Sanjay K. Pandey Wins 2013 NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award

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NASPAA- The Global Standard in Public Service Education and the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) announce that Dr. Sanjay K. Pandey of Rutgers University-Campus at Newark has won the 2013 Distinguished Research Award. The annual award recognizes a scholar whose research has made substantial impact on the thought and understanding of public administration.

Pandey’s research covers public service motivation, organizational performance, bureaucratic barriers (“red tape”) and a range of other topics. He has clarified the concept of “publicness” in terms of the differences between public and private management approaches and responsibilities in terms of motivation, performance, mission and other elements.

Pandey is a full professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers-Newark. He received a PhD in Social Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Pandey has published more thanr 50 journal articles, many of which have been cited by other scholars an exceptionally high number of times: 43 articles have been cited at least 10 times, seven of which have been cited more than 100 times.

In his nomination letter, Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration Dean Marc Holzer wrote, “Dr. Pandey has made major scholarly contributions to the public administration literature and has been a galvanizing force for research.” He added, “As much as any scholar working today, Professor Pandey deserves credit for providing an empirical basis to address the central questions in public administration and public affairs.”

Pandey was nominated by two previous Distinguished Research Award recipients: Dean Holzer and Donald Moynihan at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and by Hal Rainey at the University of Georgia, previous recipient of the ASPA/NASPAA Charles Levine Memorial Award. Pandey will be presented with the award Oct. 10,  during NASPAA’s Annual Conference in Washington.

About the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, is the global standard in public service education. It is the membership association of over 280 schools of public policy, public affairs, public administration, and public & nonprofit management, located across the U.S. and in 11 countries around the globe. NASPAA is also the recognized accreditor of master's degree programs in these fields. NASPAA's twofold mission is to promote excellence in education and training for public service and to promote the ideal of public service.

About the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is the premiere organization advancing the art, science, teaching and practice of public and nonprofit administration. It has more than 8,000 members working at the local, state and federal level and in the nonprofit sector. ASPA promotes the value of joining the public service profession and works to enhance and strengthen public service by providing access to professional development, networking and career advancement opportunities.

About Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
The School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers-Newark educates and motivates students to choose careers in public service and administration through its innovative and comprehensive undergraduate (BA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Executive Master of Public Administration (EMPA), PhD, and professional and graduate certificate programs. The school’s faculty generates knowledge and best practices in public service and administration, and collaborates with public and nonprofit sector organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. and the world. Guided by the principles of knowledge, competence, diversity, and service – with an emphasis on public service values and competencies for effective performance – SPAA promotes accountability, transparency, and performance in the public and nonprofit sectors.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Rutgers SPAA in Newark:

  • 4th nationally in Information and Technology Management
  • 7th nationally in Public Management/Administration
  • 10th nationally in Public Finance and Budgeting
  • 11th nationally in City Management and Urban Policy
  • 18th nationally in Nonprofit Management
  • 23rd nationally in Public Affairs
  • 24th nationally in Public Policy Analysis

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