Sean McCandless

Sean McCandless works as an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois Springfield. He joined the Department in Fall 2018 after having completed a post-doctorate and PhD in Public Affairs from the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. He also holds an MA in Political Science and BAs in History, Political Science, and Psychology.

Sean worked for years in the Colorado Community College System helping to design accessible and socially equitable curricula. This experience helped inspire his research focus on how accountability for social equity is achieved in public agencies, or how public services become fairer in terms of access, outcomes, processes, and quality. His research resides at the intersections of law (especially constitutional and state law), public management, and politics. He is presently focusing on LGBTQ issues in public administration and public policy. He is published in Public Administration Review (PAR), Public Integrity (PI), Administrative Theory & Praxis (ATP), and several edited volumes.

Sean values being involved in the discipline. He reviews for numerous journals, including PAR, PI, ATP, and others and serves on the editorial boards of ATP and PI. Further, Sean is completing a term as Board Member of the Public Administration Theory Network and is Chair Elect of the Democracy and Social Justice Section of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). He was an ASPA Founders’ Fellow (2016 and 2017) and ASPA International Young Scholar (2017).

Sean is willing to bet that he is the biggest Star Trek fan currently in the public administration discipline.