Pauline Arneberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Pauline Arneberg is Principal of A&A Associates, an international organizational development and training firm. She has practiced organization development and taught action training and research in Bahrain, Pakistan, Botswana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and has served as a senior consultant to the Prime Minister's Office, Singapore (Civil Service College) for more than 15 years. In addition, she has served as a consultant to many U.S. government agencies and corporations, including Southern California Edison, Xerox, Frontrange Solutions, Ernst and Young, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Social Security Administration, City of Los Angeles, State of California Office of Emergency Services and the National Jewish Federation.
She has served as convener of the Applied Behavioral Sciences Group, School of Public Administration, and at the University of Southern California; and lead of the International Training of Trainers Program. She currently teaches Organization Theory and Behavior and Public Human Resources at CSUN and USC.
She earned a B.S. Degree in Accounting from Central Connecticut State College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University for Humanistic Studies.
James David Ballard, Ph.D.
James David Ballard is an associate professor of sociology at California State University, Northridge. His doctorate comes from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in concentrations including political sociology, criminology and deviance. He is the author of over 50 articles, book chapters, and various governmental documents focused primarily on transportation related to terrorism attacks, radiological terrorism, and attacks against nuclear waste shipments and storage facilities. In 2002, he testified in both the United States House and Senate on risks of attacks against shipments to the proposed high-level radioactive waste facility at Yucca Mountain. He has also worked over the last several years on various NATO projects related to terrorism.
Lawrence Becker, Ph.D.
Lawrence Becker is a professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. He teaches a variety of American political courses, including the American Presidency, the Legislative Process, and Political Parties and Elections. In addition, Dr. Becker teaches courses on policy and administration in the MPA and PSM programs.
Dr. Becker's main research interests center on the link between legislative procedures and policy outcomes. His book, Doing the Right Thing, was published by the Ohio State University Press in 2005, and studies four cases in which Congress utilized tailor-made procedures to overcome collective action problems. He is currently working with Dr. Matthew Cahn on a co-authored book examining the tension between science and democracy in regulatory politics. Dr. Becker received his B.A. (1991) from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. (1996) and his Ph.D. (2001) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Maurice Bisheff, Ph.D.
Maurice Bisheff has worked in and with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout his career in teaching and public service. At the University of Southern California's School of Public Administration, he consulted with municipal departments with the Center for Training and Development, was an associate director with its Gaming-Simulation Group for 15 years, and co-developed and taught classes on Urban Policymaking and Strategic Planning in the Public Sector. He also taught classes in Public Administration and Society, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Designing, Public Policymaking Processes, Organization Development in the Public Sector, and Group and Intergroup Relations.
He is a consultant to the San Ani group, which is designing for-profit, replicable water management and community development systems for poor, third world communities, employing requisite organizational theory as a critical component. He teaches Public Administration and its Environments, Organization Theory and Human Behavior, and Strategic Management in the Public Sector for CSUN.
Larry A. Bustetter, Ed.D.
Dr. Larry Bustetter has more than 35 years of experience in research, clinical, education/training and administrative positions (public and private). He serves as the Chief Learning Officer and Chief, Workforce Development Section-Human Resources for the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System (4,000+ employees). Past experience has included positions such as Education Coordinator/Administrator for the Sepulveda VA Medical Center School of Medical Technology, College Instructor, Cerritos College, CA; California State University, Northridge; California State University, Dominguez Hills, and Regional Cluster Administrator for Doctoral Programs in Education for Nova Southeastern University (Los Angeles area).
His consulting experience for more than 50 organizations in 12 states has included workshops and in-house training in instructional design, delivery and evaluation; workforce/organization development, satellite education program administration, clinical laboratory management, safety and disaster management, and health care management/supervision for organizations such as Hospital Learning Centers, Inc., the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and the Veterans Administration Regional Medical Education Centers.
Research interests have included organization development and adult learning. Dr. Bustetter holds Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees (B.S./M.S.) in Biology, a Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Education, Administration and Supervision and Higher Education and a Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.) in Adult Education (research focus: workplace learning; workforce development).
Matthew Cahn, Ph.D.
Matthew Cahn has been a professor at California State University, Northridge since 1991. Over the years he has taught at several universities in the southern California region, including as Visiting Professor of Public Policy at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. He is currently Administrative Fellow in the Dean's Office in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUN.
