Jose Irizarry joins the faculty of the University of Illinois at Springfield as a Doctoral Dissertation Fellow in the Department of Public Administration for the 2020-2021 academic year. He defended his doctoral dissertation on August 28th, 2020 and is set to graduate with a degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University. His comprehensive exam fields of study were completed in public administration theory, public policy, organizational studies, and epistemology and methodology. He holds an MPA (Policy and Administration with concentration in Management and Operations) and MA in Criminal Justice (with specialization in Criminal Law and Procedure) from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. His research interests include but are not limited to: public service, public administration, nonprofits, human resources, organization studies, criminal justice policy and management, community engagement, and diverse and inclusive pedagogy.
Jose has provided instruction in public administration and criminal justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, St. Francis College, and Florida Atlantic University. He has served our profession in a variety of ways including serving as the Secretary and Vice President of the New York State Political Science Association which he helped to incorporate in New York, and notably as the first Student Representative on the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), where he also served as a District 1 National Council Member. As a member of ASPA’s National Council, his hard work laid a strong foundation for many of ASPA’s premier programs and services. His major accomplishments at ASPA include (1) playing an instrumental role in creating and coordinating ASPA’s first Mentoring Program piloted in 2011 and launched in 2012, (2) redesigning and revitalizing ASPA’s flagship Founders’ Forum Fellowship Program and initiating ways for ASPA to open the program to up to 25 students (75 students during ASPA’s 75th anniversary) from just a handful of students; and (3) on behalf of ASPA, working with the Asian Society for Institutional Analysis (ASIASIA), ASPA, and Xiamen University (in Beijing, China) to put together and host ASPA’s Inaugural International Workshop for Young Scholars in Public Policy and Administration Research to held in Xiamen City, the People’s Republic of China in 2011, where he served as Executive Chairman and moderator of several lectures, workshops, and special events.
As a practitioner Jose has worked in both the public and for-profit sectors with most of his experience in the nonprofit sector and higher education institutions. Some of the organizations he has worked with include: AIDS Center of Queens County, American Jewish Committee, Association of Inspectors General, Boca Helping Hands, Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Hetrick Martin Institute, Jewish National Fund, Living Beyond Belief, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, and the New York Public Library.
Jose began his public service career while a foster youth in NYC which he aged out from at 21 years old. Jose’s mission: make the world a better place, especially for those less fortunate, by providing a voice for those that are unable to advocate for themselves and helping build up the next generation through advocacy, activism, and education. He looks forward to settling down and beginning the process of becoming a foster parent upon completing his doctorate.
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