The scope of research within the Public Administration department is broad and exciting. Faculty and graduate students work together on research that has a local and national impact. At the University, your graduate school experience will be enhanced by these research opportunities that also advance UTPA’s mission of creating, preserving and transmitting knowledge that moves the region, state and nation forward. Below you will find our Faculty listed.
- DR. ESPIRIDON "AL" BORREGO
- Associate Professor
- Ph.D. Public Administration, University of Southern California
- MPA University of Southern California
- B.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Espiridion (Al) Borrego has been a senior consultant with Alignment Strategies, a consulting firm with capabilities in diversity integration, competency development, and organizational and culture change. He was the Assistant Secretary for Veteran’s Employment and Training, U.S. Department of Labor. His agency received the Vice President’s Hammer Award for innovations in licensing and certification programs to address worker shortages in the digital economy. He was the Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration, University of Alaska Southeast. He was a Presidential Management Intern at NASA and a Ford Foundation Fellow. He has received the Avanzando Award presented by Hispanic magazine, American G.I. Forum’s Founders Award, and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Humanitarian Award.
- DR. CYNTHIA ELIZABETH LYNCH
- Associate Professor
- Ph.D. Public Policy, Southern University and A & M College, Louisiana
- MPA with concentration in Performance Measurement, Louisiana State University,
- B.A. Urban Planning, University of Massachusetts, Boston Ordained Interfaith Minister, The New Seminary, NY, NY
Dr. Lynch’s research and teaching interests include Introduction to Public Administration, Public Policy, Research Design, Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation, Ethics, and Nonprofit management. She was the Book Review editor and the later the managing editor of an interactive online journal Global Virtue Ethics Review for five years. She has published many book chapters and articles in national and international journals such as The International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, Innovations Journal: The Public Sector Innovations Journal, Administration & Society, Public Administration Quarterly and Public Administration Review. She serves on Program Planning Committee for the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) 2009 National Conference in Miami and is on the executive committees of several ASPA sections including the Ethics Section and the Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA).
- JOHN R. MILFORD
- Lecturer, Certificate for Public Management Coordinator
- MPA Texas Tech University,
- B.A. Texas Tech University.
Mr. Milford has over thirty-two years in local government in the State of Texas, specifically in the area of city management. He is a recipient of the Life Member Achievement Recognition by the Texas City Management Association and maintains a faculty membership of the International City Management Association. Areas of specialization are those of an expert in the fields of public finance, personnel administration, municipal administration, court mediation, intergovernmental relations, government information systems, political leadership, economic development and strategic planning and development.
In this regard and due to his specialization in municipal government, he has been retained in several areas since 2004: Executive Manager Searches for City of Alton, Texas and City of San Juan, Texas, respectively; Development of a housing authority paradigm for a non-profit organization for the Edinburg Texas Housing Authority and the Hidalgo County Housing Authority, respectively; Financial liaison on debt issuance for Capital Improvement Projects for the City of Alton, Texas; Economic Development Strategist for initiatives for the City of Alton, Texas; Implementation and Staff Development for Historic Downtown Guidelines for the City of Pharr, Texas; Partnered with professional engineer for development of traffic analysis for the City of Pharr, Texas.
- DR. AZIZA ZEMRANI
- Assistant Professor
- Ph.D. Public Policy, Southern University and A & M College,
- MPA University of Pittsburg with a concentration in Public Policy,
- Masters in Applied Statistics (in Progress), Louisiana State University
- B.A. Law, University Mohammed V, Rabat Morocco
Dr. Zemrani is interested in budgeting and finance, with a focus on performance Based Budgeting and international financial forecasting. She is active in the American Society of Public Administration’s Budget Section, Section on International and Comparative Administration (SICA) and the International Institute of Administrative Sciences /International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration.
Dr. Zemrani has extensive academic and public service experience in both in the United States and abroad. She has worked for the government of Morocco as well as numerous American institutions. Dr. Zemrani collaborated on a number of research projects for the Department of Health and Hospitals and Social Sciences Department in Louisiana addressing local issues of Child Welfare and Welfare reform. Her other clients have included the Urban Recreation Research Center, and the National Park Service. Dr. Zemrani also worked as a research associate on African-American policy issues such as health care and policing. Prior to her American experience, Dr. Zemrani work on development projects with USAID, including capacity building in Moroccan institutions of higher education, she developed institution selection criteria; procedures for capacity building technical assistance; and needs assessments for training purposes in order to implement a USAID development projects to improve girls schooling in rural areas. Dr. Zemrani also served on the National Higher Education Long Range Plan Task Force Steering Committee (Rabat, Morocco) from 1994-1997 to help develop the new reform plan for higher education in Morocco. Dr. Zemrani served on the Task Force Review Committee for the implementation of the strategic plan for USAID as the Moroccan representative.