His research interests include environmental management, public policy and California Studies. He is currently working on a book titled Linking Science to Decision Making in Environmental Policy: Bridging the Disciplinary Gap. This project examines the tensions between science and policy using the question of marine protected areas in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) as a case study. Dr. Cahn served as Chair of the Marine Reserve Science Advisory Panel working with the CINMS process from 1999-2001 and served as a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council from 1998-2004. The CINMS resides within National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the U.S. Department of Commerce. His most recent books include Public Policy: The Essential Readings (2nd ed 2012), Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State (2nd ed 2009), and Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation: A Policy Approach that Works (2005).
In the MPA Program, Dr. Cahn teaches the Seminar in Public Administration and Its Environment, Research Methods, Public Policy Analysis and Organizational Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.
David Cain, M.P.A.
David Cain has more than 30 years of professional managerial experience in both public and private sector finance. Professor Cain currently serves as Director of Finance / Treasurer for Moulton Niguel Water District (MNWD), one of the largest Special Districts in Southern Orange County. Professor Cain is responsible for the Finance Division that oversees accounting, purchasing, and billing departments. As Treasurer, Mr. Cain is responsible for the District's investment portfolio of $100M and facilitates the procurement of tax-exempt bonds and grants that fund the various District capital improvement programs. Prior to MNWD, Professor Cain served as Director of Finance / Deputy City Treasurer for the City of Chino for 11 years.
Professor Cain teaches Public Budgeting and Financial Administration where he brings a practical approach to field of public finance. Professor Cain has served both as a Committee Chair and Director for the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.
Professor Cain received his B.S. in Business Administration from Biola University and Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.
Warren M. Campbell, Ph.D.
Warren Campbell is a Professor of Public Administration in the Tseng College. He is Emeritus Professor of Political Science and has taught at California State University, Northridge since 1961. His bachelor's degree in political science was from the University of Minnesota and his master's degree and doctorate are from Stanford University. His undergraduate teaching included city planning, state and local government, urban politics, public policy, and administrative behavior. For eleven years he was a member of the City of Los Angeles Zoning Commission.
He began teaching in the CSUN Master of Public Administration Program and for 30 years was co-director of that master's degree program. Since becoming emeritus in 2002 he has continued first as co-director and then as professor in the MPA program. He primarily teaches the introductory course, Public Administration and Its Environment, and its capstone course, the Integrative Seminar and coordinates the Comprehensive Examination.
Dr. Campbell is the 2008 recipient of the Dean Ed Peckham Award, recognizing outstanding loyalty and service to the University.
Deborah F. Ching, M.P.A.
Deborah F. Ching provides organizational development, management and executive consulting services to not-for-profit organizations. For 20 years, Ching was affiliated with Chinatown Service Center, the largest community-based Chinese American service organization in Southern California, providing a wide range of community programs that included casework, counseling, workforce training, affordable housing development, small business assistance, youth and elderly services. In 2000, Ching was appointed President and CEO of the Los Angeles Women's Foundation, a public foundation whose mission focused on increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls. She has also served as Interim Executive Director for numerous nonprofit organizations in leadership transition.
Ching has served on numerous nonprofit Boards and civic commissions and committees. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cathay Bank Foundation, and is appointed to the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission of the California Judicial Council. Ching holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from UCLA and a Master in Public Administration degree from USC.
Shauna Clark, M.B.A.
Shauna Clark taught in the MPA program at CSUN's Tseng College for six years. Her classes include MPA 643, Public Sector Personnel Management, and MPA 644 Public Finance and Budgeting. In addition, she has taught Community and Economic Development. Before teaching at the Tseng College, Clark lectured at Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State San Bernardino in the MPA programs. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. in Public Administration from Cal State San Bernardino.
Shauna Clark is the City Manager of the City of La Habra Heights and previously was the City Manager of the City of San Bernardino. For the 10 years between those two positions she was a public/private sector consultant working for several cities in California, including Los Angeles, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Moreno Valley, Riverside, Pasadena, Bell Gardens and Baldwin Park.
Michael Cortrite, Ed.D.
Michael Cortrite has more than 30 years of experience in municipal government, including positions as a supervisor and manager. He has been a faculty member at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles for the last 15 years, where he is a docent, facilitator and workshop presenter. He also does leadership development and team building consulting with the State of California Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission.
Dr. Cortrite earned his B.A. Degree from the University of Redlands; his MPA from California State University, Northridge; and his Doctor of Education in Leadership Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Joseph C. De Ladurantey, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph C. De Ladurantey is a retired Chief of Police for the City of Irwindale, California. He has served as the Chief of Police of Torrance, California, the Law Enforcement Liaison for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office; and served 27 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, achieving the rank of captain. With more than 40 years of experience in law enforcement, he brings administrative insight into the academic environment.
