Winter 2016 Workshops

Its time for Winter workshops, Please make sure you set your time to attend some of the very useful workshop. If you need to retake the MPAQE you need to attend one of the writing workshops and no RSVP needed just show up.


Winter 2016 Free MPA Workshops

 Students show up for the MPA workshops in the rooms given below.  There is no need to Register for the workshops ahead of time; just show up.

CAPSTONE Preparation Workshop

Wednesday, January 6th (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Room: NB1.65

Description: Get a head start on your capstone project by attending this orientation to the course.  This workshop is recommended for students taking the capstone in the next academic year.

Instructor: Dr. Ned Benton, Department Chairperson and Program Director of MPA-IO.

MPAQE Preparation Workshops

All workshops will be in Room: NB 1.66

 Description:  The MPAQE Basic Workshop will explain the grading instrument, allow students to assess previous exams and scores, and prepare them for the exam.  This workshop is for students who have failed the MPAQE previously or for students who need to take the exam for the first time.  At the end of these workshops, the MPAQE will be administered. Attending these workshops will definitely prepare you better to pass the MPAQE.

One–day MPAQE Basic Workshops will be held on:

MPAQE Workshop: Saturday, January 9th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

MPAQE Workshop: Saturday, January16th, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

There will also be a series of intensive MPAQE writing workshops for students who require additional preparation. Students must attend all four sessions of either one of the Intensive Workshop series, which are:

MPAQE Intensive Workshop I: Mondays and Wednesdays, January 4th , 6th, 11th, and 13th (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

MPAQE Intensive Workshop II: Tuesdays and Thursdays,  January 5th. 7th, 12th, and 14th (6:30 – 8:30 pm)

 Instructor: Prof. Angelica Blazina-Montovani is a John Jay alumni with a Master’s in Public Administration.  She has worked as a Writing Center tutor for eight years.


How to Conduct  Job Search in the Public Sector.

Tuesday, January 19th (6:30 to 8:30p.m.)

Room: NB 1.65

 Description:  The presentation will include tips on how to search USAJOBS for federal jobs in your area of interest, as well as on how to apply and interview for federal jobs.

Conducted by:  Prof. Patricia Arajuao.

Navigating the Center for Career and Professional Development, and Interviewing for Success.

Monday, January 11th (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Room: NB 1.67

And Saturday, January 16th (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.)

Room: NB 1.67

 Description: Learn how to access the Career Center in a proactive way that sets you up for success from the beginning of your academic career and supports you throughout.. Come and learn about our services and how to best utilize the CCPD. Learn also how to succeed in an interview. In this workshop we will discuss the checklist of what to do to prepare for your interview from the moment you get the call to after you have completed the interview.

Conducted by: Prof. Jovanny A. Suriel, Ed.M., M.A.  Jovanny is the Associate Director of Career Services, MPA Careers., Center for Career and Professional Development of John Jay College.  He is also a professor in the department of Public Management.

How to use SPSS  (Beginning/Intermediate)

Monday, January 4th (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Room: North Hall 1303

And on Saturday, January 30th (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.)

Room: North Hall 1303

 Description:  This workshop is designed for those with first and second-level statistics proficiency.  The format for each topic will consist of a brief conceptual introduction that provides relevant details for the process being covered.  The student will then perform specific procedures on a data set to generate an output.  These results will then be used to identify the major aspects of the statistical process.

Conducted by:  Prof. Rainer Kroll, PhD


Research Methods Workshop

Tuesday, January 12th (6:30 to 8:30)

Room: NB 1.65

And Saturday, January 23rd (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.)

Room:  NB 1.65

 Description: In this workshop participants will take a close look at the rudiments of research methods. It is ideal for those who are planning to take PAD 715, as well as those wanting to improve their term papers or needing to refresh their knowledge of the process of preparing a research design proposal, collecting data and conducting univariate and bivariate analysis. Examples will be discussed and analytical processes demonstrated.  Participants will be provided with a list outlining basic statistical terms and symbols, for their easy reference and revision.

Conducted by:  Prof. Lois Warner .   Lois Warner is a full-time professor in the Department of Public Management, John Jay College and is an International Consultant for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.


Balancing Studies, Family and Career

Wednesday, January 20th (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Room:  NB 1.65

 Description:  This workshop will have a panel of discussants who will engage participants to share the struggles and challenges they face in order to be successful in their academic plans, have a happy, fulfilled family life, and a successful career, and give guidance and counseling on how to balance these three.  This workshop is aimed at helping students learn some techniques and skills to grapple with these challenging issues. This workshop is recommended for those who are having a stressful time balancing studies, family life and career. We will have some students from MPASA to share their challenges and experiences balancing studies, family and career.

Moderator:  Prof.  Mabel Gomes is a John Jay Alumni in Public Administration. She has been teaching in the department of Public Administration for over 19 years.  She is also currently the MPA Academic Advisor for ACFA.

Expense Budgeting Techniques for State and Local Governments

Monday, January 25th (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Room: NB 1.65


This workshop will review techniques used by budget officials primarily in state and local governments, including, but not limited to:

– Preparing Expense Budgets funded by external grants;

– Preparation of Spending Plans and Cost Reduction proposals

Conducted by: Prof. Stephen Rolandi.