Research & Professional Development Series

In this series, public policy students, faculty, and practitioners will share their experiences and expertise in conducting various applied and academic public policy efforts.  RPD sessions include on-going research presentations and discussions/presentations regarding professional development both inside and outside of the academy. Typically, these sessions are organized as faculty and student panel discussions or in the alternative, as research presentations. Past sessions have included topics on dissertation preparation and management of graduate study stressors. 

For the PUBP Research and Professional Development Series please contact Dr. Valerie H. Hunt at if you have questions or suggestions.

Spring 2017 RPD Sessions:
  • Friday, March 31st, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Old Main 422

    Larra Rucker and Professor Jennifer Henk will present their research, ”Who's Caring for our Youngest Children? The Characteristics, Beliefs, and Practices of the Early Childhood Workforce.”

  • Monday, April 3rd, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Old Main 430
    • Blake Sandridge and Professor Joshua Mitchell will present their research, “Examining the Interstate Adoption of Electronic Cigarette Regulations.”
    • Rachael Moyer and Professor Geoboo Song will present their research, "Value Predispositions, Affect-Driven Semantic Expressions, and Benefit-Risk Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing Practices."
    • Clayton Tumlison will present his research, "Knowledge Hubris and Humility: A Theory of the Antecedents of (In)Accurate Self-Knowledge Assessments and Their Role in the Policy Process."
  • Friday, May 5th, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Old Main 430

    Jonathan Langner will present his preliminary dissertation research, "Socially Constructing Marijuana Policy in the National News Media: A Discourse Analysis."