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David Mitchell

David Mitchell

, Ph.D., M.P.A., B.A.
Assistant Professor - Public Budgeting & Strategic Management
Public Administration, PA
Employed Since: 2014

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  • American Society for Public Administration
  • Association for Budgeting and Financial Management
  • International City/County Management Association
  • Public Management Research Association

    • Biography
    • Research
    • Courses


    Dr. David Mitchell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) School of Public Administration. Originally from Kansas, he has seven years of experience working in the city manager's offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Highland Park, Illinois; starting off as a Cookingham Fellow in Kansas City. During that time, Dr. Mitchell served in a number of roles including management of an organization-wide consolidation and reorganization effort, implementing an employee suggestion/gainsharing program, serving as a budget analyst for most city departments, assisting in the planning and implementation of a 311 call center, serving as the organizational customer service ombudsman, coordinating the city special events program, producing city communication documents, staffing numerous citizen committees, and overseeing an organizational performance management program. His work as a practitioner has been recognized by the National League of Cities and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

    Dr. Mitchell has continued his focus on local government management and budgeting throughout his doctoral study at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) prior to his appointment at UCF in 2014. His research examines implementation at the local level through the vehicles of strategy, budgeting, and collaboration. His dissertation examined factors leading to the successful implementation of municipal strategic initiatives. He has also worked on a number of local government consulting projects on behalf of the NIU Center for Governmental Studies.

    He has published in Public Administration Review and Public Budgeting & Finance, as well as presenting research at numerous international conferences, including those hosted by Public Management Research Association, Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Southern Political Science Association, and Western Social Sciences Association. Dr. Mitchell is the chair-elect for the ASPA Section of Public Performance and Management and also serves on the executive committee for the ASPA Section on Public Administration Research. He is also an appointed member of the ICMA Advisory Board on Graduate Education and is serving on the ICMA Annual Conference Planning Committee.

    Dr. Mitchell teaches Strategic Planning and Management, Public Budgeting, Public Financial Management, Nonprofit Financial Management, Research Methods for Public Administration, Analytical Techniques for Public Administration, and Public Administration in American Society at UCF, and has taught seven other courses across the disciplines of public administration, public policy, and government in his career. As a first-year professor, he was awarded the Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI.

    Dr. Mitchell lives with his wife, Amy, in East Orlando and serves as treasurer on his homeowners' association board of directors. He is also his election precinct's polling clerk. David is a proud alumnus of the University of Kansas and hosts the local alumni chapter's basketball watch parties, rock chalk!


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Northern Illinois University
  • M.P.A., University of Kansas
  • B.A., Political Science, History, Geography, University of Kansas
  • Research

    Mitchell, David, and Kurt Thurmaier. 2016.  "(Re)Defining the Disarticulated Municipality: Budget Accountability for Networked Governance." Public Budgeting & Finance 36(1): 47-67.

    Mitchell, David, and Kurt Thurmaier. 2016. In Foundations of Public Administration. Eds. Jos C.N. Raadschelders, Richard J. Stillman, Jr.. Irvine, CA: Melvin & Leigh Publishers. (forthcoming)

    Research Interests

    • local government management
    • collaborative governance
    • strategic management
    • public budgeting
    • public financial management
    • implementation
    • public policy


    • PAD 6335 : Strategic Planning and Management
    • PAD 6227: Public Budgeting
    • PAD 6207: Public Financial Management
    • PAD 6208: Nonprofit Financial Management
    • PAD 6701: Analytic Techniques for Public Administration
    • PAD 6700 : Research Methods for Public Administration
    • PAD 3003: Public Administation in American Society

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