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Welcome to the Department of Public Affairs!


Department Chair: David O. Renz, Ph.D.

Department Chair: David O. Renz, Ph.D.
Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership
Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
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Barb Domke
Program Coordinator
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Whether in government, health care or the nonprofit sector – public administration is one of the highest callings that any student can pursue. Congratulations on exploring a career of service and significance. Whether you’re the mid-career adult looking for a career change or a new graduate who’s ready for the next stage in professional development, UMKC’s Department of Public Affairs has the program and faculty to help you.

Our programs are accredited by NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) and our nonprofit management emphasis is ranked among the top 15 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

The GRE is no longer required for all applicants!*

Public Affairs Faculty

David O. Renz, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Chair, Department of Public Affairs
Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership
Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership
Academic Specialty: Nonprofit management and leadership

Arif Ahmed, BDS, Ph.D., MSPH, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Associate Professor in Health Administration
Academic Specialty: Health services administration

Jered B. Carr, Ph.D., Florida State University
Associate Professor
Victor & Caroline Schutte/Missouri Endowed Professorship in Urban Affairs
Director, L.P. Cookingham Institute for Urban Affairs

Scott Helm, Ph.D., University of Missouri-Kansas City
Director, Executive M.P.A.
Lecturer, Public Affairs

Allan Katz, J.D. American University Washington College of Law
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal
Distinguished Professor
Public Affairs and Political Science

Sarah Martin-Anderson, Ph.D., Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor of Health Administration
Academic Specialty: Health services administration

Brent Never, Ph.D, Indiana University
Assistant Professor, Public Administration
Academic Specialty: Nonprofit management, organization theory

Nicholas C. Peroff, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Professor of Public Administration
Academic Specialty: Public administration; interdisciplinary Ph.D. program coordinator

Affiliated Instructors

Fredrik O. Andersson, Ph.D.
Doctoral Fellow

Gary Baker, Ph.D.
Adjunct Lecturer

Jamie A. Berry, MBA
Lecturer

Peggy Dunn
Lecturer

Jane Lampo
Lecturer

Cynthia (Cindy) Laufer, M.P.A.
Lecturer

Jessica Mattingly, M.Ed.
Doctoral Fellow

Erin K. Nemenoff
Doctoral Fellow

Sandra E. Price
Teaching Fellow

James C. Scott
Adjunct Professor

Robyne S. Turner, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Thomas M. Vansaghi
Adjunct Professor

Daniel Wildcat
Adjunct Professor

Retired

Robert D. Herman, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Academic Specialty: Nonprofit management, organizational behavior, strategic human resources

*The GRE is no longer required for those who hold a 3.5 or better undergraduate GPA.

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