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Rebecca Smith

PhD Student

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:
Rebecca Smith’s primary research interest focuses on human service organizations. Smith is interested in how human service organizations engage in intergovernmental relationships and collaborative partnerships to coordinate service provision. Smith studies the relationships between organizational leaders and frontline workers within and across agencies in order to improve implementation practices and organizational processes. She also studies these organizations and these relationships to better understand service fragmentation and improve service access, quality and outcomes for underserved populations. Her secondary research interest focuses on women in public and nonprofit organizations. Smith conducts research on sexual harassment practices and policies in order to improve organizational responses and support women in public service. In her research she employs both quantitative and qualitative methods.

Teaching Experience:

  • PUBAFRS 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs (UG, Fall 2017)
  • PUBAFRS 2130: Leadership in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (UG, Fall 2018)
  • PUBAFRS 3140: Nonprofit Governance and Management (UG, Fall 2017)
  • PUBAFRS 4011: Undergraduate Capstone in Public Affairs (UG, Spring 2019)
  • PUBAFRS 5750: The Business & Government Relationship (Online) (UG/G, Spring 2018)
  • PUBAFRS 6000: Public Policy Formulation and Implementation (Online) (G, Spring 2020)
  • PUBAFRS 6513: Excel Basic Skills (G, Fall 2019)
  • PUBAFRS 7571: Multivariate Regression Analysis (G, Fall 2019)
  • PUBAFRS 7930: Masters Capstone in Strategic Budgeting & Financial Management (G, Spring 2018 & 2020)

Honors & Awards:

  • Glenn College - Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2018 – 2019 Academic Year (2019)
  • Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society (2017)
  • University of Georgia - 100 Hours of Service Award (2017)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Public Service Scholar (2008)

Professional Affiliations:

  • Academic Women in Public Administration (AWPA)
  • Academy of Management (AOM)
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Actions (ARNOVA)
  • Public Management Research Association (PMRA)

Research Advisor:
Dr. Amanda Girth

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.