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 2018 RPD Sessions

  • Friday, October 19th, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Old Main 523
    • Eric Button will present a paper titled, Confronting the One-armed Bandit: Patient Satisfaction Following Department of Veteran Affairs Wait-time Crisis Policy Changes.
    • Rachael Moyer, Geoboo Song, and Michael D. Jones (Oregon State University) will present a paper titled, What Influences Policy Elites' Cognition of Policy Narratives?
    • Valerie H. Hunt, Melissa A. Taylor, Brett Fitzgerald (Northeastern State University), Eric Button, and Brinck Kerr will present a paper titled, An Examination of the Characteristics and Perceptions of School Resource Officers in Rural and Urban Oklahoma Schools.
    • Grant West will present a paper titled, The Influence of Resource Attributes and Climate Change Narratives on Preferences for Groundwater Management Policies: Exploring Coalitions of Beliefs using Latent Class Models


  • Friday, November 9th, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Old Main 523
    • Roundtable on the Three-Article Dissertation Format vs. The Traditional Five-Chapter Dissertation Format. Panelists are Dr. Chris Goering, Dr. Nathan Kemper, Dr. Rodica Lisnic, Larra Rucker, and Dr. Anna Zajicek.