NASPAA reaccreditation

September 1st, 2021 by ppad

The NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) has informed that the JSU Master of Public Policy and Administration program (MPPA) has obtained its reaccreditation through August 31, 2026.

That is a great honor and remarkable evidence of the quality of the program across the nation. In addition, the JSU program is one of only two NASPAA accredited programs, even though more universities offer similar professional master’s degrees in public policy and administration in Mississippi.

During the accreditation review process, Dept. Chair, Professor Gilleylen, and the MPPA program Director, Professor Billingsley, worked hard in leading the extensive preparations for the arduous review process. All of the PPAD faculty also showed their dedication and commitment to the program in a collaborative effort.

In addition, the department board members, a group of the current students, and the Alumni members also participated events of meeting with the site visit team. As a result, the site visit team could obtain information on their satisfaction with the JSU mater program in public policy and administration. Their time and efforts in delivering their ideas to the site visit team are greatly appreciated. The JSU Administration (President, Provost, Dean of College of Liberal Arts) has provided resources and supports needed in preparing for the accreditation review process.

With the reaccreditation, the JSU program will get an advantage in recruiting students while keeping its proud and continued status of a NASPAA accredited program. We look forward to building a growing and productive professional graduate degree program for the coming years.

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We are excited to announce that JSUOnline students are now eligible to receive the Summer 2021 Get Ahead Grant! This opportunity is available to current undergraduate and graduate students who completed coursework at JSU during the Spring 2021 semester.
Funding is provided through federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, or HEERF, which was established in March 2020 as part of the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, approved by Congress.
Who is eligible to receive the Get Ahead Grant?
  • Current JSU students (must have been enrolled and completed coursework during the Spring 2021 semester)
  • Graduate and Undergraduate students in traditional and online academic programs (JSUOnline included)
  • Thesis and Dissertation courses are not eligible
  • Must be a United States Resident
What does the grant cover?
Tuition for up to six undergraduate credit hours per summer session
Tuition for up to six graduate credit hours total, due to an 8-week course format
Mandatory fees
How do I sign up?
Click here to complete the Summer School 2021 Get Ahead Grant Questionnaire.
Be sure to register with our JSU NetID.
Register for Summer 2021 classes (you must register for a minimum of six hours)
When is the Deadline?
The Summer School 2021 Get Ahead Grant Questionnaire must be completed by May 26, 2021.
If you have any questions regarding the 2021 Get Ahead Grant Program, please contact JSUOnline by phone at 601-979-0779.
The JSUOnline Team
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Now Accepting Applications for the 2021 Winter/Spring Session!
Dear Colleagues,
One Voice is accepting internship applications for the 2021 Winter/Spring Session of the Hollis Watkins Muhammad Leadership Institute. Please take a moment to view this announcement on our website. Should you know of anyone interested in applying, please forward this announcement to them.
The application deadline is Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021.
If you have any questions or ideas that you’d like to share with us, please contact us at our office.
Warm Regards,
Nsombi Lambright
Executive Director
Shirley Mock
COO/Program Coordinator
Ashley Wilson
Program Coordinator
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Job opportunities at FBI

January 3rd, 2021 by ppad

Job Summary

Position:  Financial Management Analyst, GS 9/11

Division:  Finance

Location:  Charlotte, NC

Working Hours:  8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Salary: GS 9 – $51,938.00 – $67,515.00      GS 11 – $62,839.00 – $81,696.00 (Locality)

Full Performance level: GS 11

Number of Positions Available:  Multiple

Duration: Full Time/Permanent

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to HR Specialist Penny Reed at (202) 323-3085 or

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance

 Mission Statement:

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties:

GS 9:

  • Applies reconciliation techniques toward budgets comprised of multiple funding appropriations and ensures monies are utilized in a manner consistent with congressional intent and the FBI’s mission
  • Monitors and analyzes expenditure activity; recommends solutions to management regarding account discrepancies; and/or performs various audits of program budget accounts.
  • Responsible for a range of procedures pertaining to the classification, reconciliation, recording, and reporting of accounting data to ensure appropriated funds are executed in compliance with rules and regulations governing financial transactions for both investigative and administrative operations.
  • Establishes and maintains effective internal controls over financial reporting methods which include safeguarding of assets and complying with appropriate laws and regulations.

