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Dr. Harold Abrams

Dr. Harold Abrams

Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Public Admin Program

"Networking is one key to advancement and opportunity. Education (both knowledge gained and the master's credential itself) can aid this process and add to potential opportunities that are open to students."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. — New York University, 1991

Career Highlights:

  • Director of management analysis & planning at New York City Emergency Medical Service
  • Held other chief analyst positions for public and nonprofit agencies in New York City and Boston Second career at UTPB including receiving tenure in 2014

In which online degree program do you teach?

MPA

Which classes do you teach online?

Organization Leadership & Admin.; Analytical Techniques; Public Budgeting; Issues in Health and Human Services Policy and Management

What do you want your students to learn in your classes?

I hope students gain practical skills and application of key concepts to real-world policy and management situations.

Why did you start teaching?

I enjoy working with students and gaining insights on the materials from them. As a pracademic, I like to bridge the gap between academic theory and practice.

What's the best advice that you ever received?

Networking is one key to advancement and opportunity. Education (both knowledge gained and the master's credential itself) can aid this process and add to potential opportunities that are open to students.

What do you think is the biggest challenge that people in public administration face today?

Some of the greatest challenges include budget constraints, service delivery equity and service effectiveness/efficiency/ responsiveness. Being ethical and serving the public interest in a prudent manner is also a challenge in public administration.

What is the one book you think everyone should read?

"The Forest Ranger: A Study in Administrative Behavior" by Herbert Kaufman (still relevant despite some of its limitations)

Tell us something interesting about yourself that your students might not know about you.

I have been a member in good standing with Weight Watchers for the bulk of the past 30 years (not sure how interesting this is, but what the heck).

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