Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes
Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes
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Julnes to travel to Greece as a Fulbright Specialist

Dr. Patria de Lancer Julnes, director of Penn State Harrisburg’s School of Public Affairs, has been named a Fulbright Specialist.  She will travel to Thessaloniki, Greece in early May.

The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks.

As a specialist’ Julnes will play a key role in the effort of the Municipality of Thessaloniki to develop a resilience strategy, in collaboration with academic and other stakeholders in the city.

This strategy development process is part of the city’s participation in 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by Rockefeller Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Julnes was named director of the School of Public Affairs in 2015.  Previously, she served as special assistant to the provost at the University of Baltimore. A professor of public administration, she also has served as director of the doctor of public administration program.  Prior to joining the University of Baltimore in 2008, she held academic positions at Utah State University, University of Illinois at Springfield, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Julnes is an internationally recognized expert. She developed the first master’s program in public policy and administration in the Dominican Republic and recently developed the program Hispanic Students Moving Forward/Pa’lante, which seeks to improve higher education outcomes for low income Hispanic high school students.

She is the author of the book “Performance-Based Management Systems. Effective Implementation and Maintenance” and the lead co-author of the article “Promoting the Utilization of Performance Measures in Public Organizations: An Empirical Study of Factors Affecting Adoption and Implementation,” which has been selected as one of the most influential articles in the 75-year history of Public Administration Review, the premier journal in the field of public administration.

Julnes earned her Ph.D. in public administration at Rutgers University in 1997, her master of public administration at Fairleigh Dickinson in 1994, and her bachelor of science in marketing at Rutgers University in 1992.  

Fulbright Specialists are a diverse group of highly experienced, well-established faculty members and professionals who represent a wide variety of academic disciplines and professions. To be eligible to serve as a Fulbright Specialist, candidates must have significant experience in their respective professional field and be a U.S. citizen at the time of application.