Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Daniel Jorgensen

An Outstanding Islander

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It's All Applied

Making a difference in our community is the impetus behind Dr. Daniel Jorgensen engaging with students in the Master of Public Administration program to take lessons they have learned in class and use them in applied situations. Jorgensen, professor of public administration, facilitates projects with organizations in our region which rely upon the expertise of University’s MPA students. He also witnesses students become increasingly motivated as they gather important data, which is used to make critical policy decisions in the Coastal Bend. Jorgensen, president of the Coastal Bend Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, has received numerous honors including the 2008 Public Administration Educator of the Year in the Texas Coastal Bend and the 2007 College of Liberal Arts Community Service Award.  His research and scholarship focuses primarily in organizations and technology, seeking effective organizational outcomes and the use of survey research methods to assess public attitudes and opinions. Since Jorgensen came on board in August 2000, he has helped shift Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Master of Public Administration in a direction which promotes more applied and experiential learning. A majority of his courses involve a service learning or experiential learning component, in which he combines pedagogy with opportunities to work with city, county and state agencies. And through this interaction, students make numerous contacts. Jorgensen explains that this technique is highly beneficial for the MPA program’s diverse students – some on the crux of their mid-careers, others who are recent undergraduates – to learn from each other.  Jorgensen is closely affiliated with the University’s Social Science Research Center, through which he has helped conduct surveys for Leadership Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend’s 2010 Community Health Needs Assessment, BoldFuture for the Coastal Bend and many others. Additionally, he was part of a statewide evaluation team for the Strategic Prevention Framework - State Incentive Grant (SPF-SIG) with Behavioral Assessment Incorporated and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Much of his research earns funding to hire and involve MPA students in the research process. He has worked with the City of Corpus Christi, Nueces County and the State of Texas and Texas State University to establish the Certified Public Manager Program in Corpus Christi.

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