College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mary D. Bruce earned the doctorate in Political Science from Wayne State University. Her dissertation, The Role of Journalists in Framing Newspaper Articles and Editorials on School Vouchers in Detroit, examined how journalists presented information regarding a public policy issue during a national election year. Dr. Bruce holds the Masters in Public Administration from Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan. After working 20 years in state and local governmental and legislative relations she decided to pursue a career in academia. She has presented research papers at international, national and regional conferences, including: the National Academy of Public Administration, Global Business Development Institute, and the American Society for Public Administration. In June 2005, she presented a paper at the Fifth International Conference on Public management, Policy and Development: Best Practices in Public Policy and Development for the 21st Century in Dakar, Senegal. The paper was entitled, The Role of Journalists in framing News Stories about the Use and Availability of Antiretroviral Drugs for HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. She co-authored two articles, one is entitled: Workplace Violence: Awareness, Prevention and Response is published in the International Public Management Association for Human Resources. The second is entitled, Roadside Markets and Poverty Alleviation: A Case of Roadside Markets in Uganda. Summer 2013 Dr. Bruce presented a paper on Framing and Agenda Setting in Windhoek, Namibia, Africa. Recently she has co-authors papers on leadership and stress orientations and working adults in Russia and Germany? She also conducts research on education policy particularly examining the achievement gap in the United States.