#2 – Bev Cigler on research and emerging skills for local gov’t managers

Posted by: on December 10th, 2021

Bev Cigler, Ph.D., is a Penn State Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Emerita. She specializes in intergovernmental relations, focusing on state-local relations and state and local policy, politics, and management. Much of her published work has received national and state funding and includes more than 175 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, several co-authored and co-edited books, and dozens of professional essays, as well as op-eds, an research monographs prepared for municipal associations. She has received honors and awards many times over. In 2015 she received the Leslie Whittington Award for Excellence in Teaching from NASPAA and in 2021 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Keystone chapter (Pennsylvania Chapter) of the American Society for Public Administration.

Highlights from this podcast:

8:59 – Emergency Management and the need for collaboration in local government

15:26 – The understated role of professional manager

24:07 – Thoughts on the future research agenda for local government

26:14 – Working with elected official, civics education and citizen engagement

28:23 – Social equity, race and ethnicity issues and the impact on role of local government manager

32:00 – Learning and Communication skills for MPA students

44:11 – The most important decision students make in life

46:29 – Gender, sex discrimination and harassment in academia

48:00 – The importance of inclusion in conversations

58:53 – COVID research on nursing homes and frontline workers

1:08:00 – How we increase visibility of profession

1:14:00 – Book recommendations


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