Faculty & Staff

Listed below are the current faculty and staff for the Master in Public Administration at Kennesaw State University.

  • Jonathan Boyd

    Jonathan BoydPhone: (470) 578-6712
    Email: jboyd74@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5069
    Additional Affiliation: Heterdox Academy
    Jonathan Boyd is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the School of Government and International affairs at Kennesaw State University. His research focuses on higher education policy, veteran issues, pay gaps for women and minorities, and representation in the public sector workforce. Before coming to Kennesaw State University, Jonathan was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Georgia State University. He has taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that cover public administration, research methods, statistics, evaluation, policy analysis, and public management. Jonathan is a graduate of the joint Ph.D. program in public policy at Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before moving to the Atlanta area, he studied philosophy and economics at Eastern Kentucky University.

    • Pay Equity, Representation, Veterans, Higher Education Policy

    • Research Methods, Program Evaluation, Policy Analysis, Advanced Research Methods, MPA Capstone Seminar

    • Higher Education Policy, Veteran Issues, Pay Gaps for Women and Minorities, Representation in the Public Sector workforce

      • Lewis, G. B., Boyd, J., & Pathak, R. (2018). Progress toward pay equity in state governments?. Public Administration Review, 78(3), 386-397.
      • Lewis, G., Boyd, J., & Pathak, R. (2022). Progress Toward Increasing Women's and Minorities' Access to Top State Government Jobs?. Public Personnel Management, 51(2), 213-234.
  • Misty Grayer

    Phone: (470) 578-4972
    Email: mgrayer@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5051
    Additional affiliations: CETL Faculty Fellow for Learning-Centered Teaching
    Misty Grayer is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration in the School of Government and International Affairs. She mainly teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration program, and she also teaches in Master of Science in International Policy Management and undergraduate political science programs. Her research interests focus on the intersection of public policy/management and public law and contemporary public issues and collaboration. As a former practicing attorney, Misty seeks to introduce the law through teaching and scholarship in a relevant and practical to students and practitioners working in the public sector.

    • Law and Public Management, Street-Level Bureaucracy, Collaboration

    • AD 6200, PAD 6500, PAD 6600, PAD 7150, PAD 7455, PAD 7461, PAD 7465, PAD 7900, POLS 1101, POLS 3310, IPM 7710

    • Role of Law in Decision-Making, Street-Level Bureaucracy Theory, Collaboration, Contemporary Public Issues

      • Barnes, A., & Grayer, M. (2023). Does Language Matter? Perceptions of the Use of Diversity Training in the Public Sector Workforce. Public Personnel Management, 52(2), 240-262.
      • Getha-Taylor, H., Grayer, M. J., Kempf, R. J., & O'Leary, R. (2019). Collaborating in the absence of trust? What collaborative governance theory and practice can learn from the literatures of conflict resolution, psychology, and law. The American Review of Public Administration, 49(1), 51-64.
      • Nelson, D. H., O'Leary, R., Schroeder, L. D., Grayer, M., & Vij, N. (2016). 12. Collaboration across boundaries in the Indian Forest Service. The Challenges of Collaboration in Environmental Governance: Barriers and Responses, 267.
  • Madinah Hamidullah

    Madinah HamidullahPhone: (470) 578-6082
    Email: mhamidul@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5071
    Madinah F. Hamidullah, PhD is a Professor and Director of the Master of Public Administration program at Kennesaw State University.  Her major research areas are public and nonprofit administration leadership and management, specifically how it applies to human resource management practices and policies. She is developing a research focus on women's organizations, and their collective impact in philanthropy, service, and professional development. Developing inclusive and accessible public management practices are critical aspects of her research, teaching, and overall life focus. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7659-1332

    • Public Management, Human Resource Management, Nonprofit Administration, Public Affairs Education

    • Fundamentals of Public Administration and Public Service, Human Resource Management, Nonprofit Governance and Administration

    • Leadership, Public Management, Human Resource Management, Experiential Learning (Internship Supervision), Nonprofit Administration and Management, Organization Theory

