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Public Policy and Administration

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Public Policy and Administration
College of Business and Public Management
Fifth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2438

Name: Dr. Jeremy Phillips
Position: Department Chair
Phone: 610-436-2016

Name: Dr. Amanda Olejarski
Position:MPA Director
Phone: 610-436-2448

Name: Dr. Kristen Crossney
Position: DPA Director
Phone: 610-430-5838

Name: Lillian Miller
Position: Assistant Director
Phone: 610-436-2018

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American Prisons and Jails - An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends

DPA student Beth Sanborn contributes to this newly released book, focusing on the topic of male prisoners’ perceptions of female prison guards. Congratulations Beth!

This two-volume encyclopedia provides a comprehensive and authoritative examination of the history and current character of American prisons and jails and their place in the U.S. corrections system.

This encyclopedia provides a rigorous and comprehensive summary of correctional systems and practices and their evolution throughout US history.

Topics include sentencing norms and contemporary developments; differences between local jails and prisons and regional, state, and federal systems; violent and nonviolent inmate populations; operations of state and federal prisons, including well-known prisons such as ADX-Florence, Alcatrez, Attica, Leavenworth, and San Quentin; privately run, for-profit prisons as well as the companies that run them; inmate culture, including prisoner-generated social hierarchies, prisoner slang, gangs, drug use, and violence; prison trends and statistics, including racial, ethnic, age, gender, and educational breakdowns; the death penalty; and post-incarceration outcomes, including recidivism.

The set showcases contributions from some of the leading scholars in the fields of correctional systems and practices and will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about American prisons, jails, and community corrections.


  • Contains approximately 225 entries, comprehensively examining all aspects of American prisons and jails
  • Includes an Annotated List of Relevant Organizations and Institutes for ease of reference
  • Provides a chronology of important developments related to prisons and jails in US history
  • Lists print, electronic, and multimedia resources in a bibliography for readers interested in exploring the topic further
Read the Spring 2018 Newsletter

Check out our mention in the Spring 2018 Dixon University Center (DUC) newsletter: DUC news

Watch STRIDE Impact VideoPlay video

Informational video created by MPA students Joy Drager and Bill Simonson as part of a class project that features the impact of STRIDE, a fitness and running program for boys in grades 3 through 8.

Archaeologists excavating

Archaeologists Kevin Bradley and Kathryn Wood (MPA '14) excavate a privy at the site of the future Museum of the American Revolution in Old City. (Photo courtesy Museum of the American Revolution.) Read the article written in the Huffington Post: Teams Excavating Toilets Flush Out Thousands of 18th Century Artifacts.

Upcoming Events

EVENT: PSU & ASPA event to honor outstanding students in field of public administration.

DATE & TIME: March 29 at 4pm

KEYNOTE: Dr. Amanda Olejarski

LOCATION: Penn State Harrisburg, W107 Olmsted Building (Gallery Lounge), Middletown

RECEPTION: Co-hosted by the PennState School of Public Affairs and our Keystone State Chapter

RSVP: BY MArch 15 to Dave Margolis at

I am pleased to inform you that PSU is inviting Keystone State Chapter members to attend its March 29, 2019 Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society induction ceremony. Please join us to spend some time with students, faculty and Keystone State Chapter members on this day to recognize the highest achievers in educational programs preparing them for public service careers. With your support, we would like to make this an annual event to strengthen our university ties and to network with students who will become future leaders in the field of public administration. Also, it is notable that Chapter President Amanda Olejarski was selected as the keynote speaker.

Please check our Graduate Studies website for additional upcoming open houses and information sessions. Also check out our calendar on the home page to find out where we'll be, out and about on the recruiting trail.

Federal Internship and Employment Student Symposium

DATE: Tue, March 26, 2019

TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Are you interested in an internship experience that will take you to a higher level, or thinking about your next move after completing your studies? Consider a career with the Federal Government! There are a number of opportunities for paid internships that will offer you a perspective on how your education and skills can make you a great fit for public service, and for long-term careers in multiple fields due to the many mission areas represented by our Federal agencies.

With just a small investment of your time, you will learn how to prepare your Federal résumé to have the greatest impact when applying for Federal positions; and about the Federal Pathways Programs, which include internships leading to long-term careers, and career developmental programs for recent graduates, including those who aspire to executive-level positions in the Federal Government. Don’t miss this outstanding, potentially life-changing event.


Use this link to register to participate virtually:

Use this link to register to attend in person:


10:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Welcome, Ms. Kamille Smith, Program Analyst, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Keynote Speaker, Mr. Cyrus A. Salazar, Director, Air Force Equal Opportunity
10:30 a.m. -11:00 a.m. Internship Opportunities with the Department of Energy, Mr. James Hendrix, Program Analyst, Ms. Sandra Penaherrera, Program Analyst
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Writing Your Federal Résumé, Mr. Todd Floersheim, Corporate Recruiter,   Department of Transportation
12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2: 00 p.m. Pathways Programs for Interns and Recent Graduates, Kamille Smith
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Questions/Closing Remarks

Nominations for the 2019-2020 Graduate Student Association Executive Board

Nominations for the 2019-2020 Graduate Student Association Executive Board are now open! Those interested in holding a position will need to complete the GSA Officer Nomination form on RamConnect with their candidacy statement and a headshot. This form will be open until Saturday, March 23rd at 11:59pm. Elections will take place from March 25th - March 30th. Positions available for election are: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and one (1) Program Coordinator. Please click the above link for position descriptions.

All members of the graduate community are invited to attend the final Open Forum on Tuesday, March 26th from 3:00pm-4:00pm in Sykes Ballroom C. Meet the GSA Executive Board Candidates, vote in the election, get updates on progress items, food, and giveaways.

Email with any questions.


Speaker Series

Past Events

Joe Scarborough, "Political Outlook"

  • Saturday, March 10, 2018 • 8:00 pm
  • Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building
  • Orchestra $27 | Balcony $22

Joe Scarborough

As the face of MSNBC's Morning Joe, former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough pulls from his experience as an influential player in Republican politics. Through candid discussions about important issues that America faces each day, Scarborough and his Democratic co-host, Mika Brzezinski, have been praised by such publications as Newsweek, TIME, The New Yorker and the New York Times for their "substantive, informative, and entertaining" show format.

A two-time New York Times best-selling author, columnist for The Washington Post, and founder of the Florida Sun, Scarborough's "Political Outlook" is a presentation of his analysis ofthe biggest current news stories, as well as a breakdown of the news you need to know about politics, elections, the economy and what's next for America.

Judy Woodruff, "Inside Politics"

  • Saturday, October 7, 2017 • 8:00 pm
  • Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, Philips Memorial Building
  • Orchestra $27 | Balcony $22

Judy Woodruff

Broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff has become a trusted voice in America over an impressive career that spans more than three decades across CNN, NBC and PBS. Currently co-anchor and managing editor for the PBS NewsHour, Woodruff's extensive broadcast experience includes her 12-year role as host of CNN's Inside Politics, as well as her tenure as White House correspondent for NBC News from 1977 to 1982.

Woodruff's presentation draws from major national and international stories and provides an inside perspective of the politics in play. Sharing insights on the Trump Administration, Congress and the changing political landscape, "Inside Politics" will provide her take on reporting and interacting with the Washington political scene.

February 27, 2017 - Differences between Management and Leadership in the Policy-Making Process!

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