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 2017 RPD Sessions

  • Friday, October 20th, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Old Main 430
    • Creed Tumlison (PUBP PhD student, University of Arkansas) and Eric Button  (PLSC MA student, University of Arkansas) will present, "What Explains Local Policy Elites’ Preference toward Sustainable Energy Policy?"
    • Wonjeong Yoon (Senior Researcher, Strategic Planning Team, Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technology (KEIT), South Korea) will present, "National R&D System and the Role of Academy-Industry Cooperation in South Korea."
    • Professor Geoboo Song will present, "Fracking Bad Guys: Narrative Character Affect in Public Opinion about Hydraulic Fracturing." 
  • Friday, November 10th, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Old Main 523

    Professor Margaret Reid will conduct a professional development session for PUBP students on how to find a non-academic job. This title of this talk is "Pursuing Careers Outside Academia."

  • Friday, December 8th, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in Old Main 523

    Professor Brinck Kerr will conduct a professional development session for PUBP students on how to find an academic job. The title of this talk is “Strategies for the Successful Academic Job Search.”