MPA Program Director Dr. Karen Owen
Cherokee County (Ga.) native Dr. Karen Padgett Owen has been appointed to lead Reinhardt University’s new Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Criminal Justice. The program is offered through Reinhardt's School of Mathematics and Sciences. Her diverse and extensive experience working the last 10 years in the political science arena has led her back to serve her hometown with plans to utilize her “own research and practical political knowledge to create a solid and reputable program and to enlighten the classroom learning experience for all students.”
“I am truly thrilled to be joining Reinhardt because of its mission to provide sound liberal arts education and resourceful and practical graduate education,” Owen said. “The MPA-CJ program is a great addition to Reinhardt's graduate program offerings, and I am excited to help start the program and build its future success.”
Owen's Experience is Diverse
Most recently employed as a research and teaching assistant through the School of Public and International Affairs at The University of Georgia, Owen has also served as an editorial associate for the Journal of Politics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.; as a public health and legislative analyst for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga.; and as a legislative assistant for Congressman Nathan Deal in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
Owen is a member of the American, Midwest, Southern and Georgia Political Science Associations. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate of Political Science at the University of Georgia, having also earned a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from UGA in 2004 and 2001, respectively. Owen is a 1998 alumna of Cherokee High School.
Research Interests include Women in the Legislature and Government Involvement in Immigration
Her research articles published include: “Georgia’s Eighth Congressional District Election” in Case Studies of the 2010 Congressional Elections; “Alternative Paths to the Bench: Recruitment of Women to Become Judges in Georgia” in Georgia Political Science Association Online Publication Proceedings; and “Partisan Change and Consequences for Lobbying: Two-Party Government Comes to the Georgia Legislature” in the State and Local Government Review, amongst many others. Her current research focuses on women in the legislature, along with those issues and circumstances surrounding, and government involvement in immigration.
“I am enthusiastic about initiating a program that will provide professional working knowledge and skills advancement for many public sector and non-profit sector professionals in our community,” said Owen. “I want this program to recruit the best and brightest students from our region and become state and nationally recognized as providing sound and practical knowledge and resources for public servants. My earnest goal is that this MPA program will provide the necessary theoretical knowledge of the political workings of administration within public and non-profit organizations as well as the practical skills professionals will need to be strong and effective administrators within their chosen career field.”
Reinhardt MPA Provides Emphasis on Criminal Justice
“Reinhardt’s MPA program will provide a focused graduate curriculum for those who desire to advance in public safety and law enforcement administration,” said Owen. “While other MPA programs in the state offer general administration and policy concentrations, the Reinhardt MPA, with a criminal justice concentration, will meet demands espoused by many in the suburban Atlanta area for graduate level MPA education at a location near county/city public law enforcement agencies. We can offer students and professionals interested in Criminal Justice the specific classroom and practical experience for public safety administrative work in a suburban campus environment.”
For information, please contact:
For program specifics
Dr. Karen Owen
MPA Program Director
North Fulton Center
4100 Old Milton Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30005-4442
For admissions information
The Office of Graduate Studies