GS 11: (In addition to above)

  • Performs a variety of financial management work to include accounting, budget, and financial reporting.
  • Performs various budget analysis activities, using efficient and effective methods to reconcile accounts and formulate costing.  Formulate strategies regarding the interpretation of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives and circulars; extracts financial data from various reports.
  • Prepares monthly reconciliations of revolving confidential advances and program specific funding.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans’ preference will be applied.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Financial Management
  • Accounting
  • Problem Solving/Judgement
  • Organizing and Planning
  • Initiative
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Communication

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

Specialized Experience (SE):

GS9: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS7 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Analyzing and evaluating changes which may impact program plans and its financial goals and objectives.
  • Utilizing qualitative and quantitative data in financial reporting methods, techniques, and strategies.

GS11: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS9- grade level. SE is defined as follows:

          (In addition to the above)

  • Experience of a wide range of FBI, Department of Justice, and OMB financial management theories, practices, and techniques sufficient to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a variety of complex assignments.
  • Knowledge of the FBI’s organizational structure to ensure efficient and effective operational and administrative requirements are met while adhering to federal government rules and regulations.
  • Independently identify and resolve issues while making recommendations to management on various complex financial assignments.


All degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Education may be substituted for specialized experience as follows:

GS-9: Applicant must have a master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

GS-11: Applicant must have a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.

How to Apply

They can apply via FBIJOBS.GOV.

The following instructions outline our application process:

Step 1:  Click the “Start” button to begin an application.  You will be prompted to either Sign In to continue the application or to register with FBIJOBS if you don’t already have an account.

Step 2:  Follow the Step by Step process to submit an application.  You will be guided through each step in the process.  You are required to complete all sections of the application to successfully submit your application.

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

  1. Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
  2.  A complete assessment questionnaire
  3. Other supporting documents (if applicable):
  • College transcripts, if qualifying based on education or if there is a positive education requirement
  • Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal; not applicable to current FBI employees
  • Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later

How to Attach Documents

To attach documentation as part of your application, please follow the instructions below.

Step 1: Follow the steps of the application process until you reach the Attachments step.
Step 2: Click “Add Attachment”.
Step 3: Select the appropriate Attachment Type (or “Other” if one is not available).
Step 4: Populate the “Attachment Purpose” field. Click “Continue”.
Step 5: Choose the device on which the attachment is located.
Step 6: Upload the desired attachment.
Step 7: To add additional attachments at this point in the application process click the “+” on the Attachments step.

To attach documentation to your Global Profile please follow the instructions below:
Step 1: Login to your FBI Jobs account, and click “My Submissions”.
Step 2: Click the “Add Attachment” located under the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section.
Step 3: Follow steps 3 – 6 above.

You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information

  • The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
  • Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced.
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
  • If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until 12-months of their two-year probationary period has concluded. Probationary Employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):
  1. Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
    b. The month/year work began
    c. Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
    d. Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

Veterans’ Preference

If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.


Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative’s appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at, telephone at 202-324-4128, or FAX at 202-324-3976.  Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests.  Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations.  Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:

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The JSU 2020 Fall (Virtual) Commencement was held on December 11, 2020. The Dept. of Public Policy and Administration (PPAD) has produced four new PhDs and one new MPPA graduates. The four new PhDs are Dr. Pamela Confer (Dissertation: An Integrative Review of Cross-Cultural Literacy in Public Policy and Its Implications for Economic Development), Dr. Angela D. Johnson (Dissertation: A Comparative Analysis of County Health Outcomes and the Prevalence of Public Charities in Mississippi (2010-2018)), Dr. Anna Eatmon-Johnson (Dissertation: Evaluating the Impact of the Universal Motorcycle Helmet Laws on Riders’ Fatalities), and Dr. Lawren M. Long (Dissertation: Evaluating the Impacts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA) on Childhood Obesity). Professor Johnny Gilleylen has served as their dissertation adviser. Also, Ms. Kyeisha T. Dennis has obtained her Master’s Degree.


For the ceremony,

For the program,


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Required Immunization Communication

December 8th, 2020 by ppad

In an effort to bring all JSU graduate students into compliance with our immunization requirements, the Divisions of Graduate Studies, Academic Affairs, and Enrollment Management are working collaboratively and swiftly to align proper immunization communication provided to newly admitted and non-compliant continuing graduate students. In an effort to make sure that students have the information needed, it is urgent that you adhere to the following information requests:

  1. Utilize the link to University immunization requirements and the indented language below in your communications (admission letter/welcome packet letter, orientation letter, and on your department’s webpage).

Suggested information (link and verbiage):

  • Immunization Requirements (URGENT):

All students admitted to Jackson State University are required to submit proof of having received two immunization shots for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in order to complete registration for classes.

If an applicant has already been admitted and plans to attend the University as a first-time student (undergraduate, graduate, or transfer), he/she must submit a copy of the required immunization record to the University Health Center prior to registration for courses.

Students who have been admitted but do not submit the required immunization verification will be unable to complete registration for classes in the school’s computer enrollment system. Please see further immunization information at the link provided.

  1. Please provide the Graduate Division with copies of all updated official letters and the link to the updated information on your webpage so that these items can be uploaded in Google Drive for review by Academic Affairs, as well. Please provide this information on or before December 4, 2020, for review. Please contact Mr. Gerard Howard to assist with webpage updates (

Thank you so much for assisting with these corrective actions as it pertains to this persistent issue. It is urgent that we meet compliance 100% with all of our students.

Kind regards,

Preselfannie E. Whitfield McDaniels, Ph.D. (Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Professor of English

Dean, Division of Graduate Studies

Jackson State University, Main Campus

  1. P. Jacobs Administration Tower, 1st Floor

Telephone: (601) 979-2455

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Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the virtual/online class’s dependence over traditional in-class formatted classes has increased in K-12 education and higher education across the nation.  Mr. Darrick Rawlings, MPPA in Dec 2018, has published an article on COVID-19 as a co-author. The paper has analyzed the impacts of online learning under the Covid-19 pandemic. First, the paper cited multiple student testimonies on online learning and provided some suggestions to the ongoing challenges in implementing the online classes. “To provide the full benefit of online learning, there needs to be an effort to provide standards and an organized environment for the learners. In the end, the benefits associated with online learning during the Covid-19 pandemic extend to the learners, educators, and parents. It was a crucial platform in minimizing the spread of the virus and, at the same time, protecting the learner’s well-being.” Congratulations, Mr. Rawlings.


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FBI Internship opportunity available

September 1st, 2020 by ppad

Summer 2021

Honors Internship Program (HIP)

The HIP is for college undergraduates and graduate students. Students work side-by-side with FBI employees at FBI Headquarters or in one of the 56 Field Office locations around the country.

  • 10 weeks, June-August
  • 40 hours per week
  • paid, range $15-16 an hour
  • May select up to six desired locations

For more information, WWW.FBIJOBS.Gov

Accepting applications: August 21, 2000-September 30, 2020

Internship Flyer for announcements 8.24.20 (1)


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Most universities and colleges across the nation have shown declining enrollments this fall, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
However, one-hundred-twenty-nine students have enrolled in the graduate programs at the Dept. of Public Policy & Administration this fall. No decrease in enrollment!
Eighty-nine students have registered for the doctoral program and another forty students have enrolled in the master program. Among them, fifteen doctoral students and ten master students are newly enrolled students this semester.
The amazingly strong enrollments are driven by the outstanding efforts done by the doctoral program director, professor Johnny Gilleylen, and the master program director, professor Gloria Billingsley. In addition, the achievement has been possible by the outstanding services of the supporting staff, Ms. Carolyn Divinity and Ms. Cresandra L. Washington at the dept., and the staff at the Div. of the Graduate School, JSU, over the spring and summer of 2020.
Your outstanding efforts and services are greatly appreciated!!!
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JSU has promoted Professor Gloria Billingsley to a full professor in recognizing her outstanding services at JSU and in the academic community and excellent academic achievement this summer. To name a few, she was President of the National Conference of Minority Public Administrators (2015-16). Also, she has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Sy Murray Mentoring Award (2020), the ASPA Donald Stone Public Service Award (2018), the ASPA Chester A. Newland Citation of Merit Award (2017). Academically, she has served the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy as the managing editor, and also she is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Administration.
Congratulations, Professor Billingsley!
Well deserved promotion!!!


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