He has served as an adjunct professor of Public Administration in the Graduate School of Public Administration at Cal State Northridge for more than 15 years, teaching courses in Organizational Theory and Human Behavior, Strategic Management, Human Resources Management, and Public Administration and its Environment. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Cal State Los Angeles, Rio Hondo College, The University of Southern California, Cal Poly Pomona, and a guest lecturer at the University of La Verne.
He holds a bachelor's degree in Criminology from Cal State Long Beach and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He received a doctoral degree in Public Administration and Public Management at the University of La Verne. He has been recognized as a Fellow by the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) and presented papers at its annual conference.
Ronald A. Davidson, Ph.D.
Ronald A. Davidson is assistant professor of geography at California State University, Northridge. He teaches cultural and urban geography courses, with a regional focus on southern California. His has published articles on public space, the management of the California coast, humanistic geography and geography education, and is currently conducting research on parks and social capital in the San Fernando Valley.
Dr. Davidson received his doctorate in Geography from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2003, his M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, and his B.A. in Geography and Rhetoric in 1989.
Herman DeBose, Ph.D.
Herman DeBose is currently the chair of the Sociology Department at California State University, Northridge. He teaches Introduction to Social Welfare, Introduction to Social Work Practice, Human Behavior and the Social Environment and Ethnic Diversity in America in the Sociology Department. Additionally, he teaches Organizational Behavior in the MPA program at CSUN. During his ten years in CSUN, Dr. DeBose has received the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award (1999-2000) and the Extraordinary Service Award (2000-2001). His primary areas of research are Biracial/Multiracial Identity, Juvenile Delinquency, Community Policing, and HIV/AIDS among minority populations. The research has afforded him the opportunity to make presentations at international, national, regional and local professional conferences. Dr. DeBose, along with Dr. Loretta Winters, co-edited a book titled New Faces in a Changing America: Multiracial Identity in the 21st Century released by Sage Publications in December 2002.
He is the principal investigator of a five-year $1,000,000 grant, in its fifth year, from the Los Angeles County Probation Department to implement and administer a Youth Services Specialists (YSS) program at CSUN. Prior to accepting his position at CSUN, Dr. DeBose worked in a variety of positions for Los Angeles County and the United States Peace Corps. He worked as a Psychiatric Social Worker on the Psychiatric Emergency Team and as a Patient Rights Advocate for the mentally ill with Los Angels County Department of Mental Health. In the United States Peace Corps, he served as Associate Peace Corps Director in Kenya where he was responsible for approximately 125 Peace Corps volunteers in the Western Province of Kenya. Dr. DeBose was a Peace Corps volunteer himself, serving in Kenya during 1969 to 1973.
Jennifer De Maio, Ph.D.
Jennifer De Maio is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at California State University, Northridge. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MSc from The London School of Economics, and a B.A. from Georgetown University. Her first book, Confronting Ethnic Conflict: The Role of Third Parties in Managing Africa's Civil Wars, was published by Lexington Press in 2009. Dr. De Maio has also published and presented papers on civil wars and conflict management in Africa, including a recent article on the problem of exclusivity in peace processes which appeared in the journal "Civil Wars" and a piece on preventive diplomacy published in "World Affairs." Her current research focuses on the transnationalization of civil wars and the changing dynamics of International Relations in Africa. Before beginning a career in academia, Dr. De Maio worked as a journalist for ABC News and NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation. She currently teaches ethics in the MPA program.
Kay Diamond, M.P.A.
Kay Diamond, owner and founder of TalentWealth, has a blend of public and private sector experience managing human resources and contributing to top level business strategy planning and execution in the Biopharmaceutical, Health Insurance and Aerospace Manufacturing industries. During her career, she served as Finance Director, Human Resources Director and City Manager in the public sector. She has served as management's chief labor negotiator, working out contracts across the table from the Teamsters, AFSCME, SEIU and police unions.
A California native, she holds a Master's degree from USC, an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara, and has attended UCLA for Accounting and Information Systems Management coursework. She is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) by the Human Resources Certification Institute.
David Fox, M.B.A.
David Fox is the Managing Partner of the Lordon Fox Group, a management consulting firm specializing in the Hospitality Industry. Mr. Fox has worked in both the public and private business sectors. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Maria's Italian Kitchen, an Italian casual-theme restaurant company. He was the Assistant Administrator/Director of Merchandising for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Fox serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the State of Oregon's retail liquor business. He was Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer for Hamburger Hamlet Restaurant's, Inc. Prior to this role, he was a Vice President of the Marriott Corporation for many years.
