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Simon M Fass
Associate Professor-Economic Political and Policy
Office MailstopMail Box: WT17, WSTC 1.220, Room No.: GR3224 
Email Address    Primary Phone Number 972-883-2938    URL UTD Webpage    Media Contact
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Trang, Vy T
 Professional Preparation
 Ph.D.Urban PlanningUniversity of California1978
 M.A.Urban PlanningUniversity of California1973
 B. Architecture University of British Columbia1970
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Research Interests
Interests span a variety of policy themes, including education, economic development, justice, and substance abuse. Current research focus is on population growth and environmental degradation, the evolution of modern pawn broking, effectiveness of drug and mental health courts, and exploration of meanings that people attach to sacred structures.
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Chad: Governance by the Grassroots, with G. Desloovere, Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Democratic Decentralization, Oluwu, D. and Wunsch, J. (eds), Lynne Rienner, Boulder, CO. 2005. 155-180
Category: Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Demo...
Book chapters
Where Have All the Hot Goods Gone? The Role of Pawnshops, with J. Francis, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Vol. 1, No. 2, May 2004. 156-179
Category: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Peer reviewed
Getting Tough on Juvenile Crime: An Analysis of Costs and Benefits, with C-R. Pi, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Vol. 39, No. 4, November 2002. 363-399
Category: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Peer reviewed
Surviving in the Informal Sector, in Arthur, C. and Dash, M. (eds.), A Haiti Anthology: libte, Marcus Weiner Publishers, Princeton NJ. 2000. 129-130
Category: A Haiti Anthology: lib��te
Book chapters
Fast Food, in Leary, M., Dermody, B. and Markusen, A. (eds.) Envisioning Cities and Regions, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. 2000. 145-161
Category: Envisioning Cities and Regions
Book chapters
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Start DateEnd DatePresentation/Project
Oct-88 Oct-88 Social Policy Planning: Problems Looking for Solutions or Solutions Looking for Problems?
paper, 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October, 1988, Buffalo, New York.
Mar-93 Mar-93 Focussing on the Family: The Key to Development Success
speech, National Research Council Luncheon Seminar, National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., March 1993.
Dec-87 Dec-87 Refugees: Constraints and Opportunities for Development
paper, CAFOD 25th Anniversary Workshop, Queen Elizabeth House, International Development Centre, Oxford University, December 1987, Oxford, U.K.
9-Oct-96 12-Oct-96 Aid, the State, and Civil Society
paper, OECD-European Community Joint Conference on Development Assistance to West Africa in the 21st Century , October 9-12, 1996, Brussels, Belgium.
9-Jun-94 10-Jun-94 Decentralization and Democracy in Chad
paper, Workshop on Civil Society, Democracy and Development in Africa, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Conference Center, June 9-10, 1994, Washington D.C.
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Association of Public Policy and Management
National Association of Scholars
American Association of University Professors
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DurationRankDepartment / SchoolCollege / OfficeUniversity / Company
1988-PresentAssociate ProfessorSchool of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences University of Texas at Dallas
1980-1988Assistant ProfessorHubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs University of Minnesota
1980-1980EvaluatorUrban Functions in Rural Development Program United States Agency for International Development
1979-1979EconomistUrban Projects, Philippines, Morocco and India World Bank
1978-1979Assistant Director/Planning  Asian Development Bank
1977-1977EconomistUrban Sector Survey World Bank
1976-1976EconomistEducation/Community Development Project Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences / Inter-American Development Bank
1976-1976EconomistProject Preparation Unit Haitian Ministry of Finance
1974-1976Urban PlannerMetropolitan Development Plan for Port-au-Prince UN Centre for Human Settlements-Habitat
1973-1973Regional Planner  Southern California Association of Governments
1970-1971TechnicalWriterNew Montreal International Airport Ministry of Transport-Canada
2007-2008Implementation and evaluation of Drug Court Parent Empowerment ProgramU.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Juvenile Accountability Block Grant$233,150Previous
2004-2007Assessment of efficacy of program to prevent relapse among recovering addictsU.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, SAMHS Administration$54,000Previous
2003-2006Evaluation of impact of Dallas County Juvenile Drug Court on recidivismU.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance$52,000Previous
2000-2000Evaluation of effectiveness of substance abuse treatment programsDallas County Juvenile Department$27,000Previous
1997-2000Cost-benefit analysis of juvenile justice system sentencingU.S. Dept of Justice, National Institute of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention$218,000Previous
1995-1996Study of political decentralization in Africa (with Florida State University)Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Club du Sahel$245,000Previous
1991-1991Study of democracy and education in West AfricaU.S. Agency for International Development, Office of Education$60,000Previous
1989-1989Assessment of economic integration of Hmong refugees in WisconsinWisconsin Policy Research Institute$11,000Previous
1988-1988Study of informal housing finance in HaitiU.S. Agency for Int’ Development, Regional Housing and Urban Development Office$15,000Previous
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Factory Women's Center of Haiti

