Meet The DPA Faculty

DPA program faculty come from a diversity of academic and methodological backgrounds, and represent some of the most promising and/or distinguished scholars and professionals within the public affairs disciplines. Introduced below, the DPA program faculty shares a deep and abiding commitment to bridging the worlds of scholarship and practice.

DPA Core Instructors

Faculty listed below are presently serving as the instructors for the DPA core coursework. These faculty members also serve on the DPA program committee.

Travis Bland

J. Travis Bland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Director of DPA Program

Bob Blankenberger

Bob Blankenberger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Chair of the Dept. of Public Administration

Kenneth Kriz

Kenneth A. Kriz, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Springfield

Sean McCandless, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Sibel Oktay

Sibel Oktay, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Studies

David Racine, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for State Policy and Leadership

Adam Williams

Adam Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Director of MPA Program

DPA Program Committee

Faculty listed below are presently serving on our program committee.

Josiah Alamu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Public Health

Dorine Brand, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Health

Leanne Brecklin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Brandon Derman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Jay Gilliam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice

Ali Nizamuddin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science

John Transue, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair Political Science

Affiliated Faculty

Other affiliated faculty are available to teach and to serve on student dissertation closure committees.

Denise Bockmier-Sommers, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Human Services

Beverly Bunch, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Administration

Sviatoslav Braynov, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Computer Science

Patricia Byrnes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics

Cheng-Chia “Brian” Chen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Public Health

Vickie Cook, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor of Education Leadership

Scott Day, Ed.D.
Professor Education Leadership

Richard Funderburg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration

Betsy Goulet, DPA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Anne-Marie Hanson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

Ranjan Karri, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management

Laurel Newman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Business Administration

Magic Wade, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Political Studies

Junfeng Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Public Administration