Walden’s School of Public Policy and Administration features a distinguished faculty of scholars, researchers, and professionals with public and private sector experience who share a commitment to teaching. They blend academic theory with firsthand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and to broaden your perspectives on the latest issues and best practices.

Read recent faculty accomplishments.

Academic Leadership

Dr. Shana Garrett, PhD in Clinical Psychology, Saybrook University; MA in Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University; and BA in Counseling Psychology, University of North Texas
Dean, School of Public Policy and Administration

Benedict Tafoya, DLP, Northeastern University; MBA, Suffolk University; BA, Georgetown University
Program Director, Undergraduate Programs, BS in Political Science and Public Administration and BS in Criminal Justice
Program Director, Doctoral Programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration

Kimberley K. Blackmon, PhD Nova Southeastern University: MS, Nova Southeastern University; BS, Florida State University
Program Director, PhD in Criminal Justice, MS in Criminal Justice, MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management, BS in Criminal Justice

Linda Kiltz, PhD, Portland State University; MS, Portland State University; BA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Program Director, Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Policy (MPP), MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
and MS in Emergency Management

Dana-Marie Thomas, PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University; MTHM, Temple University; BS, Morgan State University
Program Coordinator, School of Public Policy and Administration

Public Policy and Administration Faculty

Speak to a faculty member from the School of Public Policy and Administration today. Discover details about your program of interest and the online learning experience. Ask questions about the program’s curriculum and requirements and enhance your confidence in choosing Walden to advance your education.

Mark Gordon, PhD,

Anne J. Hacker, PhD, MPA, Western Michigan University; BA, Case Western Reserve University

Elizabeth A. (Bethe) Hagens, PhD, MA, University of Chicago; BA, Occidental College

Joyce Haines, PhD, University of Kansas; MA, University of Missouri; MA, BA, University of Kansas

Ron Hirschbein, PhD, Syracuse University; MA, Southern Illinois University; BS, University of Wisconsin

Christopher Jones, PhD, MA, BA, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Gary Kelsey, EdD, MA, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota; BA, St. Cloud State University

George Larkin, PhD, MURP, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; BA, Concord College

Jason Lum, J.D., University of California, Berkeley; M.P.P., Harvard University; B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Tanya Settles, PhD, MPA, University of Colorado at Denver; BS, Metropolitan State College of Denver


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