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Social Equity in the Public Administration Classroom

    This compelling book explores the dimensions of social equity by asking the leading equity scholars to reflect on the responsibility for social equity and how equity can be achieved.

    Social equity is concerned with fairness in the development and administration of public policies. Despite its importance, there has always been an uneasiness in how equity is discussed and obtained. While we acknowledge that social equity is important, we have struggled in our efforts to achieve it. The inequities in our society and the lack of a concerted effort to address the problems have only become prominent due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Each of the chapters in this volume pays particular attention to how social equity can be effectively incorporated into the classroom. This book is a rare opportunity to shape the conversation about social equity and provide a venue for dialogue around the questions of what, why, and how we teach about equity.

    This book is an insightful resource for researchers and scholars of Politics and Public Administration. The chapters in this book were originally published in the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

    Teaching Social Equity: An Introduction

    Michaela E. Abbott, Bruce D. McDonald III, and William Hatcher

    1. Stepping up to the plate: Making social equity a priority in public administration’s troubled times

    RaJade M. Berry-James, Brandi Blessett, Rachel Emas, Sean McCandless, Ashley E. Nickels, Kristen Norman-Major, and Parisa Vinzant

    2. Taking social equity seriously in MPA education

    David Rosenbloom

    3. Balancing the four Es; or can we achieve social equity in public administration?

    Kristen Norman-Major

    4. Advancing social justice and racial equity in the public sector

    Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Brandi Blessett, and Julie Burr

    5. Preparing public service professionals for a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry: Evaluating the program of NASPAA programs in competency assessment

    Nadia Rubaii and Crystal Calarusse

    6. Diversity across the curriculum: Perceptions and practices

    Heather Wyatt-Nichol and Kwame Badu Antwi-Boasiako

    7. Prioritizing social equity in MPA curricula: A cross-program analysis and a case study

    Sean McCandless and Samantha June Larson

    8. A diversity curriculum: Integrating attitudes, issues, and applications

    Freda Bernotavicz

    9. Preparing the public service for working in multiethnic democracies: An assessment and ideas for action

    Michael Brintnall

    10. Serving up justice: Fusing service learning and social equity in the public administration classroom

    Leora Waldner, Kristie Roberts, Murray Widener, and Brenda Sullivan

    11. Human rights theory as a means for incorporating social equity into the public administration curriculum

    Jose Duarte S. Alvez and Mary Timney

    12. Filling in the skeletal pillar: Addressing social equity in introductory courses in public administration

    James H. Svara and James R. Brunet


    Michaela E. Abbott is a PhD Candidate in Public Administration at NC State University USA. She is a Doctoral Fellow of the Municipal Research Lab and the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

    Bruce D. McDonald III is Associate Professor of Public Budgeting and Finance at NC State University,USA. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Public Administration, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education, and General Editor for both the Routledge Public Affairs Education Book Series and the Routledge Public Budgeting and Finance Book Series.

    William Hatcher is Professor of Public Administration and Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Augusta University, USA. He also serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education and is the General Editor for the Routledge Public Affairs Education Book Series.