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The MPA in Public Affairs and Administration

Meet the Faculty of the School for Public Affairs and Administration

Dean Humphrey A. Crookendale (BS, Queens College; JD, Howard University School of Law) ext. 2600

Dean Humphrey A. Crookendale has been a member of the faculty at MCNY since 1983 where he was a key architect in the development and articulation of the Master of Science in Administration degree, the original graduate degree at the College. In the development of the original program, Dean Crookendale was also the principal author of the Systems, Values and Ethics and Self and Others dimension course outlines. He became the Associate Dean in the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services in 1989. Under his direction, Dean Crookendale secured the Master of Public Administration degree program at the College and later became Dean in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Professor Crookendale continues to be an instrumental agent in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. He is actively engaged in the recruitment of new faculty to the school. He is also involved in the strategic planning of the National Association of School of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the professional association that represents and accredits schools in the field of public affairs and administration. As a teacher, Professor Crookendale’s principle areas of interest include the analysis and development of national, state and local governmental policy and how such policy impacts the lives of citizens and organizations alike.


Oren M. Levin-Waldman (BA History, Temple University; Ph.D. Political Science, Temple University) ext. 2220

Prior to his appointment at MCNY, Professor Levin-Waldman held the Henry J. Raimondo Endowed Chair in Urban Research and Public Policy at New Jersey City University, and was for many years a Resident Scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, where he also taught public policy. Additionally he served as a consultant to Public/Private Ventures, having conducted a study of New York City's labor market, with specific emphasis on income inequality.

He specializes in public policy and political economy, with strong interest in political philosophy, and has written extensively on policy issues ranging from welfare reform and workforce development to labor market issues including unemployment insurance, the minimum wage, and other issues relating to income security.

His latest book is Wage Policy, Income Distribution, and Democratic Theory (Routledge). He also just completed writing an online textbook, The Constitution and American Government for Bridgepont Education Company. In addition, he is the author of The Political Economy of the Living Wage: A Study of Four Cities (M.E. Sharpe); Plant Closure, Regulation, and Liberalism: The Limits to Liberal Public Philosophy (University Press of America); Reconceiving Liberalism: Dilemmas of Contemporary Liberal Public Policy (University of Pittsburgh Press); and The Case of the Minimum Wage: Competing Policy Models (State University of New York Press). He has been published in Policy Sciences; Review of Social Economy; Journal of Economic Issues; Challenge; Rhetoric & Public Affairs; Public Affairs Quarterly; Review of Policy Research; Regional Labor Review; and the Journal of Socio-Economics as well as having written several applied public policy studies. Currently, he is exploring the relationship between wage policies such as the minimum wage, wage contours, income inequality, and ultimately the impact that wage policy may have on the democratic process. A member of the Editorial Board of the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy, which is connected with the Global Political Economy Research Unit, he has contributed several pieces. Professor Levin-Waldman has been an NEH Summer Humanities Fellow at Princeton University. He is the labor economics/ market representative to Editorial Advisory Board of Perspectives on Work, a publication of the Labor Employment Relations Association.

Dr. Oren Levin-Waldman has been cited in many academic works and has had several media appearances, including PalTalk, CBS Up to the Minute, Fox News, The New York Times, and local National Public Radio station affiliates.

In October 2007, Dr. Levin-Waldman spoke about his living wage research as part of the Thomas J. Anton/Fred Lippit lecture series at Brown University. He also participated in a workshop on "Work Justice" in Zurich --- at the University of Zurich in November. His paper was titled: "Minimum Wages and Competing Ethical Conceptions." Around the same time he was mentioned in a multi-part series on minimum wage in the Indiana Econimic Digest. Read part one, part two, and part three of four. He also gave a talk on Wage Policy and Achieving Greater Democracy at the Seminar on Political Economy and Contemporary Social Issues at Columbia University in the Fall of 2011.

