MPA FACULTY AND STAFF
Associate Professor and Director
Dr. Hatcher is Director of the Master of Public Administration program and an Associate Professor of Political Science. His research focuses on the administrative features of community development and public finance. His research agenda tries to understand why public administration scholars and practitioners often have different opinions regarding the efficacy of certain administrative practices. His research has appeared in journals such as American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Administration Quarterly, and The Review of Regional Studies. In the Department of Political Science, he teaches courses on public administration and public policy. He received his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 2010.
Dr. Ribando pulls from her practical experience and knowledge of public policy and program evaluation to help students grasp how to use analytical tools to address the difficult challenges facing today's public and nonprofit managers and leaders.
A native of Ghana and graduate of the University of Akron, Dr. Hammond brings his research in social policy and economic development into the classroom to help students understand the nature of social and economic problems and the impact they have on individuals and societies as a whole.
One of the nation's leading scholars in judicial politics, Dr. Ginn's research work in judicial selection, decision-making, and politics is widely cited. Her unique blend of legal expertise and analytical skill coupled with a passion for the Constitution make her the perfect choice to teach our students what they need to know about the Constitution and the law.
Dr. Meares is an assistant professor in political science and public administration at Augusta University. He also directs the interdisciplinary nonprofit minor and nonprofit graduate certificate. His research interest include housing, economic development, sustainability, urban politics and policy, and the role of nonprofits in neighborhood revitalization. He earned his PhD in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville, his MPA from Western Kentucky University and his BA in Political Science from LaGrange College. He has published a number of articles in top urban journals and coauthored a series of reports for the Housing Authority of Covington, a number of evaluation reports for nonprofit agencies and various impact studies for various private developers.
Dr. Foley joined the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Work in 2008, having completed her PhD. in Sociology at the University of Colorado. Among the courses she teaches are Deviance and Women, Crime, and the Criminal Justice Center.
Dr. Lizotte earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stony Brook University. Her research interests include political behavior and gender and public opinion.
Dr. Bill Reese, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Reese taught Sociological Theory, Delinquency, Juvenile Justice, Youth and Society, and Criminology for the Department of Sociology as well as the MPA Program.
Dr. Kimberly F. Gray
Mr. Andy Crosson
Mr. Fred Russell
Mr. Patrick Clayton
Mr. John Waller
The MPA Office, located in the Department of Political Science is staffed by Ms. Betty Eason.
The office hours are from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.