World-Class Faculty

Our students learn from and collaborate with our world-class faculty, whose professional engagements and scholarship spans public administration, management, policy, and human services. They are inspiring mentors, and their expertise and research play a vital role in public policy and program development, both locally and globally.

School of Public Management & Policy Director

Ty Dooley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor & Director of the School of Public Management & Policy

Areas of Interest: Social justice, Critical Race Theory, Social Equity, and Community Development

Public Administration: Management & Policy

J. Travis Bland, Ph.D.

Associate Dean & DPA Program Lead

Areas of Interest: Public Management, Ethics, & Organizational Health & Design

Bob Blankenberger, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: Public Policy, Higher Education, & Program Implementation

Beverly Bunch, Ph.D.

Professor

Areas of Interest: Capital Financing, Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations, & State & Local Government budgeting

Richard Funderburg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: State & Local Economic Development Policy, Community Planning

Betsy Goulet, D.P.A.

Clinical Assistant Professor & CAST Coordinator

Areas of Interest: Child Protection & Advocacy and Experiential Learning

Jose Irizarry, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Public Administration Values & Theory, Nonprofits, & Criminal Justice

Kenneth Kriz, Ph.D.

University Distinguished Professor

Areas of Interest: Subnational Debt, Economic & Revenue Forecasting, & Behavioral Public Finance

Sean McCandless, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Social Equity, Intersection of Law, Public Management, & Politics

Arwi Kriz, D.P.A.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Public Budgeting & Finance, Fiscal Policy & Economic Growth, Government Efficiency Measurement

Gary Reinbold, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: U.S. Social Policy & International Poverty & Development

Robert Smith, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Public Affairs & Administration

Areas of Interest: Public Budgeting Process & Structure

Junfeng Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: Environmental Policy & Nonprofit Management

Will Miller, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest: Public Policy, Desegregation, Citizen Participation

Human Services

Denise Bockmier-Sommers, Ed.D.

Associate Professor & Human Services Program Lead

Areas of Interest: Supervisory Competencies, Organizational Diversity

Youngjin Kang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Child and Family Studies

Lisa Vinson

Lecturer

Areas of Interest: Alcohol & Substance Abuse