The mission of the LBJ School is to train both "thinkers and doers," and a hallmark of the LBJ experience is a curriculum that combines academic work with practical experience in the policy world. Every summer, LBJ School students head out into the policy arena to learn more about the kinds of careers they can pursue after graduation — and to gain the experience they'll need to begin. A few of them sent us some details about what they did this year, and what they learned in the process.
- Joint Ph.D. Public Policy, Indiana University - Bloomington
- B.A. International Studies, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)
- Employee Morale
- Policy Implementation
- Government Performance
- Leadership (including nonprofits)
- Policy Process and Institutions
Gordon Abner is a public management scholar whose research focuses on improving citizens’ perceptions of public employees and government service, and on improving the morale and performance of public employees — which he is particularly interested in within the sphere of social policy. Professor Abner has employed a variety of methods in his research including experiments, content analysis, interviews and survey research, and he enjoys learning new methods that may be applicable to his work. His research has appeared in Nonprofit Management and Leadership as well as in the Review of Public Personnel Administration.
- Spring 2020 - 58695 - PA 397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
- Spring 2020 - 58285 - PA 384C - Public Management
- Fall 2019 - 59200 - PA 384C - Public Management
- Fall 2019 - 59345 - PA 388L - Advanced Topics in Management
- Spring 2019 - 60010 - PA 384C - Public Management
- Fall 2018 - 60675- PA 384C - Public Management
- Fall 2018 - 60665 - PA 384C - Public Management