IPG: Institute for Policy and Governance 2018-03-08T17:48:43+00:00
THE INSTITUTE FOR POLICY AND GOVERNANCE (IPG)

The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. We are an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary community of collaborating faculty, staff and students that conducts governance-related research, learning and engagement efforts concerning significant public challenges. We work principally with and for vulnerable or disadvantaged populations locally, regionally, nationally and globally in order to support more socially resilient and adaptive democratic societies. IPG maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Core Values: Creativity | Curiosity | Honesty | Human Dignity | Integrity | Learning | Mutuality | Openness | Social Justice | Trust
Practice Values: Collaboration | Empathy | Ethical | Honesty | Innovation | Learning | Purposefulness | Reflexivity | Responsiveness | Transparency

Design evaluation studies
Conduct needs assessments and implementation studies
Perform program assessment
Develop in-person, telephone, and e-mail surveys
Conduct focus groups and interviews
Foster federal/state/local relationship

Help build organizational and individual capacity
Develop models for public participation and engagement
Foster organizational development
Perform governance assessments
Conduct organizational analysis
Evaluate management processes
Facilitate strategic planning for public and non-profit organizations
Assess management challenges
Improve board/executive relations
Provide program training and process enhancement
Grant writing training and grant writing assistance
Develop e-governance strategies and implementation
Perform outcome evaluation
Facilitate group meetings

COMMUNITY VOICES

Community Voices engages leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors in sharing stories and insights about their creative leadership initiatives and innovative approaches to problem-solving, the hard lessons learned and the rich experiences gained.

Speakers give concise (no more than 18 minutes) engaging talks, followed by conversation and dialogue with audience members. The presentations are video recorded and made widely available through a public access web-site. The program is one hour.

FACULTY

Max Stephenson, Jr.
IPG Director

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Peacebuilding, international development & democratization
  • Environmental politics, policy & planning

Email | Read CV

Mary Beth Dunkenberger 
Senior Program Director & Business Manager, Blacksburg

Research Areas:

  • Connections between social programs, economic & community development
  • Organizational and program assessments
  • Policy and program innovations

Email | Read Bio

Melony Price-Rhodes, Ph. D. 
Senior Program Director, Alexandria

Research Areas:

  • Child welfare, revenue maximization, foster care and child protective services
  • Federal and state regulations affecting Federal Reimbursement Unit activities

Email | Photography Collection

David Moore
Senior Research Associate, Project Director (TAP) Swiftstart

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO & governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Early childhood & workforce development
  • Organizational development & capacity building

Email | Read Bio

Elizabeth Allen
Assistant Business Manager, Program Research Associate, Data Manager

Research Areas:

  • Develop and maintain data management for asset mapping/web portal prototype and gap analyses
  • Administer and report results of on-line survey instruments
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate focus groups/structured interviews
  • Report preparation and generate tables and charts for stakeholder meetings and project contractors

Email | Read Bio

Maya Berinzon
Research Associate

Research Areas:

  • Law & International Development
  • Comparative Law
  • Access to information
  • Regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa


Don Back
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Higher Education Financing, Governance and Leadership
  • Higher Education Policy and Practice
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • International Development

Email | Bio

Andy Morikawa
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Email

Martha Mead
VTIPG Fellow

Email

Minnis Ridenour
VTIPG Fellow, Resource Development

Research Areas:

  • Resource development
  • Financial management for governmental & nonprofit organizations

Email | Read Bio

George Still
VTIPG Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Support IPG / Pursue Grants
  • Consultation
  • Assist with reports & articles for publication

Edward Weisband
VTIPG Fellow, Endowed Chair, Political Science

Research Areas:

  • International monitoring regimes
  • Global accountabilities
  • Core international labor standard

Email | Read Bio


Suzanne Lo
Project Associate

Marcy Schnitzer
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Strategic Planning

Katy Powell
Professor of English and Director of the Center for Rhetoric in Society

Nancy White
Senior Consultant

Research Areas:

  • Policy design
  • Administration
  • Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizational evaluations

Email | Read Bio

Lyusyena Kirakosyan
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

Email

Rachel Christensen
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

STAFF



Karen Boone
Financial Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Finances
  • Payroll – Wage
  • Travel
  • Human Resources
  • Reconciling
  • Facilities
  • Maintain Records

540-231-1118
Email

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Administrative Assistant to the Director
  • Fixed Assets Manager
  • Web Content Coordinator
  • Editor of the IPG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Secondary assistance for miscellaneous office procedures

540-231-6775
Email

Wanda Mills
Web Content Administrator

Responsibilities:

  • Web Designer
  • Digital Content Management
  • IPG Website Administration

Email

Hazel Smith – Consulting Staff
Researcher

Responsibilities:

  • SSI Advocacy for Adults & Children

Email | Read Bio

Tanisha Capers
Project Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative and logistics support to the FRU management and staff
  • Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Banner representative
  • Assist with activities that secure initial and continued eligibility for children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E, Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income)

Email

Vickie Grazioli
Data Entry Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical support to the FRU Medicaid Case Analyst in obtaining appropriate collateral information to evaluate initial and continuing eligibility for continuing Comprehensive Services (CSA) and Title XIX (Medicaid) eligibility for each child served by Fairfax County Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

Email

Claudia Malenich
Court Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and file Civil Petitions for Support at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • Perform all activities related to establishing Judicial Support Orders (JSOs) in juvenile court
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state law, rules and regulations for Title IV-D funding

Email

Erin Mooney
Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Determine the initial eligibility of children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E (AFDC-FC), Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income), and to maintain the child’s continuing eligibility
  • Comprehensive knowledge of complex federal and state laws governing public assistance programs
  • Ability to research, obtain, interpret, and integrate information from many sources
  • Thorough knowledge of physiological and mental health impairments. Expertise in assessing and evaluating functional limitations based on medical and/or mental health records

Email

Peter Flint
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Process Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) copayment assessments for CSA supported agencies
  • Primary point of contact regarding the copayment process for CSA supported agencies
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the FRU Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary

Email

Brian Zamora
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze state uniform assessment instrument-the CANS document. Contact case manager if follow-up is required
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, local regulations, policies, and practices through reviews of publications, communications and training sessions with CSA and FRU management and staff
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary. Provide Project Director and relevant CSA management and staff (as requested) with data and assistance as necessary for projects

