MPA’04 and PhD’09, Public Affairs
To say that Eva Witesman has a busy schedule would be a massive understatement. She is an assistant professor at the Romney School of Public Management at Brigham Young University, where she’s involved in numerous research projects ranging from disaster response volunteerism to public service configurations. She has three children and loves to paint—one of her works was selected for display at a local art museum. She also describes herself as an “avid gardener.”
Her lifestyle would be impossible were it not for what she learned at SPEA, Witesman says. By giving her opportunities in both teaching and research while she pursued her Ph.D., the program enabled her to learn time management and a high level of proficiency in all aspects of academia.
While at IU, Witesman was immersed in a range of research topics that included civil service training, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and disaster volunteerism in response to flooding in the Midwest. By her third year, she had amassed such an impressive portfolio that she was offered a job at BYU although she hadn’t even begun her dissertation. She gives credit to SPEA, however, for a well-deserved reputation that has a way of opening doors.
“All you have to say is, ‘I was educated in public administration at Indiana University,’ and search committees start salivating,” she says. “It’s not just me—I look at all my peers from SPEA and I can see how they’ve also succeeded. Those rankings are meaningful. It’s not just a number. It reflects the quality of the faculty and the education you receive.”