Exciting news! The School of Public Administration Joins the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters


We bring you some exciting news! The School of Public Administration is now officially part of the FAU-Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, which is one of the largest Colleges at Florida Atlantic University, with many undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities and social sciences, headed by Dean Michael J. Horswell. Below you will find a letter from Dean Horswell announcing our new structure and welcoming us to our new College home.

With this transition, we also have a new leadership team in place. I will be serving as the new Director of the School of Public Administration. Dr. Leslie Leip will be the Program Coordinator for the Master of Public Administration and the Master of Nonprofit Management programs and Dr. Robin Larson will be the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator for the Bachelor of Public Safety Administration and Bachelor of Public Management programs. Dr. Art Sementelli will continue to serve as the Ph.D. Program Coordinator.

There are many exciting challenges facing the public sector, and our five degree programs provide our students with an excellent education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. The School of Public Administration offers Bachelor’s programs in public management and public safety administration (with concentrations in law enforcement and disaster management), Master’s programs in public administration and nonprofit management, and a Ph.D. program in public administration. Our students and alumni work in local, state, and federal government agencies in the United States, in nonprofit organizations, and in international government agencies. They make a difference in the lives of others every day. Make sure you checkout the student and alumni profiles on our website.

Our two signature centers that provide research and training for both university and public audiences are led by Sarah Shannon, Director of the John Scott Dailey Institute of Government (IOG) and Dr. Peter Cruise, Executive Director of the LeRoy Collins Public Ethics Academy. Our School also continues to be the editorial home for two leading academic journals edited by Dr. Ali Farazmand:  International Journal of Public Administration and Public Organizations Review. For student-related information on the transition, please click here.

With our new home, we look forward to continuing and expanding our innovative and stimulating curriculum and building on our shared values to provide exceptional educational opportunities for those choosing careers in the public and nonprofit sectors.

Hope you and your loved ones are doing well in these unprecedented times and looking forward to our interactions virtually till we can meet in-person in the coming year.  


Stay safe and well,




Director and Professor,

School of Public Administration 

Florida Atlantic University,

Social Sciences Building, Room 206

777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL  33431-0991

Phone: 561-297-2330

Direct: 561-297-0443

Fax: 561-297-4178

E-mail: asapat@fau.edu

// Pronouns: she, her, hers




Letter from the Dean



July 1, 2020

I am pleased to announce that as of today the Schools of Architecture and Public Administration, formerly with the College of Design and Social Inquiry, have officially joined the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters. We are very excited to welcome our new students, faculty, and staff and we look forward to the collaborative work that will be possible with the Schools. For example, the School of Architecture, the Department of Visual Arts and Art History and the School of Communication and Multimedia Studies will find synergies in their research and teaching in the exciting fields of design, emerging technologies, and Artificial Intelligence. Also, the School of Public Administration offers programs that relate well to the Departments of Political Science and Sociology in their commitments to government and public policy, and shared interests with the Department of Philosophy in the area of Ethics and Society. Both Schools bring shared values to the College in preparing our students to be good citizens of the world, in contributing innovative research and creative works, and in engaging robustly with our local, national and international communities.

We have been working hard over the last several months to ensure a seamless transition. Our students should not see a change in the registration process for classes. Majors will receive the same high quality advising as in the past, but from the College of Arts and Letters Office of Student Services. The interim Director of the School of Architecture continues to be Professor Jeffrey Huber. The new Director of the School of Public Administration is Dr. Alka Sapat.

Though we may not be able to meet our new colleagues and students in the classrooms and hallways for a while, I look forward to virtual collaboration that will soon lead to face-to-face initiatives in teaching, research and community engagement.

Stay safe,
Michael J. Horswell
Dean, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters