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University of Central Florida
2014-Present. Assistant Professor (tenure-track), Public Administration
2013-2014. Assistant Professor (visiting), Public Affairs
Northern Illinois University
2009-2013. Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, Public Administration
Rock Valley College
2012-2013. Adjunct Instructor, Political Science
Fort Hays State University
2012. Adjunct Online Instructor, Political Science
Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. Political Science, 2014
Primary Field: Public Administration, Secondary Field: American Government Dissertation: Turning Dreams into Reality: Examining Strategic Implementation in U.S.
Municipalities, directed by Dr. Kurt Thurmaier
University of Kansas
M.P.A. Public Administration, 2003
B.A. with Distinction; Political Science, History, and Geography, 2001 Minor: Public Service and Community Leadership
Mitchell, David, and Kurt Thurmaier. “Currents and Undercurrents in Budgeting Theory: Exploring the Swirls, Heading Upstream,” invited article in Public Administration Review for the “Foundations of Public Administration” Series, May 2012. http://www.aspanet.org/public/ASPA/Publications/Public_Administration_Review/Foundations_of_PA_Series/FPA.aspx
Works in Progress Manuscripts under Review
“(Re)Defining the Disarticulated Municipality: Budget Accountability for
Networked Governance.” (with Kurt Thurmaier, Northern Illinois University). An article examining the incorporation of collaborative activities into the budgetary processes of local governments, through content analysis of budgetary documents and a survey of local officials of eight local public management networks in northern Illinois.
Manuscripts in Development
“It All Depends…But on What? The Extension of Contingency Theory into Public Strategic Implementation.” A theoretical contribution to public strategic management, this paper constructs three new models of strategic
implementation—two are generic in nature while the third is contingent. The contingencies are defined by a 2x2 typology of low and high levels of initiative priority and implementation complexity. The three models are tested
demonstrating that contingent approaches are associated with greater success than generic ones. Anticipated submission: October 2014.
“Keeping a Watchful Eye: The Dual Role of CAO as Monitor and Intervener in Municipal Strategic Implementation Efforts.” With a mixed-methods approach, the role of the CAO in strategic implementation is analyzed. The study finds that CAOs generally delegate implementation tasks, monitor performance, and intervene during performance deficits to ensure the strategic coalition is maintained. Anticipated submission: October 2014.
“The Definition of Insanity? A Disconnect between Theory and Practice in Public Strategic Implementation.” Scholarly work has increasingly supported
contingent approaches to strategic implementation in public organizations, but the evidence in this study shows that U.S. municipalities are bucking these empirical findings by utilizing generic approaches in practice. The theoretical and practical implications are explored. Anticipated submission: October 2014. “Old Techniques and New Concepts: Cost Accounting in Public Management
Networks.” (with Zachary Mohr, University of North Carolina-Charlotte). This article examines the reasons why municipalities choose to increase performance monitoring of collaborative public management networks of which they
participate. Anticipated submission: October 2014.
Research Projects in Data Collection or Design
“A Reflection of Changing Priorities? The Reallocative Power of Priority Based Budgeting in US Municipalities during an Era of Fiscal Stress.”
An untitled work regarding fiscal slack with Rebecca Hendrick, University of Illinois-Chicago.
“A Reflection of Changing Priorities? The Reallocative Power of Priority Based Budgeting in US Municipalities during an Era of Fiscal Stress.” Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2014 (accepted).
“Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: The Influence of Budgeting on Strategic Implementation in U.S. Municipalities.” Western Social Sciences Association, Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, April 2014.
“Old Techniques and New Concepts: Cost Accounting in Public Management Networks.” (with Dr. Zachary Mohr) Western Social Sciences Association, Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM, April 2014.
“It All Depends…But on What? A Refinement of Contingency Theory in Public Strategic Management.” Southern Political Science Association, Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2014.
“The Definition of Insanity? A Disconnect between Theory and Practice in Public Strategic Implementation.” Southern Political Science Association, Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, January 2014.
“(Re)Defining the Disarticulated Municipality: Budget Accountability for
Networked Governance.” (with Dr. Kurt Thurmaier) Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Annual Conference, Washington, DC, October 2013.
“Turning Dreams into Reality: What Works (and doesn’t) in the Strategic
Management of U.S. Municipalities.” Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Annual Conference, New York, NY, October 2012.
“Budgeting for Collaboration: An Exploratory Study of Public Management Networks in Northern Illinois,” (with Dr. Kurt Thurmaier) Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Annual Conference, Washington, DC, October 2011.
“Toward a Theory of Budgeting for Collaboration,” (with Dr. Kurt Thurmaier) Public Management Research Association, Biennial Conference, Syracuse, NY, June 2011.
“Currents and Undercurrents in Budgeting Theory: Exploring the Swirls, Heading Upstream,” (with Dr. Kurt Thurmaier) Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Annual Conference, Omaha, NE, October 2010.
