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.

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.


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.


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.

MAPP, Michelle

MPA Instructor, College of Charleston
Juris Doctor, Charleston School of Law; Master of Public Administration, College of Charleston; Master of Engineering Management, George Washington University; BS in Engineering Analysis, Clemson University. 
Areas of expertise: Housing developement and policy and community economic development and economic justice.


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.


MPA Instructor, College of Charleston
Ph.D. Candidate, Keiser University; MSL in Effective Leadership, Change Management and Human Resource Development, Pfeiffer University; MS in Curriculum and Instruction, Nova Southeastern; BA in Education, Indiana University.
Areas of expertise: Organizational and industrial psychology and non-profit fundraising


Staff Member


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