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Press Release for Monday, November 3, 2014

UNF MPA Director Receives Academic Honors in Brazil

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

Dr. George Candler, UNF Masters of Public Administration program director, recently received academic honors in Brazil, with his research being published in the country’s premier journal in public administration, and being the only North American speaker at an academic conference in the world’s fifth largest country.

Candler, a Jacksonville Beach resident, had the lead article, “The Study of Public Administration in India, the Philippines, Canada and Australia: The Universal Struggle against Epistemic Colonization and Toward Critical Assimilation,” published in the October issue of the Revista de Administração Pública journal.

The article addresses an issue that Brazilian policy and academic elites have long struggled with: how to adapt lessons learned from the developed world, so that they can usefully be applied in Brazil. Candler contrasts the Brazilian experience with that of four other countries that have also struggled with this tension—India, the Philippines, Canada and Australia.

“We can learn a lot about ourselves by looking at how our experience compares to others. In this line of research, I do this for Brazilian colleagues, essentially looking at the development of a national consciousness—something Brazilians have struggled with for close to two centuries—in four countries that are similar to Brazil in a number of ways,” he said.

Candler, who has conducted two decades of research in Brazil, was also the only North American invited to speak at an event in Rio de Janeiro last month at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, Brazil’s foremost think-tank for both business and government management, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alberto Guerrerio Ramos.

Ramos was an early civil rights leader in Brazil and then shifted his emphasis more broadly to public administration and economic development. Candler has worked with Brazilian colleagues to further develop Ramos’ intellectual legacy and has been active in introducing Americans to Ramos’ earlier Portuguese language research.

“Guerreiro Ramos interests me in part because of his major contributions to Brazil’s understanding of race, the process of national development and more broadly of human governance,” said Candler. “I’ve also been interested in him out of a sense of justice. He suffered greatly because of the 1964 military coup in Brazil, cared deeply about his research, and much of this had been forgotten in part due to political persecution. So, through reintroducing him to the world, friends and I are trying to right a historical wrong.”

Candler earned a doctorate in public policy from Indiana University. His dissertation research explored the involvement of non-profit organizations in public policy in the Brazilian states of Santa Catarina and Sergipe. His research still focuses largely on Brazil and covers a range of topics in public and non-profit management, with recent interests focused on different national approaches to the study of public administration.

UNF’s Master of Public Administration program is a nationally accredited degree program by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration, the recognized global accreditor of master’s degree programs in public service education, which prepares students for successful careers as managers and leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors.

The program is one of seven NASPAA-accredited graduate programs in Florida, and the only NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration or Policy program in Northeast Florida. The UNF MPA program has been reaccredited through 2020 and offers concentrations in public policy, local government and nonprofit management, with a health administration concentration offered by the Brooks College of Health.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.