  • study of social and financial characteristics of street food vendors, 1989
  • evaluation of literacy and health training programs for factory workers, 1986-88

Haitian Association of Voluntary Agencies

  • analysis of association's financial constraints and development potential, 1986

Haitian Council of Bishops

  • design of national adult literacy and non-formal education program, 1989
  • preparation of institutional development strategy for Catholic primary schools, 1988

Inter-American Development Bank

  • analysis of population, income, employment, and housing characteristics, Haiti, 1991

Minnesota State Planning Agency-Governor's Task Force on Poverty and Jobs

  • analysis of state unemployment and poverty trends, 1984

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development -Club du Sahel

  • review of participatory research methods for promoting local development in West Africa, 1997
  • review of political development component of the Africa Long Term Perspective study, 1995
  • study of education and political decentralization in the Sahelian countries of West Africa, 1992

Swiss Development Cooperation Agency

  • evaluation, design and monitoring of project to improve community schooling, Chad, 1993-2000

United States Agency for International Development

  • design of national household income survey, Haiti, 1998
  • analysis of household expenditures for education, Haiti, 1995
  • study of financing of rural community schools, Chad, 1994
  • evaluation of private primary education project, Haiti, 1993
  • design of institutional development component for basic education, Benin, 1992
  • design of surveys on education expenditure and school finance, Haiti, 1991
  • assessment of agency's proposed 1989-90 strategy for education sector support, Haiti, 1988
  • design of strategic analysis of agency's disaster preparedness portfolio, 1989
  • economic analysis of informal housing and land markets, Haiti, 1988
  • design of institutional devolution strategy for primary education, Haiti, 1988
  • advice on low-income housing policy for the Caribbean region, 1987
  • analysis of economic and financial issues in primary education, Haiti, 1985
  • design of national food consumption, nutrition, and expenditure survey, Haiti, 1985
  • technical assistance to small business credit program, Tunisia, 1984
  • analysis of climate for industrial investment, Haiti, 1983
  • evaluation of worldwide small enterprise assistance program, 1983
  • presentations on fertility and economic growth, Burkina Faso, 1982 and Mali, 1981
  • evaluation of rural employment research project, Thailand, 1982
  • study of the characteristics of rural small enterprise and industry, Cameroon, 1982
  • analysis of household income distribution, Haiti, 1982
  • technical assistance to regional development research project, Cameroon, 1981
  • regional economic analysis, Burkina Faso, 1981
  • design of regional development programs, Burkina Faso 1980

World Bank

  • redesign of public primary education project, Haiti, 1993
  • analysis of adult education requirements in relation to the informal economy, Indonesia, 1990

  • J. William Fulbright Senior Specialist, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 2002 
  • Outstanding Scholarship Award, Comparative and International Education Society, 1990 
  • Outstanding Academic Book, Association of College and Research Libraries, 1989

School activities and committees (recent)
  • Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Research program, 2009- 
  • member, PAFF Methods Qualifying Examination Committee, 2010- 
  • member, NASPAA Accreditation preparation Committee, 2009-10 
  • member, PPPE Methods Qualifying Examination Committee, 2004-10 
  • member, EPPS Faculty Advisory Committee 2008-10 
  • member, Committee on the MPA Program, 2000-2005 
  • member, Quality Teaching Committee, 2000-2002

Courses developed (recent)
  • PA 7330 Research Design in Public Affairs, 2011 
  • PA 5319 Management and Practice of International Development, 2009 
  • ECO 4396 History of Economic Ideas, 2009 
  • PA 6341 Urban Development, 2008 
  • ECO 4396 Economics of Religion, 2006 
  • ECO 3315 Economics of Sports 2004

University committees (recent)
  • member, Academic Senate Ad hoc Committee on online surveys, 2011 
  • member, Faculty Senate 2010-2011 
  • member, Institutional Review Board, 2007-2009 
  • member, Committee on Education Policy, 2005-2007 
  • member, University Safety Committee 2000-2002 

Community Service (recent)
  • Youth Village Resources of Dallas and Dallas Social Venture Partners 2009-2011 
    • evaluation of Youth Village Foundation programs at the Dallas County Juvenile Department residential placement facility for youthful offenders (in progress) 
  • Dallas County Court of Criminal Appeals, Dallas, Texas 2009-2011 
    • assessment of the Dallas County Misdemeanor Mental Health Diversion Court for Judge Kristin Wade (in progress) 
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Dallas, Texas, 2009
    • feasibility study and evaluation design for MADD’s Victim Impact Panel program. 
  • United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, 2009
    • Outcomes Expert to review assessment plans submitted by 28 applicants under United Way’s Priority Needs Grants Process 

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