Email

AFFILIATED STUDENTS



Master’s Students

Henry Ayakwah (MURP)
Leeann Budzevski (MURP)
Erin Burcham (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Nathan Corso (MPIA-MIP)
Dinah Girma (MURP)
Beth Olberding (MURP/MNR-MIP)
Lara Nagle (MURP)

Ph.D. Students

  Carmen Boggs-Parker (PGG)
Lindy Cranwell (PGG)
Mary Beth Dunkenberger (PAPA)
Jeremy Elliott-Engel (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Rachel Gabriele (PGG)
Benjamin Grove (PGG)
Vanessa Guerra (PGG)
Sarah Hanks (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Jake Keyel (PGG)
Kyunghee Kim (Arch.and Design)
Kristin Kirk (PGG)
Sarah Lyon-Hill (PGG)
Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education)
Neda Moayerian (PGG)
Cheryl Montgomery (PGG)
David Moore (PAPA)
Oladayo Omosa (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Hamza Safouane (PGG)
Danny White (PGG)

Research PhD Students

 Laura Nelson – PhD (Human Development)

Visiting PhD Students

Yunyun Chen
Chunxue Mu

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their master’s:

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald (MPIA), May 2017
Kristin Haas (MPIA), May 2017
Heather Lyne (MPIA) May 2017
Natalie Patterson (MURP), May 2017

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their Ph.D.:

 Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education), Dec 2017

AFFILIATIONS, PARTNERS, & SPONSORS



Government Organizations
United States Forest Service
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, DHHS
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Services
Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Department of Social Services
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Council on Virginia’s Future
Fairfax County Department of Social Services
Pulaski County Department of Social Services
Giles County Department of Social Services
Montgomery County Department of Social Services
Floyd County Department of Social Services
Dinwiddie County Department of Social Services
Radford City Department of Social Services
New River Valley Planning District Commission
Arlington Economic Development
Fairfax County-Northern Virginia Nonprofit Partnership
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Virginia Center for Innovative Technology

Nonprofit Organizations
The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
Carpenter’s Shelter for Homeless Children, Families and Adults
United Way of Henry County and Martinsville
New River Community Action
Generations United
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
Jefferson Center in Roanoke
Free Clinic of Franklin County
Rockbridge County Free Clinic
Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, Inc.
Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
Rescue Mission – Roanoke Valley

Foundations
Community Foundation of the New River Valley
Bertlessman Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Carilion Foundation
Roanoke Times Landmark Communications Foundation
Ford Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Centers and Institutes 
Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
World Disaster Risk Management Institute
Center for Gerontology
Virginia Tech Southwest Center
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center
Metropolitan Institute
Community Design Assistance Center
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Virginia Rural Health Association

DIRECTIONS


NOTICE

Parking at IPG is now under University Policy

To reach the campus from Interstate 81 (southbound and northbound):

  1. From Interstate 81, take Exit 118 to reach the exit ramps for all three of the exits at this location. There is only one exit ramp serving the exits; missing the ramp means a trip north to Exit 128 or south to Exit 114 to turn around.
  2. Take Exit 118B onto U.S. 460 West. This exit connects directly to the Christiansburg Bypass. Follow the signs for Blacksburg/Virginia Tech. The U.S. 460 bypass between Blacksburg and Christiansburg is a limited-access highway from 1-81 to the campus entrance at Southgate Drive.
  3. Watch signs carefully for routes and directions. From the bypass, Bus. U.S. 460 — South Main Street, exits to the right (take South Main Street as one route to reach downtown Blacksburg).
  4. Keep left and stay on U.S. 460 West, signed for “Virginia Tech, Bluefield” to continue directly to the university.
  5. Drive for 2.5 miles on U.S. 460 to the traffic light at VA 314, Southgate Drive. Turn right onto Southgate Drive. There is a campus map a quarter-mile on the right and the Visitor Information Center is a half-mile from U.S. 460 on the right.
  6. Continue to the stoplight at Spring Road and turn left onto Spring.
  7. Continue past Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum to the stop sign at Washington Street and turn right onto Washington.
  8. Continue through the stop sign at Kent Street and take the first left after the stop sign onto Otey Street.
  9. Continue past Wall Street and at the bottom of the hill turn right onto Roanoke Street.
  10. We are the last house on the right (at the corner of Roanoke Street and Draper Road).

CONTACT US


Let VTIPG and Virginia Tech put theory and knowledge to work for you! If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us:

The Institute is located in Alexandria and Blacksburg, Virginia.

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Policy & Governance
201 West Roanoke Street (0489)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-6775
Fax: (540) 231-6722
E-mail: regina50@vt.edu


Dr. Melony Price-Rhodes
Senior Program Director
Institute for Policy & Governance
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 324-7309
E-mail: mpricerh@vt.edu

For more information, please contact the Institute’s Director.

Dr. Max O. Stephenson, Jr.
201 West Roanoke St.
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-7340
E-mail: mstephen@vt.edu

NEWS

Second Volume of RE:Reflections and Explorations Now Published

Colleagues and friends, I am delighted to inform you that the second volume in the RE: Reflections and Explorations series has now been published. You may find an electronic version of this new book, edited by myself and Lyusyena Kirakosyan here: http://doi.org/10.21061/vtipg.re.v2.  We will be holding a reception to celebrate this occasion in early February and will send along notice of that event in due course. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech!

Best wishes, Max

Veterans in Society Conference – Call for Papers

The 4th Annual Veterans in Society Conference will be held on March 26-28, 2018 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA.

Proposals due January 6, 2017

Veterans, Globalized: Veterans and their Societies in International Perspective

The Conference takes issues raised by the First World War as its point of departure to encourage research and generate scholarly conversations across disciplines and eras that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in transnational or international perspective. To that end, we foresee juxtaposing explicitly comparative work with scholarship that delves into specific national, cultural, or historical contexts.

For more information, here is the link for the conference:  http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vis/

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary (250th) has been posted!!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Fear and the Moral Imagination: The Oil and Water of Democratic Self-Governance.

