David Mitchell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

Office: DPAC 448M

Phone: 407-823-5365


Dr. David Mitchell is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida (UCF) School of Public Administration. Prior to appointment at UCF in 2014, Dr. Mitchell completed his doctoral degree at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and served as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (IUPUI campus). His research examines implementation at the local level through the vehicles of strategy, budgeting, and collaboration. His dissertation examined factors leading to the successful implementation of municipal strategic initiatives. He has also worked on a number of local government consulting projects in Florida and Illinois.

Dr. Mitchell has published his research in Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Performance & Management Review, Public Administration, State and Local Government Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Emergency Management, Governance and Management Review, and Teaching Public Administration as well as at numerous international conferences. Dr. Mitchell is a past chair for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section of Public Performance and Management and also has served on the executive committee for the ASPA Section on Public Administration Research. He is also an appointed member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Graduate Education Committee. Dr. Mitchell also serves as the faculty advisor for the UCF student chapter of ICMA.

Dr. Mitchell teaches or has taught Strategic Planning and Management, Public Budgeting, Public Financial Management, Nonprofit Financial Management, Research Methods for Public Administration, Analytical Techniques for Public Administration, and Public Administration in American Society while at UCF, along with seven other courses across the disciplines of public administration, public policy, and government throughout his career. In 2017, he led the successful effort to create the Public Budgeting and Finance graduate certificate program for the school. Additionally, Dr. Mitchell coordinates strategic planning activities for the school. He currently serves in the UCF Faculty Senate as the school’s representative. As a first-year professor, he was awarded the Undergraduate Faculty Teaching Award from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. At UCF, Dr. Mitchell has received a Teaching Incentive Program award, as well as Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Excellence in Professional Service awards.

Originally from Kansas, Dr. Mitchell also has seven years of practitioner experience working in the city manager's offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Highland Park, Illinois; starting off as a Cookingham Fellow in Kansas City. During that time, Dr. Mitchell served in a number of roles including management of an organization-wide consolidation and reorganization effort, implementing an employee suggestion/gainsharing program, serving as a budget analyst for most city departments, assisting in the planning and implementation of a 311 call center, serving as the organizational customer service ombudsman, coordinating the city special events program, producing city communication documents, staffing numerous citizen committees, and overseeing an organizational performance management program. His work as a practitioner has been nationally recognized by ICMA and the National League of Cities.

Dr. Mitchell lives in Lake Mary along with his wife, Shabnam, and children, Piper and Ali. He has previously served as treasurer on his homeowners' association board of directors. He also is an Orange County election precinct polling clerk. David is a proud alumnus of the University of Kansas and hosts the local alumni chapter's basketball watch parties, rock chalk!


Northern Illinois University
University of Kansas

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