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.

Ty Dooley

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

Travis Bland

J. Travis Bland, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Public Affairs & Education & DPA Program Lead

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

Bob Blankenberger

Bob Blankenberger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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

Denise Bockmeier-Sommers

Denise Bockmier-Sommers, Ed.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest: Supervisory Competencies, Organizational Diversity

Beverly Bunch

Beverly Bunch, Ph.D.
Professor

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

Rick Funderburg

Richard Funderburg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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

Betsy Goulet

Betsy Goulet, D.P.A.
Clinical Assistant Professor, CAST Coordinator, & Human Services Program Lead

Areas of Interest: Child Protection & Advocacy and Experiential Learning

Jose Irizarry

Jose Irizarry, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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

Youngjin Kang

Youngjin Kang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Child and Family Studies

Ken Kriz

Kenneth Kriz, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor

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

Arwi Kriz

Arwi Kriz, D.P.A.
Associate Professor

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

Will Miller

Will Miller, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus

Areas of Interest: Public Policy, Desegregation, Citizen Participation

Sean McCandless

Sean McCandless, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

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

Gary Reinbold

Gary Reinbold, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

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

Bob Smith

Robert Smith, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Public Affairs & Education

Areas of Interest: Public Budgeting Process & Structure

Matt Sprong

Matthew Sprong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Areas of Interest: Substance Abuse Disorders

Lisa Vinson

Lisa Vinson
Lecturer

Areas of Interest: Alcohol & Substance Abuse

Junfeng Wang

Junfeng Wang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Areas of Interest: Environmental Policy & Nonprofit Management