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.

Fall 2016 RPD Sessions:
  • Friday, October 28th, from 11:30-1:00 in Old Main 523

    Professor Geoboo Song (Department of Political Science) has organized three paper presentations.

    • Paper 1: Rachael Moyer and Dr. Geoboo Song will present Value Predispositions, Affect-Driven Semantic Expressions, and Benefit-Risk Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing Practices.
    • Paper 2: Rachael Moyer and Grant West will present The Impact of Agency Actors' Value Predispositions on the Perceived Effectiveness of Water Conservation Policies in Arkansas,
    • Paper 3: Briana Kordsmeier, Creed Tumlison and Dr. Geoboo Song will present LGBT Contact and Policy Positions: Exogenous Shock or Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? Examining the Roles of Ideology and Religiosity on the Relationship Between LGBT Contact and LGBT Policy Positions.
  • Friday, December 2nd, from 12:00-1:00 in Old Main 422

    Professors Andrew Dowdle, John Gaber, Brinck Kerr, and Margaret Reid will talk about "Choosing a Dissertation Topic."