Note to Readers: This essay marks a milestone, as it is the 250th Soundings—the column first appeared on January 17, 2010. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to write these commentaries and who have offered their comments, positive and negative, concerning my efforts. I am very much in your debt. The next Soundings will appear on January 8, 2018. Happy Holidays to all! MOS

Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense

We are happy to announce that Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense on Monday, November 27. She is ready to advance to the next stage of the PhD program, the Proposal Defense. Her Doctoral advisory committee members are: Kwame Harrison (Sociology), Nancy McGhee (Tourism and Hospitality Management), Laura Zanotti (Political Science) and chair, Max Stephenson (Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance). Congratulations Neda and best wishes going forward! We know you will do well.

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

Several SPIA colleagues are participating this week in The Advancing the Human Condition Symposium, an Initiative of  Beyond Boundaries and The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area, November 28 – 30th and held in the Inn at VT. Max Stephenson is a discussant for the November 28th session (from 3:30 to 5:00) on Story Making as Cultural Work: Exploring Ontological Politics and Social Change in Communities of Struggle. Christian Matheis will be a panel member for the session, Interrogating what is meant by “Advancing the Human Condition” at 10:30 on November 29th. Sara Mattingly-Jordan will be a discussant for the panel Ethics and Engineering at 1:00 on the 29th. David Bieri, Ralph Hall, Max Stephenson and Christian Matheis will all participate in the session, The Beloved Community Initiative: Advancing the Human Condition through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics, 2:00 on the 30th. This session is organized jointly by the Beloved Community Initiative and the Policy Strategic Growth Area. There are many panels and promising discussions throughout both days.  Click here for the link to the schedule of events.

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Reflections on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Thanksgiving.

 I am posting Max’s Soundings early because I will be out of town and will not have internet access most of the time.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.  Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Danny White Passes proposal defense

Danny White, PGG PhD candidate, passed his proposal defense on Monday, November 13, 2017.  The title of his dissertation is:  “Sport and Social Capital:  Perceptions of Civil Society Organizations in Kigali, Rwanda”.  His committee includes:  Chair, Max Stephenson (Director of IPG), David Kniola (Professor School of Education), John Dooley (CEO of Virginia Tech Foundation),and Jocelyn Widmer (Director for Online Degree Programs at U of Florida).  Congratulations Danny and best wishes as you progress through the next phase of your PhD work!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Trade Agreements and Democracyby Simone Franzi, (PGG PhD student).

Thank you for reading.

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Youth as a Social Construct, by Nada Berrada, PhD student, ASPECT.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Strategic Use of Media in Mobilizing – Khunti Diaries, by Pallavi Raonka, PhD candidate, Scoiology.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

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Urban Affairs Association 48th Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN
Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge:
Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT.  Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30,2017.

Questions? Visit the UAA website: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/ (for info on proposal submissions, registration,hotel reservations,etc.), or contact us at mailto:conf@uaamail.orgor 1-414-229-3025.

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting
September 1-4, 2016
Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time
Philadelphia, PA

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference
July 13-15, 2016
Thinking about the Past; Thinking about the Future
University of Liverpool

October 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

July 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

From the Director: Tidings Quarterly Reflection:

The “Beloved Community:” Aspiring to be a Truly Free and Self-Governing Society

Opportunities

Call for Submissions (deadline September 15, 2017) The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is seeking submissions for publication in the Continue reading 

April 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

January 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

THE INSTITUTE FOR POLICY AND GOVERNANCE (IPG)

The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. We are an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary community of collaborating faculty, staff and students that conducts governance-related research, learning and engagement efforts concerning significant public challenges. We work principally with and for vulnerable or disadvantaged populations locally, regionally, nationally and globally in order to support more socially resilient and adaptive democratic societies. IPG maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Core Values: Creativity | Curiosity | Honesty | Human Dignity | Integrity | Learning | Mutuality | Openness | Social Justice | Trust
Practice Values: Collaboration | Empathy | Ethical | Honesty | Innovation | Learning | Purposefulness | Reflexivity | Responsiveness | Transparency

Design evaluation studies
Conduct needs assessments and implementation studies
Perform program assessment
Develop in-person, telephone, and e-mail surveys
Conduct focus groups and interviews
Foster federal/state/local relationship

Help build organizational and individual capacity
Develop models for public participation and engagement
Foster organizational development
Perform governance assessments
Conduct organizational analysis
Evaluate management processes
Facilitate strategic planning for public and non-profit organizations
Assess management challenges
Improve board/executive relations
Provide program training and process enhancement
Grant writing training and grant writing assistance
Develop e-governance strategies and implementation
Perform outcome evaluation
Facilitate group meetings

COMMUNITY VOICES

Community Voices engages leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors in sharing stories and insights about their creative leadership initiatives and innovative approaches to problem-solving, the hard lessons learned and the rich experiences gained.

Speakers give concise (no more than 18 minutes) engaging talks, followed by conversation and dialogue with audience members. The presentations are video recorded and made widely available through a public access web-site. The program is one hour.

FACULTY





Max Stephenson, Jr.
IPG Director

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Peacebuilding, international development & democratization
  • Environmental politics, policy & planning

Email | Read CV

Mary Beth Dunkenberger 
Senior Program Director & Business Manager, Blacksburg

Research Areas:

  • Connections between social programs, economic & community development
  • Organizational and program assessments
  • Policy and program innovations

Email | Read Bio

Melony Price-Rhodes, Ph. D. 
Senior Program Director, Alexandria

Research Areas:

  • Child welfare, revenue maximization, foster care and child protective services
  • Federal and state regulations affecting Federal Reimbursement Unit activities

Email | Photography Collection

David Moore
Senior Research Associate, Project Director (TAP) Swiftstart

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO & governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Early childhood & workforce development
  • Organizational development & capacity building

Email | Read Bio

Elizabeth Allen
Assistant Business Manager, Program Research Associate, Data Manager

Research Areas:

  • Develop and maintain data management for asset mapping/web portal prototype and gap analyses
  • Administer and report results of on-line survey instruments
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate focus groups/structured interviews
  • Report preparation and generate tables and charts for stakeholder meetings and project contractors

Email | Read Bio

Maya Berinzon
Research Associate

Research Areas:

  • Law & International Development
  • Comparative Law
  • Access to information
  • Regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa


Don Back
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Higher Education Financing, Governance and Leadership
  • Higher Education Policy and Practice
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • International Development

Email | Bio

Andy Morikawa
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Email

Martha Mead
VTIPG Fellow

Email

Minnis Ridenour
VTIPG Fellow, Resource Development

Research Areas:

  • Resource development
  • Financial management for governmental & nonprofit organizations

