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Dr. Ruth Zaplin

Ruth Zaplin

Executive in Residence Department of Public Administration and Policy

Dr. Ruth Zaplin is an Executive-in-Residence, School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Administration & Policy and Director of International Programs, Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University. Dr. Zaplin served as a senior advisor and project director with the National Academy of Public Administration in Washington, DC and founded the Academy’s Global Leadership Consortium. As a Senior Manager at BearingPoint, she led enterprise-wide transformation plans, large-scale government reform, workforce restructuring, and work redesign initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Selected achievements include: leadership development, succession planning, and diversity study for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; designing a Government Center for Innovation to strengthen the capability of the State of Qatar’s public sector leaders and serve as a leadership development model of excellence for the Middle East; and leading the organizational change effort to integrate the core IRS financial management systems. Equally adept at bridging research, organizational theory and practice, her background includes executive leadership of a nationally known non-governmental organization and social science research in criminal justice. Dr. Zaplin has two nationally known textbooks in criminal justice and numerous book chapters related to leadership development. She holds a DPA, MPA, MA, and BA. She is certified to score the subject-object qualitative research methodology developed at Harvard University. She received her Executive Coaching accreditation from Georgetown University and is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation.



SPA - Key Leadership Program
Watkins - 111
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  • Summer 2018

    • PUAD-028 Executive Skill Modules: Leader as a Coach HHS 2
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    • PUAD-028 Executive Skill Modules: Leader as a Coach FDA 1
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    • PUAD-084 Leading Organizational Analys: Leading Org Analys DOT 64
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  • Fall 2018

    • PUAD-021 Topics in Executive Mmgt: Becoming Authentic ICE
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    • PUAD-057 Managing Organizational Trans: Managing Org Trans USSS5
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    • PUAD-628 Executive Skill Modules: Executive Clarity Key 53
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  • Spring 2019

    • PUAD-028 Executive Skill Modules: Leader as a Coach FDA3
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    • PUAD-639 Ethics for Public Managers: Ethics for Pub Managers Key 52
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