Dr. William Hatcher
Associate Professor and MPA 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 hold 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. Dr. Hatcher is active in NASPAA, the accrediting body for MPA programs, where he serves as chair of the organization's small MPA programs section. In the Department of Political Science, he teaches courses on public administration and public policy. He received his MPA from Georgia College in 2004 and his Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in 2010.
Dr. Saundra J. Ribando
A retired Air Force lieutenant colonel, Dr. Ribando pulls from her practical experience in program evaluation and leadership to help students grasp how to address the difficult challenges facing today’s public and nonprofit managers and leaders. She is married with two children, five stepchildren, five grandchildren and one granddog. And she is a serious college football fan. Roll Tide!
Dr. Augustine Hammond
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.
Dr. Martha Ginn
Dr. Martha Ginn is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at Augusta University. She earned her PhD in American Politics from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests include judicial decision-making, public opinion of the judiciary, media coverage of elections, and the role of terrorism in voter turnout. Her work has been published in journals such as Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Politics, Justice Systems Journal, Political Research Quarterly, and Judicature. Dr. Ginn teaches undergraduate courses on Judicial Process, Constitutional Law, Mock Trial, American Government, and Research Methods. She also teaches courses on Administrative Law and Quantitative Methods in the Master of Public Administration program. She currently serves as the Internship Coordinator and Pre-Law advisor for the Department.
Dr. Wesley Meares
Dr. Meares is an assistant professor in political science and public administration at Augusta University. His research interests 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. Allison Foley
Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Public Service and Immigration Studies
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. Mary-Kate Lizotte
Dr. Lizotte earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stony Brook University. Her research interests include political behavior and gender and public opinion. Much of her work is concerned with the origins and implications of gender differences in public opinion, often referred to as "gender gaps." In additional to her work on public opinion, she also has published research on the gender gap in voting, political knowledge, and party identification. Her work has been published in edited volumes as well as Politics & Gender; Journal of Women, Politics & Policy; The Social Science Journal; and Journal of Conflict Resolution. She teaches undergraduate courses on American government, Congress and the Presidency, and research methods. In our MPA program, she teaches Public Policy Analysis.
Dr. John "Jay" Heslen
Dr. Heslen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Augusta University and serves on faculty at Augusta University’s Cyber Institute. Before coming to Augusta University, Dr. Heslen served as an intelligence officer with both the Defense Intelligence Agency and the United States Air Force, specializing in combatting terrorism, counterintelligence, and strategic cyber intelligence. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve and has served in military operations on four continents to include humanitarian relief operations in Mozambique and South Africa as well as a tour in Afghanistan. Dr. Heslen earned a BA in History from the University of Georgia, an MA in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in Organizational Leadership from the University of Oklahoma. In his capacity as a military reservist, he is currently assigned to the National Intelligence University pursing an advanced degree in Strategic Intelligence. His research interests include cyber conflict, the influence of cognitive bias on discrimination, and applying the tenets of coalitional psychology to international relations theory. Dr. Heslen is married with 3 children.
Miss Erycha Medeiros
Office Location: Allgood Hall, Room N312
Office Number: 706-737-1710
Miss Medeiros is the Office Assistant for the Political Science Department at Augusta University, helping coordinate the MPA program. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Art History from Georgia State university in 2013. While at Georgia State University, she worked with their Middle East Institute and has an interest in Middle Eastern and North African languages, history, culture, and of course art! Miss Medeiros has a passionate interest in art, other cultures, food, travel, and gardening.
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, Director of the Office of Experiential Learning at Augusta University
Mr. Andy Crosson, Director of the CSRA Regional Commission
Mr. Fred Russell, Former City Administrator for Augusta-Richmond County
Mr. Patrick Clayton, Chief Deputy at the Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff's Department
Mr. John Waller, Planning and Development Director in Grovetown, Georgia