College Administration

Dr. Carter

Dr. Rosalyn Carter

Rosalyn Carter is a Professor of Public Administration and Dean of the College for Design and Social Inquiry. Dr. Carter's primary responsibility as the Dean is the development of programs in the College and University. She has been the Dean since 1993, and her accomplishments include the creation of new programs, accreditation of new and old programs, modification of College procedures, and the development of research centers.

Dr. Cory-Scruggs

Dr. Hugh Miller
Associate Dean

Professor Hugh T. Miller has recently adopted a narrative approach to studying public policy and administration in his 2012 book Governing Narratives. Miller is also author, with Charles J. Fox, of Postmodern Public Administration. Before that, his books include Tampering with Tradition: The Unrealized Authority of Democratic Agency (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2004), with Peter Bogason and Sandra Kensen. He is also the author of Postmodern Public Policy ( Albany, NY; State University of New York Press, 2002). An earlier book Postmodern Public Administration: Toward Discourse (Thousand Oaks, California: Sage, 1995) was co-authored with Charles J. Fox, with whom he also co-edited Postmodernism, Reality, and Public Administration: A Discourse (Burke, Virginia: Chatelaine Press, 1997). These Things Happen: Stories from the Public Sector (Burke, Virginia: Chatelaine Press, 1998) was co-edited with Mohamad Alkadry.

Dr. Cory-Scruggs

Dr. Floydette Cory-Scruggs
Associate Dean

Dr. Floydette Cory-Scruggs currently serves as Associate Dean of the College while continuing to serve as a faculty member in the School of Public Administration, teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. Her research interests include organization development, leadership, and health policy. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville.

Jerry Clinton

Jerry Clinton
Assistant Dean

Jerry Clinton is Assistant Dean in the College. Since 1991, Mr. Clinton has been responsible for the administrative functions of the college including college budgeting, accounting, non-faculty personnel, grant and contract administration, and auxiliary enterprises. Mr. Clinton earned his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, and his MBA from FAU.

Dr. Steven Bourassa

Dr. Steven Bourassa
Director, School of Urban and Regional Planning

Steven Bourassa joined the School of Urban and Regional Planning in 2014 and was appointed Director at the beginning of 2015. Prior to that he was the KHC Real Estate Research Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of Louisville. He has also been on the faculty at the Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Auckland, and University of Memphis. House prices, housing tenure, land tenure, and property taxes are among the main subjects of his research. He received the 2014 International Real Estate Society Award for Achievement in International Real Estate Research and is a Fellow of the Weimer School of Advanced Studies in Real Estate and Land Economics at the Homer Hoyt Institute. He is on the editorial boards of five academic journals. He holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania

Deirdre Hardy

Deirdre Hardy
Director, School of Architecture

A registered architect since 1984, Deirdre Hardy has worked in both large (140 person) and small firms on projects that range similarly from multi-story large office buildings to passive solar houses. Her academic life also ranges the full scale of university sizes from a large state university to an art and design school. She has taught courses ranging from beginning design to chairing a graduate thesis, and from construction detailing to history. She is also experienced in administration and was the Director of the Division of Architecture and Interior Design before she came back to Florida and FAU. Although she grew up in Australia and still speaks that language best, she has grown to love Florida having lived in six different parts of the state. Her research interest just now focuses on the design techniques used by the early modernists in this region. She hopes to share her enthusiasm for their work and help students to learn from them. Their buildings demonstrate an understanding of this magnificent tropical climate and how to design for living with it harmoniously.

John Ortiz Smykla

Dr. John Ortiz Smykla
Director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

John Ortiz Smykla earned his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. His research focuses on adult corrections, capital punishment, and comparative criminal justice. His recent books include Corrections in the 21st Century (7e), Probation, Parole, and Community-Based Corrections and Offender Reentry: Rethinking Criminology and Criminal Justice. His co-authored dataset Executions in the United States, 1608-2008: The Espy File, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, is one of the most frequently requested data files from the University of Michigan’s ICPSR. Dr. Smykla is a former Senior Fulbright Scholar to Argentina and Uruguay. He served the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences as program committee chair and President of the Southern Criminal Justice Association. SCJA honored him in 1997 as Educator of the Year. He joined Florida Atlantic University in 2014 as Director of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Previously he served as Distinguished University Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies at the University of West Florida, Professor and Chair of Political Science and Criminal Justice at the University of South Alabama, and Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama.

Dr. John R. Graham

Dr. John R. Graham
Director, School of Social Work

John Graham, MA MSW PhD, is a Professor of Social Work and Director of the School of Social Work. Prior to coming to FAU, he was at the University of Calgary where he had served as Murray Fraser Professor of Community Economic Development, and PhD Program Coordinator. Graham has held over $4 million in research funding, has published over 100 journal articles, 51 book chapters, and is completing his ninth book. He has published on international development (with a particular focus on Bedouin-Arab communities in the Middle East), social policy, social welfare history, spirituality and social work, multicultural social work, qualitative research, and homelessness. His current interests concentrate on employee well being, and subjective well being (happiness) in and out of the workplace. His writing was recently recognized among the top 50 most frequently cited for his discipline in the English speaking world, 2000-2009. A longstanding mentor to junior faculty and to graduate students, Graham has sat on over 100 graduate student committees at the masters and doctoral levels, and in 2014 received a teaching award for graduate student mentoring.

Dr. Thai

Dr. Khi V. Thai
Director, School of Public Administration

Khi V. Thai has taught since 1978. His expertise is in public budgeting, financial management and public procurement. As shown in detail below, he is (1) editor of 3 academic journals; (2) Editorial Board member of 8 other academic journals; (3) author or editor of 12 books; (4) author or co-author of 41 referred articles, and 12 non-refereed articles and technical reports; (5) author or co-author of 22 book chapters; (6) editor or co-editor of 17 academic journal symposia; and (6) principal investigator of numerous grants/contracts. In addition, he has served as director of the Bureau of Public Administration at the University of Maine, Director of the School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University, and founder and former Director of the Public Procurement Research Center at Florida Atlantic University. He organized a variety of training programs, particularly international training programs, at the University of Maine and Florida Atlantic University. Most recently, he has provided technical assistance to the South Florida Water Management District, the Government of Sierra Leone, Uganda, Bulgaria, Columbia, and the Federal Government of Canada in the area of procurement reforms, procurement integrity and international procurement.

In 2004, Professor Thai initiated the International Public Procurement Conference. The conference is intended to be a forum for practitioners and researchers from developed and developing countries (1) to share and to advance knowledge, innovation and best practices in public procurement; and particularly (2) to build a global network for practitioners and researchers. To achieve this goal, a website ( has been created, where all papers presented at previous conferences are posted.

In 2008, he received the “Distinguished Service Award” from the National Institute of Governmental Purchasing, Inc., a national professional association.

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