About Dr. Hafer
Dr. Joseph A. Hafer joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration in 2020. He received his Ph.D. in public administration from the Pennsylvania State University and his M.S. in psychology from Villanova University. He has over fifteen years of public service experience in state and county government, nonprofit, and public sector consulting. His research interests include interorganizational collaboration and governance in state and local contexts and self-consistency theories in organizations. His research has been published in the American Review of Public Administration and Administrative Theory & Praxis.
- 2014-2019 Ph.D., Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University Harrisburg
Dissertation title: The Theory of Pragmatic Governance: A Classic Grounded
Theory Study of Pennsylvania's State Forest Management Practices
- 2006-2009 M.S., Psychology, Villanova University; Villanova, Pennsylvania
Thesis title: The Role of Self-Schema Status in Moderating Cognitive Dissonance
- 2000-2004 B.A., Psychology, Millersville University of Pennsylvania; Millersville, Pennsylvania