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Quick Facts

  • 63 - Number of undergraduates who earned a degree 2015-16
  • 56 - Number of MPA graduates in 2015-16
  • 57 - Number of MNM graduates in 2015-16
  • 5 - Number of M.S.-URP graduates in 2015-16
  • 17 - National ranking of the MNM program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 63 - National ranking of the M.P.A. program by U.S. News and World Report
  • 13 - Number of MRA graduates in 2015-16
  • 193 - Total number of degrees awarded by SPA in 2015-16

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


Mary Ann Feldheim

Mary Ann Feldheim

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Nonprofit Management Program Director
Public Administration, NM


Extensive experience facilitating strategic planning and management processes for nonprofits.

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Research Interests

ethics, strategic planning, nonprofit management


  • PAD 6847 Planning Health Communities
  • PAD 5145 Volunteer Management
  • PAD 6237 Ethics and Governance

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

Stephanie KrickStephanie Krick
Director of Nonprofit Leadership Alliance, Associate Lecturer, Undergraduate Program Director
Department(s): Public Administration, PA

Credentials: Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Central Florida

Bio: Stephanie Krick has over 11 years experience teaching and conducting workshops in nonprofit management, leadership, volunteer management and progr...

Courses: PAD 3930 American Hurricane Workshop, PAD 6142 Nonprofit Organizations

Wendell LawtherWendell Lawther
Associate Professor
Department(s): Public Administration, PA

Credentials: Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University, M.A., Political Science, University of Delaware

Bio: Thirty years of college/university teaching and involvement in countless grant projects have given Dr. Lawther an accumulation of insights an...

Courses: PAD 6417 Public Human Resources Management, PAD 6053 Public Administration in the Governance, PAD 6062 Capstone

Hui LiHui Li
Assistant Professor
Department(s): Public Administration

Bio: Hui Li is an assistant professor at the School of Public Administration at UCF. She joined UCF in August 2016 after receiving her Ph.D. from th...

David MitchellDavid Mitchell
Assistant Professor - Public Budgeting & Strategic Management
Department(s): Public Administration, PA

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

Bio: Dr. David Mitchell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) School of Public Administration. Originally from Kansas...

Courses: 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

Jo SmithJo Ann Smith
Lecturer, Research Administration Program Director
Department(s): Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management

Credentials: Ph.D., Education, University of Central Florida

Bio: Jo Ann Smith, Ph.D., CRA, is the Program Director of the Master of Research Administration in the School of Public Administration. She has...

Courses: PAD 6742 Introduction to Research Administration, PAD 6743 Leadership and Organization Models in Research Administration, PAD 6744 Financial Management in Research Administration, PAD 5850 Grant and Contract Management, PAD 6335 Strategic Planning and Management, PAD 6327 Public Program Evaluation Techniques

The hallmark of our work is our strong community engagement.
— 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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