Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation

2015-16 COPRA

NASPAA’s Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) is the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)-recognized accreditation body for graduate degree programs in public policy, administration, and affairs, globally. 

COPRA consists of 14 members, 13 of which are academic professionals and one who is a current practitioner. Its regularly rotating membership consists of individuals with overlapping three-year terms. COPRA meets twice annually to discuss accreditation decisions and policies.

2016-17 Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation Members

Chairperson: Laura Bloomberg
NASPAA Liaison: Crystal Calarusse

Robert Bifulco
Associate Professor
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University
rbifulco@maxwell.syr.edu

Laura Bloomberg
Associate Dean
University of Minnesota
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
bloom004@umn.edu

David Campbell
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
Binghamton University
dcamp@binghamton.edu

Rose Diaz
Senior Assistant Dean
School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University
rd2614@columbia.edu

Andrew Ewoh
Professor
Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs

Texas Southern University
ewohai@tsu.edu

Maja Holmes
Chair and Associate Professor
Department of Public Administration
West Virginia University
Maja.Holmes@mail.wvu.edu

Jared Llorens
Associate Professor
Public Administration Institute, Ourso College of Business
Louisiana State  University
jared1@lsu.edu

Thomas Longoria
Professor and Director of the Center for Policy, Research, and Training
Department of Political Science
Texas State University
tl28@txstate.edu

Michael Massiah
Chief
Capital Planning, Execution & Asset Management
The Port Authority of NY & NJ
mmassiah@panynj.gov

Jeffrey Osgood
Vice Provost
Dean (interim), College of Business and Public Management
West Chester University
JOsgood@wcupa.edu

Christine Rush
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Mississippi State University
crush@pspa.msstate.edu

Jaeun Shin
Professor and MPP Program Chair
KDI School of Public Policy and Management
jshin@kdischool.ac.kr

Craig Thomas
Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
University of Washington
thomasc@u.washington.edu

Brian Williams
Associate Professor
School of Public & International Affairs
The University of Georgia
bnwillia@uga.edu

Eligibility Committee Members

The Eligibility Committee, a three-person committee, reviews Eligibility Applications and makes recommendations to the Commission regarding the fitness of programs for the self-study process. 

NASPAA Liaison: Crystal Calarusse

Jo Ann Ewalt
Professor
Department of Political Science
College of Charleston

Jeffrey Osgood*
Vice Provost
Dean (interim), College of Business and Public Management
West Chester University

Chandler Stolp
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
LBJ School of Public Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin

*COPRA representative     

Standards Committee Members 

As per NASPAA’s Bylaws, the NASPAA Standards Committee “shall develop and maintain appropriate standards for masters programs in public affairs and administration.”  

Chandler Stolp, Chair
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
The University of Texas at Austin

Greg Bielawski
Retired, City Manager
ICMA

Shahjahan Bhuiyan
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies & Administration
School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
The American University in Cairo

Gloria Billingsley
MPPA Program Director
Jackson State University

Jonathan Breul
Adjunct Professor
Georgetown University

Renee Irvin
Associate Department Head
University of Oregon

John Kiefer
Director, MPA Program
University of New Orleans

Kwon Jung
Associate Dean for Academics
The KDI School

Greg Lindsey
Professor
Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota

William Powers
Executive Dean
School of Public Policy
University of Maryland, College Park

Christopher Reddick
Department Chair
The University of Texas at San Antonio