Certification program sharpens leadership skills for public-sector professionals

July 1, 2015

A cohort of more than 50 professionals from the Department of Child Safety recently received their Certified Public Manager credential through a program offered by Arizona State University’s Bob Ramsey Executive Education.

Accredited by the National CPM Consortium – which only allows one authorizing body in each state – the program further develops and sharpens the management and efficiency skills of public managers across Arizona and neighboring states. More than 2,000 individuals working for dozens of organizations throughout Arizona have received this credential. CPM graduation spring 2015 Hector Zelaya (left), Bob Ramsey Executive Education director, and Jonathan Koppell, dean of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions, congratulate Sahar Gipson after completion of the Certified Public Manager program. Photo by: Bryan Mok/ASU Download Full Image

“(The program) not only allows you to learn about managing in the public sector, but you learn more about yourself,” Arizona Department of Child Safety unit supervisor Amanda Cannon said. “I was able to teach people I manage to think more independently and to develop plans and strategies.”

Participants must complete a demanding curriculum of learning activities addressing various competencies of management as well as topics and courses such as management in the public organization, decision management, and ethics and management simulation.

As employees of the Department of Child Safety already have a demanding schedule, the Certified Public Manager Program is also available online.

“The curriculum is a comprehensive leadership and organizational emphasis program” said Sheila Murphy, developer and instructor of the CPM online course. “We configured the program into five courses, each dealing with public management and making it more relevant and more effective.”

“The constant communication was extremely helpful,” Department of Child Safety ongoing supervisor Rosette Codner explained. “The feedback was real and authentic, and after every week I was able to pull lessons and put them into practice.”

“I was able to interact a lot with my peers and gain their perspective on how the agency is running and where our future should be,” recalled Jay Chapman, Department of Child Safety after-hours supervisor for Maricopa County. “It opens your eyes to the complete running of the entire department and lets you see the difficulties and big decisions made daily by executive level leadership.”

The group aspect is crucial. A big project within the program involves working in regional teams and selecting a primary issue that would produce good and efficient results in returning children to their families or finding proper placement.

“Take this to heart,” advised Sahar Gipson, Department of Child Safety assistant program manager for Pima County. “The quality of your leadership and supervisor skills will improve.”

“These are social workers; their work is incredibly high-pressure,” said Tracey Regenold, program coordinator for ASU’s Bob Ramsey Executive Education. “Sometimes there is a disconnect, especially with all the changes this particular cohort experienced in their field. They were tremendously inspiring.”

The Certified Public Manager program is one of a number of certification programs and trainings offered by Bob Ramsey Executive Education, a center within the School of Public Affairs in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Written by Christopher Hernandez

Heather Beshears

director marketing and communications, College of Public Service and Community Solutions


ASU, German university partner on global sustainability center

July 1, 2015

Arizona State University and Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany are blazing a path in international academic cooperation.

Longtime partners on research projects, the two universities have formalized their partnership with the new Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation. ASU-Leuphana Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation Download Full Image

The center will focus on inter- and transdisciplinary projects in both teaching and research that strongly align with ASU’s mission as the New American University, with an emphasis on transforming society, fusing intellectual disciplines and engaging globally. Similar to ASU, Leuphana is a young, innovative university that has embraced sustainability and health solutions with a similar mission to help change the world.

Robert Page, then-provost of ASU, and Leuphana President Sascha Spoun signed the agreement establishing the center June 24 in Luneburg.

ASU and Leuphana have already worked together in the “Global Classroom” project taught by professors from both institutions. Using streaming video technologies and face-to-face group work, students worked collaboratively on urban sustainability solutions.  And the two universities recently signed an agreement to offer a dual master’s degree – the first of its kind at ASU with a foreign university – in Global Sustainability Science. Students will spend time at both universities and receive a degree from both.

The two universities have also worked together successfully on research projects. One example is the research into current perceptions of sustainability and sustainable development conducted by three Leuphana faculty and ASU professor Manfred Laubichler. That project in 2014 won substantial funding from the subsidy program "Science for Sustainable Development," of the Volkswagen Foundation and the State of Lower Saxony.

March 2015 saw the partners initiating the International Network for Programs in Transformation Sustainability (NEPS) enabling the cooperation of nine universities across the globe that offer master’s or PhD programs in the field of sustainability science – in that field, Leuphana and ASU rank among the leading universities. NEPS offers capacity-building training, joint research projects and learning opportunities.

The Center for Global Sustainability and Cultural Transformation’s founding members are ASU professors Laubichler, Christopher Boone, Sander van der Leeuw, and Arnim Wiek; and Leuphana professors Erich Hörl Daniel Lang, Ulli Vilsmaier, and Henrik von Wehrden. The researchers will have the designation of permanent visiting scholar at the partner university.

Penny Walker

Director, Media Relations and Strategic Communications