Email | Read Bio

George Still
VTIPG Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Support IPG / Pursue Grants
  • Consultation
  • Assist with reports & articles for publication

Edward Weisband
VTIPG Fellow, Endowed Chair, Political Science

Research Areas:

  • International monitoring regimes
  • Global accountabilities
  • Core international labor standard

Email | Read Bio


Suzanne Lo
Project Associate

Marcy Schnitzer
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Strategic Planning

Katy Powell
Professor of English and Director of the Center for Rhetoric in Society

Nancy White
Senior Consultant

Research Areas:

  • Policy design
  • Administration
  • Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizational evaluations

Email | Read Bio

Lyusyena Kirakosyan
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

Email

Rachel Christensen
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

STAFF



Karen Boone
Financial Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Finances
  • Payroll – Wage
  • Travel
  • Human Resources
  • Reconciling
  • Facilities
  • Maintain Records

540-231-1118
Email

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Administrative Assistant to the Director
  • Fixed Assets Manager
  • Web Content Coordinator
  • Editor of the IPG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Secondary assistance for miscellaneous office procedures

540-231-6775
Email

Wanda Mills
Web Content Administrator

Responsibilities:

  • Web Designer
  • Digital Content Management
  • IPG Website Administration

Email

Hazel Smith – Consulting Staff
Researcher

Responsibilities:

  • SSI Advocacy for Adults & Children

Email | Read Bio

Tanisha Capers
Project Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative and logistics support to the FRU management and staff
  • Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Banner representative
  • Assist with activities that secure initial and continued eligibility for children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E, Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income)

Email

Vickie Grazioli
Data Entry Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical support to the FRU Medicaid Case Analyst in obtaining appropriate collateral information to evaluate initial and continuing eligibility for continuing Comprehensive Services (CSA) and Title XIX (Medicaid) eligibility for each child served by Fairfax County Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

Email

Claudia Malenich
Court Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and file Civil Petitions for Support at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • Perform all activities related to establishing Judicial Support Orders (JSOs) in juvenile court
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state law, rules and regulations for Title IV-D funding

Email

Erin Mooney
Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Determine the initial eligibility of children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E (AFDC-FC), Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income), and to maintain the child’s continuing eligibility
  • Comprehensive knowledge of complex federal and state laws governing public assistance programs
  • Ability to research, obtain, interpret, and integrate information from many sources
  • Thorough knowledge of physiological and mental health impairments. Expertise in assessing and evaluating functional limitations based on medical and/or mental health records

Email

Peter Flint
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Process Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) copayment assessments for CSA supported agencies
  • Primary point of contact regarding the copayment process for CSA supported agencies
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the FRU Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary

Email

Brian Zamora
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze state uniform assessment instrument-the CANS document. Contact case manager if follow-up is required
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, local regulations, policies, and practices through reviews of publications, communications and training sessions with CSA and FRU management and staff
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary. Provide Project Director and relevant CSA management and staff (as requested) with data and assistance as necessary for projects

Email

AFFILIATED STUDENTS



Master’s Students

Henry Ayakwah (MURP)
Leeann Budzevski (MURP)
Erin Burcham (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Nathan Corso (MPIA-MIP)
Dinah Girma (MURP)
Beth Olberding (MURP/MNR-MIP)
Lara Nagle (MURP)

Ph.D. Students

  Carmen Boggs-Parker (PGG)
Lindy Cranwell (PGG)
Mary Beth Dunkenberger (PAPA)
Jeremy Elliott-Engel (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Rachel Gabriele (PGG)
Benjamin Grove (PGG)
Vanessa Guerra (PGG)
Sarah Hanks (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Jake Keyel (PGG)
Kyunghee Kim (Arch.and Design)
Kristin Kirk (PGG)
Sarah Lyon-Hill (PGG)
Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education)
Neda Moayerian (PGG)
Cheryl Montgomery (PGG)
David Moore (PAPA)
Oladayo Omosa (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Hamza Safouane (PGG)
Danny White (PGG)

Research PhD Students

 Laura Nelson – PhD (Human Development)

Visiting PhD Students

Yunyun Chen
Chunxue Mu

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their master’s:

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald (MPIA), May 2017
Kristin Haas (MPIA), May 2017
Heather Lyne (MPIA) May 2017
Natalie Patterson (MURP), May 2017

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their Ph.D.:

 Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education), Dec 2017

AFFILIATIONS, PARTNERS, & SPONSORS



Government Organizations
United States Forest Service
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, DHHS
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Services
Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Department of Social Services
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Council on Virginia’s Future
Fairfax County Department of Social Services
Pulaski County Department of Social Services
Giles County Department of Social Services
Montgomery County Department of Social Services
Floyd County Department of Social Services
Dinwiddie County Department of Social Services
Radford City Department of Social Services
New River Valley Planning District Commission
Arlington Economic Development
Fairfax County-Northern Virginia Nonprofit Partnership
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Virginia Center for Innovative Technology

Nonprofit Organizations
The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
Carpenter’s Shelter for Homeless Children, Families and Adults
United Way of Henry County and Martinsville
New River Community Action
Generations United
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
Jefferson Center in Roanoke
Free Clinic of Franklin County
Rockbridge County Free Clinic
Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, Inc.
Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
Rescue Mission – Roanoke Valley

Foundations
Community Foundation of the New River Valley
Bertlessman Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Carilion Foundation
Roanoke Times Landmark Communications Foundation
Ford Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Centers and Institutes 
Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
World Disaster Risk Management Institute
Center for Gerontology
Virginia Tech Southwest Center
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center
Metropolitan Institute
Community Design Assistance Center
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Virginia Rural Health Association

DIRECTIONS


NOTICE

Parking at IPG is now under University Policy

To reach the campus from Interstate 81 (southbound and northbound):

  1. From Interstate 81, take Exit 118 to reach the exit ramps for all three of the exits at this location. There is only one exit ramp serving the exits; missing the ramp means a trip north to Exit 128 or south to Exit 114 to turn around.
  2. Take Exit 118B onto U.S. 460 West. This exit connects directly to the Christiansburg Bypass. Follow the signs for Blacksburg/Virginia Tech. The U.S. 460 bypass between Blacksburg and Christiansburg is a limited-access highway from 1-81 to the campus entrance at Southgate Drive.
  3. Watch signs carefully for routes and directions. From the bypass, Bus. U.S. 460 — South Main Street, exits to the right (take South Main Street as one route to reach downtown Blacksburg).
  4. Keep left and stay on U.S. 460 West, signed for “Virginia Tech, Bluefield” to continue directly to the university.
  5. Drive for 2.5 miles on U.S. 460 to the traffic light at VA 314, Southgate Drive. Turn right onto Southgate Drive. There is a campus map a quarter-mile on the right and the Visitor Information Center is a half-mile from U.S. 460 on the right.
  6. Continue to the stoplight at Spring Road and turn left onto Spring.
  7. Continue past Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum to the stop sign at Washington Street and turn right onto Washington.
  8. Continue through the stop sign at Kent Street and take the first left after the stop sign onto Otey Street.
  9. Continue past Wall Street and at the bottom of the hill turn right onto Roanoke Street.
  10. We are the last house on the right (at the corner of Roanoke Street and Draper Road).

