Faculty and Staff

The College of Charleston Masters of Public Administration program is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Program faculty include seven core professors as well as highly qualified adjunct faculty, many of whom are practitioners in the field. 

Faculty Members

KWAK, Hyokyung

Assistant ProfessorCollege of Charleston
Ph.D., Publlic Policy and Administration, University of Kentucky; M.A., Syracuse University.
Areas of expertise: Social welfare policy in U.S., intergovernmental relations and social equity.


MPA Program Director and Professor, College of Charleston
Ph.D, M.A., University of Albany (SUNY); MPA, University of Hartford.
Areas of expertise: Nonprofit management, community philanthropy, board development.

NOWLIN, Matthew

Assistant Professor, College of Charleston
Ph. D., University of Oklahoma; M.A., B.A., University of Central Oklahoma
Areas of expertise: Public policymaking, environmental politics and policy, research methods.


MPA Instructor, College of Charleston
 Ph.D., Geography, University of Western Ontraio; M.A., Western Michigan University.
Areas of expertise: Local government, GIS, urban development


Professor/Director of the Joseph P. Riley Center for Livable Communities, College of Charleston
Ph.D., M.P.A., University of South Carolina; B.A., University of Central Florida
Areas of expertise: Organizational behavior, Gender, Homeland Security, Non-profit management.


Assistant Professor, College of Charleston
Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver; B.A., Georgetown University.
Areas of expertise: Public administration and management, human resources.

Adjunct Faculty Members


MPA Instructor, College of Charleston
J.D., Washington and Lee University, School of Law; M.A.; B.S. in Political Science & Urban Studies, Furman University.
Areas of expertise: Land use law, project management, organizational leadership, business development, board development and strategic planning.


MPA Instructor, College of Charleston
M.P.A., University Virginia; B.A. in Psychology, McDaniel College.
Areas of expertise: Economic development initiatives, land use planning, real estate development. 

BEDARD, Stephen

MPA Instructor, College of Charleston

M.B.A., University of Georgia; B.S. in Operations Research, U.S. Naval Academy.
Areas of expertise: Non-profit and government agency strategist and finacial management. 

GORDON, Gerald "Jerry"

MPA Instructor and Riley Fellow, College of Charleston
Ph.D, Catholic University of America; M.A., George Washington University; B.A., The Citadel.
Areas of expertise: Economic development, international development, strategic planning.


Instructor and Riley Fellow, College of Charleston
Honorary doctorate of laws, Old Dominion University; MPA, Syracuse University; the Executive Program, Colgate Darden School of Business, UVA; B.A., Old Dominioin University. 
Areas of expertise: Local and regional government, public finance, economic development.

SCOTT, Natalea

MPA Instructor, College of Charleston
Ph.D., Colorado Technical University; MBA/Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Northcentral University; B.S. in Management/Human Resources, Park University.
Areas of expertise: Federal government, progressive management and human resources, administrative/financial management.

Staff Member


MPA Program Coordinator & Community Assistance Program (CAP) Director
M.P.A, College of Charleston; B.A. in Engish, College of Charleston