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Faculty Contribution


Expectations for program faculty are set by the department, as specified in the Department Evaluation Document. The top priority of faculty members is instructional effectiveness, although faculty members are expected to be productive in both scholarly and service activities. Research can be applied or theoretical. Grant development and administration are encouraged, but they alone are not sufficient to satisfy requirements for scholarly and service contributions. Junior faculty members, for example, are expected to produce five research products within five years to qualify for promotion to associate professor and to be tenured. A research product can be a published article, a research report or a conference paper. Service to the department, university, and community are expected. Faculty members complete annual faculty activity reports that are used by the department head to track performance over time.

The following are examples of research productivity of program faculty.

Bernstein, Jeffrey

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein led a two-night goal-setting session for the Ypsilanti City Council during February 2018.  He helped the council members and department heads to settle on their goals for the coming year.

RESEARCH: “Rehabilitating Citizenship: Lessons from Across the Curriculum” (with Michael B. Smith and Rebecca S. Nowacek).  Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Fall 2017

Fleischmann, Arnold

RESEARCH: Robert M. Howard, Arnold Fleischmann, and Richard N. Engstrom. Politics in Georgia 3rd edition. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2017 (in production) [previous editions published in 1997 and 2007 with Carol Pierannunzi as second author].

Khan Welsh, Heather

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Khan, H. L. 2017. “Tourism Initiatives as Strategies for Local Economic Development: An Assessment of Community Tourism Action Planning.”  Report prepared for the Washtenaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Lottie, Adrian

RESEARCH: Lottie, Adrian J. “Fair Housing, Subprime Mortgages, and the Goal of Equality.”  Presented at the Conference of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters, March 10, 2017, Western Michigan University.

Patrick, Barbara

RESEARCH: “Performance Management and Ethics: The Case of Veterans’ Affairs and Timely Services” with Gregory Plagens Public Integrity Vol. 20, No. 2 (2018):150-162. This is one of several of Dr. Patrick’s projects that assessed the impact performance reforms had on vulnerable citizens and service delivery.

RESEARCH: "Shifting the Blame in Public Education: Are There Parallels Between Opinion and Policy, " with Aaron Rollins Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Vol. 23, No. 2 (2016).

Plagens, Gregory

RESEARCH: Patrick, Barbara, Gregory K. Plagens, Aaron Rollins, and Elizabeth Evans. 2018. “The Ethical Implications of Altering Public Sector Accountability Models: The Case of the Atlanta Cheating Scandal.” Public Performance & Management Review. Published online March 14, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/15309576.2018.1438295

Rosenfeld, Raymond

RESEARCH: Reese, Laura A. and Raymond Rosenfeld. 2012. Comparative Civic Culture: The Role of Local Culture in Urban Policy-Making. London: Ashgate Press.

Staley, Tucker

RESEARCH: Staley, Tucker. 2017. “The Impact of Fiscal Limits on State Revenue Volatility.” The American Review of Public Administration 47(4): 443-454.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Conway Community Survey: http://uca.edu/politicalscience/conway-community-survey/
The Conway Community Survey is a rigorous, scientifically conducted assessment of citizen attitudes towards common services provided by municipal governments and the City of Conway.