Fox is an adjunct faculty member of California State University, Northridge. He teaches courses in Strategic Management, Management and Organizational Behavior, Management Skills Development, and Employment Practices. He is also an Instructor at UCLA Extension, teaching courses in Human Resources Management and Hospitality Marketing and Hospitality Management. He also served as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor at Antioch University of Los Angeles and taught courses in Leadership, Business Ethics and Human Resources. He received an MBA and Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Redlands, in Redlands, California.
Steven J. Golightly, Ph.D.
Dr. Golightly currently serves as Director of the Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department, one of the largest locally-administered child support programs in the nation. He was appointed to this position by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on February 23, 2007. He oversees an agency of 1500 employees, an annual budget of $173 million and a caseload of over 300,000.
His career has focused exclusively on programs and initiatives designed to assist low-income children and families. In 1996, Dr. Golightly was appointed as a career member of the Federal government's Senior Executive Service and served as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, based in Federal Region IV - the eight southeastern states.
Dr. Golightly currently serves on the boards of directors for the National Child Support Enforcement Association, the California Child Support Directors Association, the Los Angeles County Management Council and the California State University Dominguez Hills College of Business and Public Policy Advisory Board.
Thomas Hartman, Ph.D.
Thomas Hartman is an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. His research and teaching focus on American foreign policymaking, with an emphasis on instruments of power and the role of ethics in international affairs.
In the MPA Program, Professor Hartman teaches the Seminar in Ethics & Public Administration.
Tom Hogen-Esch, Ph.D.
Tom Hogen-Esch received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Southern California in 2002. His teaching interests include U.S. and California Government, Public Policy and Administration, Race and Ethnic Politics, and Urban Politics. Along with Terry Christensen, Professor Hogen-Esch is the author of Local Politics: A Practical Guide to Governing at the Grassroots (M.E. Sharpe 2006). He has also published articles in California Journal of Politics and Policy (2011), A Companion History to Los Angeles (2010), Urban Affairs Review (2006; 2001), California Politics and Policy (June 2004), and California Policy Issues Annual (March 2003). He is working on an article examining political corruption in the city of Bell, California. His dissertation, "Recapturing Suburbia: Urban Secession and the Politics of Growth in Los Angeles, Boston, and Seattle" explored issues of governance, social movements, and urban fragmentation. From 1997-1999, he held a staff position for the Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission. He is regularly quoted in the media on Los Angeles and California government. Professor Hogen-Esch can be reached by phone at (818) 677-3484 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diane Hollems, Ph.D.
Diane Hollems has more than 20 years experience in the public sector and as a faculty member at the University of Louisiana, Louisiana State University and Santa Barbara City College. She is the Dean of Economic Development at SBCC and in her role works closely with both city and county governments. Dr. Hollems has also developed extensive curriculum materials including: civic responsibility and community service, strategic communication, cultivating trust in organizations and leadership.
In Louisiana, Dr. Hollems was vice president for a community television station for more than 15 years. Dr. Hollems received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, her master's degree in Intercultural and Organizational Communication from the same university, and her Ph.D. in Communication Theory from Louisiana State University.
Ali Izadian, Ph.D.
Ali Izadian has more than 25 years of administrative experience in public sector educational and municipal organizations. He started his professional career as a city engineer and director of public works for municipalities in Colorado, followed by more than 20 years of service as director of facilities planning and construction for school districts and higher educational institutions in Arizona and California. He oversaw the programming, planning, design, and construction of several multifaceted educational facilities. Presently he works for Loyola Marymount University.
Dr. Izadian earned a B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering and Master of Public Administration from University of Colorado and Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University. He currently teaches Research Methods course for the MPA program at California State University, Northridge. His research interests include public finance of educational facilities modernization, energy and sustainability, public policy and formal decision making, urban politics, international relations and disputes, and economic development.
Paul D. Krivonos, Ph.D.
Paul D. Krivonos is Emeritus Professor of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); from 1991-1999 he was Chair of the Communication Studies Department; from 1999-2002 he was Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Media, and Communication, and from 2002-2005 was the Director of the Public Sector Management program in the Tseng College at CSUN. He came to CSUN in 1975 from Purdue University where he received his Ph.D. in Communication. Dr. Krivonos has also been a Visiting Professor of Management in the Business Faculties at Massey University (Palmerston North) and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. He continues to teach in the Master of Public Administration and undergraduate Public Sector Management programs.
Dr. Krivonos is co-author of Communication for Supervisors and Managers, a textbook published in the United States, and of the Communication in American Business Series, which is published in Japan and of a Dictionary of Managerial and Intercultural Communication, which is also published in Japan. He has written over two dozen articles in the communication and management fields. In addition to his teaching and writing activities, Dr. Krivonos is a communication and management consultant. He has presented seminars and workshops on these topics primarily to government agencies throughout the United States and in New Zealand, Australia, Trinidad, Korea, South Africa and Fiji.
Christopher A. Leu, Ph.D.
Christopher A. Leu is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at California State University, Northridge (CSUN); from 1967-2001 he was professor in that department and from 1985-2005 he was also the Co-Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in the Tseng College. He came to CSUN from UCLA, where he received his Ph.D. in Political Science.
Dr. Leu also initiated, developed and taught the following MPA Courses: MPA 622A, Policy Implementation and Program Evaluation; MPA 632B, Organizational Leadership; MPA 640, Public Policy Analysis; MPA 642A, Ethics and Professionalism.
Throughout the history of the MPA program, Dr. Leu has taught a variety of courses in addition to the ones listed above, and also supervised Graduate Projects when they were an option and, more recently, reads Comprehensive Exams as part of the culminating experience now required of all students.
Amy Levin, Ph.D.
Amy Levin is an Associate Professor and is currently the chair of the Social Work Department. She has been a professor at California State University, Northridge since 2004. Dr. Levin helped to start the Master of Social Work program at CSUN in 2005. In the Social Work Department, she teaches a variety of direct practice, macro practice and research courses; she has been the faculty advisor for graduating students working on their capstone research project for the past five years. Dr. Levin's main research interests center on at-risk youth, the child welfare system and health disparities. She is the principal investigator of the three-year Inter-University Consortium grant and the California Social Work Education Center grant.
Prior to coming to CSUN, Dr. Levin worked with at-risk youth in the child welfare system in New York City, and she worked in various child welfare settings in Los Angeles. She also saw clients at the University of Southern California staff and faculty counseling center. Dr. Levin teaches the Research Methods course in the MPA program. Dr. Levin received her B.A./B.S. (1993) from the University of California, San Diego and her MSW (1995) from Columbia University and her Ph.D. (2003) from the University of Southern California.
Dean C. Logan, M.P.A.
Dean Logan is the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk for Los Angeles County, California -- the nation’s largest, most diverse and complex local election jurisdiction with 4.8 million registered voters and over 500 political districts. Prior to coming to Los Angeles County, Mr. Logan served as Director of Records, Elections and Licensing Services in King County, Washington (metropolitan Seattle/Puget Sound), as the Washington State Elections Director and as the elected County Clerk in Kitsap County, Washington.
In addition to elections and voter registration administration, the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk records real property documents; maintains vital records of births, deaths and marriages; issues marriage licenses; performs civil marriage ceremonies; and processes business filings and other documents for Los Angeles County; serving an estimated 3,500 customers daily.
Mr. Logan has 20+ years experience in state and local government. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree through the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. He teaches Public Sector Management and Organizational Leadership.
Sarmistha R. Majumdar, Ph.D.
Sarmistha Majumdar has a doctoral degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs and Administration of Rutgers University, New Jersey. She specializes in policy analysis and program evaluation and teaches graduate level classes in public policy, program evaluation and research methods. Her research focus is on policies related to transportation, environment, energy and public involvement in decision making. She has published in various peer reviewed journals, written book chapters, presented at conferences, served as a speaker in national webinars and received grant funding for research from local, state and federal government. Recently, she has published a book titled, ‘The Politics of Fracking: Regulatory Policy and Local Community Responses to Environmental Concerns,’ which is part of Routledge’s Research Series. She is actively involved in professional organizations, serves in various committees and boards and has also served as a Chapter President and Section Chair of the American Society for Public Administration.
Kristy E.H. Michaud, Ph.D.
Kristy E.H. Michaud is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. Her research and teaching focus on political behavior and policymaking, with an emphasis on environmental politics and policy.
In the MPA Program, Professor Michaud teaches the Seminar in Public Administration and its Environment. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara in 2007.
Henrik Minassians, Ph.D.
Henrik Minassians is the director of Regional/National Educational Partnerships & Services for Graduate & Professional Educational Services and Programs at The Tseng College, California State University, Northridge. He also teaches courses in Public Policy and Administration at CSUN. His research interests include implementation and evaluation issues in higher education and health care policy. His applied research has focused on accountability programs in higher education and the effectiveness of indicators used for performance measurement. Dr. Minassians has written on the implementation of public programs in higher education and health care.
