Conference on Applied Administration & Leadership 

May 7 - 9, 2018

Faculty Club, University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama

The 2018 Conference on Applied Administration and Leadership continues its mission of practical professional development within the public administration and non-profit sectors. This year the specific focus will be on new managers and the responsibilities related to personnel administration. Topics covered will include recruitment, hiring, position management, professional development, motivation, generational issues, evaluation, discipline, legal issues and responsibilities, and termination. Instruction in these areas will encompass both theoretical and practical dimensions including participant activities and specific application sessions. Participants will benefit from the expertise of active researchers on public administration and policy who will impart well-established and emerging insights in the field. 


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▼   Dr. Scott Liebertz

Dr. Scott Liebertz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama and received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2015 with concentrations in Public Policy and Comparative Politics. He also holds degrees in History and Literature (B.A. – University of Notre Dame, 1994) and Education (M.S. – University of Bridgeport, 1998).  Before joining academia, Dr. Liebertz was a high school English and Social Studies teacher, first in American Samoa (as a volunteer for the Catholic Diocese of Pago Pago), then in Bridgeport, CT, and finally in Valencia, Venezuela.  Dr. Liebertz’s primary research interests are in public policy and administration, comparative criminal justice, and Latin American politics.  He has published original research in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Public Policy and Administration, and Justice Quarterly (forthcoming).  At the University of South Alabama, Dr. Liebertz teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in research methodology, as well as a number of other classes including Criminal Justice Administration, Organizational Theory, and Comparative Politics. 

▼   Dr. Jaclyn Bunch

Dr. Jaclyn Bunch is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama. Originally a New York state native, Jaclyn pursued her undergraduate course work at Pace University. She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Florida State University in 2014. Jaclyn's primary research falls within the fields of American Politics and Public Policy, with particular interests in state and local relations, federalism, political media, and the substantive topics of health care, administration, and budgeting. Jaclyn has had her work accepted and published in numerous respected journals in her field including PS: Political Science, State and Local Government Review, and Public Policy and Administration. She also has several dedicated book chapters and has presented at numerous conferences on topics of political science, policy analysis, and public administration. Currently Jaclyn teaches for both political science and for the U.S.A Masters in Public Administration program. Prior to her endeavors in academia Jaclyn served as an Emergency Medical Technician for five years in New York State and now resides in Mobile with her husband Robert. 

▼   Dr. Thomas Shaw

Dr. Thomas Shaw is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice and Director of the USA Polling Group at the University of South Alabama. He is originally a native of Gulfport, Mississippi and attained his doctorate in Political Science in 1998 from the University of New Orleans. He worked briefly for the National Opinion Research Center in Chicago before joining the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at the University of Cincinnati in 2000. While at the IPR, Thomas attained the rank of Senior Research Associate and was the Associate Director of the Greater Cincinnati Survey. In 2005, Thomas accepted a position as Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama. In 2010, he joined the USA Polling Group as a Co-Director; in 2011, he received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor and then in 2013, he took over as sole Director of the USA Polling Group. In addition to conducting a variety of research projects through the Polling Group, Thomas continues to teach a mix of upper and lower level undergraduate political science courses as well as graduate level courses in the department’s Master of Public Administration program.

▼   Dr. Ronald Nelson  
 Dr. Ronald Nelson is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama.  Dr. Nelson received his B.S. from Texas A&M, his M.A. from the New School (NYC), his J.D. from the University of Miami (Florida), and his PhD. from the University of Texas at Austin.  Dr. Nelson, a former Coast Guard Commander and JAG officer, has been on the faculty at South Alabama since 2003 and has been the University’s Pre-Law Advisor since 2004.  His teaching and research efforts focus on the role of law and courts in society, particularly in the areas of administrative law and criminal justice.  He recently presented a paper entitled “Agency Discretion, Judicial Deference, And the APA: New Directions?” at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association in Austin, Texas.  His most recent article “Evolving Standards of What is Cruel and Unusual: A View from the States” was published in The Criminal Law Bulletin (2016).