One of the primary reasons Penn State is recognized around the globe as a distinguished university is the sterling caliber of its faculty. As a World Campus student, you will have the opportunity to learn from the same instructors who teach traditional face-to-face classes on campus.
Jane Beckett-Camarata, Ph.D.
Dr. Beckett-Camarata specializes in operating and capital budgeting, financial reporting, and debt management. Her current research is in municipal bankruptcy. She was a recipient of a Lilly Foundation Scholar Award for the advancement of teaching excellence. She has taught government finance courses at three Russian universities, and was a Fulbright Scholar at Kharkiv National University in Ukraine where she taught economic development finance.
Dr. Beckett-Camarata has authored many articles and book chapters which have been published in the Public Productivity and Management Review, Journal of Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, Municipal Finance Journal, International Journal of Public Administration, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Business Research, Handbook of Public Sector Economics and Handbook of Globalization, Governance and Public Administration. She was the recipient of the Baruch College, CUNY distinguished Municipal Leadership and Finance Aware which funded her 2005 summer research on changes in New York City’s pension fund assets during fiscal crisis. She is a former chief financial officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she managed operating and capital budgets, financial accounting and reporting, and revenue forecasting. She was instrumental in integrating the strategic plan into the budget and accounting system, and establishing and integrating financial performance measures.
She earned a doctorate in public policy and administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master of public administration from the American University, and bachelor of science degree in finance from Syracuse University.
Younhee Kim, Ph.D.
Younhee Kim is an associate professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. Her research interests are in the broad areas of public and performance management, focusing on performance measurement, public entrepreneurship, e-governance, information technology, and citizen participation. Her recent work has appeared in numerous journals, including Administration & Society, The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Public Performance & Management Review, Public Money & Management, and The Journal of Technology Transfer. Dr. Kim has served as a managing editor, a symposium editor, and an editorial board member of numerous academic journals and edited books. She is very active in service to the profession, involved in national and international outreach as a treasurer, a member of various committees, and an advisory board member for the American Society for Public Administration and other professional associations.
Göktuğ Morçöl, Ph.D.
Dr. Morçöl is an associate professor of public policy and administration in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. His current research focuses on business improvement districts; complexity theory applications in public policy and governance, particularly metropolitan governance; and the methodology of public policy research. He is a co-editor of New Sciences for Public Administration and Policy (2000), the author of A New Mind for Policy Analysis (2002), the editor of Handbook of Decision Making (2007), and a co-editor of Business Improvement Districts: Research, Theories, and Controversies (2008), and Complexity and Policy Analysis: Tools and Methods for Designing Robust Policies in a Complex World (2008). His works have appeared in Administrative Theory & Praxis, International Journal of Public Administration, Politics & Policy, Policy Sciences, Emergence: Complexity and Organization, and other publications. Dr. Morçöl can be reached at 717-948-6126 or by emailing [email protected]
Steven A. Peterson, Ph.D.
Dr. Peterson received his doctorate in political science from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1974. He began his academic career at Alfred University, where he worked until 1997. In July 1997, he was named director of the School of Public Affairs and professor of politics and public affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. He has served as president of the New York State Political Science Association as well as the Northeastern Political Science Association. Dr. Peterson has published extensively, including more than one hundred publications and numerous books or monographs. His areas of research are varied — ranging from the study of American public opinion and politics, to public policy issues — especially AIDS policy and education policy — and the exploration of the relationship between biology and politics.
Among his other professional interests are American elections. His books reflect these interests, from textbooks on state and local politics and American politics to research reports on the political behavior of the elderly; how our everyday lives and experiences affect our political views and behaviors; the relevance of biological concepts and findings for our understanding of politics; the politics of policy analysis; and the threats to the widespread emergence and maintenance of democracy throughout the world. Dr. Peterson can be reached at 717-948-6058 or by emailing [email protected]
Bing Ran, Ph.D.
Dr. Ran is an assistant professor of public administration at the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg where he serves in the graduate faculty in the MPA, MHA, and Ph.D. programs. He received his doctorate, which focuses on organizational behavior and organization theory, from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 2007. His research tackles the dynamic interactions between society's complex infrastructures and human behavior, focusing on topics such as innovation and creativity, organizational identity construction, knowledge integration and management, and the behavioral effects of the socio-technical interactions in traditional and virtual organizations.
