Faculty:College of Business & Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

Anna Fountain Clark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Dr. Anna Clark received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2016 and joined the Drake University faculty in fall 2017. Dr. Clark teaches courses in organizational theory, leadership, and various topics in public and nonprofit management. Her research focuses on how public employees make decisions, how organizational priorities (e.g., innovation, inclusiveness, engagement) encourage internal practices, and how managers’ behaviors affect both employee attitudes and agency outcomes. She has published in Public Administration Quarterly, Public Personnel Management, and the International Journal for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. As a public administration scholar, Dr. Clark is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and the Section for Women in Public Administration, as well as several honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public administration.

Anna Fountain Clark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Dr. Anna Clark received her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2016 and joined the Drake University faculty in fall 2017. Dr. Clark teaches courses in organizational theory, leadership, and various topics in public and nonprofit management. Her research focuses on how public employees make decisions, how organizational priorities (e.g., innovation, inclusiveness, engagement) encourage internal practices, and how managers’ behaviors affect both employee attitudes and agency outcomes. She has published in Public Administration Quarterly, Public Personnel Management, and the International Journal for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. As a public administration scholar, Dr. Clark is a member of the American Society for Public Administration and the Section for Women in Public Administration, as well as several honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public administration.

Denise Hill, J.D.

Associate Professor of Practice in Public Administration

Associate Professor Denise Hill, JD, MPA brings over 20 years of legal, policy and mediation experience to Drake, where teaches in the Colleges of Business and Public Administration and Law. Denise is also licensed to practice law in Iowa and is an Attorney/Mediator with the Whitfield and Eddy law firm.

Prior to joining the Drake MPA faculty, Denise was an Associate Professor appointed to the Colleges of Health Sciences, Medicine and Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University where she received multiple faculty awards, including MHA Professor of the Year. Denise previously practiced law at the Davis Brown Law firm, was an Attorney/Manager of Public and Regulatory Affairs at the Iowa Medical Society, and was a State Labor Relations Attorney.

Denise maintains an active presence in the healthcare, legal, nonprofit and academic communities. A sought after speaker, writer, and media commentator; she was selected as a national health law expert for the 30th anniversary edition of the Health Law Handbook. Her article “Patient-Centered Compliance in a World of Pain” addresses legal compliance issues for pain management and opioids. Denise is also co-author of the text “Powerful Learning Communities.”

Denise Hill, J.D.

Associate Professor of Practice in Public Administration

Associate Professor Denise Hill, JD, MPA brings over 20 years of legal, policy and mediation experience to Drake, where teaches in the Colleges of Business and Public Administration and Law. Denise is also licensed to practice law in Iowa and is an Attorney/Mediator with the Whitfield and Eddy law firm.

Prior to joining the Drake MPA faculty, Denise was an Associate Professor appointed to the Colleges of Health Sciences, Medicine and Podiatric Medicine at Des Moines University where she received multiple faculty awards, including MHA Professor of the Year. Denise previously practiced law at the Davis Brown Law firm, was an Attorney/Manager of Public and Regulatory Affairs at the Iowa Medical Society, and was a State Labor Relations Attorney.

Denise maintains an active presence in the healthcare, legal, nonprofit and academic communities. A sought after speaker, writer, and media commentator; she was selected as a national health law expert for the 30th anniversary edition of the Health Law Handbook. Her article “Patient-Centered Compliance in a World of Pain” addresses legal compliance issues for pain management and opioids. Denise is also co-author of the text “Powerful Learning Communities.”

C Kenneth (Ken) Meyer

Thomas F. Sheehan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration

Dr. C. Kenneth Meyer, BA, MA, MAPA, Ph.D., is the Thomas F. Sheehan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Department of Public Administration. Previously, he held teaching, research, and administration positions at The University of Oklahoma, Winona State University, State University of New York, and the University of South Dakota.  His research covers the areas of violence and the police, social indicator and quality of life measurement and evaluation, voting behavior, human resource management, and public and private management—areas in which he has over 300 publications.  In addition, he has done extensive consulting in the areas of public policy analysis and administrative organization and development at the state and regional levels of government.  He previously served on the Executive Council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and presently serves on several national committees with the American Society for Public Administration.

C Kenneth (Ken) Meyer

Thomas F. Sheehan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration

Dr. C. Kenneth Meyer, BA, MA, MAPA, Ph.D., is the Thomas F. Sheehan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration, Department of Public Administration. Previously, he held teaching, research, and administration positions at The University of Oklahoma, Winona State University, State University of New York, and the University of South Dakota.  His research covers the areas of violence and the police, social indicator and quality of life measurement and evaluation, voting behavior, human resource management, and public and private management—areas in which he has over 300 publications.  In addition, he has done extensive consulting in the areas of public policy analysis and administrative organization and development at the state and regional levels of government.  He previously served on the Executive Council of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), and presently serves on several national committees with the American Society for Public Administration.

Allen J. Zagoren

Associate Professor of Practice Emeritus in Public Administration

Allen J. Zagoren

Associate Professor of Practice Emeritus in Public Administration

Lance J. Noe

Associate Professor of Practice in Public Administration, Department Chair, and Director of the Center for Professional Studies

Lance Noe joined Drake University in 2000 serving in both administrative and faculty roles. In addition to teaching courses within the Master of Public Administration degree program, Lance in 2001/2002 led the curriculum development effort for the nationally accredited Iowa Certified Public Manager® program. He continues to serve as the lead instructor and administrator for this professional designation. Lance also works with other Drake faculty and staff to develop curriculum and provide leadership for the Mandela Washington Fellowship – a U.S. Department of State program which each summer brings 700 leaders from nations in sub-Saharan Africa to study at select U.S. universities including Drake. Lance’s areas of teaching, consulting, research, and publications are focused on public and nonprofit administration. A recent contribution to the field of public administration education is as co-author of the text “The Craft of Public Administration (12th edition)” published in 2002/2003. Education experiences include degrees and/or significant post-graduate coursework/research at Iowa State University, Drake University, and Florida Atlantic University.

Lance J. Noe

Associate Professor of Practice in Public Administration, Department Chair, and Director of the Center for Professional Studies

Lance Noe joined Drake University in 2000 serving in both administrative and faculty roles. In addition to teaching courses within the Master of Public Administration degree program, Lance in 2001/2002 led the curriculum development effort for the nationally accredited Iowa Certified Public Manager® program. He continues to serve as the lead instructor and administrator for this professional designation. Lance also works with other Drake faculty and staff to develop curriculum and provide leadership for the Mandela Washington Fellowship – a U.S. Department of State program which each summer brings 700 leaders from nations in sub-Saharan Africa to study at select U.S. universities including Drake. Lance’s areas of teaching, consulting, research, and publications are focused on public and nonprofit administration. A recent contribution to the field of public administration education is as co-author of the text “The Craft of Public Administration (12th edition)” published in 2002/2003. Education experiences include degrees and/or significant post-graduate coursework/research at Iowa State University, Drake University, and Florida Atlantic University.

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