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Patricia M. Shields

Dr. ShieldsOffice:  UAC 352
Phone:  512.245.6315

Curriculum Vitae

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B.S., University of Maryland
M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University

Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Patricia Shields is a Professor in the Department of Political Science. She received her BA in Economics from the University of Maryland College Park (1973). She further pursued her study in Economics at Ohio State University by earning a Masters of Arts (1975) and finished her educational pursuit with a Ph.D. in Public Administration (1977). She began teaching at Texas State in1978 and received tenure in 1984. Since her Texas State career began, she has received many awards for excellence in teaching such as the National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Leslie A Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award (2002), The Texas State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001), the Texas State Faculty Senate, Everette Swinney Teaching Award (2010) as well as the Professor of the Year Award from the Central Texas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (2006). She has taught 10 graduate and undergraduate courses including statistics, public finance, public policy, public sector economics and research methods. Currently she focuses on the MPA Program capstone process and has supervised over 300 Applied Research Projects, many of which have won national and regional awards. She has published over 50 articles and book chapters in subjects such as public pricing, cut back management, privatization, the sunset review process, military recruitment, conscription, women in the military, military families, expeditionary and peacekeeping forces and military bureaucracies. Recently she has focused on applying the philosophy of pragmatism to public administration and research methods in public administration. She has also published three editions of Step by Step: Building a Research Paper, a system, which transforms writing a research paper into managing a project. In 1984 she won the Texas State Presidential Seminar research award and in 2007 she won the Public Administration Review Laverne Burchfield Award for the best review essay. In addition, professionally, she serves on the Editorial Board for Administration & Society and the Journal of Public Affairs Education. Finally, since 2001 she has served as Editor-in-Chief to Armed Forces and Society, the leading peer reviewed journal on civil-military relations.

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Graduate Level

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 5312 Public Sector Economics
Advanced study of allocation, tax, and tax incidence theories; distribution policy, fiscal federalism; public debt and debt management. Evaluation of stabilization policy and its impact on unemployment, inflation, and economic growth.

PA 5397 Research Design & Proposal Development for Public Administration
A course that emphasizes qualitative and conceptual aspects of research. Topics include: social science research paradigms, defining the research question, linking theory to methods, field research the focus group technique, literature review and research prospectus development.

PA 5312 Program Evaluation and Advanced Statistical Analysis
An advanced course in the application of quantitative methods to the evaluation of public policies and programs with emphasis on the administrative and management environment.

PA 5389 Internship in Government
Practical experience in the on-going work of a selected governmental unit. The student will be assigned to a unit of federal, state, regional, or local government.

PA 5398 Applied Research Project
Problem-oriented applied research project for Master of Public Administration degree.

PS 5398 Directed Reading and Research
This course serves as the capstone experience for MPA students. Students complete an original and empirical Applied Reserach Project (ARP), complete an oral defense of the ARP, and prepare the ARP for publication. Prerequisite: PA 5397 with a grade of "B" or higher and instructor permission

Undergraduate Level

POSI 2320 (GOVT 2302) Functions of American Government
A study of functions performed in the American system of government, both national and state, with special reference to Texas. Prerequisite: POSI 2310 or equivalent.

POSI 3377 Analytical Techniques
Examines basic scientific methods, including problem definition, hypothesis testing, explanation and prediction, and theory construction. Statistical analysis is applied to problems in political science. Prerequisites: MATH 1315 or higher with a grade of C or better, POSI 330 and 3316 with a grade of C or better.

POSI 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.

POSI 3316 Introduction to Public Administration
The organization and management of the machinery for executing public policies, with particular emphasis upon the Federal bureaucracy.

POSI 4322 Public Policy Formulation
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.

(Also taught Political Economy I and II and Public Financial Management at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs as a visiting professor.)