      • Kim, Min Hyu, Van Ryzin, Gregg G., & Hamidullah, Madinah F. (2022) The effect of Obama's election on minority employees of federal agencies.  International Journal of Public Administration. https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2022.2061991
      • Hamidullah, Madinah F., Yun, Jung Ah (Claire), McDougle, Lindsey M., Shon, Jongmin, Yang, Hyuk & Davis, Ashley. (2021) Exploring Individual Predictors of Variation in Public Awareness of Expressive and Instrumental Nonprofit Brands. Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing. https://doi.org/10.1002/nvsm.1710
      • Hamidullah, Madinah F. and Rodas, Mauricio A. (2019) Going Beyond Study Abroad: An Introduction to United States and Chinese Joint Undergraduate Degree Programs and Public Affairs Application. Journal of Public Administration Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/15236803.2019.1680063
      • Hamidullah, Madinah F. Undergraduate Public Affairs Education: Educating Future Generations of Public and Nonprofit Administrators. (Editor, Fall 2021, Routledge Press)
      • Hamidullah, Madinah F. 2016. Managing the Next Generation of Public Employees: Public Solutions Handbook.  New York and London, Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Jerry Herbel

    Phone: (470) 578-7746
    Email: jherbel@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5042
    Jerry Herbel holds a PhD in political science from the University of Oklahoma; a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree, also from the University of Oklahoma; and a BS in Public Affairs from Emporia State University. Prior to his academic career, Herbel served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force and Air Force Reserve as a public affairs officer and command staff officer in assignments around the world. He teaches courses in human resource management and program evaluation, organizational theory, and public sector budgeting. His primary research is focused on public human resource management and executive decision-making.

    • Public Human Resource Management, Executive Leadership, Effective Decision-Making, Public Organization Theory

    • PAD 6200, PAD 6250, PAD 6300, PAD 6350, PAD 6700, PAD 7250

    • Literature and Public Administration, Public Human Resource Management

      • Herbel, Jerry. 2018. Religion and Civic Purpose in Sophocles' Philoctetes. The Journal of Religious Ethics. 46(3): 548-569.
      • Herbel, Jerry. 2018. Humanism and Bureaucracy: The Case for a Liberal Arts Conception of Public Administration. The Journal of Public Affairs Education. 24(3): 395-416.
      • Herbel, Jerry E., Jr. 2015. Shakespeare's Machiavellian Moment: Discovering Ethics and Forming a Leadership Narrative in Henry V. Public Integrity. 17(3) 265-278.
      • Herbel, Jerry E., Jr. and Henry T. Edmondson, III. 2015. Introduction: Symposium on Shakespeare and Governance. Public Integrity. 17 (3) 243-246.
  • Sarah Young

    Sarah YoungPhone: (470) 578-6227
    Email: shinkely@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5045
    Professional Website - www.NonprofitPhD.com
    Dr. Sarah L. Young, Professor of Public Administration at Kennesaw State University, serves as the Director of Research for CARE Services, a campus support program for students who have experienced foster care or unaccompanied homelessness. Dr. Young earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University's Askew School of Public Administration and Policy and her M.B.A. in nonprofit management from the University of Tampa Sykes College of Business. She is the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Affairs Education and on the editorial board of Teaching Public Administration. Dr. Young's research is published in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and other leading academic journals. She is the author of three forthcoming books, Mentorship in Higher Education, A Roadmap to Social Change, and Building a Fair Society: A Global Outlook of Public Management in Achieving Social Equity.

    • Nonprofit Management, Social Equity, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Public Management, Public Crises

    • AD 7980 - MPA Capstone; PAD 3343 - Introduction to Public Administration, POLS 1101 - Introduction to American Government, HSD 3500 - Introduction to Research Methods, PAD 7900 - Public Administration in Crisis

    • My research uses systems-based approaches to study the intersection of nonprofit, public management, and equity, especially during periods of crisis.

      • Lim, S. & Young, S. (2023). Why the network coordinator matters: The importance of learning, innovation, and governance structures in coproduction networks. Journal of Civil Society. Available online first. https://doi.org/10.1080/17448689.2023.2206157
      • Collins, C., Salazar, A., Hoffman-Cooper, A., Johnson, R., Schmidt, L., Tiller, L., & Young, S. (2023). Mixed Methods Evaluation of Two Georgia College Campus Support Programs for Students with Experience in Foster Care. Child and Adolescent Social Work. Available online first. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-023-00941-0
      • Searing, E., Wiley, K., & Young, S.L. (2021). Resiliency tactics during financial crisis: The nonprofit resiliency framework. Nonprofit Management and Leadership. 32(2), p. 179-196. https://doi.org/10.1002/nml.21478
      • Young, S. L., & Tanner, J. (2022). Citizen participation matters. Bureaucratic discretion matters more. Public Administration. 101(3) p. 747-771. https://doi.org/10.1111/padm.12867
  • Barbara Neuby

    Phone: (470) 578-6466
    Email: bneuby@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5055
    Dr. Neuby teaches and researches in the area of public budgeting and finance, in particular the coming financial reset and new currency.

