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Maria Aristigueta, director of UD's School of Public Policy and Administration, has been named a Fulbright Specialist at the University of Salerno.

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UD's Aristigueta named Fulbright at University of Salerno in Italy


11:53 a.m., July 23, 2012--Maria Aristigueta, professor and director of the University of Delaware's School of Public Policy and Administration, has been named a Fulbright Specialist for the University of Salerno in Italy, where she will spend six weeks teaching graduate coursework in organizational behavior and performance management, working with administrators to address public administration curricula, and building and strengthening partnerships between the two institutions. 

The University of Salerno’s Department of Business Studies and Research is renowned for its expertise in management surrounding public administration and non-profit organizations. 

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Aristigueta, who will leave for Italy in mid-September, will work closely with the department to widen its international network, explore new fields and research methodologies, and assist in curriculum development.

In addition to her work in administration, she will also present graduate-level lectures and conduct comparative research on performance management systems in Italy. 

The School of Public Policy and Administration has had a memorandum of understanding with the University of Salerno since 2008, and has since hosted visiting scholars as well as a current doctoral student.

Aristigueta said she hopes her experience as a Fulbright Specialist will further cement and expand partnerships between the two institutions. 

“I look forward to the opportunity to build this overseas relationship,” she said. “I envision this will provide our students and faculty with further opportunities for exchange in study abroad, research and other academic endeavors.” 

Following her position as Fulbright Specialist in Italy, Aristigueta said she plans to spend time conducting   research in South Africa with SPPA alumni. 

During her sabbatical, Leland Ware, the Louis L. Redding Chair for the Study of Law and Public Policy, will serve as acting director of SPPA. 

About Maria Aristigueta 

Maria Aristigueta’s teaching and research interests are primarily in the areas of performance management and organizational behavior, and she also works with the school’s Institute for Public Administration to assist state and local agencies and nonprofits.

Aristigueta is the author of numerous publications, including Managing for Results in State Government and Civil Society in Cuba and coauthor of Organizational Behavior in the Public and Non-Profit Sectors, and Practice-Based Performance Management: An International Handbook. She hosted the first Transatlantic Dialogue in the United States with European colleagues at UD.

She received her bachelor's degree in social work and master's degree in public administration from the University of South Florida in 1977 and 1980, respectively. She earned a doctorate in public administration at the University of Southern California in 1997.

About the Fulbright Specialist Program

The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at host institutions overseas. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals, in select disciplines, to engage in short-term collaborative projects at host institutions in over 100 countries worldwide.

Article by Artika Rangan Casini

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