MPA Faculty



Albert Dzur, Ph.D.

Albert W. Dzur’s research is focused on citizen deliberation and power-sharing in public administration. He is the author of Punishment, Participatory Democracy, and the Jury (Oxford, 2012), Democratic Professionalism: Citizen Participation and the Reconstruction of Professional Ethics, Identity, and Practice (Penn State, 2008), and numerous articles in journals such as Constellations, Criminal Law and Philosophy, Law and Society Review, Political Theory, and Punishment and Society.

Working with the Kettering Foundation and other organizations, he has been recently interviewing democratic innovators who have created deliberative power-sharing arrangements in institutions and workplaces that are typically hierarchical and non-participatory. Project interviews regularly appear in his “Trench Democracy” series for the Boston Review and “Conversations on Participatory Democracy” for the Good Society journal.  He also contributes to the International City/County Management Association’s ongoing civic engagement blog.  Dr. Dzur teaches Public Administration Ethics in the MPA program.


Andrew R. Kear, Ph.D.

Andrew R. Kear is an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University, Ohio where he serves as a dual appointee in the Department of Political Science and Department of Environment and Sustainability.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental policy, energy and sustainability, public policy, and public administration.  He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from Colorado State University and also holds an MS from Ohio University and a BA from the College of Wooster, both in Geology.  Prior to his academic return, he worked as an environmental consultant investigating hazardous waste sites throughout the midwestern US and also for an environmental non-profit conducting grassroots mobilization.

His research focuses on energy policy and interest group politics, and he has published on western energy issues (California Journal of Politics and Policy) and the role of interest groups in elections (Roads to Congress 2008 edited volume).  Recently, his research advanced policy theory including the narrative policy framework and punctuated equilibrium theory.  Working with former BGSU MPA graduate student Dominic Wells, he published a chapter in The Science of Stories: Applications of the Narrative Policy Framework in Public Policy Analysis.  In this research, competing policy narratives were analyzed to understand why voters rejected Ohio Senate Bill 5 (SB5), a law restricting collective bargaining for public employees.  Currently, Dr. Kear is co-authoring several papers on state and federal politics and policies surrounding natural gas development, including the Keystone-XL pipeline.  


Melissa K. Miller, Ph.D.

Prior to her appointment at BGSU, Dr. Miller was a consultant at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, where she conducted large-scale program evaluations for the U.S. Department of Education. She previously worked as a Senior Researcher at the National Centre for Social Research in London, where she collaborated on major program evaluations of the Labour government’s New Deal for Lone Parents and Employment Zones initiatives. She has also worked as a political pollster for the firm of Penn + Schoen in New York (now PSB Research).

Melissa K. Miller’ research has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Politics & Gender, and PS: Political Science & Politics, among others. Dr. Miller’s latest project pertains to the relationship between bureaucratic capacity and compliance with the UN’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. A study on the topic she co-authored with colleague Neil A. Englehart was recently published in the Journal of Human Rights and cited in The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Miller is frequently interviewed by local, regional, national, and international media on American politics and the policymaking process. She has appeared in/on CNN, ABC News, Fox News, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New York Review of Books, among others.


Russell Mills, Ph.D.

Russell W. Mills, is an assistant professor in the department of political science at Bowling Green State University.   He teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration program including administrative theory and behavior, public sector budgeting and finance, public personnel management, and local economic development.  Dr. Mills’ pedagogical approach is centered on service learning, which provides applied learning opportunities for emerging professionals.  Prior to his appointment at BGSU, Dr. Mills worked as a policy analyst at the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington D.C. where he developed and evaluated agency-wide reauthorization proposals for political and policy implications and coordinated with internal and external stakeholders to ensure communication of proposals to Department of Transportation, Office of Management and Budget, and Congress.

Dr. Mills’ research is focused on improving governance, accountability and performance in regulation and crisis management networks.   He has received two grants from the IBM Center from the Business of Government to explore the use of voluntary reporting programs by the Federal Aviation Administration.   His work has appeared in Regulation and Governance, The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, and Public Administration Review, where his 2012 article on the response to Hurricane Katrina won the Marshall Dimock Award for best lead article in the journal.  His applied research focuses on improving the effectiveness of aviation policy in the United States, including a $300,000 grant from the Airport Cooperative Research Program to explore the effect of airline industry changes on air service at small airports.  Dr. Mills serves as the BGSU representative to the Toledo Area Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) and as a faculty associate for community engagement for the Office of the Provost. 


Shannon K. Orr, Ph.D.

Shannon K. Orr is an associate professor and graduate coordinator for the Master of Public Administration program in the department of political science at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Orr teaches courses in public administration and environmental management including public administration and policy, policy analysis and program evaluation, nonprofit management and environmental management.  Prior to her appointment at BGSU, Dr. Orr worked as a research associate at the Canada West Foundation, where she analyzed a variety of policy areas including alternative service delivery arrangements for social services by provincial governments and natural gas delivery routes throughout the Northwest Territories.

Dr. Orr’s research focuses on public engagement in environmental policymaking and national park administration.  She is the author of Environmental Policymaking and Stakeholder Collaboration: Theory and Practice (CRC Press, Public Administration and Public Policy Series) and her work has appeared in several outlets including Policy Studies Journal, Public Organization Review, and Public Opinion Quarterly.  Dr. Orr has received grants from the Canadian Embassy and the American Political Science Association to support her research agenda.  She has co-authored three peer-reviewed journal articles with MPA students.


W. Tom Wiseman, Ph.D.

Tom Wiseman, has been teaching political science at Bowling Green State University for the past sixteen years.   He teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration program including small local government management and public personnel administration. Dr. Wiseman brings some thirty-five plus years of local government appointed and elected experience including eight years as a full-time mayor and eight years as a county commissioner, four years as a township trustee and two years as a city councilman at-large.

Dr. Wiseman was appointed in 2013 by the Judge of the Defiance County Court of Common Pleas to a five year term, as a Veterans Service Commissioner. In his capacity as a VSC representing the Defiance County Veterans Service Office he joins four other board members overseeing a $450, 000 budget and supervising three Defiance County Employees. 

Intergovernmental mediation has long been the focus of Dr. Wiseman’s research including his dissertation topic Intergovernmental Mediation: A Technique For Successful Local Government Partnerships. He has been involved in a variety of local government consulting projects. Perhaps one of the more notable consulting projects involved a water issue between a township and neighboring village. Dr. Wiseman has managed and or acted as a consultant in a number of political election campaigns including one currently at the township level. .

At the community level Dr. Wiseman is actively involved in several Veterans organizations. He is currently an officer in Disabled American Veterans Chapter 36 as well as past commander of that organization. Dr. Wiseman also currently serves as service officer for AMVETS Post 1991 of Defiance, Ohio. In 2007 Dr. Wiseman started the Defiance Welcome Home Chapter # 954  of Vietnam Veterans of America which has nearly 100 active members.

Additional Faculty Teaching in the MPA Program

Dr. Stefan Fritsch (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Nicole Kalaf-Hughes (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Leila Kawar (Assistant Professor)

Dr. David Jackson (Associate Professor)