Before coming to CSUN, Dr. Minassians worked as a senior research associate for the higher education program at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, New York. His publications include: Performance Reporting: "Real" Accountability or Accountability "Lite" (2003); Reporting Higher Education Results: Missing Links in the Performance Chain (published by Jossey-Bass, 2002); State Performance Reporting Indicators What Do They Indicate? (In Planning for Higher Education, 2002); Performance Reporting: The "No Cost" Accountability Program, (2002); Linking State Resources to Campus Results: From Fad to Trend, (2001); Performance Funding and Budgeting: An Emerging Merger? (2000); Myths and Illusions: The Media and AIDS Policy (with Stella Theodoulou, 1996); "Good Cities and Healthy Communities in the United States," Journal of Urban Design and Planning (with Zeynep Toker)(Accepted for publication in October 17, 2011); Core Concepts in American Government: What Everyone Should Know, the chapter titled "Bureaucracy" (with Lawrence Becker) (accepted for publication in fall of 2010).
He has experience in working for public agencies as well as not-for-profit organizations. In addition, he taught public policy and American politics courses at State University of New York-Albany. He currently teaches public policy classes for the MPA program. Dr. Minassians holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs at the University at Albany-SUNY.
John Nicoll, M.P.A.
Professor John Nicoll's career in City and County Government spanned 34 years. As Management Services Director in the City of Burbank and as Assistant County Executive in Ventura County. His experience in finance, budget, human resources and his role as Chief Negotiator for three decades provides clear understanding of the history practices principles and challenges in Labor Relations. As a graduate instructor since the early 1990s he has received Academic awards including the Scoville Award for Academic Excellence from the Los Angeles Chapter of American Society for Public Administration. He has provided training and presentations For the California Debt and Investment and Advisory Commission, The National League of Cities and CSAC (California State Association of Counties).
Patty Oertel, M.B.A.
Patty Oertel is the President of The Oertel Group, which specializes in strategic planning, fundraising strategy, organizational development and board development for nonprofit organizations and foundations. She served as the Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofit Management in Southern California for seven years and for the previous ten years as the Center's Associate Director developing its information, education and consulting services. She has taught on the faculty of UCLA's Anderson's Graduate School of Management, where she received her MBA. She also served as the Administrative Director of the Nonprofit Management Association (the predecessor organization to the Alliance for Nonprofit Management).
David Powell, Ph.D.
David Powell has been teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs for the past fourteen years. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Miami University in 1996 and teaches a variety of courses including Research Methods, Organization Theory, Public Budgeting, Intergovernmental Relations, Employee-Employer Relations, Introduction to Public Administration, and Directed Research.
Dr. Powell maintains an active and varied research agenda. His most recent research concerns the assessment of student learning objectives and his most recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE) and the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. His previous articles have appeared in Publius: The Journal of Federalism and California Politics and Policy.
Ravi Roy, Ph.D.
Ravi Roy holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (College of Honors); an M.A. in public policy from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California; and a Ph.D. in political science (with a concentration in comparative political economy/public policy), from Claremont Graduate University. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies.
Dr. Roy is also a research fellow at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to his CSUN appointment, he was director of the Master's Program in International Development in the School of Global Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
In addition, Dr. Roy has written or co-written three books and was the lead editor on a fourth, which focused on the role of ideas and mental models in shaping people's discrete understandings of the choices available to them and how these, in turn, inform their various policy preferences.
Martin Saiz, Ph.D.
Martin Saiz is the Chair of the Political Science Department. He teaches Community and Economic Development (MPA 642D) and Public Policy Analysis (MPA 640) for the Masters of Public Administration Program. Professor Saiz joined the CSUN faculty in 1999 after teaching for seven years with the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Prior to teaching, Professor Saiz directed small town and neighborhood community service centers for the Center for Community Development and Design at the University of Colorado at Denver. There, he developed and supervised community-based projects for the College of Architecture and Planning. In Denver, he was active in local affairs and was served two terms on the City and County of Denver's Planning Commission.
H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D.
H. Eric Schockman, Ph.D., served as Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California. He was also the Associate Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Associate Director of the Center on Multiethnic and Transnational Studies at USC and the Executive Director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. He currently serves as a governor's appointee and is Chair if the California Post Secondary Education Commission.
Dr. Schockman is the founder and current president of an international nonprofit organization that makes foundational grants to address the immediate and systemic causes of hunger and malnutrition.
