The exemplary activities of the faculty allow the program to link innovative research, current trends in community service, and advanced student engagement efforts as it promotes enriched learning experiences for students across a variety of public sector settings (e.g. from state/local governments to nonprofit organizations).

For example, during the last five years the program’s faculty have published in the top journals in public administration (e.g. Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration), actively engaged the public sector community in a variety of volunteer and work-based experiences (e.g. volunteered to help a mid-Michigan County government form regional partnerships and helped that government secure grant funding from the state of Michigan; worked in County government as a County Commissioner; worked in the nonprofit sector as an Executive Director), and learned of new pedagogic techniques to keep students engaged in public administration and their overall degree program (e.g. attendance at the University’s “Great Lakes and Teaching Conference” and implementing a pedagogy based in deliberation through funding from the Kettering Foundation). Such activities allow the program to be actively engaged in the pracademic world of researching, teaching, and implementing public policy and administration.

As part of its ongoing emphasis on pracademics, the program helped form the Trans-National Initiative on Governance Research and Education Network (TIGRE-Net). Since 2009, the program has helped sponsor an annual research meeting of TIGRE-Net almost every year (e.g. Macerata, Italy in 2009; Toronto, Canada in 2010; Mount Pleasant, MI in 2011; Rome, Italy in 2012; Prague, Czech Republic in 2013; Milan, Italy in 2015). These meetings have included the active participation of MPA students and MPA faculty so that our program can be exposed to international scholars and public sector professionals. Through these conferences, MPA faculty, and at least one MPA student, have published on trends in international public management in special issues of the International Journal of Public Management and the International Journal of Public Administration, as well as three books on international public management trends (e.g. Making Multilevel Public Management Work: Stories of Success and Failure from Europe and North America in 2013, Governance and Public Management: Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times in 2014, and Public Policy, Governance, and Polarization to be published in 2017).

In addition to the efforts detailed in the preceding table (3.3.1.) and paragraphs, faculty in the program have also impacted public administration and policy during the last five years by:

- Serving on the American Society for Public Administration-Michigan Area Chapter Executive Board (Greitens).

- Serving as peer reviewers for journals such as the Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Public Performance & Management Review, Journal of Public & Nonprofit Affairs (Greitens, Kukla-Acevedo, Powell).

- Being involved in the NASPAA Policy Student Simulation (Midwest Region, 2015) (Powell).

- Acting as the mentor for the first place winners of the 2013 “Students Reinventing Michigan” undergraduate competition (Greitens)

- Volunteering time for public services (Powell with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Aquinas College Alumni Foundation).

Faculty Highlights

Thomas Greitens

Research or Scholarship

M. Ernita Joaquin & Thomas J. Greitens. 2012. Contract Management Capacity Breakdown? An Analysis of Local Governments from 1997 to 2007. Public Administration Review, 72 (6), 807-816.

Community Service:

​Co-wrote a local government’s grant application to the state that helped them form a regional collaboration to enhance problem-solving judicial programing (Sabrina Sylvain, Thomas J. Greitens, & Ignacio D. Acevedo. 2014. Juvenile Justice in Home Care Programs for Rural Counties. This competitive grant emphasizes innovate treatment approaches for juvenile offenders and also includes significant components on partnership building between three Michigan Circuit Courts and their county governments. $196,661. Awarded from Michigan Department of Human Services to Gratiot County Court Systems).

Efforts to Engage Students:

From 2013-2015, received funding (along with J. Cherie Strachan) from the Kettering Foundation’s Centers for Public Life to enhance student deliberation skills for both undergraduate students and MPA students. (J. Cherie Strachan & Thomas J. Greitens. 2015. Promoting Discussion in Academic Circles. $5000. Awarded by the Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH) and J. Cherie Strachan & Thomas J. Greitens. 2013. Deliberative Pedagogy and the Citizenship Deficit. Kettering Foundation Learning Agreement for Deliberation Research. $5000. Awarded by the Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH).

