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Public Affairs and Administration Admissions
School of Public Management and Policy
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Travis Bland is the Associate Dean for the College of Public Affairs and Administration. He is also serving as the Director of the Doctor of Public Administration Program. Dr. Bland received his Ph.D. from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. Professor Bland specializes in evaluating public programs and is a strategic planning and organizational health and design consultant. His research interests include front-line behavior, social welfare policy, and behavioral approaches to decision-making and ethics. Dr. Bland is a contributing author to Community Action Leaders: Rooting out Poverty at the Local Level (New York: Routledge). His research has been published in Public Management Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Integrity, Public Organization Review, the Journal of Public and Nonprofit AffairsPublic Administration Quarterly, The Innovation Journal, and the Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance.

In addition to his teaching and research interests, he serves as an instructor for Jobs for Life and volunteers with the James Project, the Matthew Project, and West Side Christian Church.

Courses Taught

PAD 652. Public Management Seminar, PAD 502. Organizational Dynamics, PAD 505. Public Sector Human Resource Management, PAD 538. Public Service Ethics and Leadership, PAD 552. Strategic Planning and Management, PAD 541. Nonprofit Sector Human Resource Management

Recent Publications

Bland, J. T. Williams, A., & Albertson, N. (2021) Job-fit and high-performance versus high-empowerment HR: moderators of the PSM—organizational commitment relationship, Public Management Review, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2021.1985317

Manuel Roman-Basora & Bland, J.T. (2021) Separate and unequal: A sample of disparities in five American unincorporated territories, Public Integrity, DOI: 10.1080/10999922.2020.1859241

Williams, A. M. & Bland, J.T. (2020). Drivers of social engagement: Investigating the employee voice-advice sharing relationship. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 40(4). 669-690. Available here.

Bland, J. Travis and Williams, A. M. (2018). Collaborative ties within: Public organizations and the latent capacity for advice network formation. Public Organization Review. Available here.

Bland, J. T. (2018). Authentic participatory engagement: Community Action and the foundational principle of maximum feasible participation. Public Administration Quarterly, 42(2). Available here.

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