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Foundations of Public Service: Curriculum

◊ Curriculum ◊

Public Works & Architecture:

  • American Public Works Association

    • When it comes to public works, one size does not fit all. Defining the term becomes problematic, because of the multi-faceted, ever-evolving nature of public works. Some definitions considered appropriate are provided here by the American Public Works Association.

  • The Waterworks Museum Boston

    • The Waterworks Museum is a nonprofit educational organization that provides the opportunity for interdisciplinary teaching across the fields of architecture, engineering and history. It consists of the Great Engines Hall, housing three historic, steam-powered pumping engines, and a two story glass-enclosed pavilion, featuring an Overlook Gallery.

  • Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies

    • The Robert H. Smith ICJS is a multidisciplinary research center that oversees the work of several departments at Monticello and supports the ongoing international study of Thomas Jefferson and his world. The mission of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies (ICJS) is to foster Thomas Jefferson scholarship and disseminate findings through research and education. 

Public Service Profession:

  • The Best Places to Work in Federal Government

    • Partnerships for Public Service rank 389 federal organizations based on the views of more than 392,700 civil servants. Taken into consideration are overall employee satisfaction and commitment and 10 workplace issues such as strategic management, teamwork, leadership and work–life balance. 

  • Public Service Careers

    • This is a website for finding jobs, career advice, and information on degrees in public service and public affairs. It is sponsored by three organizations of professional public service and education: the National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and administration, American Society for Public Administration, and the Association for Public Policy and Analysis.

  • Career Services at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration

    • The School of Public Affairs and Administration assists SPAA students and alumni with career planning – including job/internships searches, interviewing skills, networking opportunities, and resume and letter writing – via online resources, events, and one-on-one counseling.

  • The Heart of the Profession: Understanding Public Service Values Authors- Molina, Anthony D. and Cassandra McKeown. 2012. Journal of Public Affairs Education.18(2): 375-396.

    • This study explores whether and how public service values influence administrative behavior and decision making. The authors develop a theoretical model that explains the link between public service values and the administrative behavior and decision making of practitioners.

Postal Service:

Elected Public Servants:

  • Lesson Plans- U.S. House of Representatives

    • Lesson Plans are provided for for middle and high school students on Black Americans in Congress and Women in Congress, and other Office of the Historian publications and resources. These comprise a series of activities which include photographs, objects, oral histories, and memorable quotations.

  • Educational Fact Sheets- U.S. House of Representatives

    • This is a series of fact sheets on Speakers, the House Rostrum, Official Records, and other related topics. It is a useful starting point for research projects or inquiries about the House. These overviews can also be used in the classroom or for quick reference.

  • General Information about Running for Public Office

    • This document is intended to provide a general overview regarding running for state-level public office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is not intended to be a complete and detailed guide to all of the statutory requirements related to running for office.

  • Ethics Definitions of Public Officials and Public Officers

    • In many states, ethics laws are written to apply to "public officials" or "public officers." The subtleties in defining these terms play a significant role in determining who and what offices are subject to state ethics regulations.

  • Local Government Basics for Those New to Local Public Service

    • The Institute for Local Government offers materials and resources to local officials and agency staff as tools to assist in orientation and developing skills of elected and appointed officials involved in public decision-making processes.

Timelines of Public Service:

  • A Hope of Many Years

    • Documentary film on the History of the Origins of Social Security

  • Strategic Planning

    • The National Council of Nonprofits provide a template to guide strategic planning for nonprofits. A strategic planning process can be useful in identifying strategies to assist nonprofit organizations in defining and achieving their mission.

  • Wildland Fire Strategic Planning 2015-2019

    • National Park Service

  • History of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

    • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
      For more than 200 years, men and women have served on the front lines of our nation’s public health in what is today called the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. The Commissioned Corps traces its beginnings back to the U.S. Marine Hospital Service protecting against the spread of disease from sailors returning from foreign ports and maintaining the health of immigrants entering the country. Currently, Commissioned Corps officers are involved in health care delivery to underserved and vulnerable populations, disease control and prevention, biomedical research, food and drug regulation, mental health and drug abuse services, and response efforts for natural and man-made disasters as an essential component of the largest public health program in the world.