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Governance and Management Faculty Expertise

Fall 2010

Kirsten A. Grønbjerg, Chair

 Osita Afoaku  Sergio Fernandez  Eugene B. McGregor     Kristin Seefeldt
 Robert Agranoff  Burnell Fischer  Michael McGuire  Jen Shang
 Matthew R. Auer  Beth Gazley  Ashlyn Aiko Nelson  Daniel Simon
 Matthew Baggetta  Monika Herzig  Elinor Ostrom  Nan Stager
 A. James Barnes  Cheryl Kay Hughes  James L. Perry  Ann Marie Thomson  
 Lisa Blomgren Bingham       Christopher Hunt  Orville W. Powell  Ngoc Anh Tran
 Charles F. Bonser  Haeil Jung  David A. Reingold  Terry R. Usrey
 Jennifer Brass  Leslie Lenkowsky  Evan Ringquist  Lois R. Wise
 Sanya Carley  Alvin (Al) Lyons  Michael Rushton   
 Sameeksha Desai  Michael D. McGinnis      Adrian Sargeant   

The Governance & Management (G&M) faculty of SPEA combines in-depth scholarly expertise about the public, nonprofit and private sectors with extensive practical experience in local, state, national, and international arenas. Although G&M faculty come from an unusually wide range of disciplines, including economics, political science, law, history, sociology, management, philanthropic studies, arts administration, and psychology, they share a vision of the nature of governance and management in the 21st century. In the United States and in other countries, government is no longer the only – or even the principal – actor in providing public services and addressing public concerns. Complex networks, involving private and nonprofit organizations, as well as informal groups and traditional governmental institutions, are increasingly responsible as well. Some are local, some national, some trans-national, and many cut across such boundaries. G&M faculty research is seeking to understand these relationships, evaluate them, and develop the kinds of tools future public servants and leaders will need, including new ways of improving communications, promoting change, developing resources, fostering collaboration, resolving disputes, and enhancing accountability.

The issues these networks are called upon to address are also increasingly complex. G&M faculty are employing sophisticated quantitative and qualitative techniques to analyze these issues and propose feasible strategies in areas such as health care, the environment, arts management and policy, social welfare, and efforts to enhance philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. Through their engagement with influential public agencies and associations in the United States and throughout the world, as well as their visibility in the media, G&M faculty are taking their ideas from the university to places where choices about the future will be made.

The G&M faculty is asking – and seeking to answer – “big” questions: How can the quality of democracy be improved and civic engagement increased? How can civil society be sustained or supported, not just in the United States, but also in countries where it is novel or weak? How can communities and institutions sustain themselves in the face of internal stresses and external disturbances? How can culture be helped to thrive in an era that often seems to lack appreciation of and familiarity with it? What does it mean to have a flourishing human life and what is the role of philanthropy in it? These are perennial issues, not likely to be resolved any time soon. But at the core of the diversity of fields and interests in the G&M faculty is the conviction that grappling with these questions in an intellectually serious way is essential to knowing about and preparing for careers in governing in the 21st century.

Several faculty members have long been recognized for their contributions to understanding governance. Professor Elinor Ostrom, co-founder of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis and 2009 Nobel Laureate for Economic Sciences, has been internationally acclaimed for her research on managing land, water, forests, and other types of public goods. Robert Agranoff and Eugene B. McGregor have been leaders in understanding how policy-makers can use new institutional structures and operating methods to work more effectively. Lois R. Wise, who directs Indiana University’s West European Studies program, is a widely acknowledged expert on comparative administrative reform.

Kirsten Grønbjerg has repeatedly been honored for her surveys and analyses of the role nonprofit organizations play in American life and how they interact with government. Lisa Blomgren Bingham has likewise received several major awards for her work on collaborative governance, dispute resolution and conflict management. And James L. Perry’s research into the nature and development of motivation for public and civic service is considered path-breaking.

Sergio Fernandez’s research on contracting and privatization has been recognized by the American Political Science Association and the Academy of Management and has been funded by the Pew Center on the State’s Government Performance Project. Michael McGuire’s 2003 book on collaboration in public management (co-authored with Robert Agranoff) won a prestigious prize from the National Academy of Public Administration. Beth Gazley’s dissertation research on collaborative capacity has been recognized by the Academy of Management and by ARNOVA, the principal association of scholars of nonprofit organizations. Daniel Simon's paper on competition and learning won a Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management. Adrian Sargeant has been named to the prestigious Nonprofit Times top 50 Power and Influence list and was voted by readers of Fundraising magazine as the sixth most influential individual in fundraising.

