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Public Policy and Administration

Dr. Amanda Olejarski

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Business and Public Management Center
Third Floor
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383



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Position: Associate Dean (Interim)

Name: Kathy Koval
Position: Assistant Dean, Director of Business and Public Management Programs

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Dr. Amanda M. Olejarski

  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Location: 546 BPM Center
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  • Phone: 610-436-2448


Dr. Olejarski is Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at West Chester University. She teaches courses in the MPA and DPA programs. Olejarski’s research interests include administrative discretion and communication, normative public policy implementation, and organizational learning and motivation.

Her research has been published in Administration & Society, Public Integrity, the International Journal of Public Administration, and the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. She recently published her book, Administrative discretion in action: A narrative of eminent domain, and has a co-authored chapter forthcoming in the Foundations of Public Administration book. Olejarski occasionally serves as a reviewer for public administration journals, including: Administration & Society, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Public Administration Quarterly, Public Integrity, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.

Olejarski serves as President-Elect and on the Board of Directors for the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of ASPA. She has worked with HR groups in the capital on motivating employees. She is MBTI certified from the Myers-Briggs Foundation and certified in Public Performance Measurement from the National Center for PPM at Rutgers University- Newark. Prior to joining West Chester University, Olejarski held another academic appointment within PASSHE, worked with university administration, conducted research for a public affairs research institute, and worked in county government.

Originally, from NJ, Olejarski lives in Chambersburg, PA, with her hubby and their cats. Gardening is her favorite hobby, and she loves Wawa.

Education and Professional Certifications

  • Ph.D., Public Administration and Public Affairs, Center for Public Administration and Policy, Virginia Tech (2009)
  • MPA, Public Management, Rutgers University- Camden (2006)
  • MBTI Certification, Myers-Briggs Foundation (2015)
  • Public Performance Measurement Certified, Rutgers University- Newark (2014)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • James L. Garnett and Olejarski, Amanda M. (2016, forthcoming). "Public Administration Communication," in Foundations of Public Administration, edited by Jos C. N. Raadschelders and Richard J. Stillman.
  • Olejarski, Amanda M. and Farley, Kathryn W. (2015). The little blue pill that killed the little pink house: A narrative of eminent domain. Administration & Society, 47, 369-392.
  • Potter, Michael R., Olejarski, Amanda M., and Pfister, Stephanie M. (2014). Capture theory and the public interest: Balancing competing values to ensure regulatory effectiveness. International Journal of Public Administration, 37, 638-345.
  • Olejarski, Amanda M. (2013). Administrative discretion in action: A narrative of eminent domain. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (with foreword by Charles T. Goodsell).
    • Reviewed by Caiden, Naomi. (2014). American Review of Public Administration, 44, 373-377.
  • Olejarski, Amanda M. (2011). Public good as public interest? The principle of tangibility in eminent domain legislation. Public Integrity, 13, 333-351.
  • Olejarski, Amanda M. (2011). The Kelo opportunity: A loss for the court but a gain for public administrators. Public Integrity, 13, 41-58.
  • Olejarski, Amanda M. and Garnett, James L. (2010). Coping with Katrina: Assessing crisis management behaviors in the big one. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 18, 26-38.

Selected Professional Service

  • President-Elect of the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of ASPA
  • Member of Central PA’s ASPA Chapter Board of Directors
  • Member of NASPAA’s Pi Alpha Alpha Committee
  • Member of NECoPA 2016’s program committee

Selected University Service

  • Faculty Advisor, Pi Alpha Alpha honor society
  • Chair, College of Business and Public Management Community Engagement Theme Team
  • Assessment Coordinator, Department of Public Policy and Administration
  • Member of CAPC’s Program Review Subcommittee

Classes Regularly Taught

  • Advocacy and Leadership in Public Policy and Administration, doctoral
  • Research Design for Program and Policy Evaluation, doctoral
  • Research Methods in Public Administration, graduate
  • Foundations in Non-profit Administration, graduate
  • Professional Seminar in Public Administration, graduate
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