Who Are You? with Candice Bodkin, UNC School of Government Adjunct Professor

Posted on October 12, 2015

As part of the grueling ELGL initiation process, new members are asked to complete our version of the Wonderlic test. It’s an open book test and participants do not have to use a dull number 2 pencil to fill in tiny circles. 

cheysCandice Bodkin (LinkedIn and Twitter), a Ph.D. candidate in Public Administration at NC State, is writing a dissertation on mentoring in the public sector, specifically focusing on the motivations to enter into mentoring relationships. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program she taught 6th grade math at a charter school in Austin, TX. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Political Science (double major), an MEd in Social Studies Education from the University of Florida, and an MPA degree from NC State. She will be attending #ELGL15.

Complete the following sentences.

I feel…. so excited to have found a group of professionals that are also passionate about local government
If I was in a talent show I would perform…. twinkle twinkle little star on the recorder
I joined ELGL because…..
I wanted to connect with others who are attempting to tackle the #13Percent statistic in new and creative ways.
My life will be complete if…. I could understand all the secrets of the universe.
You should probably know that I…. am a huge Florida Gators fan!

Do you agree/disagree with the following statement(s)……Explain….

My peer group views local government as a desirable profession.
I think among my peers local government is seen as less preferable to working for the state or a nonprofit.
I plan on spending the rest of my career in local government.
I am working on my Ph.D. in public administration but I plan to continue to research in the local government area for the rest of my professional career in whatever capacity that might be.
Potlucks are a good idea.
Always, as long as everyone doesn’t stop at the grocery store on the way and pick up a bag of chips.
City staff should be required to live in the city in which they work.
I don’t know that it should be a requirement, though I do think that a community is stronger when those in public service are part of the community they serve.
Local governments should have an employee dress code.
I’m not sure about this one. I feel that dressing in a professional manner is important for all client or constituent facing organizations, though I’m not sure to what level that needs to be dictated and enforced. I think that organizations should strive to build a culture where members want to portray a level of professionalism in all they do, not just how they dress.

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