Politics & Policy

Resiliency as a Political Act

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Over the years, various unprecedented events (also known as “black swan” events) have shaken the political structure of the United States. One such black swan event, the COVID-19 pandemic, entailed public servants to play a distinct role in mitigating the growing challenges brought upon by the pandemic.

In this seminar, Dora Kingsley Vertenten, professor and faculty director of the Master of Public Administration online program at USC, speaks about building resilience and leadership skills to model among political acts during times of crisis. The panel is moderated by Paul Danczyk, director of executive education in Sacramento for USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Who Will Benefit

– Those looking pinpoint black swan events throughout history
– Students hoping to understand the unique role played by public servants during times of crisis
– Those wanting to uncover the political implications of social distancing and stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19

About Our Featured Faculty

Dora Kingsley Vertenten is a professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She currently serves as faculty coordinator of the USC Price Master in Public Administration online (MPAOL) program and as Chair of the Price School’s Governance Department MPA Assessment Committee with responsibilities for accreditation processes. Vertenten was awarded the Price School’s Biller Award for Outstanding Faculty Performance in 2020. Active in national professional organizations, Vertenten was elected in 2006 as a lifetime Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, an independent organization chartered by Congress to help public organizations’ strategic planning and managing for results. She is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) having delivered their plenary panel presentation during the 2019 Institutional Representative conference in Washington, D.C.

Paul Danczyk, PhD, is the director of executive education in Sacramento for the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and past-president of the American Society for Public Administration. In his current capacity, Danczyk designs, coordinates and presents in leadership and management programs — reaching national, state and local governmental and nonprofit organizations — and teaches master-level classes in California and, previously, Mexico. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Danczyk earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh; Master of Public Administration from USC; and Bachelor of Science in Education from the Pennsylvania State University.