Dr. Barbara S. Romzek has been appointed Dean of the School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at American University in Washington, D.C. The school includes the Department of Government, Department of Justice, Law and Society, and the Department of Public Administration and Policy. Dr. Romzek is recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with particular emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her research has encompassed complex work settings, including federal agencies such as NASA, Congress, and the U.S. Air Force, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit agencies. Building upon her research on formal accountability, her recent work focuses on informal accountability in collaborative network settings.
Dr. Romzek, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, has received research awards from the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association. She has served on the governing boards for the Academy of Management, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; she currently serves on the Board of the Public Management Research Association.
Romzek joins American University after a career at the University of Kansas that included extensive leadership experience for the Department of Public Administration as well as the College of Arts and Science and the Provost Office.