MPA faculty

Christopher Acuff

Chris AcuffDr. Christopher Acuff is Assistant Professor of Public Administration. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MPA from UTC. Before returning to Chattanooga, he served as a research analyst for the State of Tennessee. His research interests focus on state and local government, urban politics, representation, and government structure. Current research projects are focused on how city-county consolidation affects minority representation and the factors that shape citizen voting in local referenda. Course offerings in the MPA program include Public Administration Foundations, Budgeting and Finance in Public Agencies, Intergovernmental Relations, and Local Government Management. 

423-425-4487
Pfeiffer 307
Christopher-Acuff@utc.edu

 

Michelle Evans

Michelle EvansDr. Evans is Assistant Professor of Public Administration. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Public Administration degree and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from University of Central Florida. Her research interests include nonprofit performance management, volunteerism and service learning, ethics, and social equity/diversity and has been published in Journal of Public Affairs Education and Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Dr. Evans teaches courses related to volunteer management, ethics, and general nonprofit management and coordinates the undergraduate concentration on Public Administration and Nonprofit Management.

Dr. Evans spent more than 20 years working as a nonprofit practitioner. She spent the majority of her nonprofit career with Special Olympics, based first in the international office in Washington, DC, and then in state and local Special Olympics programs in Florida. She managed sports training and competition programs for athletes with intellectual disabilities, volunteer management programs, and taught Special Olympics coach training programs.

Dr. Evans serves on the board of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section for Women in Public Administration and on the board of the ASPA Section on Ethics and Integrity in Governance. She is also an active member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s Section on Values, Religion, Altruism, and Drawbacks.

423-425-5370
Pfeiffer 304
Michelle-Evans@utc.edu

 

Christopher Horne

Christopher Horne

Dr. Horne is UC Foundation Associate Professor of Public Administration and MPA Program Coordinator. He holds a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University Joint Program in Public Policy and a Master of Science in Social Work from University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Dr. Horne’s research focuses on the government-nonprofit relationship, and his work has been published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Evaluation Review, Administration and Society, Journal of Nonprofit Management, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and International Journal of Public Administration. Dr. Horne also conducts program evaluations for nonprofit organizations in the fields of informal science education, youth development, and college access. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in applied research methods, public policy, program planning and evaluation, and nonprofit management and supervises the graduate and undergraduate internship programs.

Prior to coming to UTC, Dr. Horne served on the public administration faculty at Kennesaw State University and conducted research with the Applied Research Center and Nonprofit Studies Program at Georgia State University.

Dr. Horne currently serves as Vice Chair of the Chattanooga Christian School Board of Trustees and serves as Vice Chair and led the establishment of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action’s Section on Public Policy, Politics, and Law.

423-425-1709
Pfeiffer 310
Christopher-Horne@utc.edu

 

Irina Khmelko

Irina Khmelko

Dr. Khmelko is UC Foundation Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Service. She received her Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She also has a Master of Public Administration degree from Bowling Green State University, Master of Arts from Lancaster University, UK, and a graduate degree from the USSR.

Dr. Khmelko currently serves as Vice President and board member of the Sister City Association of Chattanooga and provides leadership on a variety of the association’s partnerships with local governments and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Khmelko previously held the position of a Visiting Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington. She served as an Associate, Contractor, and Invited Guest Speaker for the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded organizations. She has also served as Project Coordinator at the Center for Strategic and International Studies headed by the 10th U.S. National Security Advisor, Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski. 

Dr. Khmelko’s research interests are in the field of world development, democratic institution building, and democratization in comparative politics and public administration. She has served as a guest editor and published in a variety of journals including The Journal of Legislative Studies, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Journal of Family and Adolescent Health, and Journal of East European and Asian Studies. Dr. Khmelko works in seven languages, and some of her articles are published in foreign language publications.

423-425-5755
Pfeiffer 208
Irina-Khmelko@utc.edu

 

Marcus Mauldin

Marcus Mauldin

Dr. Mauldin is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies in the UTC College of Arts and Sciences. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Mauldin teaches courses related to public policy, public financial management, information management, and economic and community development. His research interests include state and local financial management, community economic development, and public management. His work has been published in Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Public Performance and Management Review, and Journal of Public Affairs Education. He is currently co-principal investigator for a project focusing on public policy and community-driven responses to food deserts. 

Prior to joining the UTC faculty, Dr. Mauldin served as the director of the Office of Research and Evaluation within the Florida Department of Education’s Division of Accountability, Research and Measurement, where he conducted research in the areas of education accountability, and Senior Legislative Analyst with the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, where he conducted evaluations of state economic development initiatives, such as the Florida Enterprise Zone Program and the Florida Black Business Investment Board/Black Business Investment Corporations Capitalization Program.

423-425-5702
Pfeiffer 202
Marcus-Mauldin@utc.edu

 

Honna Rogers

Honna Rogers

Honna Rogers is an affiliate faculty member of the MPA program and Municipal Management Consultant with the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service’s Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from University of Tennessee at Knoxville. As an affiliate faculty member, Ms. Rogers teaches courses related to human resource management and local government management. She previously worked for the City of Sevierville and as a Post Graduate Management Fellow with MTAS. While at MTAS, she worked with the cities of Cleveland, Athens, East Ridge, and Signal Mountain, the Southeast Tennessee Development District, and the Athens Utility Board. Ms. Rogers spent five years as the Town Manager of Signal Mountain, Tennessee before returning to MTAS. Ms. Rogers is also a founding and current member of the THRIVE Regional Partnership.

423-425-4239
Pfeiffer 304
honna.rogers@tennessee.edu

 

 

Administrative staff

Jessica Dickerson

Jessica Dickerson

Program Liaison, UTC Graduate School
423-425-5686
Race 103
Jessica-Dickerson@utc.edu

 

Tenai Harden

Tenai Harden

Administrative Specialist, Department of Political Science and Public Service
423-425-4281
Pfeiffer 210
Tenai-Harden@utc.edu