• 2015 Year End Review

    It’s that time of the year again, when we look back at the year and put the spotlight on Center for Public Service articles that piqued readers’ interests throughout the year. 

    In 2015 we covered a variety of topics including people making a difference in public service and teaching, mass incarceration, autism, early childhood literacy, helicopter parenting, and human trafficking. 

    We highlighted faculty and alumni making a difference in the teaching field and even featured individuals who have made strides in government and the public service field. In addition, we raised awareness about our public service programs and people working in public service with the “Shine on Public Service” and “Shine on Teachers” video and blog series.

    As we near the end of 2015, we invite you to explore select topics and articles that grabbed our readers’ interests. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and School of Education faculty members share their expertise on these articles. We hope you learn something new and share these articles with others who may be interested. Make sure to come back and visit the Center for Public Service and stay tuned for more public service related content in 2016 that we hope you’ll enjoy.

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    Helicopter Parenting

    I tend to think of “helicopter parenting” as a modern concept. However, the term has been in our lexicon since Dr. Hiamm Ginott’s landmark book, Parents & Teenagers, was published in 1969.

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    Shine On Teachers

    Teacher. Educator. Instructor. Tutor. Professor. All of these describe those who dedicate their lives to informing, guiding, and inspiring the next generation.

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    Shine On Public Service Leaders

    Public service professionals keep our cities safe and defend our country abroad, maintain our health and happiness, uphold our civil rights, push American innovation and infrastructure to new heights, and serve as guardians for our most vulnerable and future generations.

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    Career Opportunities in Human Service Administration

    Like many of you who are entering and/or working in the human service field, I chose this field because I wanted to make a difference. Most of us drawn to this career path typically have a strong passion and desire to engage in meaningful work and to help others.

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    Women and Careers in Public Safety

    Choosing a career in public safety is not to be taken lightly. Public safety is full of rewards, fun, excitement, fulfillment, and a sense of belonging like little else can provide. On the other hand, it is hard work. It is a grueling schedule. It is physically, mentally, and, at times, emotionally draining.

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    Reforming Mass Incarceration Through Justice Reinvestment

    By Monique M. Chiacchia, Full-Time Faculty, Legal Studies Programs


    Monique M. Chiacchia writes about the United prison is overpopulated and a disproportionate number of minorities imprisoned, and judges have lost discretion in the wake of mandatory sentencing laws for many offenses States prison system and how it is overpopulated. She discusses reforming mass incarceration through justice reinvestment which modifies approaches to incarceration as well as mandatory sentencing schemes that call for incarceration for minor theft and drug offences and takes discretion out of the hands of judges.

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    Want to Make a Difference? Be Inspired to Work in Public Service

    What jobs come to mind when you think of public service professions? Police officers, firefighters, and community service advocates are likely responses. These are all admirable public service careers, but there’s so much more than that. There are many facets within the public service field that help keep our communities and cities thriving.

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    Human Trafficking in America

    Human trafficking is a major criminal justice issue in twenty-first century America. Many may think that human trafficking is something that that doesn't happen here. However, human trafficking is alive and well in the United States of America.

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    Child Literacy: Foundational to Future Success

    Each year, International Literacy Day is celebrated on September 8. This year's theme, "The Power of People: Start a Literacy Movement," focuses on the relationship between literacy and the sustainability of a society (ILA, 2015).

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    6 Ways to Incorporate Nature Into Your Summer Vacation

    The term has ended and it's time for vacation - what's not to love! I grew up hearing "go play outside" on repeat, especially during the long summer months, and you know what? It worked. Once I was done whining about not being able to watch TV, I got my hands dirty, played in the woods and the creek, and checked for roly poly bugs (which I now know are called "isopods") under rocks.

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    Retaining Women in a STEM Field

    It's no secret that men and women have yet to gain full equality in the workforce. While, generally speaking, this is an issue in itself, this article looks at a specific field I have personal experience in (and I promise I'll steer clear of Tim Hunt's recent comments on women in science).

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    Common Core Can Provide Consistency to Students in Military Families

    In the first of our series on the Common Core, I discussed what the Core is and what it is not. To recap: the Common Core is a set of standards. It is not a curriculum, it is not a prescriptive teaching methodology, and it does not dictate how the standards should be implemented.

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    The Passport, Blog Post by Christina Bass, Faculty Member, Department of Educational Studies

    “I am sorry”; three of the most powerful words that restore relationships, repair a broken heart, and help us to release the power of forgiveness. These same three words serve a different function when referring to autism; they become the most common initial response received from others when they find out that I have a son on the autism spectrum.

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    Want to Be an Everyday Hero? Public Service May Be Your Calling

    Walter Reuther, the American labor union leader, once said, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow men. There is no greater contribution than to help the weak. There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.”

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    Misty LaCour

    5 Tips for Women Entering the Education Field: Lessons Learned From the Front Lines of Education

    I am a full-time faculty member in the School of Education at Kaplan University and have been an educator for over 15 years. During this time, I have taught in variety of settings, from elementary classrooms to university Teacher Education programs.

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    Faculty Spotlight: Tracy Gaderrama

    “When I was a senior in high school, I remember my parents accompanying me to the local police department. I recall being told, in not so many words, that it was very difficult for woman to get hired. Luckily, that didn’t stop me!”

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