Dean's E-News | April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
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As a follow-up to both our administrative staff and faculty meetings, here I’d like to provide more information here about the budget redirection the AYS is taking for the next fiscal year. As I said, we are having just under two percent of our budget redirected this year. There are several reasons for the redirection, including the fact that the legislature mandated no tuition increases for the university system. Dollars are being redirected from all units to pay for (1) increasing the level of security on the downtown campus, (2) continuing renovations in 55 Park Place, and (3) funding some of the outstanding Next Generation proposals that were received this year. Please note that the annual merit pool was not affected by the budget redirection.
The AYS benefits from the renovation of our new space; that is our research infrastructure. And the AYS benefits from the Next Gen program; we got the go-ahead to establish a Global Cities Institute this year. 
Nonetheless, budget cuts are always difficult.  This time around, the Dean’s Office was able to absorb just over half of the cut. The remaining amount was apportioned over the academic departments and the centers. Everyone is doing their part, and I especially appreciate how generous many of the chairs and directors have been. As we have done in the past, we will handle this adjustment by again pulling together as the state’s premier policy college. And I am looking forward to our future achievements as we strengthen our research infrastructure and support our faculty and staff.

Awards and Grants

Congratulations to our 2016 Andrew Young School Awards Recipients and our colleagues on receiving Georgia State University’s recognition for their service and dedication.  The award recipients are as follows:
2016 AYSPS Excellence in Teaching Award
Nicholas Forge, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
2016 AYSPS Dean’s Early Career Award
Kristie Seelman, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
2016 AYSPS Staff Excellence Award
Shereen Bhan, Senior Research Associate/Assistant Director, International Center for Public Policy

GSU Continuous Service Milestones were reached by:
5-Year Milestone
Michelle Lacoss, Office of Academic Assistance
Musharraf Cyan, Department of Economics and the International Center for Public Policy
Robert Buschman, Fiscal Research Center and the Center for State and Local Finance
Rachel Campos, Georgia Health Policy Center
Elizabeth Fuller, Georgia Health Policy Center
Mildred Gallaspy, School of Social Work – Professional Excellence Program
10-Year Milestone
Barbara Warner, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Jim Cox, Department of Economics and the Experimental Economics Center
Ken Heaghney, Department of Economics and the Fiscal Research Center
Todd Swarthout, Department of Economics and the Experimental Economics Center
Laura Wheeler, Fiscal Research Center and the Center for State and Local Finance
Janaia Moore, Dean’s Office
Deidre Carmichael, School of Social Work – Professional Excellence Program
Deborah Klausner, School of Social Work
15-Year Milestone
LaRose Raston, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Volkan Topalli, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Jaiwan Harris, Fiscal Research Center and the Center for State and Local Finance
Shelby Frost, Department of Economics
Kevin Ackaramongkolrotn, Experimental Economics Center
20-Year Milestone
Deborah Whitley, School of Social Work
30-Year Milestone
Ted Poister, Department of Public Management and Policy
Jorge Martinez-Vazquez is the new editor of a prestigious book series, “Studies in Fiscal Federalism and State-Local Finance” produced by Edward Elgar Publishing Inc.
Carlianne Patrick was awarded the 2016 William H. Miernyk Research Excellence Medal Miernyk Medal at Southern Regional Science Association meetings in Washington, D.C., April 1, 2016. The medal is awarded to an early career researcher for scholarly excellence in the field of regional science.


Sally Wallace presented "Municipal Finances in Hong Kong, South Africa and the U.S." at the annual meeting of the International Research Society for Public Management in Hong Kong, April 14, 2016.   Pictured here, left to right, are Wallace, Dr. Lee from the National Assembly of Korea and Cheol Liu of the City University of Hong Kong.
Bill Waugh made the following presentations at the National Conference of the American Society for Public Administration in Seattle, March 18-22, 2016:
  • Moderated the panel, "Refugee Settlement and Immigration Management at the State and Local Level in the U.S. Northwest," as part of the pre-conference Section on Public Management Practice and International Chapter Symposium
  • Served as a discussant on the panel, "Public Governance Challenge in Disaster Management".  In the photo are:  
  • Presented "Contemporary Research on Disaster Mitigation and Response”

Nicholas Forge made the following presentations:

  • Served in the panel discussion, “Lost and Found: The LGTBQ Homeless Populations and How Your Research Can Make a Difference,” at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society in Atlanta, April 14, 2016
  • “Homeless LGBTQ Young People: The Role of Schools in Addressing the Crisis” to students in the Department of Education at LaGrange College, LaGrange, Ga., April 8, 2016

Paula Stephan made the following presentations: 

  • “Using Administrative Data to Study Knowledge Productivity and Knowledge Workers: Lessons Learned from Star Metrics” at the Department of Economics, University of Turin, Turin, Italy, March 8, 2016
  • Keynoted the postdoctoral association meeting on the topic, “The Economics of the Postdoctoral Position,” at the University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., April 13, 2016

Sam Williams presented “Leadership and Economic Development for Metro Cities” to the Columbus Partnership in Columbus, Ohio, April 20-21, 2016.


Kristie Seelman’s study on “Transgender Adults' Access to College Bathrooms and Housing and the Relationship to Suicidality” was featured or cited in the following media: 

Tim Sass’s study on charter schools was cited in the U.S. News & World Report News article, “Study: Florida's Charter School Grads Earn More,” April 6, 2016.

Leah Diagle’s research on international college students being less likely to experience violent crimes was featured in the following media:

Susan Snyder’s research was featured in an Academic Minute segment, “Problematic Internet Usage Among College Students,” April 5, 2016.

Carolyn Bordeaux served as one of the experts featured in the WalletHub article, “2016’s Most & Least Federally Dependent States,” March 31, 2016.

A study done by the Public Performance Management Group was cited in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Survey: DeKalb Voters Support Tax for Roads and Infrastructure,” April 12, 2016.


Michalette V. Haywood (B.S., Public Policy, ’16), was one of 25 students nationwide to be awarded a Study Abroad Grant from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.  Haywood plans to use the grant to study abroad in Accra, Ghana.


Tonya Cook, (M.S., Human Resource Development, ’05), was featured as an honoree in the 2016 edition of “Who’s Who in Black America.”


Lemir Teron (M.S., Urban Policy Studies, '08). (2015). A Language of (In)Justice: Expanding the Sustainability Planning Lexicon. Environmental Justice. 8(6): 221-226. doi:10.1089/env.2015.0026. Teron is currently doing postdoctoral research for an NOAA-funded research center at Florida A&M University’s Law School in Orlando.


Marolyn Lucy Gentles on being elected to represent the  Andrew Young School on the University Staff Council.


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