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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


Naim Kapucu

Naim Kapucu

, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Public Administration Director
Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management


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 Emergenc... read full profile

Research Interests

collaborative governance, network analysis, 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

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

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

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

Liou KuotsaiKuotsai Tom Liou
Department(s): Public Administration, PA

Credentials: Ph.D.

Bio: Dr. Liou's research interests include public organizational behavior and reform.  He has published his research in major public administra...

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

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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