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Dr. Kay Helen Godbey

Name

[Godbey, Dr. Kay Helen]
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Public Affairs
  • ADJUNCT ASST PROFESSOR - AP

Biography

Dr. Kay Godbey is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Affairs.  She teaches both online and on campus.  She has taught courses for Introduction to Public Administration, Small City Management, State and Local Government, Practical Employment for Public and Nonprofit Managers, and Program Evaluation.  She has served as an Academic Coach for online classes, including Ethics in the Public Service, Public Budgeting and Capital Budgeting.  She specializes in teaching in the Master of Public Administration program. 

She is a retired city manager, serving over 30 years in local government.  She retired in 2001, after serving as the city manager in Burleson for eight years. Prior to that, she served over 18 years at the City of Euless, Texas, in positions including administrative staff in the police department, city secretary, and assistant city manager.  After retirement, she served in various consulting capacities, such as Interim City Manager for Argyle, TX, Special Projects Manager for the Euless City Manager’s Office, and others.

Along the way, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Dallas Baptist University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and a Ph.D. in Public and Urban Administration at UTA.   

Professional memberships include ICMA, TCMA, NTCMA, UMANT, and ASPA.  She is a recipient of the Linda Keithley Award for Women in Public Management from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, the Joy Sansom Mentor Award from UMANT, the Athena Award, and the Euless Police and Fire Association Distinguished Service Awards.  She additionally has an Instructor and Advanced Texas Peace Officer Certifications from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Professional Preparation

    • 1987 Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Criminal JusticeDallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas
    • 1991 Master of Public Administration University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2011 Ph.D. in Public and Urban AdministrationUniversity of Texas at Arlington

Memberships

  • Membership
    • 2011 to Present Texas Association of Former Municipal Officials (TAFMO)
    • 2007 to Present American Society for Public Administration  American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
    • 1989 to Present Texas City Management Association (TCMA)
  • Life Member
    • 1989 to Present International City/County Management Association  International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
    • 1989 to Present Urban Management Assistants of North Texas (UMANT)
  • Life Member and Past President
    • 1989 to Present North Texas City Management Association (NTCMA)

Awards and Honors

    • Dec  2000 Joy Sansom Mentor Award sponsored by Urban Management Assistants of North Texas (UMANT)
      Achievements: Served as a mentor to men and women new to the public management profession, including the encouragement of completing an MPA degree.
    • Dec  1998 Athena Award sponsored by The Athena Foundation and the Burleson Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Dec  1996 Linda Keithley Award for Women in Publc Management sponsored by North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington, TX

Research and Expertise

  • Public Administration - Public Management

    My specialty academic and practical skills are related to public administration and women public managers.  I am pursuing research on the impact of women to the public administration profession.

Presentations

  • Past
    •  
      Numerous presentations listed below
      Respecting the Line between Policy Making and Policy Execution – Texas Elected Officials’ Conference (2008) The Public Manager as Mentor - Texas Certified Public Manager Program, UTA (2004) Creating a Positive Work Environment – Texas Certified Public Manager Program, UTA (2000) City Manager Employment Agreements - Texas City Management Association Annual Conference (2000) City of Character Program - Texas Municipal League (2000) Effective Negotiation (1999) Burleson 2000 - Rotary Club and other local community service clubs (1999) Leadership & the Role of a Leader - Urban Management Assistants of North Texas, Statewide Conference (1999) City of Burleson: At the Door of 2000 - local community service clubs and real estate agencies (1999) Developing Positive Community Relations while Dealing with Negative Media - Urban Management Assistants of          North Texas (UMANT) (1999) City Manager Evaluations - Texas City Management Association (1999) Burleson Borders & Boundary Adjustments (This is a powerful message which set the stage for elected officials, community groups, and individual citizens to see beyond the confines of their basic city limits and consider the potential growth issues impacting their community and their lives.) (1999) City Manager/Police Department Relationship (1998) Chamber-County-School District-City Relationships - North Texas City Management Association (1997) Public Solid Waste Services - Texas Association of Mayors, Council Members & Commissioners (1997) Urban Management Issues (1996)  Bridging the Gap: Credibility in the Workplace (1996) Gender Issues in Public Management - UTA SUPA Public Administration Guest Lecture Series (1996) Managing Public Safety (1995) Managing a Public Service Career (1995) City Government - Leadership South Tarrant County (1995) City Management as a Career Choice - North Central Texas Council of Governments - Urban Fellowship Program (1994) Hiring and Working with a New City Manager - Texas Municipal League - Association of Mayors, Councilmembers & Commissioners (AMCC) Annual Institute (1994) Role of the City Manager - Urban Fellowship Seminar, North Central Texas Council of Governments (1993)

Courses

      • PAPP 5368-500 PRACTICAL EMPLOYMENT FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT MANAGERS

        This course examines the manager’s perspective of public and nonprofit sector employment.  Overviews of human resources functions provide knowledge of the components necessary for managers to ensure an engaged workforce.  Organizational culture, leadership, and management practices provide students with insight to create a productive and positive working environment.  Students will learn to recognize and analyze difficult organizational situations, to help prevent further escalation of employment issues. 

