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Education for Public Service

Welcome to the University of Hawaiʻi Public Administration Program (PUBA), an innovative graduate-level program dedicated to the enhancement of public service and institutions.

Since 1984, our program has been committed to:

  • Increasing leadership resources in Hawaiʻi, the U.S., and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Building organizational and community collaborations for creative problem-solving.
  • Nurturing connections between participants and a network of change agents.

What do people in public service need to know to be effective in their work?

Our program is built around this essential question. To answer it, we:

  • Bring together participants from a rich variety of backgrounds to share experiences.
  • Use collaborative teaching to view issues from different perspectives.
  • Emphasize active engagement in classes.
  • Continuously apply theory to practice.

NASPAA accredited MPA with concentrations in public service leadership and nonprofit management.

PUBA will host the Public Management Research Conference in 2020.
June 25-27, 2020, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi

In the midst of converting all my classes to online instruction, I received some good news today. My first manuscript with a student @tamig_campbell was accepted for publication. Thank you @JPAEJournal.

We are still accepting applications for our Fall 2020 MPA (Masters in Public Administration) Program. Contact for more details.

UPDATE: The DPC (Department Personnel Committee), Department Chair, Dean, and TPRC (Tenure and Promotion Review Committee) have voted positively towards tenure and my promotion to associate professor. Awaiting approval from Provost and the Board of Regents to make it official 🙂

Leadership is changing — but the need to balance traditional management with new ways of leading is creating a handful of tensions.

Every Leader Needs to Navigate These 7 Tensions

Are you an expert or a learner? A tactician or a visionary?

Congratulations to Dr. ChiaKo Hung! His article, "The Impact of Revenue Diversification on Nonprofit Financial Health: A Meta-Analysis," has been selected for top papers from 2018-2019 in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Editor's Choice: Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly: SAGE Journals

View articles in this Published Special Issue of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly