Summer Faculty Workshop in Policy Research and Analysis

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The Pardee RAND Graduate School trains graduates who will develop public policy in this country and around the world. Knowing that all major policy issues cut across multiple interest groups, it is essential that, when major policy decisions are being made, those who are most affected by these decisions take a leadership role in making them.

Pardee RAND is committed to ensuring that a diversity of voices and perspectives are an integral part of the policymaking process. Part of that commitment is drawing that diversity into public policy education to create the next generation of leaders from that range of voices and perspectives.

To that end, the Pardee RAND Graduate School invites faculty from a select group of institutions to participate in a week-long policy analysis workshop at RAND's Santa Monica headquarters. The second cohort of guest faculty joined us this past July 21-25, 2014.


The aim of the workshop is to arm faculty in a variety of disciplines with the tools of policy analysis to further their own academic research and teaching, and also to inspire their students to consider careers in public policy. It also provides an opportunity to foster collaboration between Pardee RAND faculty and their counterparts across the country.

Participants look forward to furthering the projects they developed during the workshop; many will be using them as the basis for publications or grant proposals. Several also plan to incorporate concepts of policy analysis into their curriculum in a variety of disciplines.

Anticipated Learning Outcomes

Past participants have benefited from numerous concepts presented during the workshop:

  • Application of “the matrix” in approaching complex policy issues
  • Training in the basics of policy analysis and how to apply them to their current teaching and/or research
  • Proficiency in looking at the big picture around a policy issue and how to implement change

At the completion of the workshop, participants should:

  • Have a solid foundation in the basics of policy analysis and how they can be applied within a range of disciplines
  • Be adept at incorporating concepts of policy analysis into their own research and curriculum

Modules & Activities

This workshop is intended to offer participants a practical overview of policy research and analysis, an introduction to current RAND research, and an opportunity to engage with RAND researchers. While in Santa Monica, participants will have 3-4 hours of instruction per day in the tools of policy research and analysis, will work through a policy analysis problem in a group setting, and will have ample opportunity to interact with RAND research staff, Pardee RAND's Ph.D. students, and other participating faculty through one-on-one meetings, meals, and other networking activities.

Additionally, each participant should arrive at Pardee RAND with a specific policy issue to which they can apply the tools of policy analysis throughout the workshop. At the end of the week, each will present a short briefing on their topic as if they were presenting to a policy audience. Participants are strongly encouraged to use these presentations as the basis for funding proposals or other presentations as they return to their home institutions.

  • Modules on the uses and techniques of policy analysis, based on the School's core doctoral curriculum:
    • Introduction to Policy Analysis
    • Research Design
    • Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
    • Phases of Public Policymaking
  • Individual Policy Projects: opportunity for each participant to apply these methods to a policy issue of personal or professional significance
  • Facilitated sessions with RAND researchers and participating faculty in shared research areas
  • Guest speakers and networking activities throughout the week
  • Opportunities for follow-on collaboration

Costs & Fellowships

Tuition for the weeklong program is $500, which includes:

  • instruction and mentoring
  • course materials
  • lunch and light refreshments daily
  • evening networking event which includes dinner

Participants not receiving fellowships are responsible for their own travel costs. All participants may take advantage of lodging Pardee RAND has arranged at a discounted rate close to our facility.

Fellowships are available for up to 12 participants and will be distributed competitively. These will consist of tuition waivers as well as a stipend sufficient to offset most travel costs.

Application Process

The application for the 2014 session is now closed. We will begin accepting applications for the July 2015 session near the end of 2014.

Admission is competitive; applicants will be vetted based on their interest in learning more about incorporating the concepts of policy analysis into their teaching and research, as shown through the following components:

  • Online Application Form
  • Resume
  • One letter of recommendation, preferably from a Dean or department chair
  • Two essays
  • Supplemental forms may be submitted electronically to or mailed to:
    Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Summer Faculty Workshop
    1776 Main Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90407-2138

Past Sessions

2014 Cohort

For the July 2014 session, Pardee RAND was pleased to host faculty members from across the country and an array of institutions such as Jackson State University, Howard University, Florida International University, and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.Throughout the week, participants applied concepts from workshop course modules to a wide array of policy issues, with guidance and feedback from policy researchers in areas of common interest:

Using Salivary Cortisol to Screen for PTSD in Military Personnel (and Civilian Counterparts)

Dr. Taunjah Bell

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Jackson State University

It Takes a Village: Time for Faith-based Organizations to Get Involved

Dr. Monica Dillihunt

Associate Professor of Education

University of Alabama Huntsville

The State of the City: Education Reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Dr. Adrienne Dixson

Associate Professor of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Implementation Challenges of School-Based Nutrition Policies

Dr. Sondos Islam

Associate Professor and Director, Urban Public Health Program, College of Science and Health

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science

The Myth of Missing Teachers: International Policies to Improve the Practice and Profession of Career Teaching

Dr. Taharee Jackson

Assistant Professor of Education/Early Childhood Education Unit Head, Center for Urban Education

University of the District of Columbia

Caring for the Aging Latino Population: Long-term Care Alternatives

Dr. Iveris Martinez

Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Medicine and Society, Department of Humanities, Health and Society

Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine

Implementation of the Common Core Standards

Dr. Lystranne Maynard

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Howard University

Reducing High Levels of African American Male Unemployment in Selected Mississippi Areas: A Proposed Policy Pilot Study

Dr. Sam Mozee, Jr.

Associate Director for Research, Mississippi Urban Research Center

Jackson State University

Lack of Prevention for Progression of Prediabetes

Dr. Maryse Pedoussaut

Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, Health and Society

Florida International University Wertheim College of Medicine

Folly, Failure or Favor: Government Role in Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Richard Peters

Assistant Professor, Division of Business

Xavier University of Louisiana

Intergovernmental Cooperation and Alternative Energy in the US

Dr. Andree Reeves

Associate Professor, Political Science

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Improving Access to Comprehensive Stroke Care in Texas

Dr. Babu Welch

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

2013 Cohort

For the inaugural run of the workshop in July 2013, Pardee RAND hosted faculty from Tuskegee University, Tulane University, Morehouse College, and other institutions serving a large proportion of students of underrepresented minorities. During their week here, participants received an introduction to the tools of policy analysis from Pardee RAND faculty, and created policy briefings around an area of professional interest with mentorship from RAND policy researchers working on similar issues.

Extending Benefits to Same-Sex Partners of Military Service Members

Dr. Megan Osterbur

Assistant Professor, Political Science

Xavier University of Louisiana

Violence Against Women on Campus

Dr. Anne Marie Choup

Associate Professor, Political Science

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Identifying Challenges & Successes of the Louisiana Health Insurance Exchange

Ms. Mollye Demosthenidy

Clinical Assistant Professor, Global Health Systems & Development

Tulane University

Outdated Curriculum?

Dr. Elisabeth Javazon

Assistant Professor, Biology

Morehouse College

Evaluation of the Health Impact of an Innovative Model for Household-Level Service Delivery

Dr. David Brown

Assistant Professor, Vice Chair, Chief of Family Medicine & Residency Director, Humanities, Health & Society

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Neighborhood HELP: Catalyst of Community Engaged Solutions for Increasing Healthcare Access to Medically Disenfranchised Groups

Dr. Luther Brewster

Chief, Division of Policy & Community Development, Humanities, Health & Society

Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Designing an Economic Evaluation of an Innovative Model for Household-Level Service Delivery

Dr. Timothy Page

Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management

Florida International University

Creating Knowledge Economies: Policy Implications for Development in Post-Disaster Regions

Dr. Pamela Waldron-Moore

Professor, Political Science

Xavier University of Louisiana

Cyberweapons and International Security: Governments and Markets

Dr. Darryl Lamont Roberts

Associate Professor, History and Political Science

Tuskegee University

Can Using Three Policy Levers Help us do Better Nationbuilding?

Dr. Kathy Hawk

Director, Global Understanding Initiative; Associate Professor, Political Science

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

How to Increase the Retention of Students who Express an Interest in STEM

Dr. Emanuel Waddell

Associate Professor, Chemistry

The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Access to Healthcare in Underserved Areas of South Los Angeles

Dr. Francis Yemofio

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine

Charles Drew University

Learn More

For more information about PRGS's Summer Faculty Workshop program, contact

Kristina Wallace
Program Coordinator
(310) 393-0411, ext. 6742

Rachel Swanger
Associate Dean
(310) 393-0411, ext. 7197


About PRGS and RAND

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The Pardee RAND Graduate School , founded in 1970 as one of the country’s original eight graduate programs in public policy, educates and trains graduates who will shape public policy and lead public policy programs around the world. Pardee RAND is unique in American higher education. It is the only program specializing in the Ph.D., and the only graduate program in public policy based at a research institute—the RAND Corporation—which invented many of the analytical tools of public policy analysis. The multidisciplinary curriculum emphasizes research methods drawn from mathematics, economics and the behavioral and social sciences. All students complete a core curriculum including courses in policy analysis, empirical and social science methods, microeconomics, macroeconomics, cost-benefit analysis and operations research. Most of the Pardee RAND faculty members are also full-time policy analysts at RAND, and as such they bring the perspective of practitioners into the classroom. As of summer 2014, Pardee RAND has awarded over 300 Ph.D. degrees in Policy Analysis, and its graduates are making a difference in public policy around the globe.

Recognizing that not all those in need of training in policy analysis need or can afford to devote three to five years of study toward the Ph.D., Pardee RAND offers short courses which can be tailored to the needs of academics and policy practitioners desirous of further training in their craft.

For more information about the Pardee RAND Graduate School, visit

The RAND Corporation is a non-profit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. Through rigorous, objective research and the development of sophisticated analytic tools, RAND sets the standard of quality in the field of policy analysis. At RAND, researchers from diverse disciplines and perspectives collaborate to find solutions to some of the most difficult and pressing challenges faced by the public and private sectors around the world.

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