Core Faculty

Dr. DeLysa Burnier, PhD Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Burnier’s areas of specialization are public administration, public policy, and American politics. She has published work on gender and public administration, gender and the New Deal, leadership, teaching pedagogy and interpretative approaches to public policy. Dr. Burnier can be reached at burnier@ohio.edu or 740-593-1337.

Dr. Michael Burton, PhD Political Science, University at Albany, SUNY

Dr. Burton teaches Elections & Campaigns and Political Leadership.His research has involved campaigns & elections, judicial appointment, American political leadership, and philosophy of logic. He spent more than seven years as a political professional in Washington. Most recently, he worked in the office of Vice President Al Gore (1993-98) as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff and Assistant Political Director, advising the Vice President and senior White House staff and assisting in the coordination of vice-presidential travel. He is available at burtonm@ohio.edu or 740-593-1340.

Dr. Lesli Johnson, PhD Clinical Psychology, Ohio University

Dr. Johnson leads the Voinovich School PEER team (Planning, Evaluation, Education and Research) and serves as the coaching coordinator for the Ohio Appalachia Educators Institute.She has twenty years of experience working in community programs, including mental health, health, education and child welfare. Dr. Johnson enjoys working on interdisciplinary teams both as a researcher and as a project coordinator.As an evaluator, she has conducted evaluations on school-based programs, mental health interventions, community development and community readiness.She serves as the interim director for the Ohio Appalachia Educators Institute. Dr Johnson can be reached at johnsol2@ohio.edu or 740-593-9739.

G. Jason Jolley, PhD Public Administration, North Carolina State University

G. Jason Jolley is an Assistant Professor of Rural Economic Development and Director of the MPA program. Jolley has over a decade of academic and professional experience in economic development and regional planning.  He received a Ph.D. in public administration from North Carolina State University, where he specialized in economic development and research methods, an M.A. in political science from the University of Tennessee and an A.B. in economics from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Jolley can be reached at jolleyg1@ohio.edu or 740-593-9797.

Dr. Marsha Lewis, Ph.D., Ohio University

Marsha Lewis currently teaches in the MPA program and manages applied research projects related to education and public sector strategy development. She also serves as a senior data analyst for research and evaluation projects. Marsha helped develop the Ohio University Executive Leadership Institute and served as the Institute’s managing director for five years. She holds a Ph.D. in educational research and evaluation with concentrations in statistical analysis and psychometrics. Marsha is one of Ohio University's lead researchers in the Ohio Education Research Center. Ms. Lewis can be reached at lewism5@ohio.edu or 740-593-1435.

Dr. Holly Raffle, PhD, Educational Research and Evaluation, Ohio University

Dr. Raffle serves as a research methodologist for qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research projects including program evaluation at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Dr. Raffle primarily works in the disciplines of K-12 education, post-secondary education, and public health. Additionally, she is a certified health education specialist and has taught health in the public school system. Dr. Raffle can be reached at raffle@ohio.edu or 740-597-1710.

Dr. Ani Ruhil, PhD, Stony Brook University, SUNY

Dr. Ruhil manages a number of applied research projects at the Voinovich School in the areas of educational attainment and public program evaluation. His primary research interests are focused in bureaucratic politics and governmental reform.His research is widely published in a number of academic journals and his recent applied work has informed governmental decision making in Ohio. Prior to joining the Voinovich School, Dr. Ruhil taught at the University of South Carolina and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Ruhil can be reached at ruhil@ohio.edu or 740-597-1949.

Dr. Jay Ryu, PhD, Public Administration, University of Georgia

Dr. Ryu's areas of specialization are public administration and public budgeting and finance. His current research areas have been focused on the evaluation of public revenues and expenditures such as education policy and finance, job training programs, and investment in public infrastructures, budgetary politics and the models of public expenditures, organizational performance and its determinants, and state and local privatization studies. He can be reached at ryu@ohio.edu or 740-593-1993.

Dr. Mark Weinberg, PhD Political Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Dr. Weinberg is the Founding Dean of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and is a Professor specializing in the areas of organizational strategy and public sector value creation. In 2002, he was named the Appalachian Regional Commission's Whisman Scholar and served in that position for three years. He has taught a range of management courses including Public Budgeting, Financial Management, Public Policy Analysis, and now teaches the graduate capstone seminar in Public Administration (POLS 680). Dr. Weinberg can be reached at weinberm@ohio.edu or 740-593-4390.