Dr. Naim Kapucu is Professor and Director of the School of
Public Administration at the University of Central Florida (UCF).
He is, also, the founding director of the Center for Public and
Nonprofit Management (CPNM) at UCF (2008-2011). In addition,
he has developed Emergency Management and Homeland Security
graduate certificate and undergraduate minor programs at UCF and
served as the Director for the Public Service and Leadership
Program at the School of Public Administration from 2007 until
Dr. Kapucu has published widely in areas of public policy and
administration, network governance, crisis leadership, nonprofit
management and disaster management. His work has been published in
Public Administration Review, Administration & Society, Journal
of Public Administration Theory and Research, the American Review
of Public Administration, Public Administration, International
Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and Disasters: The
Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy, and Management. He is
currently the Editor of the Public Policy and Management Field of
the European Journal of Economics and Political Sciences. He is the
founding Associate Editor of the International Journal of Complex
Governance Networks. Furthermore, he is an editorial board member
of the prestigious Public Administration Review. Currently, Dr.
Kapucu was the Book Review Editor of the American Review of Public
Administration (2010-2013), along with serving as an editorial
board member for 19 other journals.
Dr. Kapucu's main research interests are emergency and crisis
management, network leadership and governance, public-nonprofit
partnerships in emergencies, complex adaptive systems, dynamic
network analysis, decision-making in complex environments,
organizational learning and design, and collaborative public
management. He is the author and editor of many books including:
TheNetwork Governance in Response to Acts of Terrorism: Comparative
Analyses (Routledge, 2012), Governance Reforms: Comparative
Perspectives (USAK 2010), Managing Emergencies and Crises (with Alp
Ozerdem, Jones & Bartlett, 2011), Disaster Resiliency:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives (with Hawkins, and Rivera,
Routledge, 2012), and Disaster and Development (with Liou,
Dr. Kapucu has received several awards, honors and recognitions
for his professional service, research, and teaching. He is a
reviewer for the program committee of the Public and Nonprofit
(PNP) Division of the Academy of Management. He is the Executive
Council Member and Chair Elect, for the Section on Complexity and
Network Studies (SCNS), American Society for Public Administration
(ASPA) and Chair Elect for the Section on Public Administration
research (SPAR). Previously, he served as the Chair for the Section
on Public Performance and Management (SPPM), ASPA, and the Chair
and Executive Council Member for the Section on Emergency and
Crisis Management (SECM). Dr. Kapucu serves on the Academic
Advisory Board of the Contemporary Learning Series (CLS) at
McGraw-Hill, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism. He received
an Excellence in Professional Service award from UCF in 2011. He
has led the UCF- Orange County Health Department Partnership
Project. The project is hailed as a best- practice model and has
significantly increased service capacity for the grassroots
agencies participating in the project. He was a recipient of the
Director's Award, Orange County Health Department, for the
excellent service provided to enhance services to all populations
in Orange County as well as the success of the federal Capacity
Building Grant (2005).
Dr. Kapucu has received many accolades and awards for his
research at the university-wide level and at academic conferences.
He received the Best Paper Award for his article titled
"Communication in Crisis: Boundary Spanners in Multi-agency
Coordination" at the 65th ASPA National Conference in
2004. He was a recipient of the William Petak Award, Section on
Emergency and Crisis Management (SECM) for the best paper on an
Emergency Management topic at the 2011 ASPA Annual Conference. He
also received an Outstanding Paper Award at the Literati Network
Awards for Excellence 2011 for the article entitled "Collaborative
emergency management and national emergency management network"
published in Disaster Prevention and Management: An International
Journal. He also received the Academic Excellence Award, from the
Central Florida Chapter of ASPA in 2009. At UCF, Dr. Kapucu has
received an Excellence in Research Award in 2010 and a Research
Incentive Award in 2009. He has also been inducted into the
University of Central Florida Millionaires Club for receiving more
than a million dollars in external funding. He has received grants
from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, US Department
of Agriculture (USDA), National Science Foundation (NSF), US Health
and Human Services Agency (HHS), and US Department of Education
He teaches network governance, leadership in public service,
emergency and crisis management, and network analysis in public
policy and management courses. He is a recipient of the Teaching
Faculty Leadership Award for 2004-2005 academic year and
Service‑Learning Faculty Recognition Award for the academic year
2006-2007 at the University of Central Florida. He, also, received
the Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award (university-wide
competitive award) in 2009, an Excellence in Graduate Teaching
Award in the College of Health and Public Affairs in 2010 and the
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Award from UCF in 2011.
He taught at the University of Pittsburgh (PA), Penn State
University (PA), and Robert Morris University (PA) before coming to
UCF in 2003.
Dr. Kapucu received his Ph.D. in Public and International
Affairs from the Graduate School of Public and International
Affairs (GSPIA) of the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in
2003. Prior to that, he earned a Master of Public Policy and
Management degree from Heinz College's School of Public Policy and
Management, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
Ph.D., Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh
MPM, Master of Public Management, Carnegie Mellon University
Dr. Kapucu's main research interests are emergency and crisis
management, network leadership and governance, decision-making in
complex environments, and organizational learning and design.
He is the author and editor of many books including: TheNetwork
Governance in Response to Acts of Terrorism: Comparative Analyses
(Routledge, 2012), Governance Reforms: Comparative Perspectives
(USAK 2010), Managing Emergencies and Crises (with Alp Ozerdem),
Jones & Bartlett, 2011; Disaster Resiliency: Interdisciplinary
Perspectives (with Hawkins, and Rivera), Routledge, 2012; Disaster
and Development (with Liou), Springer 2014;
Disaster vulnerability, hazards and resilience: Perspectives from
Florida (with Rivera), Springer, 2015; Disaster and
crisis management: Public management
perspectives(with Boin) Taylor & Francis,
he published more than 110 peer reviewed journal
emergency and crisis management
Decision Making in Complex Environments
Comparative Public Policy and Management
PAF 7317 : Social Inquiry and Public Policy
PAD 6439 : Leadership in Public Service
PAD 7827 : Network Governance
PAD 6829 : Network Analysis in Public Policy and Management
PAD 6062: Advanced Concepts and Applications in Public Administration
PAD 6397: Managing Emergencies and Crises
PAF 7802 : Advanced Research Methodology for Public Affairs
PAD 7057 : Advanced Public Management
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