Department of Political Science
West Chester University
Assistant Professor, MPA Program
Phone: (610) 425-5000 x2441
Dr. Turner was born and raised in Kentucky, where she completed her undergraduate and
graduate education. Dr. Turner joined West Chester University's Political Science Department in
the Fall of 2010. She teaches in the Master of Public Administration program at West Chester.
Her research addresses the role of information literacy in graduate public administration
curriculums, nonprofits in contemporary political economies, brownfields redevelopment and
B.A., Centre College, Danville, KY, 2001
M.P.A., University of Louisville, 2005
Ph.D., University of Louisville, 2010
“Community Economic Development & Substantive Participation: A Necessary Context for
Public Participation in Environmental Decision-Making.” America Goes Green: An
Encyclopedia of Eco-Friendly Culture in the United States, ABC-CLIO, Inc., August 2011.
“Identifying Obstacles to Urban Agriculture.” America Goes Green: An Encyclopedia of Eco-
Friendly Culture in the United States, ABC-CLIO, Inc., August 2011.
“Establishing Urban Agriculture in Your Community: What You Need to Know Before You Get
Your Hands Dirty” University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy & Management,
“Urban Agriculture and Soil Contamination: An Introduction to Urban Gardening” University of
Louisville Center for Environmental Policy & Management, Winter 2009.
“Sustainable Hazards Mitigation” University of Louisville Center for Environmental Policy &
Management, Summer 2007.
“Financing Energy Efficiency Improvement” University of Louisville Center for Environmental
Policy & Management, Summer 2008. http://cepm.louisville.edu/Pubs_WPapers/practiceguides/
“Protecting Kentuckians’ Economic Well-Being In the Face of Energy Cost Increases” coauthors
Peter Meyer and Isabella Christenson, University of Louisville Center for Environmental
Policy and Management, Fall 2008.
Sustainability Advisory Council
CAPC Writing Emphasis Sub-committee
MPA National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
Political Science Department, Advising Committee
Classes Regularly Taught
PPA 502 Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation
PPA 505 Public Sector Organization Theory & Behavior
PPA 512 Communications for Public Administrators
PPA 530 Topics in Nonprofit Administration
PPA 531 Foundations in Nonprofit Administration
PPA 534 Nonprofit Program Evaluation & Assessment
PPA 551 Staffing & Development