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Dr. Sharon Kukla-Acevedo is an associate professor of Public Administration. Her research combines the fields of public management and education policy, with current research endeavors focusing on superintendents as public managers. Ongoing interests also include the evaluation of teacher effectiveness, evaluation of teacher preparation programs, teacher turnover and mobility. Her work has been published in a number of academic outlets, including, Economics of Education Review, Journal of Education Research, and American Review of Public Administration.

Dr. Kukla-Acevedo is the NASPAA-accredited Master of Public Administration (MPA) program director. Sharon is also the CMU Social Studies Education Advisor for Political Science. 

She also served as the interim Director of the MA in Political Science Program, internship coordinator, co-liaison for The Washington Center (TWC) Internship Program and the advisor for Pi Alpha Alpha.

Kukla-Acevedo, Sharon and Acevedo-Polakovich, Ignacio David, (2023). Beyond Education Dollars: Does Social Safety Net Spending Affect High School Graduation Rates?

  • Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Kentucky, 2008
  • Master of Public Policy, University of Kentucky, 2006
  • B.A., Spanish, Aquinas College, 2000
  • Public Human Resources Management
  • School Finance
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Economics of Education