2015 Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Public Administration Review awards.


Dwight Waldo Award

Presented to a person who has made outstanding contributions to research and the professional literature in public administration over at least a 25-year period.


Norma M. Riccucci

Norma M. Riccucci is the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University – Newark.  Professor Riccucci’s research on social equity and leadership and human resources management within public management has received national and international recognition, whether through her publications including Managing Diversity in the Public Sector and Personnel Management in Government or through multiple keynote speaker invitations at conferences around the world.  Professor Riccucci has served as Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration doctoral programs at Rutgers-Newark and of the doctoral and master’s programs at the State University of New York-Albany.  In addition to these positions, Professor Riccucci was President of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Personnel and Labor Relations, member of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration’s Executive Council as well as the Academic Advisory Board of the Partnership for Public Service.  In recognition of her service to the field of public administration, Professor Riccucci became a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2005.  That same year she was inducted into the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for her contribution and commitment to international education and exchange.  She has received multiple awards such as the 2006 Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Demonstrated Excellence in Teaching, Research and Service to the Community, the ASPA/NASPAA 2002 Distinguished Research Award, and the Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research in 2010, to name a few.  In addition she has published extensively in tier-one journals within the field, including Public Administration Review and Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.  The selection committee praised her contributions to the discipline and practice of public administration and proclaimed Norma Riccucci as an excellent recipient who reflects well on everything Dwight stood for.


Dwight Waldo Award Committee: Dr. Robert Denhard (Chair), University of Southern California; Simon Andrew, University of North Texas; Claudia Avellaneda, Indiana University; Mark Glaser, Wichita State University; Patria De Lancer Julnes, Penn State Harrisburg; Laurence O’Toole, Jr., The University of Georgia; Antonio Tavares, University of Minho; Frank Thompson, Rutgers University Newark

Laverne Burchfield Award

Presented to the author of the best PAR book review.


Wes Grooms, “Learning to See Again: Understanding How Color Blindness Leaves Us in the Dark” May/June 2015, pp. 497-500.


Wes Grooms
Twenty book reviews were published in volume 75 of Public Administration Review. All made a contribution to the field by highlighting important new books, critiquing their value, and promoting more theoretical and empirical research in subject areas.

Wes Grooms’ review of Learning to See Again: Understanding How Color Blindness Leaves Us in the Dark carefully reflected on the key argument made in the book and summarized the book in a manner that was informative and lead the reader to “want more.” The review was, in our view, illuminating for three reasons: first, the author explains the book’s premise and structure in sufficient detail to provide context for understanding his evaluation without overwhelming the reader; second, Grooms offers several reasons why this book is an important contribution to both its own discipline (sociology) and to public administration; and finally, Grooms examines how the book is likely to offer insights to both the practitioner and research communities. Grooms accomplishes what a good reviewer should do: compels us to go and read the text for ourselves, so that we might also take part in the larger conversation it invokes.

Wes Grooms is recognized for writing the best book review published in the 75th volume.

The Laverne Burchfield Award Committee: Christopher Stream (Chair), University of Nevada Las Vegas; Jill Tao, University of Incheon, Martin Lodge, London School of Economics and Political Science


William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award

Presented to the authors of the best PAR article by an academic.

Sergio Fernandez, William G. Resh, Tima Moldogaziev, and Zachary W. Oberfield, “Assessing the Past and Promise of the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey for Public Management Research: A Research Synthesis,” May/June 2015, pp. 382-394.


Sergio Fernandez, William G. Resh, Tima Moldogaziev, and Zachary W. Oberfield
In this article Fernandez, Resh, Moldogaziev and Oberfield conduct a research synthesis of Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) conducted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The FEVS has been used extensively by public administration scholars to examine questions of importance: diversity management, employee empowerment, job satisfaction, leadership, motivation, performance and teamwork. Fernandez and colleagues note the many strengths of the FEVS—the scale and representativeness of the survey—while pointing to a range of weakness and limitations—notably not being able to conduct panel data analysis even though the data are longitudinal. An important contribution comes from their recommendations to better conceptualize the content of the survey, improve measurement reliability and validity, develop a panel of respondents, and to develop stronger collaborative relationships between government and the public administration research community to enhance the effectiveness of the survey. The principle of these recommendations have applicability to many public administration datasets.


The William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award Committee: Richard Walker (Chair), City University of Hong Kong;  Deanna Malatesta, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; Edgar Ramirez, Arizona State University


Louis Brownlow Award

Presented to the authors of the best PAR article by a practitioner.


Seok Eun Kim and You Hyun Kim, “Measuring the Growth of the Nonprofit Sector: A Longitudinal Analysis,” March/April 2015, pp. 242-251.


Seok Eun Kim and You Hyun Kim
This article examines the growth of the nonprofit sector in South Korea through a time-series analysis of 40 years political, economic, and socio-demographic data. The application of theories developed in the context of Western countries to an East-Asian country like South Korea is especially meaningful given the different development patterns and processes that South Korea experienced. The findings suggest that governmental and political influences were major drivers explaining the growth of the nonprofit sector in South Korea. The analysis supports the authors’ main argument that, while interdependence of government and nonprofit sectors is indispensable, a country’s historical root should be considered in order to understand unique aspects of relationships between governmental and nonprofit organizations. The committee selected this article for the award as it makes a significant contribution to the field of public and nonprofit administration with its theoretical and practical implications and rigorous empirical analysis.

The Louis Brownlow Award Committee: Sung-Wook Kwon (Chair), Texas Tech University; Simon A. Andrew, University of North Texas; Hongtao Yi, The Ohio State University


Chester A. Newland Award

Presented to the author of the best PAR commentary


John Perry, “Commentary: One Hundred Years of Local Government Progress,” September/October 2015, pp. 690-691.

John Perry
This commentary serves-up a clear, concise, and practically-grounded set of reflections prompted by an article that provided a meta-analysis of what research has (and, more importantly, has not) revealed regarding the effectiveness of the council-manager form of local government. Perry presents a very thoughtful practitioner perspective on what these findings have meant to the field, and, most importantly, he identified a number of specific and very important questions that remain to be addressed. The piece includes a rousing “call to action” that encourages increased research on form of government and other local government issues that will equip future practitioners with the knowledge they need to address effectively the critical issues they will face in coming years. Because this commentary constitutes a truly outstanding example of how these pieces can work to advance continuing dialogue among practitioners and academicians, we are pleased to recognize John Perry with the Chester A. Newland Award for Best
PAR Commentary.


The Chester A. Newland Award Committee:  Reginald L. Robinson (Chair), University of Kansas; Gary VanLandingham, The Pew Charitable Trusts; Jessica Terman, George Mason University