Overview

Faculty 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

Thomas Bryer, Ph.D., M.P.A., B.A.

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

Claire Connolly Knox, Ph.D., M.P.A, B.S., B.A.

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

Mary Ann Feldheim, Ph.D.

  • strategic planning
  • nonprofit management
  • ethics

Christopher Hawkins

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

Jay Jurie, Ph.D.

  • urban and regional planning

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, Ph.D.

  • Environmental Policy
  • Strategic Planning And Management
  • Public Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Electronic Government/E-Government

Stephanie Krick, Ph.D.

  • nonprofit management
  • public program evaluation
  • leadership

Wendell Lawther, Ph.D., M.A.

  • public-private partnerships
  • transportation
  • human resource management

Kuotsai Tom Liou, Ph.D.

  • public organization management
  • public program evaluation

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, M.S.

  • human resource management

Jo Smith, Ph.D.

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

Current/Recent Grants

Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting: Chronicling the City Response
PI: Thomas Bryer, Ph.D. (with Co-PI Staci Zavatarro, Ph.D.)
$54,519, 3/9/2017-11/9/17
City of Orlando

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)

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