CONTACT US


Let VTIPG and Virginia Tech put theory and knowledge to work for you! If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us:

The Institute is located in Alexandria and Blacksburg, Virginia.

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Policy & Governance
201 West Roanoke Street (0489)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-6775
Fax: (540) 231-6722
E-mail: regina50@vt.edu


Dr. Melony Price-Rhodes
Senior Program Director
Institute for Policy & Governance
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 324-7309
E-mail: mpricerh@vt.edu

For more information, please contact the Institute’s Director.

Dr. Max O. Stephenson, Jr.
201 West Roanoke St.
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-7340
E-mail: mstephen@vt.edu

NEWS

Second Volume of RE:Reflections and Explorations Now Published

Colleagues and friends, I am delighted to inform you that the second volume in the RE: Reflections and Explorations series has now been published. You may find an electronic version of this new book, edited by myself and Lyusyena Kirakosyan here: http://doi.org/10.21061/vtipg.re.v2.  We will be holding a reception to celebrate this occasion in early February and will send along notice of that event in due course. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech!

Best wishes, Max

Veterans in Society Conference – Call for Papers

The 4th Annual Veterans in Society Conference will be held on March 26-28, 2018 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA.

Proposals due January 6, 2017

Veterans, Globalized: Veterans and their Societies in International Perspective

The Conference takes issues raised by the First World War as its point of departure to encourage research and generate scholarly conversations across disciplines and eras that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in transnational or international perspective. To that end, we foresee juxtaposing explicitly comparative work with scholarship that delves into specific national, cultural, or historical contexts.

For more information, here is the link for the conference:  http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vis/

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary (250th) has been posted!!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Fear and the Moral Imagination: The Oil and Water of Democratic Self-Governance.

Note to Readers: This essay marks a milestone, as it is the 250th Soundings—the column first appeared on January 17, 2010. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to write these commentaries and who have offered their comments, positive and negative, concerning my efforts. I am very much in your debt. The next Soundings will appear on January 8, 2018. Happy Holidays to all! MOS

Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense

We are happy to announce that Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense on Monday, November 27. She is ready to advance to the next stage of the PhD program, the Proposal Defense. Her Doctoral advisory committee members are: Kwame Harrison (Sociology), Nancy McGhee (Tourism and Hospitality Management), Laura Zanotti (Political Science) and chair, Max Stephenson (Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance). Congratulations Neda and best wishes going forward! We know you will do well.

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

Several SPIA colleagues are participating this week in The Advancing the Human Condition Symposium, an Initiative of  Beyond Boundaries and The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area, November 28 – 30th and held in the Inn at VT. Max Stephenson is a discussant for the November 28th session (from 3:30 to 5:00) on Story Making as Cultural Work: Exploring Ontological Politics and Social Change in Communities of Struggle. Christian Matheis will be a panel member for the session, Interrogating what is meant by “Advancing the Human Condition” at 10:30 on November 29th. Sara Mattingly-Jordan will be a discussant for the panel Ethics and Engineering at 1:00 on the 29th. David Bieri, Ralph Hall, Max Stephenson and Christian Matheis will all participate in the session, The Beloved Community Initiative: Advancing the Human Condition through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics, 2:00 on the 30th. This session is organized jointly by the Beloved Community Initiative and the Policy Strategic Growth Area. There are many panels and promising discussions throughout both days.  Click here for the link to the schedule of events.

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Reflections on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Thanksgiving.

 I am posting Max’s Soundings early because I will be out of town and will not have internet access most of the time.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.  Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Danny White Passes proposal defense

Danny White, PGG PhD candidate, passed his proposal defense on Monday, November 13, 2017.  The title of his dissertation is:  “Sport and Social Capital:  Perceptions of Civil Society Organizations in Kigali, Rwanda”.  His committee includes:  Chair, Max Stephenson (Director of IPG), David Kniola (Professor School of Education), John Dooley (CEO of Virginia Tech Foundation),and Jocelyn Widmer (Director for Online Degree Programs at U of Florida).  Congratulations Danny and best wishes as you progress through the next phase of your PhD work!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Trade Agreements and Democracyby Simone Franzi, (PGG PhD student).

Thank you for reading.

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Youth as a Social Construct, by Nada Berrada, PhD student, ASPECT.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Strategic Use of Media in Mobilizing – Khunti Diaries, by Pallavi Raonka, PhD candidate, Scoiology.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

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Urban Affairs Association 48th Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN
Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge:
Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT.  Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30,2017.

Questions? Visit the UAA website: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/ (for info on proposal submissions, registration,hotel reservations,etc.), or contact us at mailto:conf@uaamail.orgor 1-414-229-3025.

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting
September 1-4, 2016
Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time
Philadelphia, PA

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference
July 13-15, 2016
Thinking about the Past; Thinking about the Future
University of Liverpool

October 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

July 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

From the Director: Tidings Quarterly Reflection:

The “Beloved Community:” Aspiring to be a Truly Free and Self-Governing Society

Opportunities

Call for Submissions (deadline September 15, 2017) The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is seeking submissions for publication in the Continue reading 

April 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

January 2017 Newsletter

Thank you to all who were a part of putting this together, and thank you for reading!

