News

One of the current trends in the higher education job market is that minority female faculty candidates enjoy priority over their male counterparts.
Professor Jae-Young Ko’s research provides empirical evidence supporting the trend. He examined statistical relationships between female faculty ratio and student retention and female faculty ratio and graduation rate in undergraduate programs in public universities in Mississippi, and statistical associations between the variables were found. Based on the results, the paper suggested multiple policy options for increasing the number of female faculty from recruiting to retention.
Ko, J.-Y. 2022. Improving Faculty Gender Equality as a Strategy of Improving Student Retention and Graduation: A Case Study for Public Higher Education Institutions in Mississippi. Journal of Education and Social Policy, vol.9(2): 21-26.
The article is available for download:
Posted in News


Job Fair on campus, September 29, 2022

August 30th, 2022 by ppad

Posted in News


The Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony

June 26th, 2022 by ppad

The Pi Alpha Alpha is the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. The Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony was held at the JSU downtown campus on June 25, 2022.

Twelve students (ten for PhD. and two for MPPA) were recognized and inducted. The Ph.D. students are Dr. LaTonya Curley, Dr. Keesha Davis, Dr. Kelsi Gilleylen-Huggins, Dr. Lawren Long, Dr. Debra Monroe-Lax, and Dr. Yolanda N. McDuffey, Dr. Udensi Udensi, Dr. Adrieme Walker, Dr. Kafond Wilder, and Dr. Zameshia Williams. The MPPA students are Mr. Ronnie Fulgham and Ms. Jennifer Lee.

Multiple universities in Mississippi have been offering graduate programs in Public Policy and Public Administration. Only the MSU and JSU have been providing the NASPAA-accredited Master programs (https://www.naspaa.org/accreditation) and offering the opportunity of the Pi Alpha Alpha induction (https://pialphaalpha.org/)

Congratulations to the newly inducted graduates!!!

(From the left in pic: Dr. Keesha A. Davis, Dr. Debra Monroe-Lax, Mr. Ronnie Fulgham, Dr. Kafond Wilder, Dr. Adrime Walker, Dr. Yolanda McDuffey, Professor Ester Stokes, and Professor Johnny Gilleylen)

Posted in News


Dr. Lawren M. Long, who obtained her Ph.D. degree from the JSU Dept of Public Policy & Administration in the Spring of 2020, is now
the Director of Eric Holder Public Policy Program, as well as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Tougaloo College, Jackson, Mississippi.
Her dissertation (topic: Evaluating the Impacts of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2020 (HHFKA) on Childhood Obesity) has analyzed the impacts of the federal registration on K-12 students’ obesity trends across the nation, employing the pre-post interrupted time series analysis. Professor Johnny Gilleylen served as the dissertation advisor and the committee chair of her dissertation.

Congratulations, Professor Long!!!!!

Posted in News


Dr. Pamela M. Confer is on the Mississippi Today.
Dr. Pamela Confer obtained her doctoral degree from the Dept. of Public Policy and Administration in the fall of 2020.
She has appeared in the Mississippi Today, a major newspaper in State. Mr. Marshall Ramsey, Editor-At-Large, sits down with her for an episode of Mississippi Stories, Mississippi Today.
She shared her stories about her background, education experience at JSU, the important issues in State, and her career plan.
Posted in News


2022 Spring JSU Graduate Commencement

April 29th, 2022 by ppad

The JSU 2022 Spring Graduate Commencement was held on April 29, 2022. Dept. of Public Policy & Administration has produced five new Ph. D.s and four new MPPA degree holders:

The new Ph.D. holders are as follows:

Dr. Ibrahim Alhussayen (title: The impact of organizational culture on job performance: A study of the relationship between employees’ performance and organizational culture at the Saudi Post in accomplishing Saudi Vision 2030; Advisor: Professor Johnny Gilleylen).

