Wesley Meares

Graduate Director of the MPA Program

Wesley Meares

Graduate Director of the MPA Program


Academic Appointment(s)

Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
Department of Social Sciences

The Graduate School

Department of The Graduate School


Wesley L. Meares is an Associate Professor of Political Science and the director of the Master of Public Administration program at Augusta University.

  • (706) 737-1710
  • AH N312


  • Ph.D., Urban Studies/Affairs University of Louisville, 2014

  • MPA, Public Administration Western Kentucky University, 2011

  • BA, Political Science and Government, General LaGrange College, 2010

Awards & Honors

  • 2024 Outstanding Faculty Award Augusta University, 2024

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PADM 7000

    Directed Reading
  • PADM 6301

    Fin Mgmt for Nonprofit Org
  • PADM 6750

    Program Evaluation
  • PADM 6250

    Intro to Urban Planning
  • PADM 6302

    Nonprofit Management
  • POLS 4050

    Nonprofit Management


Selected Recent Publications

  • How inter-city rents are shaped by health considerations of pollution and walkability: A study of 146 mid-sized cities, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Prefab micro-units as a strategy for affordable housing, 2022
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Understanding the Need for Planning for Public Administrators: An Examination of Planning Courses and Concentrations in NASPAA Member Programs , 2021
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • The Effect of Town and Gown on Local Economic Development: An Analysis of Partnerships, Planning and Policy. , 2020
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Mama, I can’t breathe.” Louisville’s dirty air has steep medical and economic costs, 2020

Research Interests

Housing, economic and community development, sustainability, urban politics, and urban policy.

Department Service

  • MPA Admissions Committee 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Search Committee Assistant Professor 2015 - 2016

    Role: Committee Member
  • Search Committee Political Science Chair 2015 - 2015

    Role: Committee Member

College Service

  • Faculty Research and Development Committee 2015 - 2018

    Role: Other

University Service

  • Budget Adivisory and University Resources Committee 2020 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Institutional Review Board- Behavorial (IRB-B) 2017 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Nonprofit Minor and Certificate 2014 - 2016

    Role: Faculty Advisor

Professional Service

  • Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement 2020 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Southeastern Conference of Public Administration 2020 - Present

    Role: Other
  • Southeastern Conference for Public Administration 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Member