      • PAPP 5399-501 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE

        The Public Administration Capstone is the last course students take before graduating with the MPA degree. The capstone experience is grounded on four interrelated pedagogical principles:

        1) It integrates all the coursework taken before the capstone;

        2) it strengthens students’ professional competencies in ethical public decision making and management of organizational resources; 

        3) it enhances project management and teamwork skills; and

        4) it develops students’ research skills including the use of appropriate methods to collect, analyze, and report data on a real-world organizational issue.

        The MPA capstone program is a practical approach to service learning and facilitates the linking of theory with practice. This practical approach is a win-win situation for students, the community at large, and the university. Students learn by doing, provide a public service to the community, and the capstone projects are a university contribution to advance community interests. While students’ primary responsibilities are to contribute to the team’s successful completion of their assigned project, teams collaborate with one another in establishing a learning community and furthering the goals of the MPA program. Thus, teams develop work plans and carry out their projects (intra team responsibilities), but also provide periodic progress reports to the class, and produce a final written report and oral presentation of findings, which enhances class learning of the capstone research and process.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • PAPP 5368-500 PRACTICAL EMPLOYMENT FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT MANAGERS

        This course examines the manager’s perspective of public and nonprofit sector employment.  Overviews of human resources functions provide knowledge of the components necessary for managers to ensure an engaged workforce.  Organizational culture, leadership, and management practices provide students with insight to create a productive and positive working environment.  Students will learn to recognize and analyze difficult organizational issues, to help prevent further escalation of employment issues. 

      • PAPP 5345-001 Program Evaluation

        Evaluating programs is a routine activity at all levels of government and nongovernmental organizations throughout the world. This course introduces various analytical methods that are applied in evaluating programs and policies of public and nonprofit organizations. These include the full range of evaluation research activities used in designing a social program and assessing its implementation, effectiveness, and efficiency. The major themes of this course are designing a program evaluation, collecting data, analyzing collected data, and implementation of programs. Topics covered are: fundamental and critical design issues, logic models, collection of reliable data, various evaluative techniques and procedures, and the challenges involved in evaluation, implementation, and reporting of results. In addition, this course looks at the feasibility of social science program evaluation techniques and procedures.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • PAPP 5345-500 Evaluation Research

        Evaluating programs is a routine activity at all levels of government and nongovernmental organizations throughout the world. This course introduces various analytical methods that are applied in evaluating programs and policies of public and nonprofit organizations. These include the full range of evaluation research activities used in designing a social program and assessing its implementation, effectiveness, and efficiency.

      • PAPP 5368-500 PRACTICAL EMPLOYMENT FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT MANAGERS

        This course examines the manager’s perspective of public and nonprofit sector employment.  Overviews of human resources functions provide knowledge of the components necessary for managers to ensure an engaged workforce.  Organizational culture, leadership, and management practices provide students with insight to create a productive and positive working environment.  Students will learn to recognize and analyze difficult organizational issues, to help prevent further escalation of employment issues. 

Service to the Community

  • Volunteered
    • Jan 2006 to  Present Athena Society of Burleson, TX

      A member of Burleson community group that principally raised funds for cancer patients and their families, providing support for needed items and services that insurance did not provide. 

Service to the Profession

  • Other
    • Nov 2018 to  Nov 2018 Colorado Women in Government - Coaching Call

      I was invited to speak to the Colorado Women in Government group (a branch of ICMA), via a conference call format.   They wanted to know about my research on the emergence of women in the public management profession and the personal experiences of women I interviewed for this research.  

    • Mar 2019 to  Present Missouri Women in Government - Coaching Call

      I was invited to speak to the Missouri Women in Government group, via conference call format.  The topic includes my research into the emergence of women into the public management profession, as well as the personal stories and experiences of those women.  A question and answer session follows.  

Service to the University

  • Appointed
    • 2001 to  2001 Advisory Committee, MPA Program

      Served on Committee to enhance UTA's MPA Program

    • 2001 to  2001 Chair, Advisory Committee, Certified Public Manager Program, UTA & Southwest Texas State University

      Served as Chair of the Advisory Committee.  UTA and Southwest Texas State University were in the early stages of establishing the Certified Public Manager Program.  

    • 1999 to  2001 UTA Alumni Association Board of Directors

      Served on Alumni Board to give input and develop activities for Alumni events