Welcome from the Chair

Rosa Gomez
The Public Administration and Justice Studies Department consists of a team of Northern Arizona University full-time and part-time faculty, academic advisors, and Extended Campuses Outreach and Transition Coordinators dedicated to your academic and professional success. Collaborating across various locations in Arizona, our team is focused on providing a rigorous academic program designed to help you gain critical skills necessary to become an effective public manager. Our vision, mission, and student learning goals focus on the success of every single student.

We offer in-person and online classes to give you flexibility in arranging your work and class schedules. We offer a focused program to help you complete your degree on a timely and cost-effective basis. Our goal is to keep the size of all classes small to help you engage with faculty members and interact with classmates in a productive learning environment. 

We are committed to help you become an effective, ethical, and responsible public manager. We value the diversity of our students and faculty and we are committed to help you apply lessons learned in the classroom to practical situations in your workplace. 

As you visit our website, I hope you will be inspired to take the next step in your academic and professional journey. Our website will help you discover programs tailored to your needs in the field of public management. You will also learn about our faculty and the views of our students and alumni regarding the effectiveness of our programs. 

Our team is ready to help you achieve your academic and professional goals. If you are a prospective student, consider joining a growing number of managers committed to excellence in public service. Join our team and gain the knowledge and skills to serve your community, state, and nation. If you are a public sector employer, consider our programs the gateway to help your employees gain the managerial and leadership skills necessary to implement your mission. This is a time of rapid change as well as great challenges and opportunities for those prepared to lead, make the right decisions, solve problems, and innovate. We look forward to your participation in our program. 

Sincerely,
Rosa Gomez Dierks, Ph.D.
Chair, Public Administration and Justice Studies