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 [2024]

SHARON L. WROBEL, Associate Professor, PhD (2005), University of Texas at Dallas [2023]


ERIN K. NELSON Assistant Professor, PhD (2013), University of Missouri-Kansas City [2020]

JOHN TOPINKA, Assistant Professor, PhD (2011), Florida International University [2020]

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 [2022]

RACHEL D. THOMAS, MS (2003), Belhaven University [2022] 

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.*