Faculty & Staff Profile
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DeLysa Burnier is Professor of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her B.A. also is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with highest distinction in political science. Her current research interests are gender and public administration, gender and leadership, teaching pedagogy, interpretive approaches to policy analysis, and political autobiography. Specifically, Dr. Burnier’s work is focused on the development of a care-centered public administration.
Dr. Burnier’s current research appears in Administration & Society, Public Administration Review, Administration Theory & Praxis, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Journal of Contemporary Ethnography. Earlier work appears in Economic Development Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Feminist Teacher, and Journal of Urban Affairs. She currently serves on the editorial boards for Administrative Theory & Praxis and the Journal of Public Affairs Education. Her chapter on gender and public administration is in the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy. Her most recent publication is, “Developing Gender Competent Public Administrators,” which appears in Cultural Competency for Public Administrators (M. E. Sharpe, 2012). Additionally, she is the author of several other book chapters, and was the recipient of two national grants in the areas of campaign financing and political advertising.
Dr. Burnier was named the first ever Presidential Teacher at Ohio University in 2001. Her other teaching awards include the student-selected University Professor Award, the College of Arts & Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, and the Jeanette Grasselli Outstanding Teaching Award. In 2006 she received the distinguished mentor award from the Honors College at Ohio University.
Dr. Burnier teaches classes in Public Administration and American Politics. They include: Organization Theory, Interest Group Politics, the graduate seminar in American Politics, and the introductory course in American Politics. She has directed many master’s and honors theses. Her students work around the state and region in government and non-profits, as well as teach in universities and community colleges. Dr. Burnier is the former director of the Public Administration Program, and she just completed a term as Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Political Science.
Currently she is a Voinovich Faculty Fellow with the George Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. In this capacity she encourages and helps coordinate faculty use of Senator Voinovich’s archives, which are located at Ohio University. Dr. Burnier also is a teaching fellow with the Ohio Fellows. This program is an undergraduate leadership program, which was reactivated in 2012.