The School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) is a multidisciplinary division of Indiana University. The school is organized as a Bloomington-Indianapolis core campus professional school, committed to teaching, research, and service. The interests of the faculty and professional staff typically fall into one or more of the following areas: policy and administration; international affairs; finance and economics; nonprofit management; arts management; urban affairs; environmental science and policy; criminal justice, law, and public safety; health science and administration. The school’s faculty, staff, and students work individually and jointly to solve problems that require SPEA’s unique combination of in-depth knowledge in the natural, behavioral, social, and administrative sciences.
SPEA, because of its broad program base, can offer scientific and technical assistance to Indiana communities. Public and private organizations, as well as all levels of government, benefit from the knowledge and expertise of SPEA faculty, staff, and students.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers bachelor of science degrees and associate of science degrees. These programs provide a sound general education with specialized study of public safety, criminal justice, public affairs, arts management, public health, or environmental systems. The school also offers minors and certificate programs.
SPEA’s Office of Career Services (OCS) provides students with a wide range of career development services and professional development programming. A partial list of services available to students includes 1) a Web-based internship/job listing service, SPEACareers.com; 2) a full calendar of companies/organizations recruiting SPEA students for internships and professional positions; 3) individual career counseling; 4) information sessions/networking events connecting SPEA alumni with currently enrolled students; 5) topical career workshops and campus career fairs; 6) user-friendly Web-based career resources and an extensive career resource library. The OCS also assists students’ access to potential employers by coordinating regional and national career exploration trips. Trips to Indianapolis, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., help position students for pursuit of employment opportunities with governmental, nonprofit, consulting, and environmental organizations.
Further assistance is offered through a two-credit course, SPEA-V 252 Career Development and Planning. (SPEA-H 267 for Health Administration majors), a required course for most SPEA majors. SPEA-V 252/SPEA-H 267 introduces students to the process of career development and planning through self-assessment and individualized tutorials in key subject areas including interviewing techniques, writing cover letters and résumés, job search strategies, and development of an overall career development plan.
SPEA places a premium on experiential education and applied learning. All SPEA undergraduate programs on the Bloomington campus require students to complete an internship. Internships provide students an excellent opportunity to apply classroom theory and their academic knowledge base to real-life experiences. Students must be in good academic standing, receive internship authorization from the OCS, and complete all required internship paperwork before beginning the internship experience. The OCS is responsible for authorizing, monitoring, and assessing student internships. Internships may be full or part time, paid or unpaid; however, prior approval from OCS is always required.
The internship program is designed for maximum flexibility so that many valuable learning experiences can qualify as internships. The purpose of the internship is to develop professional-level skills. All credit for an internship is awarded on an S/F (Satisfactory/ Fail) basis. Credit is not granted for work experience obtained prior to approval of an internship and enrollment in the appropriate internship class. Please visit the CaSAA Web site (www.iu.edu/~speaweb/careers/) for further information on required paperwork.
Students seeking career-planning assistance should check with the Office of Career Services, located on the Bloomington campus in SPEA 200,
Career-planning assistance is also available on the Indianapolis campus. For information, contact: University College, 3rd floor, (317) 274-2554, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mission: To inspire and cultivate dynamic interactions among alumni, SPEA, and students, for the betterment of SPEA and the professions that it serves. SPEA has a strong commitment to its alumni and considers them among our most valued resources. Contact with the alumni community is maintained through the SPEA Alumni Association, a constituent society within the parent Indiana University Alumni Association. The SPEA Alumni Association works on several projects throughout the academic year. In addition to its strong commitment to students as they make the transition to alumni, the association supports the school’s alumni newsletter, SPEAlumni, mailed once per year to nearly 25,000 SPEA alumni located across the country and world. An electronic e-newsletter is also sent out once per year. The SPEA Alumni Association awards three annual student scholarships to two undergraduates and one graduate SPEA student from either of SPEA’s core campuses (Bloomington and Indianapolis) as well as from other IU campuses which are SPEA program affiliates. The SPEA Alumni Association is governed by an elected board of directors comprised of SPEA Alumni who represent diverse academic and geographic backgrounds.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs encompasses public service activities that complement innovative academic programs. The school provides a wide variety of services to a number of federal, state, and local agencies.
The Business/SPEA Information Commons-Library fulfills the research and study needs of the School of Business and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The library has extensive electronic and traditional resources, including many dedicated to the missions of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Detailed information about the Business/SPEA Information Commons can be found at www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=77.
The Center for Criminal Justice Research works with public safety agencies and social services organizations to provide impartial applied research on criminal justice and public safety issues. CCJR provides analysis, evaluation, and assistance to criminal justice agencies; and community information and education on public safety questions. Created in 2008 by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, some of the issues CCJR addresses include crime prevention, criminal justice systems, policing, traffic safety, and youth.
Center for Criminal Justice Research
The goals of the Environmental Science Research Center are to promote excellence in environmental science research and foster increased interdisciplinary collaboration among environmental science faculty on the Indiana University Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses. The center has no degree programs. Activities of the center include seminars, discussion groups, and proposal preparation workshops. The center director is Distinguished Professor Ronald A. Hites.
The Executive Education Program is one of the most prestigious leadership programs in the nation. Offered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the Executive Education Program works with the government, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector to prepare leaders and managers to meet today’s challenges and anticipate tomorrow’s opportunities.
