Professor Mary Feeney

Professor Mary Feeney selected as a National Academy of Public Administration fellow

Mary K. Feeney, professor and Lincoln Professor of Ethics in ASU’s School of Public Affairs, has been selected by the National Academy of Public Administration for inclusion in its 2019 Class of Academy Fellows.

“It’s a great honor to have been nominated and selected for membership in the National Academy of Public Administration — an organization dedicated to making government work for all,” Feeney said. “It is a vital time for NAPA to be fully engaged in protecting the integrity of our democratic institutions, strengthening public service and supporting the expertise and talent who make up the government bureaucracy. I am excited to serve as a fellow and contribute to advancing the intellectual and popular discourse on government.”

Feeney and Nicole Darnall, associate dean and professor of management and public policy in ASU’s School of Sustainability, are among 51 new fellows who will be inducted during NAPA’s annual Fall Meeting on Nov. 7-8 in Arlington, Virginia.

They join a prestigious group of fellows at ASU that includes university President Michael M. Crow, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions Dean Jonathan Koppell, Regents Professor Barry Bozeman, Foundation Professor Stuart Bretschneider, Frank and June Sackton Professor Karen Mossberger and Thom Reilly (currently on leave of absence and serving as chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education), all in Watts College’s School of Public Affairs.

Darnall is a former School of Public Affairs faculty member and maintains her faculty affiliation with the school’s Center for Organization Research and Design.

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Chartered by Congress, NAPA was established in 1967 as an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization dedicated to assisting government leaders in building more effective organizations. The 2019 class joins more than 900 NAPA fellows, including former cabinet officers, members of Congress, governors, mayors and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, nonprofit leaders and public administrators.

NAPA President and CEO Terry Gerton said in a press release the organization’s fellows are nationally recognized for their expertise and contributions to the field of public administration. “I am very pleased to welcome Mary Feeney to the 2019 class of fellows,” he said in the statement.

Feeney teaches in the School of Public Affairs undergraduate and PhD programs. She is the editor of the Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, one of the field’s most prestigious publications. She also is associate director of ASU’s Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies (C-STEPS), and director of the doctoral program at the School of Public Affairs. Feeney’s published works include two books and more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles in public administration, higher education and science and technology policy.

“This is a wonderful honor and recognition for both Mary and the School of Public Affairs,” said Koppell, who was inducted as a NAPA fellow in 2012. “Mary’s selection as a NAPA fellow confirms what we already know: that her contributions to the field are making a difference in public administration research and practice. I’m proud to have her as a colleague and welcome her to the ranks of NAPA fellows at ASU.”

Written by Linda Obele