Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration
The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.
Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.
MICHAEL HOWELL-MORONEY, Professor, PhD (2002), University of Delaware 
SHARON L. WROBEL, Associate Professor, PhD (2005), University of Texas at Dallas 
ERIN K. NELSON Assistant Professor, PhD (2013), University of Missouri-Kansas City 
JOHN TOPINKA, Assistant Professor, PhD (2011), Florida International University 
JOSEPH HAFER, Assistant Professor, PhD (2019), The Pennsylvania State University
ELIZABETH M GILLESPIE, Assistant Professor, PhD (2020), University of Nebraska at Omaha
FRANCESCA BIGGAM, MPA (2016), University of Memphis 
RACHEL D. THOMAS, MS (2003), Belhaven University 
NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets.
*Adjunct teaching only status no longer requires the submission of the Graduate Faculty Status application.*