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Joseph S. Portugal PhD, ICMA-CM

Name

[Portugal PhD, ICMA-CM, Joseph S.]
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

Biography

Joseph S. Portugal, PhD ICMA-CM is a retired city manager with 29 years of local government experience. He is an International City/County Management Association Credentialed  City Manager (ICMA-CM) and a graduate of the Senior Executive Institute, Weldon Cooper Center For Public Service, University of Virginia (2008).

Dr. Portugal is a nationally published author having contributed three articles to ICMA publications, including the First Time Administrator’s Handbook, a standard for incoming professionals. Throughout his career he participated in numerous opportunities to enhance the management profession.

As a city manager, he was acknowledged for his acumen in economic development, finance, planning and utility management. Among his accomplishments are: comprehensive master plans; master water and wastewater plans; drainage utility and storm water management programs; master annexation, economic development and thoroughfare plans; historical restoration; Keep Texas Beautiful programs; Texas Parks & Wildlife certified master park plans; and, municipal airport development.

Dr. Portugal coordinated the receipt of seven Government Finance Officer Association (GFOA) awards for budgeting and excellence in financial reporting. He acquired over $3.34 million in state/federal grants for airports, parks and recreation, planning and water/wastewater improvements.

From 2004 to 2006 he was the President of the Jacksboro (TX ) Chamber of Commerce. He served as a member of the Texas City Management Association Ethics and Professional Standards Committee from 2000-2002 and the Advocacy Committee (Legislative) from 2017-2018.

Dr. Portugal is a veteran of the United States Army and lifetime member of the First Calvary Division Association.

Professional Preparation

    • 2016 Ph.D. in Public and Urban AdministrationThe University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1979 M.A. in SociologyThe University of Texas at Arlington
    • 1977 B.A. in SociologyThe University of Texas at Arlington
    • 2008 Certificate Senior Executive Institute, Weldon Cooper Center For Public Service, University of Virginia

Memberships

  • Professional Certification
    • Jan 2008 to Present International City/County Management Association Credentialed City Manager (ICMA-CM)
  • Professional Membership
    • July 1997 to Present Texas City Management Association
    • Mar 1995 to Present International City/County Management Association

Awards and Honors

    • Jun  2010 20-year Service Award sponsored by Texas City Management Association (TCMA)
    • Sep  2008 20-year Service Award sponsored by International City/County Management Association
    • Oct  2006 Award of Financial Reporting Achievement sponsored by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada

Courses

      • PAPP 5399-001 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE

        This integrative applied research course assesses the student's ability to analyze, synthesize and formulate cogent recommendations to solve a real public sector problem.  Students will write the capstone paper using concepts drawn from the MPA core curriculum, their chosen emphasis track, and the student's professional work experience.  Students are required to successfully defend their capstone paper before a Public Administration Forum consisting of CAPPA faculty, students, and other interested parties.  Prerequisite:  Completion of all other course work required for the MPA degree, including core courses and emphasis area courses, unless an exception is approved by the MPA advisor.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • PAPP 5320-101 PUBLIC ORGANIZATION THEORY

        This is a graduate level course that covers the historical evolution of administrative theory including classical, sociological and social-psychological dimensions; decision-making theory; organizational culture and leadership; implications for public management; basic concepts of organization development and impact on public administration paradigms; and, the future of public urban organization.

      • PAPP 5399-001 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE

        This integrative applied research course assesses the student's ability to analyze, synthesize and formulate cogent recommendations to solve a real public sector problem.  Students will write the capstone paper using concepts drawn from the MPA core curriculum, their chosen emphasis track, and the student's professional work experience.  Students are required to successfully defend their capstone paper before a Public Administration Forum consisting of CAPPA faculty, students, and other interested parties.  Prerequisite:  Completion of all other course work required for the MPA degree, including core courses and emphasis area courses, unless an exception is approved by the MPA advisor.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • PAPP 5311-001 PUBLIC POLICY FORMATION AND ANALYSIS

        This is a graduate level course that covers the policy process, policy formulation and provides an introduction to the tools and techniques of policy analysis, using multiple theoretical and analytical perspectives.  The primary focus is on U. S. policy, with an emphasis on state and local policy issues.  The course aims to provide students with a foundation in the theory, process and tools of policy analysis, so that they are able to think critically about applied public policy problems and the role of policy analysis. Students will also gain practical skills in the development and presentation of policy analysis and recommendations.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • PAPP 6311-001 ADVANCED PUBLIC POLICY FORMATION AND ANALYSIS

        This is a graduate level course that covers the policy process, policy formulation and provides an introduction to the tools and techniques of policy analysis, using multiple theoretical and analytical perspectives.  The primary focus is on U. S. policy, with an emphasis on state and local policy issues.  The course aims to provide students with a foundation in the theory, process and tools of policy analysis, so that they are able to think critically about applied public policy problems and the role of policy analysis. Students will also gain practical skills in the development and presentation of policy analysis and recommendations.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • PAPP 5399-001 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CAPSTONE

        This integrative applied research course assesses the student's ability to analyze, synthesize and formulate cogent recommendations to solve a real public sector problem.  Students will write the capstone paper using concepts drawn from the MPA core curriculum, their chosen emphasis track, and the student's professional work experience.  Students are required to successfully defend their capstone paper before a Public Administration Forum consisting of CAPPA faculty, students, and other interested parties.  Prerequisite:  Completion of all other course work required for the MPA degree, including core courses and emphasis area courses, unless an exception is approved by the MPA advisor.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • PAPP 5311-001 PUBLIC POLICY FORMATION AND ANALYSIS

        This is a graduate level course that covers the policy process, policy formulation and provides an introduction to the tools and techniques of policy analysis, using multiple theoretical and analytical perspectives.  The primary focus is on U. S. policy, with an emphasis on state and local policy issues.  The course aims to provide students with a foundation in the theory, process and tools of policy analysis, so that they are able to think critically about applied public policy problems and the role of policy analysis. Students will also gain practical skills in the development and presentation of policy analysis and recommendations.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours