Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Public Affairs and Administration

First Advisor

Dr. Matthew S. Mingus

Second Advisor

Dr. Ming Li

Third Advisor

Dr. Susan Hoffmann


NASPAA programs, public service, transformative learning, curriculum internationalization, representative bureaucracy, global perspectives


In a globalized world, curriculum internationalization is gradually becoming important to higher education institutions. The importance of teaching and learning with a global perspective has been addressed in public service education. In particular, the purpose of having a global perspective in public service education is to broaden the knowledge, open the mind, and guide the future actions of public service students. Transformative learning theory has been developed over the past three decades to study the transformation of people’s perspectives and actions through learning experiences. The primary goal of this study is to understand the efforts that American public service programs are making to involve international perspectives in their education and to consider these efforts through the transformative learning framework. The secondary goal of this study is to develop suggestions on what public service programs can do to prepare their graduates in today’s globalized public service field.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access