A public policy expert and an authority on hunger and poverty issues, Dr. Schockman has served as a consultant to the California State Assembly and the Los Angeles City Council. He was the Founding Chair of the National Anti-Hunger Organization (NAHO), an alliance of all the major national anti-hunger organizations in the United States. Additionally, Dr. Schockman was a former member of both the Interfaith Hunger Director's Committee and the Alliance to End Hunger. He was on the founding board of director of the Global Foodbanking Network. He was appointed by California State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Antonio Villaraigosa to serve on the prestigious Little Hoover Commission, a bipartisan, independent body whose function is to promote efficiency and economy in state programs.
He served as Policy Director of the Elected Los Angeles City Charter Commission, which re-wrote the city charter of the second largest city in the United States. He served in the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone, West Africa, teaching agricultural and sustainable development. Dr. Schockman speaks before elected officials, professional organizations and community groups across the country and is frequently quoted in the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, CNN, NPR and other national publications and electronic media. He has written several books and edited numerous articles on politics and public policy. Dr. Schockman holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Relations from the University of California, Riverside.
David Shafie, Ph.D.
David Shafie is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Chapman University. Dr. Shafie's research and teaching interests include environmental politics and policy, urban politics, and state politics. He is co-author of Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State (Longman, 2nd ed., 2010) and has published articles in The Journal of Information Technology and Politics, American Behavioral Scientist, and the Southeastern Political Review. He has taught in the MPA programs at California State University, Northridge, and Ohio University.
Victor N. Shaw, Ph.D.
Victor N. Shaw is interested in the study of crime, deviance, social control, organizational behavior, higher education and public policy. Dr. Shaw has published seven books, six book chapters, thirty-two scientific papers in academic journals, and numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. In 1994, he was honored in the XIII World Congress of Sociology as a grand winner of the Second Worldwide Competition for Young Sociologists, sponsored by the International Sociological Association.
He has reviewed numerous manuscripts and grants for academic journals, university presses, commercial publishers, and governmental agencies, including Cambridge University Press, Prentice Hall, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He currently serves as an Administration of Justice Advisory Board member at Los Angeles Mission College and a higher education representative at California Teachers Association.
For the MPA program, Professor Shaw teaches Organization Theory and Human Behavior and Ethics and Professionalism courses. Dr. Shaw received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii-Manoa.
Kathryn Sorrells, Ph.D.
Kathryn Sorrells is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge. She has taught a variety of courses over the past nine years at the internationally known Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon. Kathryn teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in intercultural communication, critical pedagogy, communication education, performance, language and cultural studies, gender studies, feminist rhetoric and theory, as well as art, communication and culture.
Dr. Sorrells is the recipient of numerous national, state and local community service awards for founding and directing the Communicating Common Ground Project, an innovative community action research project that allows CSUN students the opportunity to develop creative alternatives to intercultural and interethnic conflict. She has facilitated change processes for individuals, groups and institutions in the areas of diversity, gender and intercultural conflict. Dr. Sorrells is author of a forthcoming book titled Globalizing Intercultural Communication and has published a variety of articles related to intercultural communication, gender and social justice.
Karin L. Stanford, Ph.D.
Karin L. Stanford is an Assistant Professor of Pan African Studies and African American Politics at California State University, Northridge. She has written numerous articles on African American politics and African Americans in the international arena. She is the author of several books and articles, including "Black Gold: African American State Legislators in California," The Journal of Race and Policy Spring/Summer, co-authored with Charles E. Jones; If We Must Die: African American Voices on War and Peace (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2009); Beyond the Boundaries: Rev. Jesse Jackson and International Affairs (State University of New York Press, 1997); and Black Political Organizations in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Rutgers University Press, 2003), co-edited with Ollie Johnson. Her teaching interests are African American Politics, Race and Public Policy, and Social Movements.
Ward Thomas, Ph.D.
Ward Thomas is an associate professor in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. He teaches a variety of courses, including the growth and development of cities, policy analysis, urban policy and economic development.
Dr. Thomas' current research interests are in the fields of economic development and environmental planning. Dr. Thomas is conducting research on the effects of environmental regulations on local industries in the Los Angeles region. He recently published a case study of the metal finishing industry in the December 2009 edition of Economic Development Quarterly.
Dr. Thomas teaches the Public Policy Analysis course for the MPA program. Dr. Thomas received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Oregon, an MPA from San Francisco State University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Imelda Tioseco, Ph.D.
Imelda Tioseco has six years of teaching experience in the College of Management Engineering, graduate schools of psychology and public administration. Courses taught include: Dynamics of Organizational Behavior, Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making, Management Attitudes, Group Process, and Organizational Leadership.
