John (Jay) Gerlach, Ph.D., Director
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Cullowhee, NC 28723
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MPA Program Faculty

The WCU MPA program is taught by an award-winning faculty of accomplished teachers, scholars, and public servants. The MPA has 5 core full-time, tenure-track faculty members dedicated to the governance of the program. Several other faculty in the department periodically teach in the program and several adjunct lecturers teach more specialized courses backed by years of experience in the practice of public and nonprofit service.

Core Faculty

Roger Hartley Ph.D.; Associate Professor, MPA Director; Public Administration, Judicial Politics
Todd Collins Ph.D.; Public Policy Institute Director, Associate Professor; Public Law, Judicial Politics
Chris Cooper Ph.D.; Department Head; Associate Professor; American Politics, Public Administration, Research Methods
John (Jay) Gerlach Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; Public Administration, Public Policy 
Tyler Reinagel Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Public Administration

Affiliated Full-Time Faculty and Staff

Phyllis Hoffman Administrative Support Associate
Don Livingston Ph.D.; Professor; American Politics, Congress, Presidency
Michael McDonald A.B.D.; Instructor; International Relations, Comparative Politics
Gordon Mercer Professor Emeritus
Vickey Wade M.A.; Director of Local Government and Training Program (LGTP)

Part-Time Faculty & Staff

Andy Coburn M.E.M; Adjunct Faculty
Paul Dezendorf Ph.D.; Adjunct Faculty
Don Kostelec M.A.; Adjunct Faculty
Mike Morgan M.P.A.; Adjunct Faculty
Jeff Richardson M.P.A.; Adjunct Faculty

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