This presentation introduces the Virtual Museum of Public Service (VMPS) as a teaching resource, demonstrating its use in the delivery of public administration core courses. The presentation includes students’ assessments of the advantages and disadvantages of multimedia technologies in the on line classroom, and lessons learned about using these methodologies. The VMPS is unique as a museum on public administration and reaffirms the belief that citizens-as-public servants are a priceless and necessary part of our lives. This online museum is a free and accessible resource for teaching public administration and by using advanced technologies, the VMPS is a source of inspiration for those hearing the call to public service. It is aimed to inspire the best and brightest to careers that are socially responsible in government, non-profits, philanthropic organizations and as volunteers. The VMPS is also an evolving database on the history of public administration.
Lois Warner is an Assistant Teaching Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark. She teaches graduate courses on administrative ethics, managing public organizations, and public policy. She also teaches an undergraduate course on the art and culture of public service. Her research interests are public administration education and training, public service motivation and professionalism, and administrative ethics in public sector reform.