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Meet Our Professors: Angela Pool-Funai, Public Administration


Getting inspired by her job as an adjunct professor while a college student, Angela Pool-Funai continued to work in the non-profit sector doing research and grants, but wanted to advance to be a professor. She now works in the always changing field of political science and public administration where there is always something new to discuss. She enjoys seeing how political science shows that it can affect anyone and everyone.

Title:
Director, Master of Public Administration and Assistant Professor of Political Science & Public Administration

Department:
Political Science & Criminal Justice

How long have you been working at SUU?
3 years

Where did you work before coming to SUU?
I spent about 15 years working in the nonprofit sector and higher education on the staff side, doing research and grants.

Where did you grow up?
Texas

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor’s in Journalism and Economics at Stephen F. Austin State University
-Master’s in Public Policy and Administration at Baylor University
-Doctorate in Public Administration at Valdosta State University in Georgia

What do you feel is the most interesting thing about your field?
The field of political science & public administration is always changing. Even though the structure of my classes might be very similar from semester to semester, there’s always something new to discuss.

Favorite thing to teach about political science/public administration?
I love teaching freshmen - especially the ones who say they don’t like political science, and then you see these light bulb moments when it dawns on them that maybe, just maybe, this class has something to offer them in real life.

Why do you love your field?
In this field, I feel like I’m part of something bigger than myself. I may not be able to change the world, but I can encourage students to think for themselves, to learn to ask the tough questions. It’s not about where I stand, politically, but to guide them to come to their own conclusions about the important issues in life.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
It’s okay to be different. Own it. Take a stand for what you believe, but be open to new ideas.

What do you love about SUU?
So many things! We have a gorgeous campus. I love the Bell Tower traditions where I get to cheer on incoming freshmen and then high-five the graduates as they leave. My students are terrific, and they fuel me to grow professionally. I love the cultural opportunities in theatre and music, and anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE football. Buying season tickets for my boys and me was one of the first things I did when I moved here.