Department:  Political Science, Criminal Justice, & Legal Studies

Course:  POL 575-01  Credit Hours:  3 Semester:  Spring 1997

I. Title:  Public Personnel Administration

II.  Instructor's name: Dr. Winfield H. Rose
          Office Location: 553C BBS (Business Building South)
          Phone numbers:  (270) 762-2662 (office); 753-0126 (home)
          Fax number:  (270) 762-2688
          Office Hours:  9:30-10:30 MWF; 9:30-11:00 TTh; 1:00-5:00 Th

III.  Class location and meeting time:
       551 BBS; 6:00-9:00 p.m. Thursdays January 6 - May 8, 1997.

IV.  Catalog description:  An intensive examination of personnel administration in federal, state, and local governments, including such topics as merit systems, recruitment, testing, selection, and equal employment opportunity.

V.  Content outline:  See schedule of assignments

VI.  Prerequisites:  Relevant course work in public or business administration or equivalent work experience; at least junior standing for undergraduates.

VII.  Required text:
Robert D. Lee, Jr.  Public Personnel Systems, 3rd ed., Gaithersburg, MD:  Aspen Publishers, Inc., 1993.

VIII.  Method of Instruction:
Seminar.  Students will be expected to read their assignments beforehand and to come to class prepared to discuss them;  this includes being able to ask as well as answer questions.  It is the student's responsibility to demonstrate familiarity with assigned readings each class meeting.

Tests: Mid-term examination March 6, 1997.
           Final examination May 8, 1997.

Grading: Mid-term exam:  25%
               Final exam:  30%
               Term projects:  15% and 15%
               Class attendance, preparation, and participation: 15%

Requirements for all students:
(1)  Two in-class written examinations;
(2)  Class attendance, preparation, and participation;
(3)  Term projects due March 20 and April 24.

IX.  Academic Dishonesty:
Cheating, plagiarism (submitting another person's material as one's own), or doing work for another person which will receive academic credit are all impermissible.  This includes the use of unauthorized books, notebooks, or other sources in order to secure or give help during an examination, the unauthorized copying of examinations, assignments, reports or term papers or the representation of unacknowledged material as if it were the student's own work.  Disciplinary action will be taken beyond the academic discipline administered by the faculty member who teaches the course in which the cheating took place.

X. Term Projects:

(1) All students will prepare a book review according to the guidelines below.  Due March 20, 1997.
(2) Personnel case study.  Case and instructions will be distributed later.  Due April 24, 1997.

NOTE:  Be sure to follow instructions in "Tips on Good Writing."  (On my homepage).

Relevant Web Sites:        (http:// . . . )

The Public Administration Network
Highlights in the History of Public Administration
101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY
FedForce: the online service for federal employees
Commonwealth of Kentucky Personnel Cabinet Resources Mgmnt.
FindLaw Internet Legal Resources
Oyez Oyez Oyez US Supreme Court Database
See labor-management relations links under POL 679.


Reviews should adhere to the following format.  In analyzing the book you should deal with the following questions:

(1)  Does the author have a thesis, theory, or hypothesis he is testing?  If not,  what is the author's purpose in writing the book?

(2)  What kinds of data, that is, what are the principal data the author brings to bear in the book?  Is the book empirical, historical, intuitive, experiential, or a combination?

(3)  Summarize his most important findings, conclusions, and positions.  (This should constitute roughly half of your paper.)

(4)  What contribution, if any, does this book make to the study of public personnel administration?

(5)  What is your general assessment of the book?  Is it well written?  Are the author's conclusions easy to follow?  Is his argument clear?  Would you recommend the book?  Why?

Written book reports by graduate students should consist of 10-12 typewritten pages and should conform to generally accepted standards of style.  They should be done in a highly competent and professional manner.

"Footnotes" need not be put at the bottom of the page but may be inserted as page references throughout the test of your report since you will be dealing with only one book.  You should, however, be certain to insert page references frequently in order to relate your report to the book properly; this means that more than direct quotations should be referenced.  A book review should consist of more than piecing together a series of quotations copied from the book; you need to demonstrate that you have read the book, that you know and understand what is in it, and that you have analyzed it to reach some conclusions about the validity of its arguments.

Book To Be Reviewed

Michael Mantell, Ticking Bombs:  Defusing Violence in the Workplace.  Irwin, 1994, 265 pp.  $25.00 hardback.

Schedule of Assignments:  (Assignments not in text are available at the Waterfield Library.)

January 16: Organizational session.

January 23: Lee, chapters 1 (Introduction) & 2, (Patronage and the Merit Principle) and all             passages on the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (see index, p. 412).  Also see Omnibus Civil Service Reform Act of 1996 (H.R. 3841).

Ronald T. Crouch, "The Aging Workforce, Demographic Changes in the 1990's and Beyond".

Anne Freedman, "Doing Battle with the Patronage Army:  Politics, Courts, and Personnel Administration in Chicago."  Public Administration Review (PAR), v. 48 #5, September/October 1988, pp. 847-859.

January 30:   Siegrun Fox Freyss, "Municipal Government Personnel Systems: A Test of Two Archtypical Models."  Review of Public Personnel Administration (RPPA) v. 15 #4, Fall 1995, pp. 69-93.

Lee, chapter 3 (Organizational and Job Design, Position Classification, and Personnel Planning)

USOPM Factor Evaluation System

Job Audit Questionnaires

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) v. State of Washington, 770 F. 2d 1401 (1985).

Jonathan Tompkins, "Comparable Worth and Job Evaluation Validity."  Public Administration Review (PAR), v. 47 #3, May/June 1987, pp. 254-258.

