Josh Power

Director of Admissions and Graduate Studies

Josh Power is the Director of Admissions and Graduate Studies at the Fels Institute of Government. In that role, he is responsible for recruitment and enrollment management, academic advising, faculty recruitment and support, and curriculum development.

Before joining Fels, Josh was a co-founder and Associate Director of the Alliance for Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University (ACESJU), an innovative two-year graduate fellowship program for urban elementary and secondary school teachers and administrators. Prior to that, Josh served as the Associate Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership Program, an undergraduate leadership development and service-learning program. During his five years as associate director, he led the Fox Program’s student volunteer efforts, including the nation’s largest school-based mentoring initiative and alternative spring break, summer internship, and yearlong fellowship programs in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Josh has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Fels and the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania, and in the Teacher Education Department at Saint Joseph’s University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Saint Joseph’s University, a master’s degree in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Joseph's University. His doctoral research considers the impact of community support and reflective practice on the experiences and attitude of novice teachers.


Phone:  215-746-3700

Courses Taught

MPA Capstone Spring 2018
Course: MPA Capstone
Instructor: Josh Power
Course Section: 300
On-Campus Day(s): Tuesday
On-Campus Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Course Description:

Successful completion of a Capstone project is one of the academic requirements for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government.   This core course is designed to give students direct guidance as they apply and consolidate knowledge and skills gained across the curriculum through the completion of a rigorous Capstone project. Capstone students are responsible for designing and completing a public policy or public administration-related project and presenting a deliverable to the Fels community and other stakeholders.

MPA Capstone Spring 2017 On-Campus
Course: MPA Capstone
Instructor: Nelson Lim, Josh Power
Course Section: 300
Day(s): Wednesday
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Course Location: On-Campus
Course Description:

The completion of a capstone project is one of the academic requirements for the Master of Public Administration (MPA) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. The capstone project represents a way for graduate students to apply their multi-disciplinary learning from the program to a specific public administration challenge(s) or issue(s). To successfully complete a capstone project, a student must receive a passing grade for her capstone paper and the associated briefing. The student’s capstone paper resembles a policy memo that an administrative staff writes to decision makers and stakeholders. The paper integrates and deepens the student’s learning from the program. More importantly, the capstone paper provides a way for a student to bring her/his learning and knowledge from the program back into her/his chosen career. The research focus should be one that is of great interest to the students as well as one a potential organization will benefit from.

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Contact Information

Fels Institute of Government
University of Pennsylvania
3814 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone: (215) 898-2600
Fax: (215) 746-2829