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Ph.D. in Public Administration - Student-Faculty Collaboration


One of the distinguishing characteristics of our program is the extent to which faculty and students work together in publishing research. Many students work with faculty through their graduate assistantship, but faculty frequently co-author articles with other students as well.

The following list is only a sampling of the conference papers, articles, and research reports on which students and faculty have collaborated over the past three years:


  • Durant, Robert, Jocelyn Johnston and Amanda Girth. 2010. “American Exceptionalism, Human Resource Management, and the Contract State,” Review of Public Personnel Administration, forthcoming.

  • Durant, Robert F. and John Marvel. 2010. “Policy and Administration,” in Donald Menzel and Harvey White (eds.), Public Administration: The State of the Discipline.

  • Durant, Robert F., Edmund Stazyk, and William G. Resh (eds). 2010. Symposium: HRM, ‘Big Government’ Conservatism, and the Personnel Legacy of George W. Bush, Review of Public Personnel Administration, forthcoming.

  • Marvel, John and David. W. Pitts. 2010. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Management Effects: Differences in the Between- and Within-Effects of Public Managerial Quality on Performance,” scheduled for presentation at the 68th Annual Conference of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL.

  • Durant, Robert F. and William G. Resh. 2009. “The Presidency and the Bureaucracy,” Oxford Handbook of the American Presidency, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Jacknowitz, Alison, Tracy Fox Salmons, and Laura Tiehen. 2009. “Prenatal WIC and Birth Outcomes: The Role of Pregnancy Intention and Timing of Participation,” presented at the Population Association of America Annual Conference, Detroit, MI.

  • Pitts, David W. and John Marvel. 2009. “Meeting the Diversity Challenge in Public Affairs: An Empirical Analysis of the Pipeline Problem in Producing Ph.D.s of Color,” presented at the annual conference of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Arlington, VA.

  • Pitts, David W. and William G. Resh. 2009. “No Solutions, Only Trade-Offs? Evidence about Goal Conflict in Public Organizations,” presented at the annual conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC.

  • Radin, Beryl and Joshua M. Chanin. 2009. Federal Government Reorganization: A Policy and Management Perspective. Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

  • Rosenbloom, David H. and Joshua Chanin. 2009. “What Every Public Personnel Manager Should Know about the Constitution,” in Steven Hays, Richard Kearney, and Jerrell Coggburn (eds.), Public Personnel Administration, 5/e. New York: Longman, 2009. pp. 17-33.

  • Tobias, Robert and William G. Resh. 2009. Agencies in Transition: A Report on the Views of the Members of the Federal Senior Executive Service. Washington, DC: National Academy of Public Administration.

  • Walti, Sonja and Kim Moloney. 2009. “Assessing the Success of Participatory Environmental Management: A Comparative Case Study,” presented at the annual conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC.

  • Johnston, Jocelyn and Amanda Girth. 2008. “Perceptions and Strategic Responses: Government Contract Managers and the Challenge of Weak Vendor Competition,” presented at the annual conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Los Angeles, CA.

  • Johnston, Jocelyn and Amanda Girth. 2007. “To What Extent are Public Managers ‘Managing the Market?’ Evidence and Implications,” presented at the annual conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, DC.

  • Rosenbloom, David H., Helena Rene, and Hon Chan. 2008. “After Reform: Accommodating Old Values and Assimilating New Ones,” Australian Journal of Public Administration 67(1): 69-78.

  • Rosenbloom, David H. and Lorenda Naylor. 2007. “Master of Public Administration Programs in the U.S.A.: Curriculum and Contemporary Issues,” Administrative Change 34 (January-December): 1-19.