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
  • scholarship of teaching and learning

Mary Ann Feldheim, Ph.D.

  • strategic planning
  • nonprofit management
  • ethics

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
  • leadership

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

Sarah Larson, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.A., B.A.

  • public financial management
  • public policy
  • statistics
  • local and state government

Hui Li, Ph.D.

  • Public And Nonprofit Management
  • Organization Theory
  • Civic Engagement

Kuotsai Tom Liou, Ph.D.

  • public organization management
  • public program evaluation

David Mitchell, Ph.D., M.P.A., B.A.

  • local government management
  • implementation
  • strategic management
  • public budgeting
  • collaborative governance
  • public policy

Melvin Rogers, M.S.

  • human resource management

Daniel Stephens, M.P.A.

  • transportation
  • public policy
  • urban and regional planning

Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D., MPA, B.A., B.A.

  • emergency and crisis management
  • migrant resettlement and integration
  • organizational behavior
  • Decision Making in Complex Environments
  • accountability and responsibility

Current/Recent Grants

Enhancement of the Natural Hazard Response System in Rural Communities by Benchmarking the USA Hazard Response Systems
Co-PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D. (with Co-PI Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D.)
$74,250, 4/1/2016-12/31/2018
National Institute of Agricultural Science

Comprehensive School Safety Initiative: Developing Knowledge About What Works to Make a School Safe
PI: Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Ph.D.
$45,879, 1/1/2015-12/31/2018
Brevard Public Schools

Collaborative Research: Measuring Social Vulnerability – Reducing Uncertainty and Validating Indicators
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.
$40,109, 8/7/2016-7/31/2018
National Science Foundation

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Study of Personnel Needs
PI: Deborah Carroll, Ph.D.
Co-PIs: Jacinta Gau, Ph.D.; William Moreto, Ph.D.
$66,968, 8-21-17-5/4/18
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office

Collaborative Research: Integrated City Sustainability: Administrative Apparatus for Overcoming Collective Dilemmas of Agency Fragmentation
PI: Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D.
$70,584, 5/1/2015-4/30/2018
National Science Foundation

Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.
$32,947, 12/1/17-2/28/18
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Florida Community Capacity for Protecting Undocumented Migrants During Hurricane Irma 2017
PI: Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D.
$1,450, 11/22/17-12/22/17
Natural Hazards Center

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

2017 Orange County Capacity Building for Nonprofits
PI: Deborah Carroll, Ph.D.
$50,000, 6/12/2017-9/30/2017
Orange County Board of Commissioners

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

Orange County Public Schools Road Safety Audit
PI: Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D.
$8,033, 12/1/2016-7/15/2017
Orange County Public Schools

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.
$26,340, 2/14/2017-6/30/17
Florida Department of Economic Impact

The Impacts of Complete Street Design on the Changes in Property Values
PI: Chia-Yuan Yu
$3,000, 3/17/17-4/7/17

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