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

Jay Gerlach Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, MPA Director; Public Policy, Nonprofit Management, Environmental Policy
Todd Collins Ph.D.; Public Policy Institute Director, Associate Professor; Public Law, Judicial Politics
Chris Cooper Ph.D.; Department Head; Professor; American Politics, Public Administration, Research Methods
Heather Rimes Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Public Policy
JoBeth Shafran (beginning Spring, 2016) Assistant Professor, Public Policy, Public Administration, American Politics

Part-Time Faculty & Staff

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

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