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Full-time Faculty and Postdoc

Name / Title Contact Information Research Interests

Tabitha Benney, PhD
Assistant Professor, 
Political Science

801- 585-7475

International relations, international and comparative political economy, energy and environmental politics, global governance, and research methods

*David Carter, PhD         

Assistant Professor, Political Science        



  Policy Analysis, Regulatory Program Design and Implementation

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*Rick Green, PhD


Historical Public Administration, Administrative Theory, Human Resource Management, Administrative Ethics, Local Government Administration

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*Sharon Mastracci, PhD

MPA Program Director & Professor



Emotional Labor, Managing Diverse Organizations, Governance and the Economy, Quantitative Methods and Research Design

*Paul Morris, JD

Professional Lecturer

Administrative and Constitutional Law, Local Government Administration, Public Policy & Governance

*J. Steven Ott , PhD


Nonprofit and NGO Governance and Organizations,  Organization Theory and Behavior, Organizational Change, Administrative Theory

*Chris Simon, PhD


Alternative Energy; Education, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security & Land Use Policy, Military Sociology, Sustainability & Governance

Phillip Singer, PhD
Assistant Professor, 
Political Science 

 801- 581-7031
 American Politics, Health Politics and Policy, Public Health, Medicaid

*Lina Svedin, PhD
Associate Professor


Crisis Management and Conflict Resolution, Policy Analysis, Ethics, Administrative Theory


*Jesus Valero, PhD

Assistant Professor, Political Science



Nonprofit Organizations, Public Sevice Leadership, Cross-Sector Collaboration, Technology Adoption in the Public/Nonprofit Sector

*denotes Major Research Paper professor/instructor

Adjunct Faculty 


Contact Information

Areas of Interest

Neil Abercrombie, MPA
Director of Government Relations, Utah State University

Budgeting & Finance, Local Government & Higher Education

Chyleen Arbon, Ph.D.
Utah Board of Pardons and Parole Appointed Member

Foundations of Public Administration, Administrative Theory

*Abdul Baksh, Ph.D.
Retired Human Resource Executive, State of Utah

Public Administration, Human Resource Management

*Nancy Basinger, Ph.D.
President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Utah

Nonprofit Governance, Fundraising and Resource Development, Partnerships, Nonprofit Finance and Budgeting, Research Design

Jerry Benson, Ph.D.
President/CEO, Utah Transit Authority

 Program Evaluation, Organization Communication, Performance Management

Anne Burkholder, MA
Chief Executive Officer, YWCA of Salt Lake City

Nonprofit Organizations, Strategic Planning & Ethics

Jill Carter, MPA
HR Director, Questar

Human Resource Management, Compensation

Richard Catten, JD
Retired City Attorney, West Valley City

Local Government Law, Administrative and Constitutional Law

*Catherine Chambless, Ph.D.
Research Associate, Center for Public Policy & Administration, The University of Utah 801-585-0371

Health Policy & Disability Studies

Mark Christensen, MPA
Saratoga Springs City Manager

Local Government Administration

Sophia DiCaro, MPA
Elected representative for Utah House of Representatives

Public Budget & Finance

Gary Edwards, MS
Executive Director, Salt Lake Valley Health Department

Health Policy and Administration

Ken Embley
Research Associate, Center for Public Policy & Administration, The University of Utah

Adaptive Leadership

Pam Gardiol, MA
President, Gardiol & Associates

Organizational Change, Organizational Behavior and Theory

Melissa Yack Hall, Ph.D. 

Executive Director of Weber State University's Center for Community Engaged Learning, Deseret News freelance reporter



Public and Media Relations, Nonprofit/Non-governmental Organizations, Community Development, Higher Education Governance and Issues, Performance Management

Jeff Herring, JD, MBA
Chief Human Resource Officer at The University of Utah

Human Resources Management

Rebecca Chavez-Houck, MPA
State Representative, Utah State Legislature

Volunteerism, Nonprofit Management & Boards, & Ethics

David Litvack, MS
Salt Lake County Criminal Justice Advisory Council Director

Nonprofit and Grassroots Advocacy


Tony Mastracci, BSBA, MPA
Chief Operating Officer, Community Foundation of Utah

Website  Third Sector organizations, collaborations between universities and nonprofits

Jason Mathis, MPA
Executive Director, Downtown Alliance

Negotiation, Communication and Public Participation

Ed McConkie, JD
Bureau Chief, Bureau of Criminal Identification

Criminal Justice Policy & Juvenile Justice Policy

Scott Mietchen, MPA
President, Fund Raising Counsel

Developing Revenue in Nonprofits

*Steve Nelson, JD, Ph.D.
U.S. Attorney's Office

Administrative Theory, Administrative and Constitutional Law, & Immigrant Policy and Law

*David Patton, Ph.D.
CEO, Molina Healthcare 

Human Resources Management, Health Policy, Leadership and Organizational Theory

*Sandi Pershing, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President, Continuing Education at The University of Utah
Leadership Theory, Practice of Public Management, Organizational Behavior and Theory

Paul Slack
Brigadier General (Ret)., Marine Corps.

National Security Policy

Robert Spendlove, MPA
State Representative & Zions Bank Policy Coordinator Public Policy Theory & Analysis

Dr. Tim Tingey
City Manager, Cottonwood Heights

Local Government Economic Development, Finance & Governance, Ethics, Capstone

Juliette Tennert, MS
Director of Economic and Public Policy Research at The University of Utah Policy Institute  Public Budgeting & Finance,  Economics

Nate Talley, MPP

Budget & Policy Economist, Utah Governor's Office of Management and Budget Public Budgeting & Finance

*denotes Major Research Paper professor/instructor

Last Updated: 1/25/21