Siân Mooney, dean of the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has been named a co-chair of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Comprehensive Schools Section.
Mooney serves as co-chair along with Professor Sharon Mastracci from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.
“I’m delighted to have been selected to be a co-chair for the Comprehensive Schools Section,” Mooney said. “This leadership position is an important means to positively influence and serve the field, and I look forward to working with our partners in NASPAA to guide future collaboration and advancement.”
The Comprehensive Schools section of NASPAA brings together many of the largest NASPAA accredited schools, creating a community of practice. Members, which consist mostly of deans and department chairs, work together to explore common concerns, envision forward-looking projects, and discuss themes and emerging trends that affect many of its members. The section also supports the executive leadership of NASPAA, working to advance the NASPAA strategic plan and address any specific charge or project request provided by the NASPAA director.
“There is considerable sharing of knowledge across the group, and I’m excited to provide opportunities for section members to interact and discuss issues of interest,” Mooney said. “The topics and projects of interest change from year to year, reflecting the dynamic nature of higher education administration. Topics of interest over the last few years have been the transition back to in person workplaces, growth and establishment of undergraduate programs in public affairs, faculty hiring, and means to create more equitable and diverse schools.”