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Faculty

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 

           Education:
           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; Forensic Economist for the City of                   Jacksonville; MPP Governance Committee; MPP Admissions                 Committee; MPP NASPAA Accreditation Committee, Chair

           Education:
           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

            Education:
            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

Education:
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

            Education:
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

          

Elizabeth Feustel       Prof. Elizabeth Feustel, J.D., MPP

Lecturer; Master of Public Policy Program Manager; Pre-Law Advisor and Faculty Sponsor for the Pre-Law Society

            Education:
            J.D., Juris Doctor, Florida Coastal School of Law
            MPP, Master in Public Policy, Jacksonville University
            B.S. Economics, Jacksonville University
 

            Policy Interests: Economic Policy; Education

           

Freiberger       Dr. Erich Freiberger

          Professor of Philosophy; MPP Governance Committee

             Education:

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

Policy Interests: Ethics

 

 

Kent-Willette       Dr. Annmarie Kent-Willette

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

             Education:
             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

             Education:
             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

          Adjunct Faculty; Senior Campaign Consultant

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

             Policy Interests: Campaigning; Media Relations; Crisis Management

            

 

 

moreland       Dr. Charles Moreland

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

             Education:
             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 

           Education:
           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

Education:
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; MPP Governance                        Committee

Education:
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

 

Pordeli        Dr. Hassan Pordeli

           Professor, Economics & Finance; Hugh Culverhouse Endowed                 Chair

Education:
Ph.D., Economics, University of Nebraska‑Lincoln
M.A., Economics, University of Nebraska‑Lincoln
B.S., Industrial Management, University of Ghazali, Iran

              Policy Interests: Economics; Public Finance

Reiber        Prof. Matthew Reiber, J.D.

           Adjunct Faculty

              Education:
              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

 

 

tranthan=m         Dr. Austin Trantham

           Assistant Professor of Political Science; MPP Governance                       Committee

  Education:
  Ph.D., University of Kentucky
  M.A., University of Kentucky
  M.A., American University
  B.A., Austin College

               Policy Interests: American Foreign Policy; American Presidency

White        Dr. Quinton White

           Professor of Biology, Marine Science; Executive Director, MSRI

 Education:
 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