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MPA Director Publishes First Book on Ethics in Public Administration

Published: October 05, 2018 | Author: Savannah Byers | Category: Academics

MPA Director writes first book for MPA program focused on ethicsDr. Angela Pool-Funai, director of the Southern Utah University master of public administration (MPA) program and assistant professor of political science and public administration, recently published her first book, Ethics in Fiscal Administration: An Introduction, summer of 2018. Pool-Funai is the first, to her knowledge within the field of public sector budgeting, to write a textbook that primarily discuss ethics in public administration.

“Public administration is still emerging as a scholarly field of its own, so I hope my book will add to the body of literature and bring positive attention to the important work of the public sector,” said Pool-Funai.

She decided to write her own book while searching for a textbook to use for her MPA core class in Public Sector Economics. After the search, she quickly discovered most of the existing textbooks mentioned ethics as an afterthought, and not a foundational component of the public administration field. With the encouragement of a mentor, it took Pool-Funai roughly two years to write her book about public budgeting and ethics. Pool-Funai’s Public Sector Economics class (PADM 6200) is the first class to use this textbook. This class has received the new textbook well;

“I love the way she moves through the foundations of American political thought, then seamlessly interweaves issues of economics and public sector ethics,” said Hunter Cox, MPA student. “I find myself re-reading chapters just because they are so interesting and thought provoking.”

“I hope that people outside of academia will find value in it, including practitioners in the field and even elected officials.” said Pool-Funai.

Pool-Funai has degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University, Baylor University, and Valdosta State University. She specializes in public administration, virtual currency, tax policy, and philanthropy.

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