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Franz Foltz

Associate Professor

Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-5368
Office Location
Office Mailing Address
1309 Science Annex (building 13)

Franz Foltz

Associate Professor

Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BS, MA, Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bio

BS, Physics, Pennsylvania State University
MS, Governmental Science Policy, Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Research Interests: cyberdemocracy, and digital government, science and technology policy, environmental policy, global change research policy, energy policy, science and technology studies, ideas of power, technology and religion, and democratic theory and increasing public participation (especially connected to science, technology, and power)

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Science and Technology Policy; Energy and the Environment; Environmental Policy; Foundations of Public Policy, Seminar: Readings in Public Policy; Graduate Seminar in Science and Technology Policy, Energy Policy, Environment and Society; Seminar: Evaluation Research

585-475-5368

Currently Teaching

PUBL-791
0 Credits
For students continuing to work on their thesis after taking the required thesis credits, but before the thesis is defended.
PUBL-301
3 Credits
This course provides students with necessary tools to help them become effective policy analysts. The course places particular emphasis on understanding the policy process, the different approaches to policy analysis, and the application of quantitative methods, such as cost-benefit analysis, sampling designs, and decision trees. Students will apply these tools to contemporary public policy decision making at the local, state, federal, and international levels.
PUBL-790
1 - 6 Credits
The master's thesis in science, technology, and public policy requires the student to select a thesis topic, advisor and committee; prepare a written thesis proposal for approval by the faculty; present and defend the thesis before a thesis committee; and submit a bound copy of the thesis to the library and to the program chair.
STSO-201
3 Credits
Examines how local, state, federal and international policies are developed to influence innovation, the transfer of technology and industrial productivity in the United States and other selected nations.
STSO-710
3 Credits
Examines how federal and international policies are developed to influence research and development, innovation, and the transfer of technology in the United States and other selected nations. Students in the course will apply basic policy skills, concepts, and methods to contemporary science and technology policy topics.