Lina Svedin_IRL Fellow
  • Director of Public Affairs Programs (MPA, MPP & MIAGE), College of Social and Behavioral Science

Current Courses

Spring 2019

  • PUBPL 6910-001
    Internship

Fall 2018

Professional Organizations

  • International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. 06/15/2017 - 06/15/2018. Position : Member.

Courses I Teach

  • PADMN 6300 - Administrative Theory
    Administrative Theory addresses normative and descriptive theories that underpin the field of public administration. It provides a set of theoretical frameworks for the field that helps students interpret and understand more about the nature of public administration. It will also aid students in drawing connections among all the courses in the MPA program. The course objectives are as follows: 1. To understand the nature, scope, and history of the field of public administration, and the variety of academic disciplines that have contributed to its theories and practices. 2. To understand the competing values, traditions, and tenets that define the roles of public administration in American society. 3. To understand and apply a variety of normative perspectives relevant to public administration. 4. To become familiar with theorists who have contributed directly and significantly to the field of public administration.
  • PADMN 6323 - Policy Analysis XMPA
    Policy Analysis engages methods for collecting data, structuring problems, evaluating policy alternatives, and communicating policy options to decision-makers. The course also presents a wide range of perspectives on the political and organizational processes in which the policy analyst operate while applying the practical tools and methods of policy analysis. Together the practical side of the course and the more theoretical side of the course should give the student a number of ways of identifying and taking on policy problems, while being aware of many of the factors that outside of the problem itself shape whether or not a policy is successful. Course objectives: The objectives of the course are for the student to: • be able to select, among a number of different methods and approaches, an appropriate policy analysis tool when identifying and analyzing a problem • be able to apply a sound and effective working process through all the stages of policy analysis • to predict and accommodate many of the political, organizational, psychological and social factors that influence the formation, adoption, and implementation of a policy • show substantive knowledge in at least one policy area through group research and independent analysis
  • PADMN 6323; POLS 5965/6965 - Policy Analysis
    This course is designed to introduce students to the study of public policy. In general the course aims to help students understand public policy and analyze policy problems in a political/administrative environment using key concepts introduced in the literature. The course material sheds light on key theoretical approaches to public policy analysis as well as some of the influencing factors in the policy process (such as agenda setting, path dependency and policy feedback). The students will develop an understanding of, and capacity to use, systematic approaches to high quality of decision-making in policy processes. The course will mix theoretical articles and chapters, and policy topic articles to illustrate stages of a policy analysis process and to shed light on specific policy area challenges.
  • PADMN 6335 - Governance and the Economy
    Governance and the Economy addresses the theories and practices that underpin the field of public administration and its roles in the economy. It provides a set of theoretical frameworks that help students interpret and understand more about the interrelations between public administration, public policy, and the economy. At the end of the course the student will be able to: 1. identify and explain the tools through which the government can intervene in the economy, and the pros and cons of these tools. 2. outline and discuss how the economy influences the parameters of government, and how ideology and politics influence the ways government can intervene in the economy. 3. differentiate and compare economic interventions and activities through the comparative perspective of the EU and the US in specific policy areas. 4. portray impacts globalization on national economies and the ability to govern them, and describe the role of major international economic actors in framing and promoting economic activities and interventions in individual nations and states.
  • PADMN 6870 - Ethics for Public Administration
    This course trains you to identify and evaluate ethical aspects of the daily practice of public administration. It should help you become aware of your own value system, how your values may affect your work, and how your value system relates to other ethical orientations. In keeping with the department’s core mission of teaching tomorrows’ leaders the course also familiarizes you as a student with decision-making that involves tragic choices in order to prepare you to make reasoned choices when the stakes are high, and to avoid abuses of power. This section of the course is geared toward equipping you with a basis for building and leading organizations of integrity. The course also raises your awareness of the consequences of unethical management, improprieties and abuses of power, as well as what some of the politico-administrative aftermath of controversial ethical stands may be. Finally, the course encourages you to take responsibility and act courageously in situations where, as a professional, your own values and judgments may conflict with others’ that exert power.
  • PADMN 6870 - Ethics for Public Administration XMPA
    Course Objectives Integration of courses and administrative experience; application of ethical theories to public administration practice; required major research paper on ethical issues in government. At the end of the course the student will be able to: 1. Identify major streams of moral and ethical reasoning in public discourse and how diversity, dissent, and deliberation are key factors in public moral reasoning. 2. Articulate several links between power, governance, and moral reasoning. 3. Provide examples of and explain several ways in which ethical considerations relates to administrative responsibility, discretion and authority. 4. Identify ethical dilemmas that frequently face public servants and construct ethical courses of actions to address and possibly resolve those dilemmas. 5. Explain and evaluate the potential negative consequences at a societal, organizational and personal level of not dealing ethically with administrative situations that involve analysis, decision, and action as well as explaining and assessing the positive potential that acting ethically holds. 6. Identify a multitude of rules, principals, stakeholders, and values that public servants have to take into account, and be accountable to, when working as professional but when acting as private citizens. 7. Prioritize among competing values based on societal, organizational and personal beliefs while working in a specific administrative context.
  • PADMN 6890 - Capstone in Public Administration
    This class concludes the XMPA experience by giving you an opportunity to meet with public servants, leaders of non-profits and professional lobbyists in Washington. Several tours of important agencies and functions in Washington will also be a part of your experience. The focus of the meetings and our processing of the tours will be the role and functioning of bureaucracy today, accountability in public service, and the public perceptions of government and its administrators.
  • PADMN 6965, POLS 5965/6965 - Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution
    Course Description Meets with POLS 5839/6830 (sect. 001) and PADMN 6830 (sect. 001). Graduate students should register for POLS 5839 or PADMN 6830. This is a course for the advanced development of particular administrative skills. The topics of the course are public sector crisis management and organizational conflict resolution. Course Objectives - Why you should take this course Managing crises in public organizations, whether the event causing the crisis is a sudden budget cut, a hurricane, or strained personnel relations, is a vital part of public administration. This course sets out to teach students about the skills and leadership necessary to meet diverse challenges and to learn from the management of crises. A special focus of the class will be managing and resolving inter-group conflict in public organizations. After successfully completing the class as a student you will be oriented in the interdisciplinary field of crisis management research and training, and know how findings in this field apply to practice. You will be familiar with key issues to consider when planning for, organizing for and managing crises in public organizations. You will be able to appreciate and foresee the effects of key stressors in crisis situations and know how to build a solid decision-making process in the face of threats to core values, urgency, and uncertainty. You will know more about how you react to and practically manage crises through the applied training exercises and a large scale simulation that is included in the course. You will also have gained an understanding of and basic skill set for dealing with organizational and inter-group conflict. You will, furthermore, have gained practical experience applying these conflict resolution skills through in-class exercises.