Dr. Courtlandt Fouche (Dissertation title: A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Five Categories of State Expanded Medicaid Spending on Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke among Blacks and Whites in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi from 2010-2019; Advisor: Professor Gloria Billingsley)

Dr. Eric D. Griffith (Dissertation title: A Comparative Analysis of Municipal Income Tax in Birmingham, Louisville, and St. Louis: A Case Study of Possible Implementation in Jackson, MS; Advisor: Professor Johnny Gilleylen)

Dr. Aundria D. Range (Dissertation title: An Impact Analysis of the ACA on Chronic Health Conditions Among Young and Middle-Aged African Americans, 2007-2020; Advisor: Professor Johnny Gilleylen)

Dr. Adrieme Walker (Dissertation topic: An examination of the causes and impact of women’s underrepresentation and performance in the United States’ legislatures on public policies related to women and family issues; Advisor: Professor Ester Stokes).

The new MPPA (Master in Public Policy and Administration) degree holders are Terrenell T. Galtney, Darius D. Johnson, Daphne M. Moore, and Sonyeka Tarrio.

Congratulations!

Good luck with your wonderful career development!!

Posted in News


PPAD joined the Great Canton Cleanup

March 28th, 2022 by ppad

The PPAD students volunteered for the Great Canton Cleanup last Saturday morning (March 26). Students included Ashley Shelby, Clevette Woodbery, Mohammaed Aljoh, Jamar Deshazer, Shana Holloway, Raterius Shegog. and Daisy Carter. Professor Andre Hines served as a faculty advisor. They showed up and showed out. The PPAD volunteer group cleaned the largest area on highway 51 South (about a 3-mile stretch).

That is one of the efforts that the PPAD program has managed over the years for community service and engagement. Way to Go!!

 

Posted in News


Mr. Eric D. Griffith has defended his doctoral dissertation (title: A Comparative Analysis of Municipal Income Tax in Birmingham, Louisville, and St. Louis: A Case Study of Possible Implementation in Jackson, MS) on March 23, 2022.
The City of Jackson, MS, continues to have a population decline due to the migration to suburbs. As the population
leaves, so does the tax base. As the population leaves, so does the tax base. Many of these lost residents are more
educated and have higher incomes, which has left Jackson in the position of providing services to a declining tax
base. This study explores the impact of a municipal tax on commuters of similar cities that have implemented
them in Birmingham, Louisville, and St. Louis for possible implementation in Jackson, MS. It analyzed the impact
of the tax on the cities’ employment, population, median income, GDP, and housing utilizing the statistical technique of MANOVA. The findings were mixed but sufficient to recommend that city should seek adoption of the policy.
Professor Johnny Gilleylen served as the committee chair and the dissertation advisor.
Professors Gloria Billingsley, Chester Robinson,  Ester Stokes, and Tayla Thomas served as the committee members.
Congratulations, Dr. Griffith !!!!!
Posted in News


Ms. Aundria D. Range has defended her dissertation on March 24, 2022 (Dissertation title: An Impact Analysis of the ACA on Chronic Health Conditions Among Young and Middle-Aged African Americans, 2007-2020).
It is well documented that chronic health conditions disproportionately impact African Americans. They can affect the quality of life of individuals by way of mental health conditions, mortality, and financial constraints. In a recent phenomenon, social epidemiologists found the emergence of younger generations of African Americans diagnosed with chronic conditions. This study focuses on Young and Middle-Aged African Americans and the impact the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had on the group in terms of access, gender, use, and health outcomes. The study employed an interrupted time series research design pre-and post-ACA to determine whether differences might have occurred for the under-studied group. The outcomes of the study revealed differing impacts in terms of coverage, behavior, and use based on gender while confirming other national studies of the ACA.
Professor Johnny Gilleylen served as the chair of the committee and the dissertation adviser. The other committee members were Professors Chester A. Robinson, Mario J. Azevedo, Jae-Young Ko, and Brenda Jenkins.
Congratulations, Dr. Range!!!
The dissertation defense was held in an online format, following the JSU guideline.
Posted in News


Mr. Courtlandt Fouche defended his dissertation on March 23, 2022. His dissertation (title: A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Five Categories of State Expanded Spending on Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke among Blacks and Whites in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi From 2010-2019) has analyzed the impacts of Medicaid expansion among states with the expansion, and state without the expansion on the selected diseases.
Professor Gloria Billingsley served as the chair of the committee and the dissertation adviser. The other committee members were Professors Johnny Gilleylen, Chester Robinson, Andre Hines, and Russell Bennett ( Dept. of Health Policy and Management).
Congratulations, Dr. Fouche!!!
The dissertation defense was held in an online format, following the JSU guideline.
Posted in News