In addition to her teaching experience, she has nearly 15 years of human resource management and organizational development experience, research and development work and project management. She had held managerial, technical and teaching positions in various organizations and served as an independent HRD consultant for private and public offices, including international organizations (World Bank and United Nations Development Program). In these programs she designed, implemented and evaluated various management development programs, strategic planning, facilitator training, values orientation, critical thinking, creative problem solving, and other human behavioral programs.
Zeynep Toker, Ph.D.
Zeynep Toker has been working with communities in different cultural settings helping them have a say in shaping their built environments. Her experience of working with communities includes projects such as Pacoima Wash and Mixed-use Development and Aliso Canyon Park in Los Angeles; Designing Dynamic Environments for the Performing Arts in Cambridge, UK; Sandhills Community Center in Spring Lake, North Carolina; and Laguna Child and Family Education Center in Laguna, New Mexico. She has also designed and participated in research projects utilizing different methodologies with quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. Her research agenda focuses on spatial representations of cultural, social and gender identities in everyday lives of individuals and communities, both placeless and place-bound.
Dr. Toker received her Bachelor of City and Regional Planning degree in 1998 and her Urban Design Master's degree in 2000 at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. After she received her Ph.D. in Community and Environmental Design at North Carolina State University in 2004, she completed her post-doctoral studies in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK.
William Wallis, Ph.D.
William Wallis graduated from the University of Southern California in 1975 with a Ph.D. in political science. He received a Fulbright scholarship to do research on my dissertation at the Max Weber Institute at the University of Munich. The thesis of the dissertation concerned the methodology of Weber's historical approach to social phenomena, focusing on his concept of the "ideal type."
Since receiving his doctorate he has taught at several universities. Since 1975 he has taught at CSUN in the Political Science Department and Master of Public Administration program.
Steven Wantz, M.P.A.
Professor Steve Wantz has 23 years experience in local government public budgeting and financial administration. As Manager of Fiscal & Administrative Services for the County Executive Office at the County of Ventura he was responsible for the fiscal management of general government operations, internal service funds, and program and grant funds. He also worked for the City of Ventura Treasury, Budget and Revenue Offices, as well as the Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Internal Business Office. He has been an affiliated faculty member with the MPA program since 2004. He received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from California State University, Northridge; his B.A. in economics from California State University, Long Beach; and a Certificate in School Business Management Practices from Pepperdine University.
Charles Watson, M.B.A.
Charles Watson has more than 38 years of experience in the nonprofit field with 15 of those years in executive leadership. He is the past President and CEO of Interface Children Family Services of Ventura County, a multi-million dollar multi-service organization. For the past 14 years he has also been actively engaged in technical assistance, training and consultation as Senior Vice-President of The Oertel Group. He did his undergraduate work in community psychology at the University of Southern Colorado and holds an MBA in Organizational Development from National University.
Watson serves as a Commissioner with First 5 Ventura and the Director of the Community Commission for Ventura County. He also serves on the California Association of Nonprofits Board of Directors, the Tri-Counties Anti-Defamation League Board of Advisors and as the Treasurer for the CAN Insurance Services Board of Directors. In addition, he has gained recognition for establishing the first 211 emergency alert system in California. He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship for excellence in Community Service and citizenship and recognized by Temple Beth Torah with the Gesher Award.
Kim Williams, Ed.D.
Kim Williams is a management and governance consultant to nonprofit executives and governing boards. She specializes in building capacity in mission-driven environments to promote disciplined decision-making, ethical leadership and meaningful social change. Client services include governance systems development, strategic planning, interim executive and transition management, training and professional development, and executive onboarding and coaching.
Dr. Williams also designs training programs and conducts seminars on nonprofit governance and strategic planning for the Center for Nonprofit Management, the Junior League of Los Angeles Board Fellows Program and the Riordan Volunteer Leadership Development Program. She also teaches courses in nonprofit governance and strategic planning for California State University, Northridge, LMU Extension and UCLA Extension.
Bryce Yokomizo, M.P.A.
Bryce Yokomizo formerly served as Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services, managing public welfare services with a budget of $3 billion, and staff of over 14,000. Professor Yokomizo also served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Los Angeles County, and has served on Governing Boards of numerous management and non-profit human services organizations.
Professor Yokomizo is a graduate of UCLA, holds an MPA degree from the University of Southern California, and teaches Entrepreneurial Management, Ethics and Professionalism, Organizational Leadership and Strategic Management.