So Hee Jeon

Research or Scholarship:

  • ​Kwon, M., & Jeon, S. H. (2018). Do Leadership Commitment and Performance-Oriented Culture Matter for Federal Teleworker Satisfaction With Telework Programs? Review of Public Personnel Administration, DOI: 10.1177/0734371X18776049, currently published as Online First.
  • Kwon, M., & Jeon, S. H. (2017). Why Permit Telework? Exploring the Determinants of California City Governments’ Decisions to Permit Telework. Public Personnel Management, 46(3), 239-262.
  • Jeon, S. H. (2017). Where to Report Wrongdoings? Exploring the Determinants of Internal versus External Whistleblowing. International Review of Public Administration, 22(2), 153-171.
  • Im, E., Jeon, S. H., & Kim, J. (2017). Which Local Self-Governments Seek More Collaboration? Evidence from Interlocal Collaboration for Economic Development in South Korea. Lex localis: Journal of Local Self-Government, 15(2), 175-197.
  • Nicole Esparza & So Hee Jeon. 2013.  Interlocking Boards of Trustees and Grant Acquisition Among Homeless Service Organizations. Public Performance & Management Review 36 (4): 637-664.
  • Manuscript Referee Service: American Review of Public Administration (ARPA), Public Administration Review (PAR), Public Personnel Management (PPM), Review of Public Personnel Administration (ROPPA), Lex Localis: Journal of Local Self-Government

Community Service:

Executive Board Member, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section on Ethics and Integrity of Governance (2016 - present)

Efforts to Engage Students:

  • Faculty Advisor, International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Student Chapter (Fall 2018 - present);
  • Lead Faculty, Study Abroad trip to Seoul, Spring 2016 & Spring 2018.

Sharon Kukla-Acevedo

Research or Scholarship:

Sharon Kukla-Acevedo, Megan E. Streams, & Eugenia Toma. 2011. Can a Single Performance Metric Do It All? A Case Study in Education Accountability. American Review of Public Administration 42 (3): 303-319.

Efforts to Engage Students:

Served as the Department’s Internship Coordinator since 2013 and in that position helped to link MPA students to internship opportunities in the public sector.

Emma Powell

Research or Scholarship:

Accepted - Powell, E.A. Next steps for social impact bonds: Moving from an economic tool to a trust-based collaboration (Book Chapter for Collaborative governance for local economic development: Lessons from countries around the world. September, 2018.)

Powell, E.A, Schatterman, A., & Winfield, G. (2018). Pracademics, nonprofit sector themes and models for success. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Emma Powell. 2015. The Value of Networking: Allocating Resources to Participate. Paper presentation at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration. Chicago, IL

Community Service:

  • Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation: Board of Trustees, Nominee (2018); Community Relations Committee (2016 - present); Scholarship/Grant Committee (2017 - present)
  • Isabella Community Soup Kitchen: Board Development/Strategic Planning (2017-present);
  • United Way of Isabella & Gratiot Counties: Presenter, Community Leaders Conference (2017, October)
  • Habitat for Humanity Isabella County: Facilitator, Board Retreat (2017, 2018)
  • Art Reach: Bylaw Review Committee (2017-2018); Board of Directors (2017- 2018)
  • Sacred Heart Docent (2016 - 2017)
  • Junior Achievement: Advisory Board, Member (2018);
  • Sacred Heart Advisor (2016 - 2018)
  • Mount Pleasant Discovery Museum: Strategic Planning Facilitator (2016, December)
  • YMCA Summer Summit: Nonprofit Speaker, Youth Engaging in Service Summit (2016, July)
  • Susan G Komen for the Cure, Michigan: Grant Review Committee (2015, 2016)

Efforts to Engage Students:

  • Advisor, Pi Alpha Alpha
  • 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).​

Lawrence Sych

Research or Scholarship:

Lawrence Sych. 2014. Constructing Public Management Futures During Fiscal Stress. In Charles Conteh, Thomas J. Greitens, David K. Jesuit & Ian Roberge (eds.) Governance and Public Management: Strategic Foundations for Volatile Times, pp. 45-60. New York, NY: Routledge

Community Service:

Board member, Secretary, and president-elect of the Michigan Political Science Association from 2015-2017 (Responsible for implementing programming to maintain and increase membership).​