Master of Public Administration Faculty Highlights

Read more about faculty highlights for the Master of Public Administration program at Central Michigan University.

LAWRENCE ADAMITIS

FIXED TERM FACULTY

School of Politics, Society, Justice & Public Service

THOMAS GREITENS

FACULTY

School of Politics, Society, Justice & Public Service

(989)774-3862

SHARON KUKLA ACEVEDO

FACULTY

School of Politics, Society, Justice & Public Service

(989)774-3122

EMMA POWELL

FACULTY

School of Politics, Society, Justice & Public Service

(989)774-1309

Thomas Greitens

Research or scholarship

  • M. Ernita Joaquin & Thomas J. Greitens. 2021. American Administrative Capacity: Decline, Decay, and Resilience. Springer. 
  • Thomas J. Greitens & Nancy Quarles. 2020. From Competition to Collaboration: Transforming Economic Development Strategies in the Detroit Metropolitan Region.  Collaborative Governance for Regional Development: Global Lessons for Local Economies, edited by Denita Cepiku, So Hee Jeon, & David K. Jesuit.  Routledge.
  • Nathan Grasse, Thomas J. Greitens, David K. Jesuit, & Lawrence Sych. 2018. Exploring the Mediating Effects of Institutions on Polarization and Political Conflict:  Evidence from Michigan Cities.  In Public Policy, Governance and Polarization: Making Governance Work, edited by David K. Jesuit and Russell Alan Williams.  Routledge.
  • Thomas J. Greitens & J. Cherie Strachan.  2017. Local Governments in Michigan II:  Michigan's Rural Areas and Small Towns.  In Michigan Government, Politics, and Policy, edited by John S. Klemanski and David A. Dulio.  Ann University of Michigan Press.
  • Thomas J. Greitens.  2016. Assessing Transboundary Governance Capacity in the Great Lakes Areas of Concern.  International Journal of Water Governance, 4: 73-90.

Community service

  • Board Member, American Society for Public Administration, Michigan Capital Area Chapter (2015-present). 
  • Program Evaluator, Gratiot County Specialty Court Programs (2016-2018). 

Efforts to engage students

  • MPA Program Advisor, 2013-2022. 
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member for:  Christopher Surfus.  2020.   Michigan Municipal Manager Perceptions on LGBTQ+ Inclusion:  A Narrative Policy Framework Case Study.  Western Michigan University. 
  • Ph.D. Dissertation Committee Member for:  Ivo Hristov.  2018.  The Causes That May Lead to the Balanced Scorecard's (BCS) Failure:  A Conceptual Framework, University of Rome-Tor Vergata.  
  • Lead Faculty Study Abroad Trip to Seoul, 2013. 
  • Faculty Advisory to the Winners of the 2013 Students Reinventing Michigan Competition (Trent Wolf and Ben Harris).

    Sharon Kukla-Acevedo

    Research or scholarship

    • Kukla-Acevedo, S., Ernst, M., Sommer, E., Adams, L.E., & Barkin, S. (forthcoming). Diet quality and school attendance: cost analysis informing absence-reduction strategies in schools with underserved students. Journal of School Health.
    • Heflin, C.M., Darolia, R., & Kukla-Acevedo, S. (2020.) Exposure to food insecurity during adolescence and educational attainmentSocial Problems.  spaa036.
    • Heflin, C.M., Kukla-Acevedo, S., & Darolia, R. (2019.) Adolescent food insecurity and risky behaviors and mental health during the transition to adulthood. Children and Youth Services Review, 105, 104416.
    • Jeon, S.H. & Kukla-Acevedo, S. (2019.) Attitudinal effects of Ethical Work Climate: An organizational analysis. Public Administration Quarterly43, 4, 456-488.
    • Kukla-Acevedo, S. & Heflin, C.M. (2014). Unemployment insurance effects on child academic outcomes: Results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 47, 3, 246-252.

    Efforts to engage students

    • Director, Master of Public Administration 2022-Present
    • Advise Honors Capstones
    • Advisor, Social Studies Major: Political Science Concentration 6-12 (Secondary Emphasis)

    Emma Powell

    Research or scholarship

    Pinter, A.N., Powell, E.A., English, K, Poley, L, & Dilg, E. (2023). Credentialing the nonprofit professional: A focused look at the campus partner track of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. 

    Powell, E.A. & Raggo, P. Teaching Cases in the Philanthropic and Nonprofit Sector, as a part of Nonprofit Management book series. Sagamore Publishing (Expected in Summer, 2023). 

    Powell, E.A. (2020). Next steps for social impact bonds: Moving from an economic tool to a trust-based collaboration. In D. Cepiku, S.H. Jeon, & D.K. Jesuit (Eds.), Collaborative governance for local economic development: Lessons from countries around the world (pp. 49-64). Routledge. 

    Edwards, V., Powell, E.A. (2019). Michigan nonprofit compensation & benefit report. Michigan Nonprofit Association

    Mugo, P. & Powell, E.A. (2019). Lessons from lessons learned: A review of lessons learned by CEPF grantees in the Eastern Afromontane biodiversity hotspot, 2012-2019. Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund. 

    Powell, E. Winfield, G., Schatteman, A.M. & Trusty, K. (2018). Collaboration between practitioners and academics: Defining the pracademic experience. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. 8(1) pp.62-79. 

    Community service

    • The Care Store, Vice-Chair 2021 - present; Governance Committee 2021-present
    • Keisha Y. Brown Angel Wings Fund Vice-Chair 2019-2022; Board Member 2018-2019
    • Mount Pleasant Community Foundation Board of Trustees 2018-present; Youth Advisory Council Advisor 2018-present; Scholarship/Grant Committee 2017-2019; Community Relations Committee 2016-2018
    • Isabella Community Soup Kitchen: Board Development/Strategic Planning 2017-2019
    • United Way of Isabella & Gratiot Counties: Board Development/Planning Session 2019
    • Habitat for Humanity Isabella County: Facilitator, Board Retreat 2017-2021
    • Art Reach: Bylaw Review Committee 2017-2018; Board of Directors 2017- 2018; Sacred Heart Docent 2016-2017
    • Junior Achievement: Advisory Board, Member 2018; Susan G. Komen for the Cure Michigan Grant Review Committee 2015-2016
    • Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum: Strategic Planning Facilitator 2016-2017
    • Mt. Pleasant City Commissions, Facilitator, Strategic Priorities and Direction 2018
    • YMCA Summer Summit: Nonprofit Speaker, Youth Engaging in Service Summit (2016, July)
    • Gratiot Area Chamber of Commerce, Facilitator, Board Retreat/Strategic Planning 2017-2018

    Efforts to engage students

    • Public Administration Undergraduate Director
    • Advisor, Honors Capstone Projects
    • Political Science/Public Administration Internship Coordinator
    • The Washington Center Liaison
    • Advisor, Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance
    • Campus Director, Certified Nonprofit Professional
    • Directed Student Learning- Advisor for Honors Capstone, Theses, and MPA Applied Research Papers
    • Seoul, South Korea- Study Abroad 2016
    • Public Administration Student Success Mentor, Western Michigan University 2015. (Provided career mentoring and course advice to students).‚Äč