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Anne Hacker

Senior Core Faculty
Anne Hacker

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Public Policy and Administration

Degree Program Ph.D. Public Policy and Administration

Dr. Anne Hacker’s formal training is in public administration and public policy where she has served in various professional capacities in the child welfare and human services systems throughout her 40+ year career. Dr. Hacker served as a Board Member, CEO, Case management Supervisor, Policy Advisor, and Case Manager for a variety of public and nonprofit organizations in Michigan and Colorado. In 2006, she moved in to higher education positions teaching health policy analysis, research methods, and APA writing for scholars. At Walden University, she teaches the doctoral capstone course and is a frequent faculty facilitator at academic residencies for PhD students. Dr. Hacker has served on numerous doctoral student dissertation committees. She is also a member of a variety of university committees at Walden.

Dr. Hacker is active in her community, providing emotional and advocacy support for people caring for family members or friends with dementia, Alzheimer's disease, or who are lonely through the Friends of St. John the Caregiver Support Group at St. Philip Church in Battle Creek. In collaboration with the local public library she provides a monthly book talk to seniors at a local senior center. Finally, she is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Family Enrichment Center, a nonprofit organization that provide support services to foster, kinship, and adoptive families. She also provides foster care for service dogs in training to be emotional support for veterans with PTSD.

Dr. Hacker’s current research interests focus on community sustainability, organizational behavior, spirituality in the workplace, and public policy analysis. She has published in a number of journals, and has presented at conferences including the American Society for Public Administration, Michigan Mental Health Boards Association, and North American Council on Adoptable Children, to name a few.


BA, Case Western Reserve University

MPA, Western Michigan University

PhD, Western Michigan University

Public Service

Family Enrichment Center, Board of Directors - Battle Creek, MI United States

Summit Pointe, Board of Directors - Battle Creek, MI United States

St. John the Caregiver at St. Philips, Spiritual Director - Battle Creek, MI United States

Willard Public Library, Volunteer - Battle Creek, MI United States

Awards / Honors

Walden WOODS, , 2011

Faculty Excellence Award, Walden University, 2016

Athena - Women in Leadership, Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, 1997


Hacker, A. J., Pozil, S. D. (2017). Informal partnerships between nonprofits and local governments, and the role of trust Journal of Social Change

Hacker, A. J., Pozil, S. D. (2018). NPO and Local Government Informal Partnerships: Resources Contributions that Change the Dynamics Sage Open

Hacker, A. J., Maricio, M. (2015). Values, perceptions, conceptions, and peacebuilding: An expanded qualitative study in Mexico International Journal of Peace Studies


Hacker, A. J. (2018). Theoretical and Conceptual Frameworks for Public Administration Walden University

Hacker, A. J., Jones, C. B. (2017). The prospectus: Getting students off to a good start in the dissertation SPPA, Walden University

Hacker, A. J. (2013). Demystifying coding for qualitative research Walden University

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