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Michael Siegel Adjunct Professor Department of Government

Ph.D. Politics Tufts University

Michael Siegel is a Senior Training Specialist in the Division of Education, The Federal Judicial Center, Washington, D.C. He organizes, conducts, and evaluates education and training programs for federal court personnel in the areas of change management, negotiation and conflict management skills, presentation skills, and leadership development.
He served as an Eli Lilly Endowment postdoctoral teaching fellow at Purdue University. Dr. Siegel teaches as an adjunct professor of government at The American University, The University of Maryland University College, and Johns Hopkins University.
In June 1995, Dr. Siegel spoke in Buenos Aires, Argentina USIA on judicial independence and accountability. From June 2001 through July 2003, Siegel served as chairman of the Juvenile Justice Commission in Montgomery County, Maryland. In May and October 2005, Siegel traveled to Prague (Czech Republic) to participate in a World Bank/ ABA project on Strengthening Judicial Institutions.
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships


  • He received the 1993 University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching-Adjunct Appointment by The American University.   
  • He and two colleagues received the Center’s 1994 Director’s award for their work in leadership development for probation and pretrial services officers and managers.   
  • In August 2001, he received an Achievement Award from The National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerks for his leadership in educating court personnel.    
  • He received a 2003 Teaching Recognition Award from the University of  Maryland University College for his online course in Criminal Justice.



Work In Progress

  •                             He is writing a book on US Presidents as Leaders, for Prentice-Hall/Pearson Publishers.               

Selected Publications

  •                             Siegel published an article titled, “Lessons in Leadership from Three American Presidents,” in The Journal of Leadership Studies (2001, Vol. 8, No. 1).