Policy matters are shaped and created through a wide range of disciplines and across diverse fields.​ The Master in Public Policy degree at Jacksonville University emphasizes interdisciplinary study and the development of core skills. 

Our faculty reflects this interdisciplary approach, bringing expertise in  philosophy, economics, political science, law, leadership, communications, management, marine science, and more. 

In addition, classes are offered with lecturers who are currently active in their fields. These lecturers offer broad and diverse points of view and approaches that further and enhance students' learning.

Our Faculty

Baker Headshot      Dr. Stephen Baker

         Professor of Political Science; Consultant for the U.S.                             Department of Justice; MPP Governance 

           Ph.D., Political Science, Northern Illinois University
           B.S., Political Science, Northern Illinois University

           Policy Interests: Public Opinion; American Government; Elections Research

Borg Headshot      Dr. Rody Borg

        Professor of Economics and Public Policy; Forensic Economist              for the City of Jacksonville; MPP Governance Committee; MPP              Admissions Committee

           Ph.D., Economics, 1986, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
           B.A., Economics, History, 1976, Huntingdon College

           Policy Interests: Market Assessment; Urban Development; Economy

Csar      Prof. Trey Csar, MPP

Co-founder & Chief Operating Officer, Impact Florida; Former President of  the Jacksonville Public Education Fund

            M.Ed., Education Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
            B.A., Journalism; Business Administration, University of Florida

            Policy Interests: K-12 Education; Urban Development; Environmental


demps       Dr. Julius Demps

          Associate Professor of Management; MPP Governance                          Committee

Ph.D., Organizational Leadership, Northcentral University
M.A., Human Resource Development, Webster University
B.S., Sociology Florida State University

            Policy Interests: Business; Leadership


Dulay       Dr. Marcel Dulay

Adjunct Faculty; Supervising Engineer, Parsons Corporation; MPP Governance Committee

Ph.D., Public Policy (environmental focus), University of Texas at Austin
M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Civil Engineering (water focus) University of Texas at El Paso

            Policy Interests: Sustainability; Environment; Business


Freiberger       Dr. Erich Freiberger

          Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy; MPP Governance                    Committee


Ph.D., Philosophy, Boston College
B.A., Philosophy, Georgetown University

Policy Interests: Ethics



ju       Dr. Andrew Ju

          Assistant Professor of Economics

             Ph.D. Economics, University of Connecticut, 2019
             M.A. Economics, University of Connecticut, 2016
             B.A. Economics, University of Florida, 2011
             Policy Interests: Education Policy, Labor Relations, and State and Local Finance

Kent-Willette       Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette

          Professor of Communication; Executive Director of                                  Global Teaching and Learning; MPP Governance Committee

             Ed.D., Educational Leadership, University of North Florida, 2009
             M.A., Communication, University of South Florida
             B.A., Communication, University of South Florida

             Policy Interests: Media Literacy; Media Law; Ethics in the Media

Majdanics       Prof. Tom Majdanics, MPP

          Founder, Advisor to Executive Director and President/COO at                  KIPP Jacksonville Schools; Former Professor of Education Policy

             MPP, Master in Public Policy, University of Chicago
             M.B.A., Master in Business Administration, Dartmouth College
             B.S., Finance; Management; American Government, University of Virginia

             Policy Interests: Education; Public Finance


Mccormick       Prof. Paul McCormick

          Guest Lecturer; Senior Campaign Consultant

             B.S., Political Science, St. Anselm College

             Policy Interests: Campaigning; Media Relations; Crisis Management




Miller      Dr. Will Miller

         Executive Director of Institutional Analytics, Effectiveness, and
         Strategic Planning; Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy;           MPP NASPAA Accreditation Committee, Co-Chair

Ph.D., Urban Studies and Public Affairs, University of Akron
           M.A.P., Political Polling, University of Akron
           M.A., Political Science, Ohio University
           B.A. Political Science, Ohio University Honors Tutorial College

                                                          Policy Interests: Public Opinion, Foreign Policy, Urban Renewal

moreland       Dr. Charles Moreland

          Adjunct Faculty; Director of Community Affairs for the City of                  Jacksonville; Minority Fellowship Advisory Board Member

             Ed.D., Doctor of Education, Nova Southeastern University
             M.P.A., Master Public Administration, Nova Southeastern University
             B.A., Business Administration, Edward Waters College
             A.A., Organizational Management; Nursing (RN), Florida Community College
             Policy Interests: Public Administration; Emergency Medical Service Management

Mullaney      Prof. Richard A. Mullaney, J.D.

         Lecturer; Director of the Public Policy Institute; Political                           Analyst for WJXT Channel 4; Former General Counsel for the City           of Jacksonville; MPP NASPAA Accreditation Committee, Co-Chair 

           J.D., Juris Doctor, Levin College of Law, University of Florida
           B.A., Political Science, University of Florida

           Policy Interests: Local government; Healthcare; Education; Criminal Justice

Ray       Dr. Ray Oldakowski

          Professor of Geography and the Environment

Ph.D., Geography, University of Illinois
M.A., Geography, University of Florida
B.A. Geography, Stetson University

              Policy Interests: Public Opinion Research; Demographic Spatial Analysis;                Environmental Policy

Pomante       Dr. Michael Pomante

          Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy; MPP                Governance Committee

Ph.D., Northern Illinois University
M.A., Central Michigan University
B.A., Michigan State University

             Policy Interests: State Election Law; Voter Turnout; Political Behavior; Political                   Parties


Reiber        Prof. Matthew Reiber, J.D.

           Adjunct Faculty

              LL.M., New York University School of Law
              J.D., Columbia University School of Law
              B.A., Political Science, Claremont McKenna College

              Policy Interests: Tax Policy; Civil Litigation



White        Dr. Quinton White

           Professor of Biology, Marine Science; Executive Director, MSRI

 Ph.D., University of South Carolina
 M.S., University of Virginia
 B.S., North Carolina Wesleyan College

              Policy Interests: Environmental Policy; Invertebrate Zoology; Marine Ecology