G&M faculty also possess extensive experience at all levels of governance. Former dean, A. James Barnes, helped establish the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and served as its Deputy Administrator. Leslie Lenkowsky was instrumental in creating the Corporation for National and Community Service, the parent agency of AmeriCorps, and served as both a director of the organization and its Chief Executive Officer. Associate Dean David Reingold served with him as the agency’s Director of Planning and Policy Development. He also chairs the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism and is board president of the South Central Community Action Program in southern Indiana. Beth Gazley is board president of Stone Belt Arc Inc., one of the region’s largest nonprofit employers. Ahn Tran works with government agencies in Asia, as well as the United Nations and the World Bank, on issues related to reducing poverty and improving governance.

Jennifer N. Brass has also worked with the United Nations and regional inter-governmental organizations to improve African governance and development, complementing her research on the role of non-governmental organizations in the provision of public services. Sanya Carley has done statistical and modeling consultation work for the World Bank, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other organizations concerned with energy and economic development issues. Sameeksha Desai’s work on entrepreneurship and small business strategies has involved some of the first field work on the business sector in areas of conflict, including in Iraq. Matthew Auer has developed, implemented, and evaluated energy and environmental programs in, among other countries, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Estonia, Poland, Azerbaijan, Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

For fifteen years, Burnell Fischer served as state forester and director of Indiana’s Division of Forestry and he continues to serve in a national advisory role to the U.S. Forest Service and urban forestry non-profits. Founding Dean Charles F. Bonser has chaired or served on several federal and state commissions, including the U.S. Civil Service Commission and the Great Lakes Intergovernmental Personnel Council. Orville Powell worked for more than thirty years as a city manager and in other municipal government positions in Florida and North Carolina. Nan Stager possesses twenty-five years of experience, much of it with state government agencies and elected public officials, as a mediator and trainer of mediators, specializing in education, employment and community disputes. Michael Rushton has advised local, provincial, state and federal governments in Canada and the U.S. on cultural policy, and is currently working with the Indiana Arts Commission on its cultural districts initiative.

In addition, organizations outside government frequently utilize the skills of G&M faculty. Many have served on the boards of nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Christopher Hunt has directed opera and festival companies throughout the world and continues to assist arts groups, and individual artists. Monika Herzig, an award-winning jazz musician as well as an expert on music education, co-founded and directs Jazz from Bloomington. Ann Marie Thomson, who has conducted award-winning research on collaboration, has created an organization to provide educational and social services in Africa. Terry Usrey has helped develop data bases for a variety of nonprofit groups, as well as the City of Bloomington. Matthew Baggetta’s collaborative research with the Sierra Club helped the organization reinvigorate its local groups and chapters.

Jen Shang’s research on philanthropic psychology and donor behavior has been integrated into fundraising curricula and practice in the U.S. and United Kingdom. Al Lyons has supervised 250 fund development programs of nonprofit organizations nation-wide, primarily hospitals, helping them generate more than $250 million in contributions. Before joining SPEA, Cheryl Hughes held training and human resources management positions in a variety of companies, including Baxter Pharmaceutical.

The accomplishments of G&M faculty have attracted funding from a wide range of sources. Evan Ringquist’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, among others. Ashlyn Aiko Nelson’s research on housing finance has also received funding from the National Science Foundation (as well as shed light on the difficulties facing U.S. housing markets). The Ford Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have underwritten Kristen Seefeldt’s studies of economically vulnerable individuals and families. The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation is supporting research by a research team led by Mike McGinnis on how collaborative management at the community or regional level might contribute to reform of health care policy throughout the United States. The Carnegie Corporation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Earhart Foundation, and the U. S. Department of State (through the Fulbright program) have also been underwriters within the past few years.

G&M faculty have published numerous textbooks, books, or chapters for books in their areas of expertise, such as Osito Afoaku’s study, Explaining the Failure of Democracy in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2005). They frequently contribute to and serve on the editorial boards of major academic journals, including Public Administration Review and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. The latter is the principal publication of public policy scholars and is housed at SPEA. As Haeil Jung is doing in evaluating programs to help low-income families, they are developing sophisticated methods to understand complex and difficult policy issues. Newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, and professional publications, such as The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Society Magazine, often cite G&M members and invite them to contribute regularly to their pages.

SPEA students benefit from the expertise and experience of G&M faculty in classes, as well as through individual study and collaboration. Faculty regularly offer courses on, among other topics, public and nonprofit management, environmental law, law and public affairs, dispute resolution, health and energy policies, nonprofit marketing and fund development, evaluation research, arts policy and programming, civil society in the United States and in comparative perspective, government contracting, social entrepreneurship, and public and nonprofit human resource management. G&M faculty have also supervised numerous dissertations, theses, and capstone projects, as well as engaged students in their research.