    • Budgeting, Finance, Homeland Security

    • Public Budgeting, Homeland Security, Organization Theory

    • Public Finance, New Currency, Homeland Security

      • Neuby, B. (2023). Workbook for Public Budgeting- A Quick, Practical Primer (1st ed., pp. 150). Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.
      • Neuby, B. (2023). Central Bank Digital Currency & The Business Model. International Journal of Business and Information Technology, 9(1), 27-42.
  • Sofia Prysmakova Rivera

    Phone: (470) 578-3597
    Email: sprysmak@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5052

  • Jennifer Purcell

    Jennifer PurcellPhone: (470) 578-2863
    Email: jpurce10@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5071
    Professional Website: www.jenniferpurcell.com Social: @drjwpurcell
    Dr. Jennifer W. Purcell is a Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University where she teaches courses in public leadership, administration, and policy. Purcell is a leadership scholar whose research explores leadership capacity building in organizational and community contexts with emphasis on the role of boundary-spanning, organization development, coaching, and collaboration. She has been affiliated with and taught leadership concepts across six academic departments and in co-curricular and community settings. Purcell earned a Doctor of Education in Adult Education in the Department of Learning, Leadership, and Organization Development at the University of Georgia (2013) and holds a Master of Public Administration from Valdosta State University (2010) and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and business administration minor from Mercer University (2006). She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Organization and Leadership Coaching from the University of Georgia (2022).

    • Public Leadership, Organization Learning and Development, Cross-Sector Collaboration

    • PAD 7250 Leadership & Ethics in the Public Sector, POLS 3310 Public Policy Analysis

    • Boundary-Spanning Leadership, Sustainable Leadership and Organization Development in the Public Sector, Higher Education Community Engagement, Coaching for Collaboration Effectiveness

      • 2024 Outstanding Professional Service and Community Engagement Award (nominee)
      • 2023 KSU Tenured Faculty Enhancement Award
      • 2023 Cobb Chamber of Commerce Honorary Commander
      • 2021-2022 Faculty Diversity Fellow for Gender and Work Life Issues
      • UC Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activity Award
      • 2018 KSU Outstanding Early Career Faculty Award
      • Distinguished Faculty Award
      • 2018 University College (nominee)
      • 2017 Delegate to the European Academy of Otzenhausen (EAO) in Germany
      • 2016 John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement
      • 2016 Catherine C. and Kenneth O. Kiesler Service Award
      • 2015 UC Faculty Development Award
      • 2013 Engaged Campus Research Fellowship
      • 2013 IARSLCE Dissertation Award (nominee)
      • 2012 IARSLCE Doctoral Student Scholarship
      • 2012 Emerging Engagement Scholar
      • 2011 AAWCC National Doctoral Scholarship
      • 2011 GHC Community Involvement Award
      • 2009 American Cancer Society Team Spirit Award & South Atlantic Division All Star Team (Team Captain)
      • Guest Editor, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Anticipated Fall 2024, Special issue on Community-Engaged Scholars, Practitioners, and Boundary Spanners: Identity, Wellbeing & Career Development.
      • Purcell, J. W. & Smith, D. N. (2023). Disciplinary Expertise and Faculty Credentialing in Leadership Studies: Advancing a Necessary Conversation. (Feature Article). Journal of Leadership Studies, 17(2), Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10/1002/jls.21851
      • Purcell, J. W., Rodriguez, D. X., & Ring, K. A.* (2022). The Covid Shift: Working women's punctuated equilibrium. Leadership & Organization Development Journal, 43(8), 1217-1233. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-01-2022-0044
      • Purcell, J. W., Pearl, A., & Van Schyndel, T.* (2021). Boundary spanning leadership among community-engaged faculty: An exploratory study of faculty participating in higher education community engagement. Engaged Scholar Journal, 6(2), 1-30. https://doi.org/10.15402/esj.v6i2.69398
      • Purcell, J. W. (2019) Future directions for community engagement in higher education: Advancing scholarship, building leadership capacity, and refining commitments. In Sandmann, L. R., & Jones, D. O. (Eds.), Building the field of higher education engagement: A 20-year retrospective and prospective (pp. 247-249). Stylus Publishing.
  • Chenaz Seelarbokus

    Phone: (470) 578-2273
    Email: cseelarb@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5067

  • David Shock

    Phone: (470) 578-6037
    Email: dshock@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5038

  • Maureen Wilson

    Phone: (470) 578-7869
    Email: mwils152@kennesaw.edu
    Location: SO 5032