Teaching Projects

  • Mekong Delta Research Consortium. Project Lead: Janet Theis Director of the Asia Studies Center, University of Utah. Collaborators: Kim Korinek. Henry Luce Foundation 07/20/2016 - 12/17/2016.
  • Project Based Learning Course - Disaster and Crisis Management. Project Lead: Lina Svedin. Collaborators: Ronald Hrebenar. Ministry of Education, Japan 03/2013 - 07/2014.

Student Projects

  • Mentoring program for traditionally underrepresented students in the MPA program. Project organized with current students and alumni mentors. Elizabeth Rosen; Janzell Tutor. 01/11/2016 - present

Small Group Teaching

  • "How to have policy impact with your research". Webinar for IRL cohort 1. Moderator and co-presenter together with Leslie Taylor Grover - Southern University, Joe Schilling - The Urban Institute, Emily Carmody - North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness, and Steve Barlow - Neighborhood Preservation Inc.  11/2017  -  present

Current Students

  • Tellesbo, Sarah, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Chair.
  • Mahallati, Nadia, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Chair.
  • Southworth, Susanna, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member.
  • Cline, Nicole, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Chair.
  • Abercrombie, Neil, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member.

Former Students

  • Werner, Kevin, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Chair.
  • Wu, Qinggao, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Tak, Cody, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Jeremy Johnson, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • David Edmund, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Bret Howser, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Jessica Sims, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Chris Tallackson, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • James Brown, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Camille Nelson, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Brent Spencer, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Aaron Larson, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Rafael Chino, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Matthew Brooks, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Layla Simpson, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Darrell Fowles, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Oakland, Randal, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member. Institution: USAF Air University, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.
  • Makros, Beth, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member. Institution: USAF Air University, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.
  • Birch, Paul, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Project Type: Dissertation. Role: Member. Institution: USAF Air University, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies.
  • Nicholas Thiriot, Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Kyla Glade, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.
  • Yuija Wen, Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Project Type: Project. Role: Chair.