Welcome to the Department of Public Affairs!

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

Department Chair: David O. Renz, Ph.D.
Beth K. Smith/Missouri Chair in Nonprofit Leadership
Director, Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership

Barb Domke
Program Coordinator
305 Bloch

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 have been accredited by NASPAA since 1980 (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration).

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; interdisciplinary Ph.D. program coordinator

Hye-Sung Han, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs
Academic Specialty: Urban Policy and Administration

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

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

Nicholas C. Peroff, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
James C. Olson Professor of Public Administration
Academic Specialty: Public administration

Anne R. Williamson, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Victor and Caroline Schutte/Missouri Professor of Urban Affairs
Director, L. P. Cookingham Institute of Urban Affairs
Academic Specialty: Urban Policy and Administration

Affiliated Instructors

Sarah Martin-Anderson, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Fredrik O. Andersson, Ph.D.
Doctoral Fellow

Gary Baker, Ph.D.
Adjunct Lecturer

Jamie A. Berry, MBA

Peggy Dunn

Jane Lampo

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

Sandra E. Price, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

James C. Scott, AIA, AICP
Adjunct Professor

Robyne S. Turner, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Thomas M. Vansaghi, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Wim van Klinken, E.M.P.A.


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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