Dr. Otilia Iancu
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Department of Political Science & Public Affairs
Social Sciences Building, Room 139
Ph.D. in Public Policy (Family Policy Specialization), University of Arkansas
Master of Public Administration, University of Kansas
Master of Computer Science, Universitatea Tehnică “Gheorghe Asachi,” Romania
Assistant Professor of Public Administration (Tenure Track), Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Savannah State University (August 2012 - Present)
Courses: Global Issues (POLS 2401); Organization Theory and Behavior (PADM 6821); Intergovernmental Relations (PADM 6857); Public Service Internship (PADM 6853); Marketing and Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations (PADM 6855); Introduction to Public Policy (MSUS 8864; PADM 6838); Urban Policy and Administration (MSUS 8865).
Instructor, Department of Political Science, University of Arkansas (2011)
Courses: Public Policy Process (PLSC 3153); Government and Politics in Central Eastern Europe (PLSC 400V)
Faculty Advisor, Model United Nations, Model African Union programs (2013 – Present)
“Agenda Setting and Safe Haven Laws: The Convergence of Multiple Streams.” 2009 Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association Conference.
“Safe Haven Laws: Triggering Mechanisms and Public Policy Diffusion.” 2008 Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association Conference.
“The American Experience –How to Make a Difference in Your Country.” International Education Week, a U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs publication, January, 2003.
“Iaşi City Document.” Published by Iaşi City Hall under EU “PHARE” Program, 2000.
“The Structure and the System of Local and Regional Government in Romania.” European Municipal Directory, 1996 and 1997 editions published in London, U.K.
“InfoMunicipium.” Quarterly publication for the Federation of Municipalities of Romania, August 1996 - July 1997.
Selected Conference Presentations
“America’s Capital Cities: Find Them on Facebook.” Paper presented at the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) National Conference. Panel: “ePublic Administration. Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 2013.
Panel Chair: “The Design and Performance of Federal Systems.” MPSA National Conference. Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 2013.
Panel Chair: “Politics of Urban Revitalization.” MPSA National Conference. Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 2013.
“Local Government Communication via Facebook: A Study of Five State Capital Cities.” Paper presented at the Southwestern Social Science Association Conference. Panel: “Local Government and Politics.” New Orleans, LA, March 27-30, 2013.
Panel Discussant: “Politics of Taxation.” Georgia Political Science Association (GPSA)
Conference, Savannah, GA, November 8-10, 2012
“The Diffusion of Safe Haven Legislation: An Examination of Four Early-Adopting States.” Paper presented at the MPSA National Conference. Panel: “State and Intergovernmental Politics.” Chicago, IL, April 12-15, 2012.
“E.U. Efforts to Integrate Roma in Member States: All Rhetoric and No Substance?”
Paper presented at the MPSA National Conference, Chicago, IL, April 12-15, 2012.
Panel Discussant: “State Governments and the Policy Process.” MPSA Conference, Chicago. April 12-15, 2012.
Panel Discussant: “Regulating Minorities in a Multi-Ethnic Europe.” MPSA Conference,
Chicago. April 12-15, 2012.
“Safe Haven Legislation in Colorado: An Examination of Agenda Denial Strategies.” Paper presented at the MPSA National Conference. Panel: “Legislative Institutions.” Chicago, IL, March 31-April 3, 2011.
Panel Discussant: “How Structures Affect State Legislatures.” MPSA Conference, Chicago. March 2011
“Agenda Setting and Safe Haven Laws: The Convergence of Multiple Streams. Paper presented at the GPSA Annual Meeting, Callaway Gardens, GA, November 12-14, 2009.
“Safe Haven Laws: Triggering Mechanisms and Public Policy Diffusion.” Paper presented at the GPSA Annual Meeting, Savannah, GA, November 13-15, 2008.
“Safe Haven Laws: A Punctuation of Policy Equilibrium?” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association, Fayetteville, AR, February 22-23, 2008.
“Arkansas' Safe Haven Legislation: A Preliminary Evaluation.” Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association Conference, Hendrix College, Conway, AR, February 16-17, 2007.
"Outsourcing in America: An Examination of Agenda Denial Strategies." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Arkansas Political Science Association, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, AR, February 17-18, 2006.
American Political Science Association
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management
American Society for Public Administration
Georgia Political Science Association
Arkansas Political Science Association
Phi Beta Delta (national honor society for international students)
Recipient of the Distinguished Dissertation Award for “Safe Haven Legislation: The Political Story Behind the Policy Diffusion.” Awarded by the University of Arkansas Public Policy Ph.D. Program, 2010.
Recognized by Northwest Arkansas Community College for outstanding volunteer work,
seminar presentations, and teaching at NWACC’s College at the Crossing, Bella Vista, Arkansas during “Appreciation Event” held August 13, 2007.
Diploma of Merit and Silver Medal of Honor for Best Achievement in, and Dedication to, Public Administration. Presented by the Mayor of Iaşi, Dr. Constantin Simirad, on November 28, 2003.
Recipient of the title “The Woman of the Year 2002,” awarded on the occasion of 14th of July, the National Day of France, by the Embassy of France in Bucharest, Romania. Award in recognition of work on the “Hecuba Center for Mother and Child” project, 2002.
Completion of Executive Seminar on Urban Planning and Economic Development conducted by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Center for Urban Development Studies. Iași, Romania, March 23, 2001.
Completion of Strategic Information Management Program conducted by the Canadian
International Development Agency. Toronto and Ottawa, Canada, Sept. 23 - October 14,
Recipient of The Gould Fellowship awarded by ASPA’s Section on International and
Comparative Administration, 1999.
Awarded a Ron Brown Fellowship for Graduate Study at the University of Kansas. Fellowship administered by the U.S. Information Agency and International Research & Exchanges Board, in partnership with Fulbright Commission Romania, August 1997 - May 1999.
French, Spanish, Italian, and English (fluent)
German and Bulgarian (fair)