Research Overview

Faculty members in the School of Public Administration and the school’s Center for Public and Nonprofit Management conduct research that is problem-oriented, theory-driven and interdisciplinary. They strive to study issues that are relevant to diverse stakeholders, including practitioners in local, regional, statewide, national and international organizations, and scholars in public administration, planning, research administration and nonprofit management. The faculty’s research serves as a fulcrum to challenge both practitioners and scholars to strengthen communities.

Research Interests

Thomas Bryer, Ph.D.

Professor

Public Administration, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs

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  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Ethics
  • Citizen Engagement
  • Collaborative Governance
Deborah Carroll, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director

Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management

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  • Government Finance & Fiscal Policy
  • State & Local Government Taxation
  • Urban Economic Development
  • Nonprofit Financial Management
Claire Connolly Knox, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program Director

Public Administration

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  • Emergency Management
  • Critical Theory
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Christopher Emrich, Ph.D.,GISP

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Hazards Geography
  • Social Vulnerability
  • Disaster Recovery & Resilience
  • Emergency Management Decision Support
  • Geospatial Information Science
Roberta Fennessy, M.S.

Instructor

Public Administration

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  • Urban Planning and Development
Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Local Governance & Collective Action in Metropolitan Area
  • Inter-local Collaboration for Issues of Urban Sustainability & Economic Development
  • Capacity & Structure of Political Institutions on Urban Policy
  • Urban Resiliency & Environmental Management
Yue "Gurt" Ge, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Decision Making under Uncertainty
  • Emergency Management and Policy
  • Urban Resilience Policy
  • Survey Methods
  • Statistical Modeling
Qian Hu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Collaborative Governance
  • Organizational Network Studies
  • Strategic Management
  • Policy Informatics & E-governance
Jeremy Hall, Ph.D.

Professor

Public Administration

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  • Public Sector Performance
  • Public Policy Processes
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Public Sector Capacity
  • Local & Regional Economic Development
Xi Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Immigration Policy
  • Migrant Integration
  • Urban Development
  • Policy Analysis & Evaluation
Naim Kapucu, Ph.D.

Pegasus Professor and School Director

Public Administration, Center for Public and Nonprofit Management

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  • Collaborative Governance
  • Network Analysis
  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Decision Making in Complex Environments
  • Comparative Public Policy and Management
  • Leadership
Stephanie Krick, Ph.D.

Associate Lecturer

Public Administration

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  • Nonprofit Management
  • Public Program Evaluation
  • Leadership
Sarah Larson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Public Financial Management
  • Public Policy
  • Statistics
  • Local and State Government
Kuotsai Tom Liou, Ph.D.

Professor

Public Administration

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  • Public Organization Management
  • Public Program Evaluation
David Mitchell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Local Government Management
  • Implementation
  • Strategic Management
  • Public Budgeting
  • Collaborative Governance
  • Public Policy
Suzette Myser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Financial Management
Luis Santiago, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and MSURP Director

Public Administration

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  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Ecosystem Services Planning
  • Environmental Management and Policy
Melvin Rogers, M.S.

Associate Instructor

Public Administration

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  • Human Resource Management
Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Emergency Management
  • Terrorism Policy
Daniel Stephens, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Public Administration

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  • Transportation
  • Public Policy
  • Urban & Regional Planning
  • Human Resource Management
Kelly Stevens, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Energy & Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Management
  • Science & Technology Policy
Angela White-Jones, Ph.D.

Lecturer

Public Administration

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  • Grant & Contract Management
  • Social Enterprises, NGOs & Community Values
  • Research Administration
  • Research Law
Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Emergency and Crisis Management
  • Migrant Resettlement and Integration
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Decision Making in Complex Environments
  • Accountability and Responsibility
Chia-Yuan Yu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Public Administration

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  • Transportation Planning
  • Sustainable Transportation
  • Traffic Safety
  • Disparity Issues in Planning
Staci Zavattaro, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Public Administration

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  • Social Media in Public Administration
  • Public Branding

Current/Recent Grants

The following list of grants and contracts represent amounts awarded to SPA faculty only. Those with an asterisk (*) are part of larger collaborations with faculty outside of SPA and therefore reflect only a portion of the full amount awarded.