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

THE INSTITUTE FOR POLICY AND GOVERNANCE (IPG)

The Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. We are an entrepreneurial, interdisciplinary community of collaborating faculty, staff and students that conducts governance-related research, learning and engagement efforts concerning significant public challenges. We work principally with and for vulnerable or disadvantaged populations locally, regionally, nationally and globally in order to support more socially resilient and adaptive democratic societies. IPG maintains an active program of empirical and theoretical research and learning linked to the Institute’s policy and governance-related domains of interest to achieve more fully democratic societies at all geographic scales. We engage in research, capacity building, technical outreach and community-based participatory inquiry with and on behalf of those we serve, principally disadvantaged and vulnerable populations.

Core Values: Creativity | Curiosity | Honesty | Human Dignity | Integrity | Learning | Mutuality | Openness | Social Justice | Trust
Practice Values: Collaboration | Empathy | Ethical | Honesty | Innovation | Learning | Purposefulness | Reflexivity | Responsiveness | Transparency

Design evaluation studies
Conduct needs assessments and implementation studies
Perform program assessment
Develop in-person, telephone, and e-mail surveys
Conduct focus groups and interviews
Foster federal/state/local relationship

Help build organizational and individual capacity
Develop models for public participation and engagement
Foster organizational development
Perform governance assessments
Conduct organizational analysis
Evaluate management processes
Facilitate strategic planning for public and non-profit organizations
Assess management challenges
Improve board/executive relations
Provide program training and process enhancement
Grant writing training and grant writing assistance
Develop e-governance strategies and implementation
Perform outcome evaluation
Facilitate group meetings

COMMUNITY VOICES

Community Voices engages leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors in sharing stories and insights about their creative leadership initiatives and innovative approaches to problem-solving, the hard lessons learned and the rich experiences gained.

Speakers give concise (no more than 18 minutes) engaging talks, followed by conversation and dialogue with audience members. The presentations are video recorded and made widely available through a public access web-site. The program is one hour.

FACULTY





Max Stephenson, Jr.
IPG Director

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Peacebuilding, international development & democratization
  • Environmental politics, policy & planning

Email | Read CV

Mary Beth Dunkenberger 
Senior Program Director & Business Manager, Blacksburg

Research Areas:

  • Connections between social programs, economic & community development
  • Organizational and program assessments
  • Policy and program innovations

Email | Read Bio

Melony Price-Rhodes, Ph. D. 
Senior Program Director, Alexandria

Research Areas:

  • Child welfare, revenue maximization, foster care and child protective services
  • Federal and state regulations affecting Federal Reimbursement Unit activities

Email | Photography Collection

David Moore
Senior Research Associate, Project Director (TAP) Swiftstart

Research Areas:

  • Nonprofit/NGO & governance, leadership, management & civil society
  • Public policy & policy theory
  • Early childhood & workforce development
  • Organizational development & capacity building

Email | Read Bio

Elizabeth Allen
Assistant Business Manager, Program Research Associate, Data Manager

Research Areas:

  • Develop and maintain data management for asset mapping/web portal prototype and gap analyses
  • Administer and report results of on-line survey instruments
  • Coordinate and co-facilitate focus groups/structured interviews
  • Report preparation and generate tables and charts for stakeholder meetings and project contractors

Email | Read Bio

Maya Berinzon
Research Associate

Research Areas:

  • Law & International Development
  • Comparative Law
  • Access to information
  • Regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa


Don Back
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Higher Education Financing, Governance and Leadership
  • Higher Education Policy and Practice
  • Internationalization of Higher Education
  • International Development

Email | Bio

Andy Morikawa
VTIPG Senior Fellow

Email

Martha Mead
VTIPG Fellow

Email

Minnis Ridenour
VTIPG Fellow, Resource Development

Research Areas:

  • Resource development
  • Financial management for governmental & nonprofit organizations

Email | Read Bio

George Still
VTIPG Fellow

Research Areas:

  • Support IPG / Pursue Grants
  • Consultation
  • Assist with reports & articles for publication

Edward Weisband
VTIPG Fellow, Endowed Chair, Political Science

Research Areas:

  • International monitoring regimes
  • Global accountabilities
  • Core international labor standard

Email | Read Bio


Suzanne Lo
Project Associate

Marcy Schnitzer
Assistant Provost for Diversity and Strategic Planning

Katy Powell
Professor of English and Director of the Center for Rhetoric in Society

Nancy White
Senior Consultant

Research Areas:

  • Policy design
  • Administration
  • Nonprofit and nongovernmental organizational evaluations

Email | Read Bio

Lyusyena Kirakosyan
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

Email

Rachel Christensen
VTIPG Senior Project Associate

STAFF



Karen Boone
Financial Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Finances
  • Payroll – Wage
  • Travel
  • Human Resources
  • Reconciling
  • Facilities
  • Maintain Records

540-231-1118
Email

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Administrative Assistant to the Director
  • Fixed Assets Manager
  • Web Content Coordinator
  • Editor of the IPG Quarterly Newsletter
  • Secondary assistance for miscellaneous office procedures

540-231-6775
Email

Wanda Mills
Web Content Administrator

Responsibilities:

  • Web Designer
  • Digital Content Management
  • IPG Website Administration

Email

Hazel Smith – Consulting Staff
Researcher

Responsibilities:

  • SSI Advocacy for Adults & Children

Email | Read Bio

Tanisha Capers
Project Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Provides administrative and logistics support to the FRU management and staff
  • Human Resources Information System (HRIS) Banner representative
  • Assist with activities that secure initial and continued eligibility for children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E, Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income)

Email

Vickie Grazioli
Data Entry Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical support to the FRU Medicaid Case Analyst in obtaining appropriate collateral information to evaluate initial and continuing eligibility for continuing Comprehensive Services (CSA) and Title XIX (Medicaid) eligibility for each child served by Fairfax County Comprehensive Services Act (CSA).

