Creating research that benefits the public good is at the center of our work in the School of Public Service (SPS). This issue of Public Interest highlights how our faculty, students, centers and institutes conduct collaborative, cutting-edge, and transdisciplinary research that makes SPS a trusted resource for policymakers and public service leaders. As you will see, through our research efforts, SPS is at the center of tackling our world’s pressing public problems.
In this issue, we’ll introduce you to Dr. Brian Wampler, an SPS faculty member who was recently appointed President’s Professor of Public Scholarship and Engagement. We’ll present some of the important work that Assistant Professor Saleh Ahmed has coauthored with SPS students on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. We’ll share exciting news about how undergraduates in SPS are being recognized for their research through public symposia and national awards. And, finally, we highlight findings from the Frank Church Institute’s survey of citizens in the Mountain West that raise questions about the health of American democracy.
At the School of Public Service, our research seeks to transform the public sphere. It is so exciting to see in these examples how well we are doing that – and how we are engaging our students in this important work.
Dean of the School of Public Service