Recognition for Teaching Excellence

Peter Wilcoxen receives National Recognition for Teaching Excellence

Our Congratulations to Peter Wilcoxen:  Wilcoxen Selected as 2016 NASPAA Recipient of Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching

Peter Wilcoxen, professor of public administration and international affairs in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, will receive the 2016 Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching presented by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).  This prestigious award, given by NASPAA, recognizes teaching excellence. Recipients must demonstrate outstanding contributions and sustained excellence through course content, course presentation, quality of advising impact and teaching innovation over an extended period of time. The award will be presented in October at the annual NASPAA conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Peter Wilcoxen, a professor of public administration and international affairs since 2003, is the co-creator of five interdisciplinary team-taught courses, three for undergraduates and two for graduates. The undergraduate courses support Maxwell’s Citizenship and Civic Engagement major and the College of Arts and Sciences Integrated Learning major on Energy and Its Impacts. The graduate courses are cross-listed across departments and bring together faculty from across the campus to provide students an interdisciplinary perspective on an issue that involves complex, fundamental challenges that mix science, engineering, economics and the legal system. He is extensively involved in Maxwell’s professional education program, its undergraduate program in civic engagement, and with other interdisciplinary departments across campus including those in engineering, law, and with SUNY-ESF. Professor Wilcoxen was also named as a 2016-19 Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor of Teaching Excellence in April 2016.

“We could not be more proud of Professor Wilcoxen’s latest achievement which serves as affirmation of the wonderful work that he is doing to help prepare our students as leaders in the field of public service,” says Robert Bifulco, associate dean and chair of the Maxwell School’s Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.

Peter Wilcoxen teaches PAI 723: Economics for Public Decision, PAI 730: Smart Grid: Security, Privacy and Economics and has also regularly co-taught PAI 730: Climate Change: Science, Perception and Public Policy bringing together additional faculty from law and environmental science.


Fernández de Castro weighs in on Trump’s visit to Mexico in NY Times

Professor de Castro

Rafael Fernandez de Castro

Professor Rafael Fernández de Castro discusses Donald Trump’s visit to Mexico in the New York Timesarticle,

Mexicans Accuse President of ‘Historic Error’ in Welcoming Donald Trump.”

Professor Fernandez de Castro teaches PAI 730: Contemporary U.S. – Mexico Relations and PAI 730: Crime, Drugs and Violence in Latin America.  



Katherine Michelmore

Katherine Michelmore

Michelmore paper published in RSF Journal of the Social Sciences

One of our newest members of the PAIA faculty, Assistant Professor Katherine Michelmore’s paper, “Explaining the Gender Wage Gap in STEM: Does Field Sex Composition Matter?” was published in the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. This paper examines the gender wage gap by race among those working in computer sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering.


Bertini featured in Reuters article on women and food security

Catherine Bertini

Catherine Bertini

Catherine Bertini, professor of practice in public administration and international affairs, was featured in an article on the Thompson Reuters Foundation website, “‘Invisible women’ hold key to food security – ex-WFP chief Catherine Bertini.”

Professor Catherine Bertini was recently named the Vice-Chair of the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs and teaches PAI 759: Girls Education in the Developing World, PAI 764: UN Organizations: Managing for Change (which is taught in NYC – with visits to the UN – over the winter break) and PAI 765: Humanitarian Action: Challenges, Responses, Results. 


Professor Len Lopoo

Professor Len Lopoo

Professor Len Lopoo quoted in three-part series on poverty in Watertown Daily Times

Leonard Lopoo, professor of public administration and international affairs and director of the Center for Policy Research, was interviewed for the Watertown Daily Times’ three-part series on poverty in the north country.

Poverty in the north country: little hope, less money makes everyday life a challenge

For the poor, temporary help is available

Poverty becoming more of an intergenerational issue

Professor Lopoo has been teaching at Maxwell since 2003. He teaches in the Policy Analysis core as well as courses in Child & Family Policy.  He was named as the Director of the Center for Policy Research in 2012.

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