Email

Claudia Malenich
Court Specialist

Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and file Civil Petitions for Support at the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
  • Perform all activities related to establishing Judicial Support Orders (JSOs) in juvenile court
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state law, rules and regulations for Title IV-D funding

Email

Erin Mooney
Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Determine the initial eligibility of children in receipt of CSA funds for other public assistance programs, specifically Title II (Social Security), Title IV-E (AFDC-FC), Title IV-D (Child Support), Title XVI (Supplemental Security Income), and to maintain the child’s continuing eligibility
  • Comprehensive knowledge of complex federal and state laws governing public assistance programs
  • Ability to research, obtain, interpret, and integrate information from many sources
  • Thorough knowledge of physiological and mental health impairments. Expertise in assessing and evaluating functional limitations based on medical and/or mental health records

Email

Peter Flint
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Process Comprehensive Services Act (CSA) copayment assessments for CSA supported agencies
  • Primary point of contact regarding the copayment process for CSA supported agencies
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the FRU Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary

Email

Brian Zamora
FRU CSA Case Analyst

Responsibilities:

  • Analyze state uniform assessment instrument-the CANS document. Contact case manager if follow-up is required
  • Maintain accurate knowledge of relevant federal and state laws, local regulations, policies, and practices through reviews of publications, communications and training sessions with CSA and FRU management and staff
  • Research, analyze, and prepare statistics and information to assist the Project Director with contract deliverables as necessary. Provide Project Director and relevant CSA management and staff (as requested) with data and assistance as necessary for projects

Email

AFFILIATED STUDENTS



Master’s Students

Henry Ayakwah (MURP)
Leeann Budzevski (MURP)
Erin Burcham (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Nathan Corso (MPIA-MIP)
Dinah Girma (MURP)
Beth Olberding (MURP/MNR-MIP)
Lara Nagle (MURP)

Ph.D. Students

  Carmen Boggs-Parker (PGG)
Lindy Cranwell (PGG)
Mary Beth Dunkenberger (PAPA)
Jeremy Elliott-Engel (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Rachel Gabriele (PGG)
Benjamin Grove (PGG)
Vanessa Guerra (PGG)
Sarah Hanks (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Jake Keyel (PGG)
Kyunghee Kim (Arch.and Design)
Kristin Kirk (PGG)
Sarah Lyon-Hill (PGG)
Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education)
Neda Moayerian (PGG)
Cheryl Montgomery (PGG)
David Moore (PAPA)
Oladayo Omosa (Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education)
Hamza Safouane (PGG)
Danny White (PGG)

Research PhD Students

 Laura Nelson – PhD (Human Development)

Visiting PhD Students

Yunyun Chen
Chunxue Mu

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their master’s:

Kaitlyn Fitzgerald (MPIA), May 2017
Kristin Haas (MPIA), May 2017
Heather Lyne (MPIA) May 2017
Natalie Patterson (MURP), May 2017

Congratulations the following VTIPG Affiliated Students who recently obtained their Ph.D.:

 Lorien MacAuley (Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education), Dec 2017

AFFILIATIONS, PARTNERS, & SPONSORS



Government Organizations
United States Forest Service
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, DHHS
United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Services
Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and Substance Abuse Services
Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development
Virginia Department of Social Services
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Council on Virginia’s Future
Fairfax County Department of Social Services
Pulaski County Department of Social Services
Giles County Department of Social Services
Montgomery County Department of Social Services
Floyd County Department of Social Services
Dinwiddie County Department of Social Services
Radford City Department of Social Services
New River Valley Planning District Commission
Arlington Economic Development
Fairfax County-Northern Virginia Nonprofit Partnership
Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Virginia Center for Innovative Technology

Nonprofit Organizations
The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley
Carpenter’s Shelter for Homeless Children, Families and Adults
United Way of Henry County and Martinsville
New River Community Action
Generations United
Virginia Community Healthcare Association
Jefferson Center in Roanoke
Free Clinic of Franklin County
Rockbridge County Free Clinic
Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia, Inc.
Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley
Rescue Mission – Roanoke Valley

Foundations
Community Foundation of the New River Valley
Bertlessman Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Carilion Foundation
Roanoke Times Landmark Communications Foundation
Ford Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Centers and Institutes 
Institute for Society, Culture, and the Environment
The Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
Virginia Bioinformatics Institute
World Disaster Risk Management Institute
Center for Gerontology
Virginia Tech Southwest Center
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Center
Metropolitan Institute
Community Design Assistance Center
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Virginia Rural Health Association

DIRECTIONS


NOTICE

Parking at IPG is now under University Policy

To reach the campus from Interstate 81 (southbound and northbound):

  1. From Interstate 81, take Exit 118 to reach the exit ramps for all three of the exits at this location. There is only one exit ramp serving the exits; missing the ramp means a trip north to Exit 128 or south to Exit 114 to turn around.
  2. Take Exit 118B onto U.S. 460 West. This exit connects directly to the Christiansburg Bypass. Follow the signs for Blacksburg/Virginia Tech. The U.S. 460 bypass between Blacksburg and Christiansburg is a limited-access highway from 1-81 to the campus entrance at Southgate Drive.
  3. Watch signs carefully for routes and directions. From the bypass, Bus. U.S. 460 — South Main Street, exits to the right (take South Main Street as one route to reach downtown Blacksburg).
  4. Keep left and stay on U.S. 460 West, signed for “Virginia Tech, Bluefield” to continue directly to the university.
  5. Drive for 2.5 miles on U.S. 460 to the traffic light at VA 314, Southgate Drive. Turn right onto Southgate Drive. There is a campus map a quarter-mile on the right and the Visitor Information Center is a half-mile from U.S. 460 on the right.
  6. Continue to the stoplight at Spring Road and turn left onto Spring.
  7. Continue past Lane Stadium and Cassell Coliseum to the stop sign at Washington Street and turn right onto Washington.
  8. Continue through the stop sign at Kent Street and take the first left after the stop sign onto Otey Street.
  9. Continue past Wall Street and at the bottom of the hill turn right onto Roanoke Street.
  10. We are the last house on the right (at the corner of Roanoke Street and Draper Road).

CONTACT US


Let VTIPG and Virginia Tech put theory and knowledge to work for you! If you are interested in collaborating with us, please contact us:

The Institute is located in Alexandria and Blacksburg, Virginia.

Regina Naff
Administrative Assistant
Institute for Policy & Governance
201 West Roanoke Street (0489)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-6775
Fax: (540) 231-6722
E-mail: regina50@vt.edu


Dr. Melony Price-Rhodes
Senior Program Director
Institute for Policy & Governance
1021 Prince Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 324-7309
E-mail: mpricerh@vt.edu

For more information, please contact the Institute’s Director.

