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.
Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura
Dr. Gedeon Mudacumura is an associate professor of public administration at Cheyney University. He holds a bachelor of science in public policy, and a master and doctorate in public administration from Penn State.
Prior to joining Cheyney University, Dr. Mudacumura served as an adjunct faculty member at Penn State Harrisburg while working for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department, first as a research and development analyst, and then as a training development manager. Dr. Mudacumura has also worked for the government of Rwanda (Central Africa) on various development projects sponsored by the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development. His current research focuses on the impact of the current economic downturn on state and local government budgetary actions, and their combined influence on local economic development initiatives, particularly in economically marginalized areas. Moreover, his research interest in international development explores the key factors that inhibit sustainable development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Jeremy F. Plant, Ph.D.
Dr. Plant is a professor of public policy and administration and coordinator of graduate programs in public administration at the School of Public Affairs, Penn State Harrisburg, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1988. Formerly he was an associate professor of public affairs and coordinator of public administration programs at George Mason University. He has also taught at the State University of New York at Albany and was a visiting faculty member at North Carolina State University and the University of Virginia. He received a bachelor's degree in political science, magna cum laude, from Colgate University in 1967; a master's degree in government from the University of Virginia in 1969; and a doctorate in government from the University of Virginia in 1975.
Dr. Plant's published work has appeared in such journals as the Public Administration Review, International Journal of Public Administration, American Review of Public Administration, Public Integrity, Policy Studies Review, Review of Policy Research, Public Budgeting and Finance, Journal of the American Planning Association, Public Works Management and Policy, The Public Manager, and several others. He recently edited the Handbook of Transportation Policy and Administration (Taylor and Francis, 2007) and is under contract to co-edit a volume on railroad security for Taylor and Francis. He has contributed more than a dozen chapters to books and is a frequent participant in disciplinary conferences. He has also authored or co-authored thirty illustrated books on railroads.
Dr. Plant is chair-elect of the Ethics Section of the American Society for Public Administration, and is the former chair of the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration. He has conducted research under contract for Citizens for Rail Safety, Inc., the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Highway Administration, and the County of Fairfax, Virginia. His current research focuses on railroad and transportation security issues since 9/11; public ethics; and the history of the American Society for Public Administration. He received the award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2000 and was three times president of the Capital College Faculty Senate. Dr. Plant can be reached at 717-948-6058 or by emailing [email protected]
Bing Ran, Ph.D.
Dr. Ran is an associate 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]