Dr. Ran's recent articles have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Communications of ACM, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, Public Integrity, Knowledge and Process Management, International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics, Cognitive Sciences, and Administrative Theory and Praxis. He also served as editor of the book Contemporary Perspectives on Technological Innovation, Management and Policy (Information Age), the associate editor of Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division (Academy of Management 2009 Conference), and the associate editor, from 2008 to 2011, for the journals IST Transactions of Systems & Cybernetics- Theory and Applications (SCTA) and IST Transactions on Information Technology- Theory and Applications (ITTA).
He is an active member of the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Administrative Science Association of Canada (ASAC) and from 2003 to the present has been a frequent reviewer, presenter, and session chair for their annual conferences. He is the winner of the Best Paper Award, in organizational theory, at the 2010 ASAC Conference. Since 2004, Dr. Ran has taught various courses in the field of organization behavior and theory at Penn State; the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada; and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Shanxi University in Shanxi province, China. Dr. Ran can be reached at 717-948-6057 or by emailing [email protected]
Glenn Silverstein, Ph.D.
Glenn Silverstein is a lecturer in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg who teaches in the MPA program offered in residence and online through Penn State World Campus. Dr. Silverstein is interested in the effects of organizational change on schools and student achievemen, a pursuit for which he was recognized by the University of Delaware with the Dan Rich Prize. He is also broadly interested in federal policy and politics and has assisted in political campaigns at the federal, state, and local levels as well as taken leadership roles in the political party system in Delaware.
Dr. Silverstein is a member of APPAM, ASPA and AERA and has presented his research at PERA at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2016, Dr. Glenn Silverstein researched the use of open source techniques for policy development. This research attempts to unify crowdsourcing, e-Government, and citizen participation by identifying the leadership and governance structures in open source governance and applying them to public administration. His research also questions the leadership and motivational aspects of volunteerism within public administration.
Dr. Silverstein presented his paper, "Open Source Leadership," during a panel discussion called, "Are There Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen? Leadership and Collaboration" at the Northeast Conference on Public Administration, which was hosted by Penn State Harrisburg's School of Public Affairs in collaboration with the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of ASPA in November 2016. Dr. Silverstein has also been working with other professors within the School of Public Affairs to redevelop the Public Administration program by making changes to individual courses and adapting newer technology to classes offered online through World Campus.
Odd J. Stalebrink, Ph.D.
Dr. Stalebrink is an associate professor of public administration, with research and teaching specializations in the area of public budgeting and financial management. His scholarly work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals including but not limited to American Review of Public Administration, Financial Accountability & Management, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, & Financial Management, Accounting Forum, and Public Budgeting & Finance. He is a member of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management; the National Tax Association; and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. He holds a doctorate in public policy from the School of Public Policy, George Mason University, Virginia, and master's and bachelor's degrees in business administration from Jönköping International Business School, Sweden. Dr. Stalebrink can be reached at 717-948-6319 or by emailing [email protected]
Michele Tantardini, Ph.D.
Michele Tantardini is an assistant professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. He earned his Ph.D. in public affairs at Florida International University in Miami, completing a dissertation on the relationship between performance information use and organizational social capital. His research interests are in the areas of performance management, focusing on performance information use, and organizational theory and behavior, focusing on organizational social capital, and public sector employees' motivation. His recent work has appeared in Public Performance & Management Review and Public Organization Review.
Dr. Tantardini is an active member of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). He also served as a member of the board of the ASPA South Florida Chapter. Previously he worked for the Treasury Department of the Italian Republic (Rome, Italy) and for Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Dr. Tantardini can be reached at 717-948-6350 or by emailing [email protected]
Triparna Vasavada, Ph.D.
Dr. Vasavada is an assistant professor of public administration in the School of Public Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg. Her research interests are nonprofit management; generosity, gender and leadership; and social network analysis. Dr. Vasavada's recent work has appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences, including the Association for Research in Nonprofit and Voluntary Association (ARNOVA), Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, American Society of Public Administration, and International Society of Third Sector Research (ISTR).
Her current research project, supported by Research Council Grants of Penn State, focuses on the social network dynamics of women leaders of nonprofit organizations in the United States. As a Ford Foundation Fellow, she has worked as co-managing editor for a leading journal in women studies — Gender & Society. She has served on the founding committee of the Rockefeller College Review — Working Paper Series. She was assistant editor for the Book News section in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She has received numerous grants and awards including ARNOVA's Emerging Scholar award. She is a member of the scholarship committee for the ARNOVA conference and a reviewer for the 2010 ISTR conference. Dr. Vasavada can be reached at 717/948-6363 or by emailing [email protected]