Research by Faculty

The faculty in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University are engaged in research dealing with a variety of topics including leadership, ethics, intergovernmental relations, student learning preferences, evaluation, public policy, and comparative public administration. Below is the list of ongoing research and recent publications of the public administration faculty members. Click on the individual faculty members name to view more information on their directory pages.

Dr. Vickie Edwards' research interests include nonprofit management, strategic planning and action, civic engagement, democratic governance, volunteerism, and organizational behavior. Her current research focuses on informal volunteerism and pro-social civic behaviors in socioeconomically depressed and minority communities. She has evaluated programs in the fields of education and health care and served as a consultant to various public and nonprofit organizations. Her recent publications include:

  • Kleinschmit, S. W. & Edwards, V. L. (2017). Examining the Ethics of Governmental-Organized Nongovernmental Organizations (CONCOGs). Public Integrity, 19(5), 529-46.

Dr. Matthew S. Mingus'research focuses on comparative public administration and particularly multilevel systems of governance, the changing nature of borders and national sovereignty, and democratic reform. He has extensive international experience in China, Iraq and Canada. He was the Fulbright Research Chair at the University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance, where he studied Canadian democratic and electoral reform efforts at the national and provincial levels. This systemic reform continues to be an area of research interest in multiple countries. His recent publications include:

  • Mingus, M. S. and Zhu, J. (2018). Increasing Citizen Access and Local Government Responsiveness in Yichang, China. International Public Management Journal, 21(3), 369-391.
  • Mingus M. S. & Jing, Z. (2017). The Big questions of Chinese Public Management Research. Administration & Society, 49(6), 775-97

Dr. Robert Peters'research focuses on instructional strategies, intergovernmental relations, and the politics of budgeting. The focal point of his current research is the extent to which teaching strategies promote creativity and critical thinking within the context of the students and instructors' preference for stimulus-response learning. A portion of his current research also examines the development of federal public assistance and health care policies during the 1950s and 1960s. His recent publications include:

  • Peters, R. A. & Maatman, J. (2017). Long-term trends accentuate the import of creative and critical thinking skills developed by de-sign thinking and ill-defined questions. Teaching Public Administration, 35(2), 190-208.
  • Peters, R. A. & Cruz, M. (2016). The States as Generators of Incremental Change in American Health Care Policy: 1935 to 1965. In R. Gholipour and K. Rousbehani (Eds.), Social, Economic, and Political Perspective on Public Health Policy-Making (p. 86-114) Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Dr. Vincent Reitano'sresearch interests include public budgeting and finance, public policy, and statistical methodology. His research also draws from his consultation and applied research experience focusing on budgetary and financial challenges facing a variety of cities and school districts across the United States. His recent publications include:

  • Barrett, N., Fowles, J., Jones, P., & Reitano, V. (2019). Forecast Bias and Fiscal Slack Accumulation in School Districts. American Review of Public Administration. 49(5), 601-613.
  • Reitano, V. (2019). Forecasting in Small Local Governments. In The Palgrave Handbook of Government Budget Forecasting. Palgrave Macmillan. Edited by Daniel Williams and Thad Calabrese.
  • Reitano, V. (2019). Government and Nonprofit Personnel Forecasting. In The Palgrave Handbook of Government Budget Forecasting. Palgrave Macmillan. Edited by Daniel Williams and Thad Calabrese.
  • Reitano, V., Jones, P., Barrett, N., & Fowles, J. (2019). Forecast Bias and Capital Reserves Accumulation. In The Palgrave Handbook of Government Budget Forecasting. Palgrave Macmillan. Edited by Daniel Williams and Thad Calabrese.
  • Jones, P., Rakow, C., & Reitano, V. (2019). School District Enrollment Projections and Budget Forecasting. In The Palgrave Handbook of Government Budget Forecasting. Palgrave Macmillan. Edited by Daniel Williams and Thad Calabrese.
  • Reitano, V. (2018). Transparency: A Means to Improving Citizen Trust in Government. Government Finance Officers Association Working Paper (Summer: www.gfoa.org/sites/default/files/Transparency_April2018.pdf).
  • Reitano, V. (2017). Investing in Collections Software to Allow for Monthly Property Tax Payments. Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Working Paper (WP17VR1: www.lincolninst.edu/sites/default/files/sources/events/reitano_wp17vr1.pdf).

