School of Public Service

At the School of Public Service, we transform passionate learners into community leaders in the fields of nursing, criminal justice, and education. Here, your commitment meets our dedication, translating academic knowledge into public value. Whatever your area of study, we provide you with the skills and knowledge to make a meaningful difference in your community and beyond.

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Meet Dean Sandra Hamar, Ed.D.

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Dr. Sandra Hamar, Ed.D. is a life-long educator with a Doctorate in Higher Education; Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Effective Schools from Grand Canyon University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis in Science Instruction from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Since moving from the public-school arena to higher education in 2005, Dr. Hamar has taught a large part of her coursework within Professional Development School partnerships. She has also focused her research on teacher identity, humanity, and diversity.

She put her “walk the walk” philosophy into practice by creating a study abroad opportunity for preservice teachers. Hamar studies the shift in preservice teachers’ identity and self-efficacy after their experience, noting the life changing impacts even a short-term study abroad experience can have on future educators.

We Prepare You For Success

Success doesn't just happen, our degrees will prepare you for it.

100 %

job placement for 2023 Spring education graduates

92 %

pass rate on the 2021 NCLEX


former Mock Trial members are practicing law

Shaping The World

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because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.