Dr. Max O. Stephenson, Jr.
201 West Roanoke St.
Blacksburg , VA 24061
Office: (540) 231-7340
E-mail: mstephen@vt.edu

NEWS

Second Volume of RE:Reflections and Explorations Now Published

Colleagues and friends, I am delighted to inform you that the second volume in the RE: Reflections and Explorations series has now been published. You may find an electronic version of this new book, edited by myself and Lyusyena Kirakosyan here: http://doi.org/10.21061/vtipg.re.v2.  We will be holding a reception to celebrate this occasion in early February and will send along notice of that event in due course. Meanwhile, Happy Holidays to you and yours from the Institute for Policy and Governance at Virginia Tech!

Best wishes, Max

Veterans in Society Conference – Call for Papers

The 4th Annual Veterans in Society Conference will be held on March 26-28, 2018 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, VA.

Proposals due January 6, 2017

Veterans, Globalized: Veterans and their Societies in International Perspective

The Conference takes issues raised by the First World War as its point of departure to encourage research and generate scholarly conversations across disciplines and eras that consider the interplay of veterans and their societies in transnational or international perspective. To that end, we foresee juxtaposing explicitly comparative work with scholarship that delves into specific national, cultural, or historical contexts.

For more information, here is the link for the conference:  http://www.cpe.vt.edu/vis/

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary (250th) has been posted!!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Fear and the Moral Imagination: The Oil and Water of Democratic Self-Governance.

Note to Readers: This essay marks a milestone, as it is the 250th Soundings—the column first appeared on January 17, 2010. Thank you to all who have encouraged me to write these commentaries and who have offered their comments, positive and negative, concerning my efforts. I am very much in your debt. The next Soundings will appear on January 8, 2018. Happy Holidays to all! MOS

Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense

We are happy to announce that Neda Moayerian passed her Prelim defense on Monday, November 27. She is ready to advance to the next stage of the PhD program, the Proposal Defense. Her Doctoral advisory committee members are: Kwame Harrison (Sociology), Nancy McGhee (Tourism and Hospitality Management), Laura Zanotti (Political Science) and chair, Max Stephenson (Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Policy and Governance). Congratulations Neda and best wishes going forward! We know you will do well.

Advancing the Human Condition Symposium

Several SPIA colleagues are participating this week in The Advancing the Human Condition Symposium, an Initiative of  Beyond Boundaries and The Equity and Social Disparity in the Human Condition Strategic Growth Area, November 28 – 30th and held in the Inn at VT. Max Stephenson is a discussant for the November 28th session (from 3:30 to 5:00) on Story Making as Cultural Work: Exploring Ontological Politics and Social Change in Communities of Struggle. Christian Matheis will be a panel member for the session, Interrogating what is meant by “Advancing the Human Condition” at 10:30 on November 29th. Sara Mattingly-Jordan will be a discussant for the panel Ethics and Engineering at 1:00 on the 29th. David Bieri, Ralph Hall, Max Stephenson and Christian Matheis will all participate in the session, The Beloved Community Initiative: Advancing the Human Condition through Inclusive, Sustainable Economics, 2:00 on the 30th. This session is organized jointly by the Beloved Community Initiative and the Policy Strategic Growth Area. There are many panels and promising discussions throughout both days.  Click here for the link to the schedule of events.

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted!

Max Stephenson’s latest Soundings commentary has been posted:  Reflections on Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at Thanksgiving.

 I am posting Max’s Soundings early because I will be out of town and will not have internet access most of the time.

Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.  Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Danny White Passes proposal defense

Danny White, PGG PhD candidate, passed his proposal defense on Monday, November 13, 2017.  The title of his dissertation is:  “Sport and Social Capital:  Perceptions of Civil Society Organizations in Kigali, Rwanda”.  His committee includes:  Chair, Max Stephenson (Director of IPG), David Kniola (Professor School of Education), John Dooley (CEO of Virginia Tech Foundation),and Jocelyn Widmer (Director for Online Degree Programs at U of Florida).  Congratulations Danny and best wishes as you progress through the next phase of your PhD work!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Trade Agreements and Democracyby Simone Franzi, (PGG PhD student).

Thank you for reading.

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Youth as a Social Construct, by Nada Berrada, PhD student, ASPECT.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted!

The latest RE: Reflections and Explorations has been posted:  Strategic Use of Media in Mobilizing – Khunti Diaries, by Pallavi Raonka, PhD candidate, Scoiology.

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

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Urban Affairs Association 48th Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2018 | Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel | Toronto, CN
Abstract/Session Proposal Deadline:  October 1, 2017

Shaping Justice and Sustainability Within and Beyond the City’s Edge:
Contestation and Collaboration in Urbanizing Regions

In an era of globalizing forces, the region has become an important arena for collaboration and contestation, as metropolitan areas work to craft their individual identities. As they do so, questions of equity, inclusion, and sustainability remain. What is the role of diversity, difference and singularity of social actors and communities when it comes to forging visions of urban development that are collective in process, cohesive in vision and sustainable in implementation? Furthermore, as global financial systems exert greater control over national, regional, and local economies, what is the role of innovative and/or insurgent social practices in an urbanizing region? What are the most effective strategies to create environmentally and economically sustainable communities in a regional context? How will different factions of regional actors evolve given conventional relationships, increased social and cultural diversity, and the contradictions of competitiveness and solidarity?

Abstract/Proposal Deadline: UAA will not accept any proposals (of any kind) after October 1, 2017, 12 midnight Central Daylight Time (CDT) or 5:00am GMT. The online submission site will close at 12:01 am CDT.  Acceptance or rejection notices will be sent by November 30,2017.

Questions? Visit the UAA website: http://urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/ (for info on proposal submissions, registration,hotel reservations,etc.), or contact us at mailto:conf@uaamail.orgor 1-414-229-3025.

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting

APSA 2016 Annual Meeting
September 1-4, 2016
Great Transformations: Political Science and the Big Questions of Our Time
Philadelphia, PA

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference

Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference
July 13-15, 2016
Thinking about the Past; Thinking about the Future
University of Liverpool

October 2017 Newsletter

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July 2017 Newsletter

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From the Director: Tidings Quarterly Reflection:

The “Beloved Community:” Aspiring to be a Truly Free and Self-Governing Society

Opportunities

Call for Submissions (deadline September 15, 2017) The Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development is seeking submissions for publication in the Continue reading 

April 2017 Newsletter

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January 2017 Newsletter

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DIRECTOR’S CORNER

A REGIONAL COMMUNITY  ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES

A REGIONAL COMMUNITY  ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES

A REGIONAL COMMUNITY  ADDRESSING GLOBAL CHALLENGES

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