PhD Program Alumni

PhD Program Alumni

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David G. Argall, Ph.D.

Dissertation: A policy analysis of the first six years of Pennsylvania's Keystone Opportunity Zone program, 1998 to 2004
Adviser: Jeremy Plant, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2005
Current Position: State Senator, PA, 29th District

Sherrie M. Bartell, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Relearning the Learning Organization: A Metatheoretical Analysis
Adviser: Dr. Robert Munzenrider
Graduation Year: 2007
Current Position: Academic Program Director of Master of Public Administration Program, Western International University

Christopher A. Bowling, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Perceptual Patterns of Involvement Management and Effectiveness in Public Higher Education
Adviser: Dr. Robert F. Munzenrider
Graduation Year: 2006
Current Position: Director, SAP Financial Management Information Systems at Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education
E-mail: cbowling@passhe.edu

Neil M. Boyd, Ph.D.

Dissertation: How Do Governors Create Significant Administrative Reform?: The Case of the Ridge Administration in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Adviser: Jeremy Plant, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2003
Current Position: Associate Professor of Management and C. Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Fellow, School of Management, Bucknell University

Joseph R. Cerami, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Policy Innovation and Public Leadership: The Clinton Administration's Counterproliferation Initiative
Adviser: Dr. Jeremy F. Plant
Graduation Year: 2007
E-mail: jcerami@tamu.edu

Cristina Ciocirlan, Ph.D.<

Dissertation: Developing and Testing a Positive Theory of Instrument Choice: Renewable Energy Policy in the Fifty American States.
Adviser: Beverly Cigler, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2006
Current Position: Associate Professor of Management, Elizabethtown College   

Richard T. Deloe, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Protecting the Health of Our Children
Adviser: Beverly Cigler, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2001
Current Position: Social Science Research Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kris Ericson, Ph.D.

Dissertation: The Role of Influence in Public Policy: Pennsylvania HealthChoices – A Case Study
Adviser: Beverly Cigler, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2006
Current Position: Principal, Ericson Consulting

Robert G. Garraty, Ph.D.

Dissertation: A Case Study of Pennsylvania State Administrators' Autonomy and Involvement in Policy Communities in all Stages of the Policy Cy
Adviser: Beverly Cigler, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2003
Current Position: President, Garraty Workforce Investment

Gary M. Grobman, Ph.D.

Dissertation: An Analysis of Ethics Codes of Nonprofit, Tax-Exempt Membership Associations: Does Principal Constituency Make a Difference?
Adviser: Jeremy Plant, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2002
Current Position: Vice President for Special Projects, White Hat Communications

Paul M. Hallacher

Dissertation: Effects of Policy Subsystem Structure on Policy Making
Adviser: James E. Skok
Graduation Year: 2000
Current Position: Director, Research Program Development
Contact: hallacher@psu.edu

 

Sehee Han

Dissertation Title: Impacts of Business Improvement Districts on Crime Outcomes in the City of Philadelphia: Dynamic Panel Data Analyses
Dissertation Adviser: Goktug Morcol
Graduation Year: 2016

 

Dana S. Kellis, Ph.D.

Dissertation:  Addressing the Healthcare Leadership Crisis: Constructing, Testing and Applying Modern Leadership Theory
Adviser: Bing Ran, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2013
Current Position: Physician Executive Consultant

Sohee Kim

Dissertation Title: Policy Issue Networks in the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in Illinois: A Longitudinal Case Study
Dissertation Adviser: Dr. Goktug Morcol
Contact Info: heeya77@gmail.com
Graduation Year: 2016

David P. Kitlan, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Factors Affecting the Intentions of Voters to Participate in Internet Voting Systems
Adviser: Jeremy Plant, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2010
Current Position: Instructor in Information Sciences & Technology, Penn State Harrisburg

Adam S. Lipton, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Themes of Reform: State Government Re-Engineering Efforts Through Fiscal Crisis and Agenda Setting – 2007 to 2012
Adviser: Beverly Cigler, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2013
Current Position: Management Analyst, Office of Budget and Finance, USDA’s Farm Service Agency

Gregory S. McNeal, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Killer Bureaucracy: A Case Study of the U.S. Government's Targeted Killing Program
Adviser: Jeremy Plant, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2013
Current Position: Associate Professor, Pepperdine University

Stanley J. Mrozowski, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Quality Management in County Mental Health Programs
Jeremy Plant, PhD
Graduation Year: 2001
Current Position: Director, Children's Bureau, Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Gedeon M. Mudacumura, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Towards a General Theory of Sustainabilitity: Bridging Key Development Dimensions through a Multi-Paradigm Perspective
Adviser: Jack Rabin, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2002
Current Position: Associate Professor, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Patricia A. Patrick, Ph.D.

Dissertation:The Determinants of Organizational Innovativeness: The Adoption of GASB 34 in Pennsylvania Local Governments
Steven A. Peterson, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2007
Current Position: Clinical Associate Professor of Accounting - Penn State University - University Park Campus
E-Mail: pap157@psu.edu

Diane E. Shoop, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Problem Definition and Agenda Setting among Pennsylvania’s Municipal Governments: Sex Offender Residency Restriction Ordinances
Adviser: Beverly Cigler, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2009
Current Position: Manager, Outreach and Policy Support, PA Commission on Sentencing

Glenn L. Stevens, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Openness of Bond Marketing Strategies of Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities
Adviser: Beverly Cigler, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 1995
Current Position: Emeritus Associate Professor of Finance, Franklin & Marshall College; Professor of Finance, UMUC
E-Mail: drgstevens@aol.com

Jeffrey A. Stone, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Policy Implementation and Technological Literacy: A Case Study
Adviser: Steven Peterson, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2010
Current Position: Assistant Professor of IST, Penn State University
E-Mail: stonej@psu.edu

Weng-Wah Tam, Ph.D.

Dissertation: An Assessment of the Relationships among Organisational Trust, Organisational Politics, and Organisational Justice, and their Effects on Merit Pay Outcomes in the Malaysian Public Sector
Adviser: Prof. Dr. Rupert F. Chisholm
Graduation Year: 1998
Current Position: Deputy Secretary General (Policy & Development)

Denise D. Thompson, Ph.D.

Adviser: Göktuğ Morçöl, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2010
Current Position: Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

T. Aaron Wachhaus, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Networks in Contemporary Public Administration: A Discourse Analysis
Adviser: Steven Peterson, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2008
Current Position: Assistant Professor - University of Baltimore

George J. Woods, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Organizational Change: It's Impact on Identity, Commitment, Interorganizational Perceptions, and Behavior
Adviser: James Ziegenfuss, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2008
Current Position: Professor of Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Mary M. Young, Ph.D.

Dissertation: Content Analysis of State Lobby laws
Adviser: Beverly Cigler, Ph.D.
Graduation Year: 2004
Current Position: Vice President for Government Relations