Office: UAC 374
Professor, Department of Political Science
Dianne Rahm, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. Her research interests include environmental policy, energy policy, science and technology policy. She has authored or edited over 40 articles or book chapters and seven books including: Climate Change Policy in the United States (2009 forthcoming), Handbook of Globalization and the Environment (2007), Sustainable Energy and the States: Politics, Markets, and Leadership (2006), United States Public Policy: A Budgetary Approach (2004), Toxic Waste and Environmental Policy in the 21st Century United State (2002), University-Industry R&D Collaboration in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Japan (2000), and Technology and U.S. Competitiveness: An Institutional Focus (1992).
POSI 3316 Introduction to Public Administration
Introduction to Public Administration. (3-0) The organization and management of the machinery for executing public policies, with particular emphasis upon the Federal bureaucracy.
POSI 3318 Public Personnel Administration
A study of public personnel systems in the United States with major concentrations on the national civil service system. Special emphasis is given to current research in the areas of leadership, informal organization, motivation, and small group theory.
3328 Public Finance Administration
Focuses on planning, organization, and implementation of budgeting including fund accounting, auditing, and debt management in the public sector. Prerequisites: MATH 1315 or higher with a grade of C or better, POSI 3301 and 3316 with a grade of C or better.
4322 Public Policy Formulation - Emphasis in Environmental Policy
Intensive analysis of theories and processes of both policy formation and policy enforcement in the American administrative system, emphasizing the regulatory function. Prerequisite: POSI 2310 and 3301.
POSI 5311 Public Finance Administration
Study of the formation, management, and administration of fiscal policy at the levels of government in the United States, particularly budgeting as the ultimate expression of public policy.
POSI 7320 Research Practicum
This class uses structured group research to analyze a current policy, management, or administrative issue of concern to communities, public-, or nonprofit- sector partnering organizations. A research team of 8 to 12 graduate students, led by a professor(s), prepares a final report which details findings and recommendations for action. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
POSI 7330 Environmental Policy, Politics, and Law
This class examines the formulation and implementation of environmental policy at the local, state, federal, and international level. The class highlights the development of U.S. legislation and regulations as well as U.S. involvement in international environmental agreements and treaties.