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  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

School of Public Administration

• Overview
• Research Interests
• Current/Recent Grants


Salvation Army Tour 9-14-09 136-cropped -adjustedFaculty members in the School of Public Administration and the school's Center for Public and Nonprofit Management conduct research that is problem-oriented, theory-driven and interdisciplinary. They strive to study issues that are relevant to diverse stakeholders, including practitioners in local, regional, statewide, national and international organizations, and scholars in public administration, planning, research administration and nonprofit management. The faculty's research serves as a fulcrum to challenge both practitioners and scholars to strengthen communities.  

Research Interests

Faculty research interests generally fall into four core areas: 1) collaborative governance, 2) democracy and citizen engagement, 3) diversity and inclusiveness, and 4) sustainability. Underneath these four core areas are more specific subjects, some of which are identified below.

Thomas Bryer

Thomas Bryer, Ph.D., M.P.A., B.A.

  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • ethics
  • citizen engagement
  • collaborative governance

Claire Knox

Claire Knox, Ph.D., M.P.A, B.S., B.A.

  • emergency management
  • critical theory
  • environmental management and policy
  • environmental disaster response and recovery

Mary Ann Feldheim

Mary Ann Feldheim, Ph.D.

  • ethics
  • strategic planning
  • nonprofit management

Christopher Hawkins

Christopher Hawkins

  • urban and regional planning
  • economic development
  • regional governance
  • sustainability

Jay Jurie

Jay Jurie, Ph.D.

  • urban and regional planning

Naim Kapucu

Naim Kapucu, Ph.D., MPM

  • collaborative governance
  • network analysis
  • emergency and crisis management
  • Decision Making in Complex Environments
  • Comparative Public Policy and Management

Ronnie Korosec

Ronnie Korosec, Ph.D.

  • environmental policy
  • strategic planning and management
  • public administration
  • public policy analysis
  • electronic government/e-government

Stephanie Krick

Stephanie Krick, Ph.D.

  • nonprofit management

Wendell Lawther

Wendell Lawther, Ph.D., M.A.

  • public-private partnerships
  • transportation
  • human resource management

Hui Li

Hui Li

  • public and nonprofit management
  • organization theory
  • civic engagement

Liou Kuotsai

Liou Kuotsai, Ph.D.

  • public organization management
  • public program evaluation

David Mitchell

David Mitchell, Ph.D., M.P.A., B.A.

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

Melvin Rogers

Melvin Rogers, M.S.

  • human resource management

Jo Smith

Jo Smith, Ph.D.

  • performance evaluation
  • research administration
  • program evaluation
  • research integrity/responsible conduct of research
  • instructional design for online professional development

Jungwon Yeo

Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D., MPA, B.A., B.A.

  • collaborative governance
  • Emergency & Crisis Management
  • Disaster Response
  • Migrant Resettlement & Integration
  • Refugee Crisis

Current/Recent Grants

Enhancement of the Natural Hazard Response System in Rural Communities by Benchmarking the U.S.A. Hazard Response Systems
Co-PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D. (with PI Boo Hyun, College of Engingeering and Computer Sciences)
$20,250, 4/1/2016 - 12/31/2018
National Institute of Agricultural Science

Evans CMS Evaluation
Co-PI: Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Ph.D. (with PI Latarsha Chisholm)
$40,000, 1/1/2015-8/31/2017
Children's Home Society of Florida

Collaborative Research: Pervasive Spectrum Sharing for Public Safety Communications
PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.
$85,000, 9/15/2014-8/31/2017
National Science Foundation

Collaborative Research: Integrated City Sustainability: Administrative Appartus for Overcoming Collective Dilemmas of Agency Fragmentation
PI: Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D.
$70,584, 5/1/2015-4/30/2017
National Science Foundation

CPNM Management and Leadership Development Training
PI: Thomas Bryer, Ph.D.
$250,000, 6/10/2015-6/30/2016 (with Co-PIs Bonnie Yegidis, Jo Ann Smith, Stephanie Krick, Dorothy Norris Tirrell and David Mitchell)
Florida Department of Children and Families

SEED: Twitter Networks for Health Research: Establishing a New Interdisciplinary Field of Computational Social Science at UCF
PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.
$30,000, 6/15/2015-6/14/2016
UCF College of Sciences

Development of a Model Research Operation and Administration (ROAd) Program for the Petroleum Institute
PI: Jo Smith, Ph.D.
$96,505, 6/1/2014-5/31/2016
Louisiana Stae University

The Process of Public Strategic Implementation: A Multi-Phase Contingent Approach
PI: David Mitchell, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2015-4/29/2016
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization (In-House Grant)

Implementation of a State's Coastal Restoration Program in a Home-Ruled Local Government Institutional Context
PI; Claire Knox, Ph.D.
$7,500, 5/1/2014-10/30/2015
UCF Office of Research and Commercialization (In-House Grant)

CPNM Americorps VISTA Project
PI: Thomas Bryer, Ph.D.
$36,000, 5/1/2013-9/19/2015
Corporation for National and Community Service

2015 Orange County Capacity Building for Nonprofits
PI: Dorothy Norris-Tirrell, Ph.D.
$50,000, 4/20/2015-8/31/2015
Orange County Board of Commissioners

The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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