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Faculty and Staff

Below you will find a list of the faculty for the Master of Public Administration program. If you are unsure of who to contact with your questions, please call the main program office at 509.828.1218.

  • María Verónica Elías
    María Verónica Elías
    Assistant Professor of Graduate Program in Public Administration
    SEWC 320
    Phone: 509.828.1236
    Fax: 509.828.1275


    • Bachelors in Geography- National University of the South, Argentina
    • Specialization degree in Management of Natural Areas, International University of Andalusia, Spain  
    • Masters in Geography and Urban Planning - University of Akron
    • Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Public Affairs - University of Akron

    Areas of competence

    • Political theory and political thought
    • Public administration theory
    • Public organizations
    • Ethics in the public sector
    • Public policy process
    • Community dynamics
    • Qualitative research 

    Area of special interest

    • Deliberative and collaborative governance
    • Community process and neighborhood organizing
    • Participatory planning
    • Phenomenological research
    • Interpretive policy analysis 

    Professional/ Public Service

    Professor M. Verónica Elías has over 10 years of experience working in the public sector. She worked in middle and higher education both in Argentina and the United States (National University of the South in Argentina, The University of Akron, Ohio, and Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana). Verónica has also worked in the Planning, Research and Development Office at the Akron Police Department. Moreover, she worked for the youth recovery center, Oriana House, performing law enforcement planning and crime analysis. She serves as a peer reviewer for several professional journals in public administration, public policy, and political science. She also serves in several university, college and departmental committees. Verónica is a research fellow with the Institute of Applied Phenomenology in Science and Technology led by Professor Ralph P. Hummel, housed in Canal Fulton, Ohio and Spruce Head, Maine. 

  • Ning Li, Ph.D.
    Ning Li, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    SEWC 334
    Phone: 509.828.1264
    Fax: 509.828.1275


    • Bachelors in Information Science, Peking University, China
    • Masters in Information Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    • Ph.D. in Public Policy, George Mason University

    Areas of competence

    • Public Administration Theory
    • Science, technology, and Innovation
    • Public policy Analysis
    • Public Budgeting
    • Government Regulation on Business
    • Research Methods
    • Regional Development
    • Information Systems

    Area of special interest

    • Comparative policy analysis
    • Regional economic development
    • Science, Technology, and Society
    • Innovation policy
    • Cultural Studies
    • Scientometrics
    • China Studies

    Professional/ Public Service

    • Member, College Council, College of Business and Public Administration, Eastern Washington University | 2014-15
    • Advisor, Eagles Public Administration and Policy Society, Eastern Washington University | 2014-
    • Member, ACE Internationalization Laboratory Steering Team, Eastern Washington University | 2015-
    • Member, Sub-committee for Academic Programs, Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, Eastern Washington University | 2014-


  • Courtney Jensen, Ph.D
    Courtney Jensen, Ph.D
    Assistant Professor of Public Administration
    SEWC 328
    Phone: 509.828.1231
    Fax: 509.828.1275


    PH.D. University of Nebraska-Omaha, August 2011
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
    M.P.A. Eastern Washington University, May 2006
    B.A. University of Washington, May 2001


    Social Equity in Public Serving Organizations
    Administrative Law
    Grantmaking and Grantwriting
    Public Administration Theory and Context
    Organizational Theory
    Philanthropic Foundations
    Theory and Context of the Nonprofit Sector
    Nonprofit Management
    Philanthropy in a Democratic Society

  • Tawnia Littell
    Tawnia Littell
    Secretary Senior
    SEWC 362
    Phone: 509.828.1218
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Tawnia has worked for EWU since 2010. Her interests include her family and restoring her 1956 Chevy.

  • Dick Winchell FAICP
    Dick Winchell FAICP
    Professor and Department of Planning & Public Administration Chair
    SEWC 379
    Phone: 509.828.1205
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Education: BA, Wartburg College; MURP, University of Colorado-Denver; PhD, Arizona State University.

    Specializations: Comparative Urbanization, Sustainable Cities (Europe, Asia, North America), Urban Morphology, Tribal Transportation, Community Development, Tribal Planning, Neighborhood Planning, Housing.

  • Robert C. Zinke, PhD
    Robert C. Zinke, PhD
    Professor and MPA Director
    SEWC 363
    Phone: 509.828.1239
    Fax: 509.828.1275


    • Bachelors Degree in Political Science - Washington State University
    • Masters in Political Science - Drew University
    • Doctorate in Public Administration - New York University


    • Theory and Methods of Social Science and Public Administration
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis and Administrative Rulemaking
    • Public Sector Grantwriting and Administration
    • History of Public Administration
    • Urban Public Policy, Politics and Administration
    • Technology, Ethics and Public Policy
    • Religion and Public Administration Theory


    Bob Zinke has nearly 20 years of teaching experience, almost 12 years at Eastern Washington University and eight years at William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey. He has taught over 25 different courses while at EWU. Bob has also served in various capacities as an administrator and consultant. In addition to various administrative and committee assignments associated with his career in higher education, Bob has also has experience as a Community Development Program Analyst, for Morris County, New Jersey, and more recently co-founded a private consulting firm. Bob serves as a part-time Lay Pastor for Wild Rose United Methodist Church, Deer Park, Washington. He has served in this capacity for four years.

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