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Sean McCandless (Dr. M) received his PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs of the University of Colorado Denver. In addition to working as an assistant professor at UIS, Dr. M serves as associate director of the Doctorate in Public Administration (DPA) program. His research concerns accountability for social equity, or how public service institutions become fairer in terms of access, processes, quality, and outcomes of public services. With Dr. Mary E. Guy, he is co-editor of the book Achieving Social Equity: From Problems to Solutions. He is currently editing other scholarly book volumes and journal symposia focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in public administration. With Dr. Staci Zavattaro, Dr. Brandi Blessett, and Dr. Esteban Santis, Dr. M is co-editor of Routledge Publishing’s social equity in public administration book series. His research is published in Public Administration Review, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Public Integrity, the Journal of Public Affairs Education, and several edited volumes. Dr. M was named the University Scholar (the university’s highest research award) for 2021-2022.

Dr. M serves on several journal editorial boards, including serving as a managing editor (Public Integrity), case study editor (Journal of Public Affairs Education), and associate editor (Administrative Theory & Praxis). He currently serves as chair of ASPA’s Section on Democracy and Social Justice and is a past ASPA Founders Fellow and International Young Scholar.

Dr. M frequently gives professional trainings on DEI and ethics in public service in addition to serving as an expert witness in asylum cases.