Women & The Call to Public Service

As a friend of the Anchor, Sara Rinfret, Professor & Chair, Department of PA & Policy, MPA Director at the University of Montana, shares her insights on women as public servants: where we are, where we should strive to be, and how to get there. Sara Rinfret teaches courses on regulatory policy, environmental policy, state and local government, public policy, and public administration. She is the Chair of the Department of Public Administration & Policy and Director for the Master of Public Administration Program. Her main area of research is focused on environmental regulations. More specifically, she is interested in the interactions between agencies and interest groups during the stages of environmental rulemaking at the federal and state level. She has authored more than thirty peer reviewed articles and co-authored five books: The Lilliputians of Environmental Regulation: The Perspective of State Regulators (Routledge); U.S. Environmental Policy in Action (Palgrave) (co-written with Michelle Pautz); Public Policy: A Concise Introduction (CQ Press, with Michelle Pautz and Denise Scheberle), the Environmental Case (CQ Press, with Judith Layzer), and Who Makes Environmental Policy (Temple University Press, forthcoming). She is a recipient of the Fulbright Specialist Program in public administration and studied with scholars at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) in 2016. In 2018, she was selected by UM student alumni as the "most inspirational teacher" of the year. She served as a faculty fellow for the University of Montana's Women's Leadership Initiative (2019). In 2020-2021, she served as the chair for small programs with NASPAA in addition to co-chairing the University of Montana's Graduate Council and a member of the Executive Council of Faculty Senate. Her MPA is from Ohio State University's John Glenn School of Public Affairs and a Ph.D. in political science from Northern Arizona University. For follow-up questions, feel free to reach out to Sara at sara.rinfret@umontana.edu. Delta Gamma Fraternity, Delta Gamma Foundation and Delta Gamma Office of Housing do not endorse, promote or foster political, sociological or ideological ideas or issues by members, chapters, associations with Delta Gamma or in the name of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

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