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Russell SmithRussell Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Senior Research Associate, Center for Public Affairs Research
Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness
Date of Appointment: 1986

Phone: (402) 554.3750
Office: EAB 202

Primary Expertise

Local government management
Public policy
Urban service delivery
Applied research methods


B.A., University of Houston, 1972
M.A., University of North Texas, 1974
Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 1977

Courses taught

Research Methods
Capstone Project
Advanced Management Analysis

Professional Research

Professor Smith has published articles in a number of leading journals, including: Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Social Science Quarterly, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, American Review of Public Administration, Publius, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Criminal Justice, Policy Studies Journal, and Labor Relations . Professor Smith has been successful in securing external funding for much of his professional research. During his career he has won approximately $2 million in funding from federal, state and local agencies and foundations. Professor Smith enjoys blending academic and applied research through community-based projects.

Professional Activities

Professor Smith served as a member of the editorial board, Review of Public Personnel Administration, 1979-1984 and as co-editor, Journal of the Community Development Society, 1992-1995. Professor Smith has lead and been involved with applied research and service centers at several universities. Through these centers, Professor Smith has served as a consultant to governors, mayors, and department directors in several different states and major cities. Professor Smith has also led and participated in international training and demonstration projects in Romania, Moldova, and Tajikistan.

Hobbies & Interests

Professor Smith enjoys gardening and working on his acreage north of Omaha where he has a garden of native prairie grasses and flowers. He enjoys almost any outdoor activity.