Department Chair, Public Administration and Policy
Department of Public Administration and Policy
David Pitts is chair of the Department of Public Administration & Policy. His research examines diversity issues in public management and policy, with particular interests in race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation in K-12 and postsecondary education.
Prof. Pitts' paper with Greg Lewis on LGBT employment patterns received the 2009 Bob Bailey Award for the best paper in LGBT politics from the American Political Science Association, and his dissertation on racial/ethnic diversity in public schools received the 2006 Leonard White Award for the best dissertation in the field of public administration. He sits on the editorial boards of the American Review of Public Administration, International Public Management Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Personnel Management, and Review of Public Personnel Administration.
DegreesBA, Birmingham-Southern College
MPA, Indiana University
PhD, University of Georgia
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
- Resh, W. R., & Pitts, D. W. (2013). No solutions, only trade-offs? Evidence about goal conflict in street-level bureaucracies. Public Administration Review, 73(1), 132-142.
- Roch, C. H., & Pitts, D. W. (2012). Differing effects of representative bureaucracy in charter schools and traditional public schools. American Review of Public Administration, 42(3), 282-302.
- Pitts, D. W., Marvel, J. D., & Fernandez, S. (2011). So hard to say goodbye? Turnover intention among U.S. federal government employees. Public Administration Review, 71(5), 751-760.
- Lewis, G. B., & Pitts, D. W. (2011). Representation of lesbians and gay men in federal, state, and local bureaucracies. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 21(1), 159-180.
- Pitts, D. W., Hicklin, A. K., Hawes, D. P., & Melton, E. (2010). What drives the implementation of diversity management programs? Evidence from public organizations. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 20(4), 867-886.
Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
- Morton Bender Prize for Professional Achievement since Tenure, American University, 2013
- School of Public Affairs Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2010
- Bob Bailey Award for the best paper in LGBT politics, American Political Science Association, 2009
- Leonard D. White Award for the best dissertation in the field of public administration, American Political Science Association, 2006
Area of Expertise: Diversity management, LGBT politics and policy, K-12 education policy, higher education policy
Additional Information: David Pitts is a public management and policy scholar with a primary focus on workforce diversity and representative bureaucracy. His research examines how diversity among public officials can alter policy design and implementation, particularly when those policy changes affect target population outcomes and organizational performance. His research focuses on diversity in public schools, on how racial/ethnic diversity among school board members and teachers can affect student achievement and discipline outcomes. Pitts received the 2009 Robert Bailey Award for the Best Paper in LGBT Politics and the 2006 Leonard White Award for the Best Dissertation in Public Administration, both from the American Political Science Association
Pitts has provided technical assistance to organizations at the federal, state, and local levels, particularly on human capital issues, and serves as PhD program student development coordinator for the Department of Public Administration and Policy.
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