In addition, Professor Levin-Waldman until September 2011 wrote a blog for the Labor and Employment Relations Association: http://levin-waldman.lerablog.org/


Philip M. Nufrio (BA, Rutgers University; MPA in Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University; PhD, Rutgers University) ext. 2435

Dr. Philip M. Nufrio, is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration in the MPA program at Metropolitan College of New York. Dr. Nufrio has a PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers, the State University.

Dr. Nufrio is an international scholar in the field of public policy and administration. Some of his most recent publications include:

  • Co-Editor, Symposium on Action Learning. Public Administration Quarterly. (in press for summer 2008)
  • Co-author. The Theory and Practice of Action Learning in the MPA/MBA Curriculum at Metropolitan College of New York. Public Administration Quarterly. (in press for summer 2008)
  • Editor. Symposium on Distance Learning in Public Administration. International Journal of Public Administration. 30 (5) 2007.
  • Distance Learning in a Public Nonprofit Curriculum. International Journal of Public Administration. 30 (5) 2007.
  • Applied Statistics for Public Policy. Co-authored with Brian Macfie. M.E.Sharpe. 2006
  • Editor. Symposium: Examining Iraq's Past, Present and Future: A Public Policy and Administrative Perspective. Public Administration and Management, 10 (1), 2005.
  • Post War Iraq: Understanding and Shaping the Forces of Positive Change. Co-written with Abbas Ali. Public Administration and Management, 10 (1), 2005.
  • Organizational Culture Change: A Study of the National Government. 2001. Landover, MD: University Press of America.

Most recently Dr. Nufrio presented at the annual national conference of the American Society for Public Administration and the Teaching Public Administration conferences on the following topics: The Non Profit Response to National Disasters, Evaluating Courses/Curricula using Course Evaluations and Examining the Organizational Culture of Higher Education.

Nufrio was a full-time faculty member in three major colleges and universities in the field of business and public administration over a 20 year period. He has consulted numerous profit and non profit organizations in the areas of organizational change and strategic planning. Prior to this he worked for Kaiser Permanente Health Care and the U.S. government as a management/policy analyst, including the Executive Office of the President of the United States.


Pamela Ransom (BA, Harvard University; Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) ext. 2219

Pamela Ransom is an Associate Professor in the Master of Public Administration program in the School for Public Affairs and Administration at Metropolitan College of New York. She joined the faculty in 2011. She has been active as an administrator, environmentalist, planner, educator and community activist. After completing her undergraduate education at Harvard University and doctorate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she served as Deputy Director of Town Planning for the Government of Jamaica and consultant for USAID. She was also Co-director of Harvard Africa Volunteers working in East Africa.

She has previously served as Special Assistant for Environmental Affairs for the Manhattan Borough President and New York City Mayor and as Program Director for the Women's Environment and Development Organization, managing a global program on health and environment. She has taught with institutions including Long Island University, Northwestern University, St. Joseph's College and Alfred University.

Dr. Ransom has also been active as a researcher and consultant for a wide variety of government agencies, health institutions and community organizations internationally and in the United States. She has numerous publications on issues related to public administration and policy, focusing on themes including inter-agency collaboration, advocacy and community participation. In her role as Associate Professor at Metropolitan College she teaches a range of courses including introductory courses on public administration, public policy, and organizational behavior and has previously taught a wide array of courses throughout the field of public policy and administration.


Louis Tietje (BA, Concordia University Chicago; MTS, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; PhD, Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York) ext. 2601

Louis Tietje is a professor in the MPA program of the School for Public Affairs and Administration at Metropolitan College of New York, where he has been teaching since 1989. He teaches courses in organizational behavior, ethics, social problems and policy, and program planning.

Dr. Tietje received his PhD from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. He also holds an MTS from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a BA in education from Concordia University Chicago. He studied management and industrial/organizational psychology at Baruch College, The City University of New York. His research interests and many publications cover a wide variety of issues in cultural criticism, education, ethical theory, and ethics and public policy.

Dr. Tietje has been a manager in a law firm, an elementary school teacher, and an orchestral conductor for a theater company. He also served on the board of the nonprofit organization that produced the documentary film, Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker, which was nominated for an Academy Award.

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