Adam M. Williams

Adam WilliamsDegrees: Ph.D., Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University

MA, Political Science, University of Alabama

BA, Political Science, Franklin College (IN)

Bio: Adam M. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and the MPA Director in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. He earned a PhD in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and spent two years as an Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University prior to joining UIS. He also holds an MA in Political Science from the University of Alabama and BA in Political Science from Franklin College (Franklin, IN). Dr. Williams also coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Public Procurement Management.

Dr. Williams’ research interests include, but are not limited to: public procurement, public sector budgeting and financial management, theories of public organizations, efforts in sustainability, and scholarly behavior in public administration. Along with research interests, he serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Public ProcurementJournal of Supply Chain ManagementInternational Journal of Organizational Theory and BehaviorSupply Chain Management: An International Journal, and The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice.

In Georgia, he worked closely with local officials to incorporate applied teaching techniques into his graduate seminars. His teaching interests include Human Resources, Research Methods and Public Finance.

During his free time, he enjoys athletic activity and is a certified soccer referee.

Courses Taught:

PAD 301 Introduction to Public Service Management

PAD 505 Human Resource Management

PAD 581 Fundamentals of Public Procurement

PAD 654 Doctoral Research Design Seminar

PAD 659 Dissertation Proposal Writing Seminar

Other Unique Courses Previously Taught at Kennesaw State University, Florida Atlantic University, and the University of Alabama: Introduction to American Government (UA), Scope of Political Science (UA), Communication Skills for Public Managers (FAU), Quantitative Inquiry for Public Managers (FAU), undergraduate Research Methods for Public Management (FAU), Public Sector Contract Planning and Analysis (FAU), Public Sector Contract Formulation (FAU), Public Sector Contract Administration (FAU), graduate Research Methods and Computer Applications (KSU)


American Society for Public Administration [ASPA] – Central Illinois Chapter

ASPA Section on Public Procurement

Illinois Association of Public Procurement Officials [IAPPA]

National Institute of Governmental Purchasing [NIGP]

Scholarly Activity

Recent Publications

Williams, A. M. & Bland, J.T. (forthcoming). Drivers of social engagement: Investigating the employee voice-advice sharing relationship. Review of Public Personnel Administration.

Bland, J. T. & Williams, A. M. (forthcoming 2019). Collaborative ties within: Public organizations and the latent capacity for advice network formation. Public Organization Review.

Slagle, D. R. & Williams, A. M. (forthcoming 2019). Changes in public affairs and administration doctoral research, 2000 and 2015. Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Slagle, D. R. & Williams, A. M. (2018). Redefining the boundaries of Public Administration. Teaching Public Administration, 36(3), 259-275.

Williams, A. M., Lau, F., & McCue, C. P. (2018). Acknowledging knowledge: The perception of knowledge requirements for public procurement officials and their professional development. Journal of Public Procurement, 18(1), 50-67.

Blair, B. L. & Williams, A. M. (2017). University housing development: A PPP approach. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 3(3), 320-335.

Recent Scholarly Presentations

Morcul, G., Williams, A. M., Slagle, D. R., Tantardini, M., & Vasavada, T. (2018). Panel entitled “Trends in graduate programs in public affairs education: Public Administration and Public Policy degrees.” Presented at the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration [NASPAA] annual conference, October 10 – 13, 2018, Atlanta, Georgia.

Williams, A. M. & Slagle, D. R. (2018). Perceptions of public affairs doctoral education and the academic future of PA. Presented at the Teaching Public Affairs Conference, September 10 – 12, 2018, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Williams, A. M. & Bland, J. T. (2018). The voice-advice sharing relationship: Accounting for the influence of the broader social structure or work climate. Presented at the Midwest Public Affairs Conference, June 6 – 8, 2018, Chicago, Illinois. *Best Paper Award

Williams, A. M. & Bland, J. T. (2017). Perception of voice and impacts on collaborative efforts in local government. Presented at the Southeast Conference in Public Administration, October 4-7, Hollywood Beach, Florida.

Slagle, D. R. & Williams, A. M. (2017). Doctoral education development of Public Administration and Public Policy. Presented at the Teaching Public Administration Conference, May 31 – June 2, Omaha, Nebraska.

Williams, A. M. & Slagle, D. R. (2017). Exploring doctoral Public Administration scholarship from an historical perspective. Presented at the Midwest Public Affairs Conference, May 31 – June 2, Omaha, Nebraska.

Blair, B. & Williams, A. (2016). University housing development: A P3 Approach. Presented at the 2016 ASPA Annual Conference, March 18-20, Seattle, Washington.

Matthews, D. & Williams, A. (2016). Incorporation of sustainability requirements in public contracts: An examination of contract negotiation techniques and their cost benefit. Presented at the 2016 On Sustainability Annual Conference, January 21-23, Portland, Oregon.

Williams, A. (2015). Examining sustainable procurement: Its future within the profession. Presenting at the 2015 Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, April 2-4, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Wilson, D. & Williams, A. (2015). Exploring costs of local preferencing. Presenting at the annual 2015 On Sustainability Annual Conference, January 21-23, Copenhagen, Denmark.