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KC Morrison - Professor

Minion Kenneth Chauncey "KC" Morrison is currently Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware. He was previously Head of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and Senior Associate in African American Studies at Mississippi State University. From 1989-2009 he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he also held the Frederick Middlebush Professorship. He served there as a Vice Provost from 1989 to 1997. Prior to Missouri, Morrison was at Syracuse University, where he served as the Chair of Afro-American Studies for five years. He has a BA. (cum laude) from Tougaloo College (1968), and MA (1969) and PhD (1977) in Political Science and African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Morrison's research and publications have appeared in the fields of comparative and American politics and administration.  His publications include several books: Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator, (2015,); African Americans and Political Participation (2003); Black Political Mobilization, Leadership and Power (1987); Housing and Urban Poor in Africa (1982), edited with Peter Gutkind; and Ethnicity and Political Integration (1982).  Also many articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as Polity, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Publius, Comparative Politics, Political Science Quarterly, International Political Science Review, National Political Science Review, Politics and Religion, American Political Science Review, International Studies Perspectives, and Journal of Modern African Studies.

Dan Smith - Associate Professor, Director of the MPA program

Dr. Smith studies state and local government budgeting and financial management. His research focuses on the effects of state fiscal institutions, especially balanced budget requirements, and the implications of how states accumulate and use fund balances in state rainy day funds, unemployment trusts, and pension funds. His research appears in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM)Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART)Public Administration Review (PAR)Public Budgeting & Finance, and Public Choice, among others. In addition, Smith am co-editor of JPART, serves on the editorial board of PAR, and is co-author of two textbooks: Financial Management for Public, Health, and Not-for-Profit Organizations (5th edition by CQ Press), and Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting: Concepts and Practices (7th edition by Wiley).

Dr. Smith is the new Director of the Master of Public Administration ​(MPA) program and a Senior Faculty Fellow in UD’s Institute for Public Administration. Extramurally, he serves on the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Council (GASAC), and is the Chair-Elect of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM).

Previously, Smith was Associate Professor and Director of the Finance Specialization at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. At NYU, he also co-chaired the Finance and Policy Planning Committee of the Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Senators Council, and I served on NYU Wagner’s faculty-elected Dean’s Advisory Committee.

Smith earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration in the School of Public and International Affairs at The University of Georgia.

Jane Case Lilly - Assistant Professor

Dr. Jane Case Lilly spent more than a decade working in the government and nonprofit sectors before joining SPPA. Most recently, Dr. Case Lilly has been an adjunct faculty member at Millersville University of Pennsylvania teaching courses for the Sociology and Anthropology Department as well as graduate-level Emergency Management courses for their Center for Disaster Research and Education. Dr. Case Lilly joins us with a great deal of experience and interest in the intersection between social scientific study, organizational leadership and public policy.  She is a Millersville University of Pennsylvania alumnus (BA), a graduate of Florida State University (MS) and a proud "Fighting Blue Hen," University of Delaware (PhD).

Tibor Tóth - Assistant Professor

Dr. Tibor Tóth is Associate Director of the Center for Applied Demography & Survey Research (CADSR) and also recently joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy & Administration.  

In his past 15+ years at the University of Delaware, Dr. Tóth has built expertise in research design and measurement in social science research.  Tóth's current applied work focuses heavily on interdisciplinary survey research projects in the areas of health, education and transportation.  He directs the Survey Research Lab and is a PI for an extensive portfolio of externally funded projects which help to shape policy across Delaware.  

In addition to conducting projects locally, Tóth is routinely invited to serve as an expert evaluator for the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.  He collaborates on projects in both Europe and China – and he is currently building a training program with counterparts in Kuwait.  Tóth's academic research focuses on minority language use in Europe.  He has previously taught courses on European Governments, European Integration, Survey Research and Research Methods, including directing a Winter Session study abroad.  Dr. Tóth earned his Ph.D. in Urban Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Delaware.

Joe Wholey - Visiting Scholar
Joseph Wholey

Joe Wholey is Professor Emeritus at the Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. His current research focuses on the use of strategic planning and performance management to improve the performance and credibility of public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and public-private partnerships. Beginning in September 2016, Wholey be a​ Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware.

Wholey served as Senior Advisor for Performance and Accountability and as Senior Advisor for Evaluation Methodology at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and Director of Evaluation Studies at The Urban Institute.

Wholey is a director of the Arlington Community Foundation. Earlier he was Chairman of the Arlington (Virginia) County Board, Chairman of Arlington's Long Range County Improvement Program, Chairman of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), Chairman of the Virginia Board of Social Services, President of Hospice of Northern Virginia (now Capital Caring), and Chairman of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH).

Wholey is author of numerous journal articles and is author, coauthor, or coeditor of several books including Federal Evaluation Policy, Zero-Base Budgeting and Program Evaluation, Evaluation and Effective Public Management, and Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation. He has consulted with and provided training for the World Bank and a wide variety of government agencies, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Wholey was President of the Evaluation Research Society and is a co-founder of the American Evaluation Association.

Wholey is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. His honors and awards include the Gunnar and Alva Myrdal Prize from the Evaluation Research Society; the Elmer B. Staats Award from the American Society for Public Administration, National Capital Area Chapter; the first Joseph Wholey Distinguished Scholarship Award from the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA); ASPA recognition (with Harry Hatry) of "The Case for Performance Monitoring" as one of the most influential articles in the history of Public Administration Review; and induction into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame.

Wholey holds a Ph.D. in philosophy and an M.A. in mathematics from Harvard University and a B.A. in mathematics from The Catholic University of America.

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  • 184 Graham Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-1687
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