Rebecca Smith

Hometown: Durham, N.C.

Undergrad Institution and Major:
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, BA with a double major in Psychology and Spanish

Graduate Institutions and Major:
The University of Georgia, Masters in Public Administration (MPA), concentrations in Public Management and Public Policy

Relevant Professional Experience:
Federal Government Intern with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) in Seattle, WA
County Caseworker and Spanish Interpreter for SNAP (Food Stamps)
Private Sector Management

Research Interests:
My current research interests focus mainly on policy implementation and program evaluation for social welfare policies in health and human services organizations. I am interested in the management and leadership of these organizations and how they coordinate programs across sectors and engage in collaborative partnerships for service delivery. I want to explore how programmatic evaluation of these agencies and policies can improve outcomes for vulnerable populations and reduce inequities in access and care. I am also interested in public service engagement, especially for women in public service. I would like to evaluate how we can encourage more women to enter public service and improve the number of women in public leadership positions, especially in health and human services organizations.

  • Graduate Teaching Associate – Spring 2018
    • The Business & Government Relationship (PUBAFRS 5750)
    • Capstone in Strategic Budgeting & Financial Management (PUBAFRS 7930)
  • Graduate Teaching Associate - Fall 2017
    • Introduction to Public Affairs (PUBAFRS 2210)
    • Nonprofit Governance and Management (PUBAFRS 3140)

    Honors & Awards:
    Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society
    University of Georgia - 100 Hours of Service Award
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Public Service Scholar

    Professional Affiliations:
    Academic Women in Public Administration (AWPA)
    American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
    Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)

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