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Public Policy and Administration

  • Leslie Alm, PhD

    Leslie Alm, Distinguished Professor

    Professor Alm’s background includes training in quantitative methods and political social research. His research interests involve the link between science and environmental policy. Professor Alm is currently working on a research project with Boise State Assistant Professor Amanda Ashley. Emphasizing the unique western metropolis identities shared by Calgary Canada and Boise Idaho, this comparative study surveys city planners to uncover expert-driven perspectives. Planners in both cities believe that western regional identity influences urban development policy in powerful ways. While these cities share similar opinions on many aspects of their work, survey results suggest that place distinctively affects their thoughts and ideas. His favorite thing about teaching in the Department of Public Policy and Administration is getting to work with the “brightest and most motivated people” in his classes. The students entering the MPA program continue to amaze him. This gives him confidence in the future, especially as more of the department’s graduates move into full time positions in the public sector. When he is not teaching or conducting research, Professor Alm stays active by running, biking and hiking. He also enjoys reading in his spare time and taking naps.

  • Elizabeth Fredericksen, PhD

    Elizabeth Fredericksen, Professor

    Dr. Fredericksen is the MPA Program Director and coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration. She teaches courses on government administration and organization, public personnel administration, ethics and grant writing. She just finished writing a second edition of Human Resource Management: The Public Service Perspective, with her co-authors Stephanie Witt and Nicholas Lovrich. Dr. Fredericksen has an ongoing interest in projects related to workplace aggression. Currently she is working on a third edition of The Politics of Intergovernmental Relations with Stephanie Witt and David Nice. When asked what she enjoys most about teaching, she referred to the diversity of students who come from so many different disciplines and professional backgrounds. “I learn from them in every class and can then bring those new insights to my research and future classes.” When she is not teaching or conducting research, she loves watching her son play baseball and basketball. She enjoys hiking, hunting, and fishing with her husband. In addition to her academic work, she also does a bit of fiction writing.

  • Greg Hill

    Gregory Hill, Associate Professor

    Dr. Hill serves as the Chair for the Department of Public Policy and Administration, and as Graduate Director for the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. His academic interests involve public administration, management, immigration policy, and policy theory. He is currently working on two major projects. The first is a large, quantitative analysis of individual effects of undocumented students on campus-level and district-level performance indicators. The second project is with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare working with children whose parents are incarcerated. They have created and are analyzing an in-school pilot program to help these students be successful. His favorite thing about teaching in the DPPA is interacting with the students. He says the learning environment is exciting because students are engaged, committed to learning, and being successful. When Dr. Hill is not writing or teaching, he likes to spend time with his family. They enjoy hiking, camping, and skiing all over Idaho. He is also a huge sports fan. You can find him cheering on the Boise State Broncos, the Chicago Cubs and the Texas A&M Aggies.

  • Jen Schneider, PhD

    Jen Schneider, Associate Professor

    Jen Schneider’s research involves challenges in public communication of scientific and environmental controversies. Dr. Schneider is currently working on a co-authored book, Coal Industry Rhetoric in an Age of Neoliberalism, which considers information campaigns initiated by the coal industry in face of losing market share to natural gas and increasing regulation. She is also revising another co-authored book, The Joy of Science, about the challenges academic scientists, social scientists, and engineers face in balancing their work with their personal lives. Her favorite things about teaching have been interacting with students and colleagues. She enjoys how enthusiastic and engaged the students are when they come to class. When she is not teaching or conducting research, she enjoys spending time with her family. She also loves to travel, spend time outside, swimming in mountain lakes and going to the gym.

  • John Freemuth, PhD

    John Freemuth, Professor

    Professor Freemuth’s primary academic interests focus on the relationship between science and public policy as it relates to issues surrounding public lands in the United States. He recently finished writing and editing a new book with Zachary Smith of UC Boulder, Environmental Politics and Policy in the West. He is also working with the Bureau of Land Management and Boise State’s Andrus Center on public policy issues involving sage grouse. Professor Freemuth enjoys serious students who bring a great deal of insight and experience to the classroom. When he is not teaching, he enjoys running, reading fiction novels and watching is son play soccer.

  • Monica Hubbard, PhD

    Monica Hubbard, Assistant Professor

    Monica Hubbard’s research interests involve water resources, emerging technologies, natural disasters, and energy. Dr. Hubbard is currently working on several research activities, including a statewide assessment of the public’s perspective on water resources, evaluating land use change in the treasure valley, stakeholder engagement around water resources, and repurposing of wastewater for irrigation. Her favorite thing about teaching is the students. She enjoys learning new things from their unique perspectives. When she is not teaching, she loves being outdoors. Her favorite outdoor activities include skiing, hiking, running, and mountain biking.

  • Stephanie Witt, PhD

    Stephanie Witt, Professor

    Stephanie Witt has taught in both the Department of Public Policy and Administration as well as the Political Science Department at Boise State University. In addition to teaching, she served as Director of the Public Policy Research Center from 2006-2011. Dr. Witt is currently working on two projects that consider the relationships between Native American tribal governments and U.S. counties. Additionally, she is beginning to work on a new edition of the Politics of Intergovernmental Relations with Elizabeth Fredericksen and David Nice. She enjoys working with students and organizing material for student learning. Her favorite part of teaching is working with students as they figure out how to tie public policy and administration theory to practice. When she is not teaching she enjoys spending time with friends, hiking with her dog in the foothills, and riding her Can Am Spyder motorcycle.

The Department of Public Policy and Administration is seeking candidates for two tenure-track assistant professor positions, beginning Fall 2016, for graduate programs in public policy and administration including the NASPAA-accredited MPA program and the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.[/callout]

Department of Public Policy and Administration

The Department of Public Policy and Administration is engaged in graduate level education in public policy and administration and a range of research and training activities.


Master of Public Administration

The MPA degree offered through the Department of Public Policy and Administration is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NSPPAA, formerly known as NASPAA). This program is one of only nine programs accredited by NSPPAA in Idaho, surrounding states, and the Northwest, including Oregon, Washington, Montana, Utah, Nevada and Wyoming.

The Department of Public Policy and Administration has two graduate assistantships open to MPA students beginning in the Fall 2015 term. Interested students should complete the graduate assistantship application and send it to Twyla Perkins <> by 5p on July 21, 2015 for consideration. Please note that you must ‘update’ your application even if you’ve previously submitted an assistantship application. Only those materials sent to Ms. Perkins by the deadline will be considered for these open assistantships. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Greg Hill, Chair.


Ph.D in Public Policy and Administration

The Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Administration will prepare students for a variety of career choices including administration in public and nonprofit organizations; policy research in natural resource, environmental and other areas of public policy. The doctorate builds on a nationally accredited master’s degree program in public administration. Download the flier for the Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration Degree.

PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Fredericksen begins her sabbatical on July 1 and students with questions about the MPA should contact Dr. Hill during the fall semester


The Department of Public Policy and Administration is pleased to announce that the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration was approved on August 19, 2014 by the Idaho State Board of Education. Dr. Fredericksen will coordinate the Nonprofit Administration certificate. The first cohort for this degree will begin in Fall 2015, and more information will be posted soon.

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Dispute Resolution

The undergraduate 12-credit Dispute Resolution Certificate Program focuses on developing knowledge and skills in mediation and interpersonal conflict management.

Conflict Management

The graduate-level 12-credit Conflict Management Certificate Program focuses on developing knowledge and skills in interpersonal conflict management, group and intercultural conflict management, negotiation, and mediation.