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Patricia M. Shields

Dr. ShieldsOffice:  UAC 352
Phone:  512.245.6315

Curriculum Vitae

Armed Forces & Society Appreciation Video

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

Professor, Department of Political Science
Texas State University System Regents' Professor
University Distinguished Professor

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. She served as MPA Program director for 18 years. 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 400 Applied Research Projects, many of which have won national and regional awards. She has published over 60 articles and book chapters in subjects such as public pricing, cut back management, Jane Addams, 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 four books. Three books focus on research methods. The latest book is Jane Addams: Progressive Pioneer of Peace, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Work and Public Administration. 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.

Dr. Shields discusses Jane Addams' Social Ethics (youtube)

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Graduate Level

PA 5300 Introduction to Public Policy Administration
This course introduces students to the study and practice of US public administration and policy. It also focuses on the dynamics of the democratic governance process.

PA 5310 Public Finance Administration
This course examines the applied aspects of public finance including operating budgets, revenue estimation, capital budgeting, financial planning, budgetary decision-making, cost benefit analysis, and life-cycle costing. In addition, strategies for budget justification, presentation, and implementation are examined. The use of various budgetary tools and techniques are emphasized. 

PA 5311 Introduction to Statistical Analysis 
This course applies quantitative methods to problems faced by public administration practitioners. Topics include the use of descriptive and inferential statistics as they apply to decision-making in public management. Students gain hands-on experience with data collection, analysis, and interpretation. .

PA 5312 Program Evaluation and Advanced Statistical Analysis
This is an advanced course in the application of quantitative methods for the evaluation of public policies and programs. The course emphasizes the administrative and managerial environment. 

PA 5313 Public Sector Economics                                                             This course presents basic concepts of economics as applied to the public sector. Principles of economics for policy analysis and management are examined in the context of collective action, public choice, resource allocation, and service delivery. The course also examines the financing of national, state, and local governments. 

PA 5350 Public Policy Process
This course is an overview of the process of public policymaking including policy formulation and implementation. Emphasis is placed on actors in the policy process and on the political environment.

PA 5388 Directed Reading and Research
This course guides students in directed reading and research on various topics in public policy and administration under the direction of a graduate faculty member. The course may be repeated once with a different emphasis for additional credit for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Instructor permission is required. 

PA 5397 Research Design and Proposal Development for Public Administration
This course prepares students for the demands of academic and professional writing. Students learn how to identify a public problem, develop a research purpose statement, and complete a literature review around a conceptual framework. This course prepares the student for their Applied Research Project (ARP). 

PA 5398 Applied Research ProjectThis 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. 


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.

PA 3311 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.

PA 3310 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, PA 3301 and PA 3316 with a grade of C or better.

PA 3300 Introduction to Public and Nonprofit Administration
The organization and management of the machinery for executing public policies, with particular emphasis upon the Federal bureaucracy.

PA 3350 Public Policy Process
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 PA 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.)