“Improving the Performance of Municipal Governing Boards: An Empirical Analysis,” (with Dr. Trenton J. Davis, Dr. Gerald T. Gabris, and Dr. Kimberly L. Nelson) South Eastern Conference on Public Administration, Annual Conference, Wilmington, NC, October 2010.
Municipal Experience Additional Professional Experience Consulting Experience Courses Taught
Management Analyst, City of Highland Park (IL), 2006-2009.
Provided administrative support and coordination for municipal communications, customer service, franchise agreements, and special events. Provided staff support for Highland Park Green Initiatives Alliance, Telecommunications Commission, Beautification Task Force, Sister Cities Foundation, Healthy Highland Park Task Force, and Fort Sheridan Homeowners’ Association.
Management and Budget Analyst, City of Kansas City (MO), 2002-2006.
Served as City Change Manager for ten concurrent reorganization efforts. Served as budget analyst for most departments. Assisted in managing City debt portfolio. Proposed and implemented organization-wide Employee Suggestion and
Research Assistant, Center of Governmental Studies, Northern Illinois University, 2010-2011.
Provided analytical support to various local government consulting contract projects (see Consulting Experience).
Research Assistant, Division of Public Administration, Northern Illinois University, 2009-2010.
Supported administrative and curricular development of Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development Center, including an undergraduate major in Civic Leadership and Community Engagement and graduate specialization in Nonprofit Management.
Advocacy Intern, Economic Lifelines, 1999.
Provided support for lobbying efforts of transportation umbrella advocacy group during 1999 legislative session at Kansas Statehouse when a comprehensive
transportation plan was under consideration. These efforts resulted in the passage of a ten-year, $13.2 billion transportation plan.
Management Analyst, Poplar Creek Library District Strategic Plan, 2011.
Policy Analyst, City of Dubuque (Iowa) Crime and Poverty Study, 2010.
Management Analyst, City of Elmhurst (Illinois) Information Technology Strategic Plan, 2010.
Strategic Planning Facilitator, District 99 (Downers Grove, Illinois) High School District, 2010.
Introduction to Public Administration Public Financial Management (graduate)
Public Policy Processes (graduate) Public Finance and Budgeting
Introduction to Public Affairs Analytic Techniques (graduate)
State and Local Government Research Methods (graduate)
Service Professional Development Honors and Awards Technical Competencies Professional Affiliations
Panel Chair, Association for Budgeting and Financial Management Annual Conf.
Volunteer Assistant,Central Florida Debate Initiative, 2014-present.
Member,Ad Hoc Local Government Curriculum Committee, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2014.
Member, Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development Center (NGOLD) Strategy Committee, 2010-2011.
Board Member, KUCIMAT (University of Kansas Public Administration Alumni Organization) Board, Student Representative, 2002-2003.
Graduate School Senator, University of Kansas Student Senate, 2002-2003.
Elections Commissioner, University of Kansas Student Senate, 2002.
Student Representative, Committee for Undergraduate Studies and Advising, University of Kansas, 1999.
Northern Illinois University Civic Leadership Academy, 2009.
City of Kansas City (Missouri) Capital Project Management Training, 2005. Truman School of Public Affairs Performance Management Seminar, 2005. City of Kansas City (Missouri) Human Resources Mgmt. Academy, 2002-2005.
Undergraduate Teaching Award, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs (one awarded among full-time faculty each year), 2014.
ICMA Community Health & Safety Excellence Award,Healthy Highland Park Task Force, Community Weight Loss Prog., 2011. (awarded post-employment)
Innovative Program Award Winner,Online Advertising Cost-Saving Initiative, National League of Cities’ “City Showcase,” 2003.
Cookingham Fellow, City of Kansas City (MO), 2002-2003.
Student Paper Award Nominee, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, Annual Conference, June 2002.
Departmental Honors, University of Kansas Geography Department, via thesis entitled, “The Need for Speed: Historical Justifications for Embracing High-Speed Rail,” 2001.
Departmental Honors, University of Kansas History Department, via thesis entitled, “Highway Robbery—The Search for the ‘Northwest Passage’: A Case Study in Kansas Highway Politics,” 2000.
SPSS; STATA; Oncourse; Blackboard Next Generation; Endnote; Microsoft Office, Project, and Visio; Survey Monkey; PeopleSoft Financials, HRMS, and Budgeting Modules; Lotus Notes; BRASS Budgeting System; EDEN Administration System; HTE Financial System; Adobe Acrobat, Pagemaker, and Photoshop; Macromedia Dreamweaver and Contribute; Quark Express; Granicus Web Streaming System. American Society of Public Administration
Association for Budgeting and Financial Management Section on Public Administration Research
Section on Public Performance and Management International City/County Management Association Public Management Research Association