Dr. Daniela Schroeter’s research interests include evaluation theory, methodology, practice, and capacity building with a special emphasis on social and organizational change in nonprofit contexts. She is currently working on two grants: a study of evaluation competencies in public administration (from WMU) and an evaluation of Indiana State University’s Accelerating College Completion through Math Mindset Program (from the U.S. Department of Education). Her recent publications include:

  • Schröter, D. (2019). The Joint Committee Standards for Educational Evaluation’s Program Evaluation Standards. In Hense, J., Böttcher, W., Meyer, W., & Kalman, M. (Eds.) Standards der Evaluation in unterschiedlichen Handlungsfeldern Einheitliche Qualitätsansprüche trotz heterogener Praxis? (p. 237-245). Muenster, Germany: Waxmann Verlag.
  • Ozeki, S., Coryn, C. L., & Schroeter, D. (2019). Evaluation Logic in Practice: Findings from Two Empirical Investigations of American Evaluation Association Members. Evaluation and Program Planning, 76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101681.
  • Coryn, C. L. S., Becho, L. W., Westine, C. D., Mateu, P. F., Abu-Obaid, R. N., Hobson, K. A., Schröter, D., Dodds, E. L., Vo, A. T., & Ramlow, M. (2019). Material incentives and other potential factors associated with response rates to Internet surveys of American Evaluation Association members: Findings from a randomized experiment. American Journal of Evaluation. https://doi.org/10.1177/1098214018818371.
  • Coryn, C. L., Wilson, L., Westine, C., Hobson, K., Ozeki, S., Fiekowsky, E., … Schroeter, D. (2017). A decade of research on evaluation: A systematic review of research on evaluation published between 2005 and 2014. American Journal of Evaluation, 38(3), 329–347.
  • Coryn, C. L., Ozeki, S., Wilson, L. N., Greenman, G. D., Schroeter, D. C., Hobson, K. A., … Vo, A. T. (2016). Does research on evaluation matter? Findings from a survey of American Evaluation Association members and prominent evaluation theorists and scholars. American Journal of Evaluation, 37(2), 159–173.

Dr. Udaya R. Wagle's current research encompasses a variety of social policy topics in the United States as well as internationally. In the US, his current research focuses on understanding the politics of welfare state with special attention to how ethnic heterogeneity has shaped and reshaped the development in welfare state policies. International coverage of his research examines the evolving context of social policy development in Nepal, international comparisons of poverty and inequality, and impact of social protection policies on poverty and inequality globally. Recent publications include:

  • Wagle, U. R. (2019). Poverty Across Developing Countries, 1996-2016: Some Temporal, Regional, and Income Level Variations. In Bent Greve (Ed.), Routledge International Handbook of Poverty (Ch. 13, p. 153-66). London, UK: Routledge.
  • Wagle, U. R. (2019). Ethnic Heterogeneity Politics of Welfare State in the United States: A Time Series Analysis. Race and Social Problems, 11(2), 185–204.
  • Wagle, U. R. & Devkota, S. (2018). The Impact of Foreign Remittances on Poverty in Nepal: A Panel Study of Household Survey Data. World Development, 110, 38-50.
  • Wagle, U. R. (2017). The Role of Social Protection Policies in Reducing Poverty and Inequality: An Insight from Asian Experiences. Global Social Policy, 17(2), 137-67.
  • Wagle, U. R. (2017). The Caste/Ethnic Bases of Poverty Dynamics: A Longitudinal Analysis of Chronic and Structural Poverty in Nepal. Journal of Development Studies, 53(9), 1430-51.
  • Wagle, U. R. (2017). Politics of Poverty Measurement and Social Policies: Global Observations. In Roger White (Ed.), Measuring Multidimensional Poverty and Deprivation: Incidence and Determinants in Developed Countries (Chapter 2, p. 7-30). New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan.