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By Domanique Reed

  Dr. Jeremy L. Hall
Associate Professor
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, NewarkResearch Interests: Public Organizational Performance, Evidence-Based Practice, Public Sector Capacity, Local & Regional Economic Development, Intergovernmental Relations, and Fiscal FederalismClick here for Dr. Hall’s website at UT-Dallas

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” –Robert Kiyosaki

When asked about Hall’s advances in the field of public administration, anyone could simply Google his name and discover an extensive biography of his accomplishments. Hall is an active and engaged scholar who represents the standards SECoPA embodies.

To Hall, however, success is not measured by the amount of accolades received, but by making a difference and influencing successive generations of future policy makers and administrators. Hall accomplishes this goal every day through his research, service, and teaching—equipping his students with diverse perspectives, analytical thinking skills and engaging them in real-life experiences.

For example, the associate professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, spearheaded a program to take qualified graduate students at the to Seoul, South Korea, for an international study program designed to enrich their understanding of urban governance.

Hall’s interest in government and political affairs took root as an undergraduate at Centre College where he studied both music and government. He holds a master’s degree in public administration with a specialization in policy analysis from the University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. Hall also earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Martin School under the supervision of Ed Jennings.

Hall continuously shapes and influences the field.  He wrote the first book that focuses on grant writing and grant management from the public administration perspective (Grant Management: Funding for Public and Nonprofit Programs); has published numerous thought-provoking research articles and editorials; and serves on the editorial board for Public Administration Review and Public Performance and Management Review.

Hall’s achievements are numerous, including the Chester A. Newland Presidential Citation of Merit for serving as the Chair of the American Society of Public Administration’s Center for Accountability and Performance. He also was elected to serve on the board for ASPA’s Section on Public Performance Management and served on the Executive Committee of the American Political Science Association’s Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations.

Hall’s professional memberships include ASPA, APPAM, PMRA, APSA, SPSA, and, of course, SECoPA, where he served on the board of directors from 2007 until 2010. Hall has contributed his time to numerous federal grant reviews, serving as panel leader for HUD’s Office of University Partnerships. He received the 2004 Pi Alpha Alpha Best Doctoral Manuscript Award (NASPAA) for his paper “Understanding State Economic Development in the New Economy: A Theoretical Foundation and Empirical Examination of State Innovation in the U.S.”

His introduction to SECoPA came in 2003 when he was presented the Bill Collins award for best doctoral student manuscript.  Approaching his 10th SECoPA conference this fall, Hall reminisced on his first experiences with SECoPA. “I value the rich and collegial interaction among faculty and graduate students, as well as that among academics and practitioners. Many of my fondest professional memories are from exchanges I’ve had at SECoPA, and many SECoPA members are among my best friends.”

Beginning fall 2012, you’ll find Dr. Hall on the faculty of Rutgers—Newark’s School of Public Affairs and Administration, to which he stubbornly commutes from his Kentucky farm. We appreciate Dr. Hall for all he has done and continues to do to positively shape the field of public administration in the SECoPA region and beyond.