Public Service Academy



The 2021 Public Service Academy will be held in person on August 6 & 7, 2021. 

The 2020 Public Service Academy was fully online, and details below are for reference. The 2021 Academy schedule will be posted in Spring 2021. 

What: Online Training Modules by Experts in the Field

How/When: July 30, 2020 online modules open for viewing and participants notified via email with their full access pass (access for six months for paid participants only)

Interaction: Live Happy Hour Q&A with Trainers from Modules 4 and 6 (5-6 p.m. on August 5 & 6, 2020)

Register here for the Public Service Academy
Program Fee: Regular Rate: $95, University of Montana students and employees: $80
Group Rate: Register ten (10) or more attendees to receive the group rate of $65 per person.

A full refund is available if the cancellation is received by July 23, 2020. Registration ends on July 20, 2020.

Public Service Academy Faculty

Public Service Academy Modules

Module 1: Pillars of Public Administration

This session invites participants to learn from the University of Montana’s MPA Director about the historical perspectives of public administration as an academic and practical discipline, in addition to ideas for the future.

Trainer: Dr. Sara Rinfret, University of Montana MPA Director

Module 2: Punching Thru a Pandemic
This training session will discuss how customer facing organizations like public transit shift from emergency management to recovery management through the lens of COVID-19.
Trainer: Rob Gannon, General Manager, King County (Washington State) Transit

Module 3: Baucus Innovation Challenge: Opportunities in a Time of Uncertainty
Watch 2-3 minute video pitches from public and nonprofit sector organizations. At the end of watching, you get to vote on the award winning innovation. Award winning team receives a $500 cash prize to take back to their organization to reinvest in their innovation.

Click here to access the application for the Baucus Institute Innovation Challenge

Challenge overview and introduction by: Missoula Mayor John Engen; Anne Hughes (Communications & Projects Director, Missoula County), Dayna Swanson (Former State Director for US Senator Jon Tester), Kali Wicks (Government Relations Manager, BCBSMT)

Sponsored by: Baucus Institute

Module 4: Exploring Revenue Options: Moving Beyond Doing Less with Less  
Trainers: Sen. Dick Barrett (MT Legislature), Dale Bickell (CAO, City of Missoula), Heather O'Loughlin (Co-Director, MT Budget & Policy Center)
Convener: Dr. Christina Barsky, Assistant Professor, UM Dept. of Public Admin & Policy

Module 5: Organizational Effectiveness
With a wealth of experience in leading organizations, Tracey Stone-Manning offers tips and strategies for short and long-term organizational effectiveness.
Trainer: Tracey Stone-Manning, Assoc. VP for Public Lands at the National Wildlife Federation

Module 6: How Elected and Non-Elected Officials can Effectively Work Together During a Pandemic
Experts within administrative agencies and elected positions offer their insight into effective strategies on how our organizations can work collectively together to provide solutions for public sector problems. 
Trainers: Rep. David Bedey (MT State Legislature), Whitney Bermes (Comms Coor., Gallatin County), Joe Kolman (MT Legislative Services Division), George Mathieus (MT Dept. of Environmental Quality), Commr. Josh Slotnick (Missoula County)
Moderator/Convener: Professor Anthony Johnstone, University of Montana Professor of Law

Module 7: LIVE Q&A Happy Hour with Trainers (August 5, 2020 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. MST)
Live session with trainers from the revenue options from Module 4, Zoom link sent to participants one week in advance. 

Module 8: LIVE Q&A Happy Hour with Trainers (August 6, 2020 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. MST)
Live session with trainers from the elected and non-elected Module 6, Zoom link sent to participants one week in advance. 

*Agenda subject to change


Each module provides 20-30 minutes of training from expert(s), resource page, and supplemental reading.
Once you complete the modules a certificate of completion is awarded.
July 20, 2020.
You must cancel by July 23, 2020, for a refund.
You were rolled into the online modules and refunded the difference.
Submit your 2-3 minute video to this link by July 1, 2020.
Registration for each session is an "add-on" option to your Public Service Academy registration. You will receive a link seven days in advance and need to be able to connect using Zoom technology. The format allows you to ask questions for trainers in a live, facilitated format.
No, only paid participants have access for up to six months to view.