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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


Christopher Hawkins

Christopher Hawkins

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Urban and Regional Planning Program Director
Public Administration, URP

Research Interests

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

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

Mary Ann FeldheimMary Ann Feldheim
Associate Professor, Nonprofit Management Program Director
Department(s): Public Administration, NM

Credentials: Ph.D., Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University

Bio: Extensive experience facilitating strategic planning and management processes for nonprofits.

Courses: PAD 6847 Planning Health Communities, PAD 5145 Volunteer Management, PAD 6237 Ethics and Governance

Department(s): Public Administration, URP

Credentials: M.S., Urban Planning, Columbia University, B.D.A., Architecture, University of Florida

Bio: Roberta Fennessy is a multi-faceted architect and urban planner with strong strategic and project management skills. Her in-depth knowledge of lan...

Claire KnoxClaire Connolly Knox
Assistant Professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director
Department(s): Public Administration

Credentials: Ph.D., Public Administration, Florida State University, M.P.A, Public Administration, Florida State University, B.S., Renewable and Sustainable Resources, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.A., English (Technical Writing), University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Bio: Claire Connolly Knox is an Assistant Professor and the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director in UCF's School of Publ...

Courses: 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

Chia-Yaun YuChia-Yuan Yu
Assistant Professor
Department(s): Public Administration, URP

Credentials: Ph.D. , Urban and Regional Science, Texas A&M University

Bio: Chia-Yuan Yu, Ph.D., has a strong interest in quantitative methodology in examining built environment-public health and built environment-...

Part-Time Faculty

Owen BeitschOwen Beitsch
Department: School of Public Administration

Credentials: Ph.D., University of Central Florida

Bio: With 30 years of experience as a principal planner, providing analytical advice to the planning, design, legal and community development industries, Beitsch gives a unique perspective of planning law.

Courses: PAD 5338 Planning Law, PAD 6938 Economics of Land Use

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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