February 06:  Lee, chapter 4 (Pay & Benefits)

Joanne Desky, "City Employers Increasingly Recognize Domestic Partners."  Public Administration Times  January 1, 1993.

William J. Woska, "Pay for Time Not Worked:  A Public-Sector Budget Dilemma."  PAR, v. 48 #1, January/February 1988, pp. 551-556.

Annetta Miller et al, "Can You Afford to Get Sick?"  Newsweek January 30, 1989, pp. 44-52.

Ron Winslow, "How Local Businesses Got Together to Cut Memphis Health Costs."  Wall Street Journal February 4, 1992.

 Preston Whitson, "Tulsa's Move to Managed Care."  Public Personnel Management (PPM) v. 24 #2, Summer 1995, pp. 133-138.

February 13:  Lee, chapter 5 (Recruitment, Examination, & Selection)

Griggs v. Duke Power, 401 U.S. 424 (1971).

Washington v. Davis, 426 U.S. 229 (1976).

Dentzer et al, "Can You Pass the Job Test?"  Newsweek May 5, 1986, pp. 56 et seq.

Robert J. Lavigna, "Predicting Job Performance from Background Characteristics:  More Evidence from the Public Sector."   PPM v. 21 #3, Fall 1992, pp. 347-362.

February 20:  Calvin W. Downs, "A Content Analysis of Twenty Selection Interviews."  Personnel Administration and Public Personnel Review, September/October 1972, pp. 23-31.

Arvey, Nutting, & Landon, "Validation Strategies for Physical Ability Testing in Police & Fire Settings." PPM, v. 21, #3, Fall 1992, pp. 301-312.

Steven J. Cesare, "Subjective Judgment and the Selection Interview: A Methodological Review."  PPM, v. 25 #3, Fall 1996, pp. 291-306.

Gary B. Brumback, "Getting the Right People Ethically."  PPM, v. 25 #3, Fall 1996, pp. 267-276.

Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts v. Feeney, 442 U.S. 256 (1978).

February 27:  Lewis R. Benton, "Employee Induction, Orientation, and Training." Ch. 9 in Supervision and Management, McGraw-Hill, 1972.

Lee, chapter 6 (Probation and Performance Evaluation)

Carol Hymowitz, "Bosses:  Don't Be Nasty (and other Tips for Reviewing Workers' Performance)." Wall Street Journal January 17, 1985.

William H. Holley & Kenneth M. Jennings, "Principles and Elements of Discipline," in The Labor Relations Process, 4th ed., Dryden Press, 1991, pp. 302-320.

March 06:  Mid-term exam.

March 13:  Spring Break.

March 20:  Lee, chapter 7 (Careers and Career Development)

Joan E. Pynes, "The Age Discrimination in Employment Act and Its Exemptions on Mandatory Retirement for Firefighters."  RPPA v. 15, #2, Spring 1995, pp. 34-45.

Deborah L. Markowitz, "The Demise of At Will Employment and the Public Employee Conundrum."  Municipal Law News v. 9 #3, October 1995, pp. 1-11.

March 27:  Title 42 United States Code Sections 1981, 1982, & 1983.  (See Monroe v. Pape, Lee p. 220.)

Owen v. City of Independence, 445 U.S. 622 (1980)

O'Connor v. Ortega, 480 U.S. 709 (1987).

Lee, chapter 8 (Employee Rights and Responsibilities)

DeShaney v. Winnebago County Department of Social Services, 489 U.S. 189 (1989).

Paul S. Greenlaw & John P. Kohl. "AIDS" Administrative Decisions and Constitutional Rights."  PPM, v. 22 #2, Fall 1993, pp. 445-459.

April 03:  Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, P.L. 100-690 Sec. 5151.

Murray State University Policy on Controlled Drugs and Alcohol.

Skinner v. Railway Labor Executives' Association, 489 U.S. 602 (1989).

National Treasury Employees Union v. von Raab, 489 U.S. 659 (1989).

Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991: Public Law 102-143,  105 STAT.952.

April 10:  Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972.

EEOC, "Final Guidelines on Affirmative Action."  Federal Register, v. 44, #14, January 19, 1979, pp. 4426-4428.

Lee, chapter 9 (Equal Rights & Affirmative Action)

Winfield H. Rose, "Affirmative Action Requirements."

Civil Rights Act of 1991 (Public Law 102-166).

April 17:  Presentation by Mrs. Joyce Gordon, Director, Office of Human Resources, Murray State University, and staff.  Location:  Sparks Hall.  Time:  5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Harry Lee Waterfield Distinguished Lecture 7:30 p.m.

April 24:   David C. Wyld, "The Turic Decision: Is This the Beginning of the Oprahtization of Employment Discrimination Law?" Business & Public Affairs, v.   21 #1, Fall 1994, pp. 2-6.

EEOC, "Final Amendment to Guidelines on Discrimination Because of Sex." Federal Register v. 45 #219, November 10, 1980, pp. 74676-74677.

Robert D. Lee, Jr. & Paul S. Greenlaw, "The Legal Evolution of Sexual Harassment."    PAR, v. 55 #4, July/August 1995, pp. 357-364.

American Society for Public Administration, The Right Word.  1979.

Second term project (case analysis) due.

May 01:  Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.

John Hollwitz, Deborah F. Goodman, & Dean Bolte, "Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act: Assessing the Costs of Reasonable Accommodation."  PPM, v. 24 #2, Summer 1995, pp. 149-157.

Lee, chapter 12  (Labor-Management Relations).

May 08:  Final examination.

It is the duty of the government to make it easy for the people to do right, and difficult for the people to do wrong.- W.E. Gladstone.

Worthless persons appointed to have supreme control of weighty affairs do a lot of damage.- Aristotle.

What makes an organization function well is the density of administrative competence.- James March.