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Public Policy and Administration

Dr. Michelle L. Wade

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Public Policy and Administration

Dean's Office

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



Name: Dr. Anthony "Tony" R. Wheeler
Position: Dean

Name: Dr. Lori Fuller
Position: Associate Dean (Interim)

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

Name: Cindy Cheyney
Position: Assistant Dean

Name: Laurie Christie
Position: Administrative Assistant to the Dean

Name: Paige Carey
Position: Receptionist

Dr. Michelle L. Wade

  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Location: 550 BPM Center
  • Email:
  • Phone: 610-436-2031


Dr. Wade joined the Department of Public Policy and Administration in 2013 and teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration program. After teaching high school for five years in southwest Missouri, she received her MPA from Missouri State University in 2004 and her PhD from Southern Illinois University in 2009. From 2009-2013, Dr. Wade was an assistant professor at Northwest Missouri State University where she served as the advisor and internship supervisor for the undergraduate Public Administration major. At Northwest Missouri State University, she taught courses in Public Administration, Urban Politics, Organizational Theory, Public Policy, Women and American Politics, and American Government. Dr. Wade's research interests focus on how people construct and negotiate social identities (such as gender, race, and ethnicity) in community organizations and how those organizations can create opportunities for both exclusion and empowerment in regards to local governance. She currently teaches courses in Foundations of Public Service, Research Methods, and Staffing & Development.


  • PhD, Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois)
  • MPA, Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri)
  • B.S.Ed., Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri)


  • "Missouri Senate Race (Akin v. McCaskill): It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over: Missouri's Tumultuous and Unpredictable Senate Contest." 2013. With Kimberly Casey. In The Roads to Congress 2012. Edited by Bob Dewhirst and Sean Foreman. Lexington: Lanham, Maryland.
  • "He Said, She Said: Sex, Social Networks, and Voting Behavior." Published online July 9, 2013. American Politics Research. With Scott D. McClurg and Maja Wright-Phillips.


  • Member, Board of Trustees, Maryville Public Library, Maryville, Missouri, 2011-2013
  • Treasurer, National Women's Caucus for Political Science, 2011-present
  • Secretary, Women's Caucus, Midwest Political Science Association, 2010-present

Work History

  • Assistant Professor, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri (2009-2013)
  • Graduate Assistant, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois (2004-2009)
  • Graduate Assistant, Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri (2002-2004)
  • High School Teacher, Clever High School, Clever, Missouri (1998-2002)
  • High School Teacher, Miller High School, Miller, Missouri (1997-1998)

Classes Regularly Taught

  • PPA-500 Foundations of Public Administration
  • PPA-501 Research Methods in Public Administration
  • PPA 551 Staffing and Development
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