New Awards

All of the following grants and contracts were awarded during the 2017-18 fiscal year:

RAPID: Role of Extending, Expanding, and Emergent Groups in Relief Distribution Efforts in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
National Science Foundation
PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D. $14,999
March 15, 2018 – February 28, 2019

Impact and Unmet Needs Assessment - Irma & Maria
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D. $32,618
December 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018

Florida Community Capacity for Protecting Undocumented Migrants During Hurricane Irma 2017
National Hazards Center
PI: Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D. $1,450
November 22, 2017 – February 28, 2018

Services Agreement for Mapping of Social Vulnerability Index for Hurricane Harvey
OXFAM America
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D. $13,900
December 18, 2017 – February 19, 2018

Analysis of Data, Service Needs, and Service Availability Related to Puerto Rican Evacuees in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties, Florida
Heart of Florida United Way
PI: Thomas Bryer, Ph.D. $18,549
Co-PI: Qian Hu, Ph.D. $16,450
May 8, 2018 – September 15, 2018

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office Study of Personnel Needs*
Osceola County Sheriff’s Office
PI: Deborah A. Carroll, Ph.D. $22,367
August 21, 2017 – July 30, 2018

Analysis and Executive Reporting of Children's Needs Assessments in Orange County, Florida
Winter Park Health Foundation
PI: Thomas Bryer, Ph.D. $5,000
March 21, 2018 – June 15, 2018

2018 Orange County Capacity Building for Nonprofits
Orange County Board of County Commissioners
PI: Deborah A. Carroll, Ph.D. $50,000
June 12, 2018 – September 30, 2018

City of Melbourne Historic Preservation
S&ME, Inc.
PI: Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D. $5,535
August 21, 2017 – July 30, 2018

Continuing Awards

All of the following grants and contracts were awarded in a prior fiscal year, but involved work continued into the 2017-18 fiscal year:

Enhancement of the natural hazard response system in rural communities by benchmarking the U.S.A. hazard response systems*
Rural Development Administration, Republic of Korea
Co-PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D. $47,250
Co-PI: Jungwon Yeo, Ph.D. $27,000
April 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018

Collaborative Research: Measuring Social Vulnerability - Reducing Uncertainty and Validating Indicators
National Science Foundation
PI: Christopher Emrich, Ph.D. $40,109
August 7, 2016 – July 31, 2018

Collaborative Research: Pervasive Spectrum Sharing for Public Safety Communications*
National Science Foundation
PI: Naim Kapucu, Ph.D. $85,000
September 15, 2014 – August 31, 2017

Collaborative Research: Integrated City Sustainability: Administrative Apparatus for Overcoming Collective Dilemmas of Agency Fragmentation*
National Science Foundation
PI: Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D. $70,584
May 1, 2015 – April 30, 2018

Orange County Public Schools Road Safety Audit
Orange County Public Schools
PI: Christopher Hawkins, Ph.D. $8,033
December 1, 2016 – July 15, 2017

Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting: Chronicling the City Response
City of Orlando
Co-PI: Thomas Bryer, Ph.D. $27,260
Co-PI: Staci Zavattaro, Ph.D. $27,260
March 9, 2017 – February 28, 2018

2017 Orange County Capacity Building for Nonprofits
Orange County Board of County Commissioners
PI: Deborah A. Carroll, Ph.D. $50,000
June 12, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Study of Application for Orange County Comprehensive Plan Amendment*
Clarcona Improvement Association, Inc.
PI: Deborah A. Carroll, Ph.D. $1,000
June 12, 2017 – September 30, 2017