The Executive Education Program offers graduate-level programs at four sites nationally: Washington, D.C.; Seattle, Washington; Indianapolis, Indiana, for the United States Navy; and Louisville, Kentucky, for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Graduate programs include the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.), the Public Management Certificate, and the Environmental Management Certificate.
The Executive Education Program has formed a partnership with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), which also meets in Indianapolis. Together, they have created two institutes to challenge and educate transportation managers and leaders. The National Transportation Leadership Institute and the Graduate Leadership/Management Institute are two of the most influential programs for transportation management.
The Executive Education Program’s partnership with the Indiana Health and Hospital Association (EHHA) created a 10-course management institute for health care officials in Indiana to help them lead their organizations through the continually changing health care industry. The Executive Education Program has also partnered with Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department to develop specialized 15 credit hour graduate certificates for emerging leaders.
SPEA’s Executive Education Program also offers customized leadership and management programs for local and national clients.
The Geographic Information Systems Laboratory (GIS) is a state-of-the-art computing facility. The lab has information processing technology that manages, analyzes, and displays spatial data for scientific and policy research. Information about the GIS Lab can be found at www.indiana.edu/~speagis.
The Center for Health Policy, created by Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2006, collaborates with state and local government, as well as public and private health care organizations in health policy and program development to conduct high quality program evaluation and applied research on critical health policy-related issues. CHP faculty and staff serve as a bridge between academic health researchers and state and local government as well as health care organizations and community leaders.
Center for Health Policy
The Institute for Development Strategies, co-sponsored by the Office of Research, the University Graduate School and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, is a university-wide research program linking faculty resources from various departments and campuses. The institute examines research-related problems in the field of regional entrepreneurship and economic development at local, national, and international levels. It focuses on strategies for entrepreneurship and economic development and conducts research on the causes and consequences of globalization. Additional information can be found at www.spea.indiana.edu/ids.
The Institute for Family and Social Responsibility (FASR) is a joint effort of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the School of Social Work, with its focus on social policy research and outreach activities. The institute’s mission is to bring together the resources of citizens, governments, communities, and Indiana University to better the lives of children and families. Ongoing and completed research projects examine the impact of welfare reforms; the adequacy of child support guidelines; programmatic improvements from two new E-government child support innovations; the efficacy of community-based child abuse prevention interventions; community responses to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families legislation; the scope and level of involvement of faith-based organizations in delivering social services to current and former welfare recipients; and AIDS education for incarcerated youth, battered women, and the homeless. Two projects funded by the U.S. State Department were completed with the Stolypin Regional Academy of Civil Service and the Northwest Academy of Public Administration in Russia. Both projects had significant components focused on the effectiveness, financing, and management of social welfare programs. A third policy analysis capacity building project was recently completed with the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. The FASR institute also serves as the editorial home of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management as well as the National Child Support Enforcement Research Clearinghouse. Annually, the institute co-sponsors a Family Impact Seminar for state legislators. Further information concerning FASR can be found at www.spea.indiana.edu/fasr/.
The IU Public Policy Institute is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research institute within the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Institute serves as an umbrella organization for research centers affiliated with SPEA, including the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment, the Center for Health Policy, and the Center for Criminal Justice Research. The Institute also supports the Office of International Community Development and the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR).
IU Public Policy Institute
The Transportation Research Center was established to coordinate and facilitate the transportation research activities of the university. The center’s expertise lies in the areas of transportation safety, urban public transit, transport management, and transport regulatory policy. The center uses a staff of professional researchers, faculty, and graduate students in performing research projects for federal, state, and local government agencies, and for the private sector.
The Center for Urban Policy and the Environment is devoted to supporting economic success for Indiana and a high quality of life for all Hoosiers. An applied research organization, CUPE was created by the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1992. The Center works in partnership with community leaders, business and civic organizations, nonprofits, and government. CUPE’s work is focused on urban policy, intergovernmental cooperation, community and economic development, housing, environmental issues, and fiscal affairs research essential to developing strategies to strengthen Indiana’s economy and quality of life.
Center for Urban Policy and the Environment
Alpha Phi Sigma is the national criminal justice honor society. The society recognizes scholastic excellence of students in the field of criminal justice. It was founded in 1942 and was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies in 1980. To be eligible, undergraduate students must have earned an overall grade point average of at least 3.20 for at least 40 credit hours of course work, and must include at least four criminal justice courses with a minimum 320 grade point average. For additional information, students should contact their criminal justice faculty advisor.
Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honorary society for schools of public affairs and administration. The society acknowledges outstanding scholarship and contributions to these fields. It was founded in 1972 by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) to honor those whose performance in public affairs has been distinguished. The Indiana chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha is a charter chapter. Membership in Pi Alpha Alpha may be compared to membership in Phi Beta Kappa for liberal arts graduates. A person evaluating credentials in the various fields of public service should recognize the professional quality such a membership represents.
Undergraduate students are eligible for Pi Alpha Alpha membership when they are in the top 10 percent of their graduating class with a minimum grade point average of 3.50 in at least 15 credit hours of SPEA courses, when they are in the last semester of the junior year or in the senior year, and when they have earned a grade point average of at least 3.00 in all course work.
Alumni are eligible for membership if they meet all the requirements of student membership, even if they graduated before induction by the Indiana chapter.
Honorary membership is available to any person who has achieved distinction in public administration and who has the distinguished qualities that Pi Alpha Alpha fosters.