Binghamton University professor leads national public affairs organization
BINGHAMTON, NY – Binghamton University faculty member, Nadia Rubaii-Barrett, is now serving as the 2011-12 president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).
“It’s exciting and really quite humbling,” said Rubaii-Barrett, an associate professor of public administration. “Some of the people who have been past NASPAA presidents are prominent individuals in our field who I put on a pedestal. In that sense, it’s a little daunting to be in the same position as people you hold in very high regard.”
NASPAA is an international membership organization of programs in public administration, public policy and public affairs. Its 280 members confer more than 10,000 master’s degrees annually. NASPAA’s mission is to ensure excellence in public service education and promote the ideal of public service. It also serves as the accrediting body for master’s programs in public affairs. More than half of its member programs are accredited.
Rubaii previously served on NASPAA’s Executive Council and chaired the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation.
“Nadia has been a leader in the public affairs education community for almost 15 years,” NASPAA Executive Director Laurel McFarland said. “We are honored to have someone with her experience and commitment to educating the next generation of public sector professionals, and to social equity, as our president.”
The position carries a great amount of time and subject commitment. Besides teaching her regular classes, Rubaii conducts conference calls with the association’s executive committee and speaks with McFarland by phone at least two to three times per week. Rubaii also uses Skype to oversee several task forces and works to draft various proposals.
“This is when you have the opportunity to really shape the agenda and priorities for the association,” she said. “I don’t want this to be a year of being a place-holder. I want to go out on a limb and say what we need to be doing. I’m only going to have one opportunity to make a mark on what the association does.”