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Mailing Address

School of Public Administration
College of Health and Public Affairs
University of Central Florida

4364 Scorpius Street
Orlando, FL 32816-1395

Phone: 407-823-2604
Fax: 407-823-5651


Claire Knox

Claire Connolly Knox

, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director
Public Administration


Claire Connolly Knox is an Assistant Professor and the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director in UCF's School of Public Administration. Her  research interests in... read full profile

Research Interests

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


  • PAD 3003 Public Administration in American Society
  • PAD 3733 Professional Administrative Writing in the Public Sector
  • PAD 4034 Public Policy
  • PAD 4104 Administrative Theory
  • PAD 4351 Environmental Program Management
  • PAD 4395 Disaster Response and Recovery
  • PAD 6353 Environment Planning
  • PAD 6397 Managing Emergencies and Crises
  • PAD 6958 Governance Field Study: Metropolitan Governance in Seoul
  • IDS 3150 Foundations of Environmental Studies

Full-Time Faculty

Thomas BryerThomas Bryer
Associate Professor
Department(s): Public Administration, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, International Committee

Credentials: Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Southern California, M.P.A., George Washington University, B.A., Political Science, American University

Bio: Dr. Bryer is highly published and conducts extensive research in the areas of public participation and collaboration across segments of society...

Courses: PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations, PAD 7026 Advanced Seminar in Public Administration, PAD 6825 Cross-Sector Governance, PAD 6836 Comparative Public Administration

Christopher EmrichChristopher Emrich
Associate Professor
Department(s): Public Administration

Qian HuQian Hu
Assistant Professor
Department(s): Public Administration, PA

Credentials: Ph.D. , Public Administration, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University, 2011, M.A. , Public Administration, School of Economics, Zhejiang University, China, 2005, B.A. , Industry and Business Administration, School of Management, Anhui University, 2002

Bio: Dr. Qian Hu joined UCF in fall 2011 after receiving her Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She specializes in collaborative governance, network ...

Courses: PAD 6037 Public Organization Management, PAD 6335 Strategic Planning, PAD 6700 Research Methods in PA, PAD 6701 Analytical Techniques in PA, PAD 7057 Advance Public Management

Naim KapucuNaim Kapucu
Professor, School of Public Administration Director
Department(s): Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management

Credentials: Ph.D., Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, MPM, Master of Public Management, Carnegie Mellon University

Bio: Dr. Naim Kapucu is Professor and Director of  the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is, also,...

Courses: 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

Jungwon YeoJungwon Yeo
Assistant Professor
Department(s): Public Administration

Credentials: Ph.D., Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh, MPA, Public Administration, SungKyunKwan University (Republic of Korea), B.A., Management, Handong Global University (Republic of Korea), B.A., Economics, Handong Global University (Republic of Korea)

Bio: Jungwon Yeo is an Assistant Professor in UCF's School of Public Administration. Her research interests include emergency & crisis managemen...

Courses: PAD 6397  Managing Emergencies and Crises, PAD 6700  Research Methods for Public Administration , PAD 6701  Analytic Techniques for Public Administration, PAD 6399 Foundations of Emergency Management & Homeland Security

Part-Time Faculty

Michelle CechowskiMichelle Cechowski
Adjunct Instructor

Fred KittingerFred Kittinger
Adjunct Instructor

Jeff MorganJeff Morgan
Department: Director of Emergency Management at UCF

Credentials: M.S., Homeland Security, American Military University; B.S., Professional Aeronautics, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Bio: With over 15 years of experience, Morgan serves as the director of emergency management at UCF. His has previously served as a Security Forces Officer in the US Air Force, and the co-chair of the Regional Domestic Security Task Force.

Courses: PAD 4392 Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Manuel SotoManuel Soto
Adjunct Instructor

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— Mary Ann Feldheim,  Ph.D., Associate Professor
"The University of Central Florida was a valuable preparation for both graduate school and for the world of work within the field of public affairs."
— Ben Hagen,  B.S. in public administration, '10; Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project
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