About President Kurtz

Dr. Rick Kurtz

Biography

Rick Kurtz, Ph.D., became the sixth president of Shawnee State University on July 1, 2015 after recently serving as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan and Associate Dean in the College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Dr. Kurtz earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado; a Master of Arts in Public Administration at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska. Prior to his career in higher education, he served various roles in federal government services providing expertise in policy analysis, program budgeting and implementation, community outreach, and interagency cooperative planning and partnerships for organizations including the USDA Agriculture Research Service, National Park Service in Anchorage, Alaska, and the U.S. Navy-Navy Reserve.

Curriculum Vita

Rick Kurtz, Ph.D.

Professional Address:

Shawnee State University
940 Second St.
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

(740) 351-3208
rkurtz@shawnee.edu

Current Position:

President, Shawnee State University Appointed July 2015

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 1995-1999 
    Field Specialties: Public Administration, Environmental Policy, American Government
  • M.A. in Public Administration, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1990-1991
  • B.A. in Political Science, University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska, 1983-1988

Previous Experience

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Michigan, 2012-2015

Assigned leadership and managerial responsibilities for the largest Academic College at the University. Primary responsibilities included maintaining a productive and vibrant faculty (225 full-time) across all College Departments. Facilitated the development and implementation of new innovative academic programs, research initiatives and creative endeavors. Identified and led efforts to building inter-disciplinary collaborations and external collaborative partnerships with other universities, public and private partners. Led and energized College fundraising priorities. Assured the operation of the College in a fiscally responsible and efficient manner.

Associate Dean, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 2009-2012

Tasked with leadership and managerial accomplishments in support of University’s largest Academic College; serving the needs of eight Departments, 94 academic programs and more than 200 full-time faculty. Primary accomplishments include chairing College academic committees; representing the College on a variety of University committees; representing the College during tenure track faculty review conferences; participating in strategic planning and budgeting decisions; building and facilities coordinator; fundraising and outreach activities; serving as College acting dean during the dean’s absence.

Professor and Chair, Political Science Department at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 2007-2009

Appointed to position of Department chair in 2007. Tasked with assuming managerial responsibilities in day-to-day operations of 20 full-time faculty, administrative support staff, graduate and undergraduate student assistants. Major tasks and accomplishments achieved in areas of strategic planning and budgeting, course scheduling, innovative program development and delivery, human resources management, and representing the Department before stakeholders within and outside of the university.

Professor and Master of Public Administration Program Director at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 2003-2007

In 2003 promoted to position of Public Administration Council chair and Master of Public Administration program director for main and off-campus programs. Provided leadership in the reinvigoration of graduate program; culminating in a robust off-campus cohort delivery model serving some 150 students annually. Initiated process for what would become successful professional national accreditation of the graduate degree program. Promoted to rank of full professor.

Associate Professor and Internship Director at Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, 1999-2003

Assigned primary responsibility for teaching courses in public administration; bureaucracies and organizational behavior; state and local government; and public policy. Served four years as department internship director, overseeing the placement and supervision of graduate and undergraduate interns. Engaged in scholarly and creative activities; academic advisement; active service on numerous Department and University committees, general service to the academic profession and community; and other assigned duties. Promoted to rank of associate professor. 

  • Instructor/Graduate Teaching Assistant at Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado, 1996-1999

  • Research Associate for Land Stewardship Services, Ft. Collins, Colorado, 1997-1998

  • Graduate Intern, Safety Health and Environment for USDA Agriculture Research Service, Ft. Collins, Colorado, 1996-1997

  • Research and Policy Analyst for National Park Service, Anchorage, Alaska, 1992-1995

  • Community Information and Education Committee for Regional Citizens' Advisory Council for Prince William Sound, Anchorage, Alaska, 1992-1993

  • Adjunct Instructor of Political Science-History at University of Alaska Anchorage, Anchorage, Alaska, 1992-1995

  • Command Administration and Personnel Mobilization Team for U.S. Navy-Navy Reserve, 1987-1991

Teaching Experience

Undergraduate level courses: Introduction to American Government and Politics; Introduction to Public Administration; State and Local Government; Lobbying and Interest Group Behavior; the American Chief Executive; Internship in Government and Politics; Introduction to Environmental Studies; Alaska History.

Graduate level courses: American State Government and Administration; Organizational Theory in Public Administration; Intergovernmental Relations; Foundations of Public Administration; Internship in Government and Politics; American Public Policy & Policy Analysis; Environmental Policy & Politics; Public Personnel Management and Administration; Managing Modern Local Government; Public Budgeting & Finance.

Scholarly Activity

Professional Career Development

Participant. “Plenary Sessions and Workshops.” Advanced Leadership Development in Higher Education. San Antonio, October 20-22, 2014.

Participant. “Plenary Sessions and Workshops.” The Art and Science of Donor Development. Denver, August 5-6, 2014.

Participant. “Plenary Sessions and Workshops.” CASE Advanced Development for Deans and Academic Leaders, Newport Beach, January 22-24, 2014.

Participant. “Plenary Sessions, Workshops and Case Study Sessions.” Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences Annual Conference, 2009 – 2014.

Participant. “Plenary Sessions and Workshops.” Professional Fundraising Workshop for Deans and Aspiring Academic Leaders. Denver, August 7, 2013.

Participant. “Plenary Sessions and Workshops.” Governing Michigan Leadership Forum, Lansing, May 1, 2013.

Participant. “Plenary Sessions and Workshops.” CASE Development for Deans and Academic Leaders, Bonita Springs, February 6-8, 2013.

Participant. “Deans and Directors Summit.” National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration Conference, Washington, DC, October 15-17, 2009.

Panel Participant. “New Chairs Workshop,” American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Charlotte, February 8-9, 2007.

Dissertation and Thesis

Kurtz, Rick S. “Policy Change in Resources Protection Statutes for Federal Public Lands: Testing the Punctuated Equilibrium Model.” Ph.D. diss., Colorado State University, 1999.

Kurtz, Rick S. “The Path to Native Sovereignty: An Analysis of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.” M.A. thesis. University of Virginia, 1991.

Professional Panel or Symposium Convener; Professional Journal Convener, Editor, or Reviewer

Peer Manuscript Reviewer. Energy Research and Social Science, Environmental Science and Technology, Tourism Planning & Development, International Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Environmental Practice, The American Review of Public Administration, The Social Science Journal, Policy Studies Journal.

Associate Editor. The Social Science Journal, 2003 – 2007.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Deepwater Horizon versus Piper Alpha – A Comparative Case Study, Bermuda, July 16-18, 2014.

Kurtz, Rick S. Chair. “Fixing Environmental Degradation.” Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Conference, Seattle, April 17-19, 2014.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Athos I –the Consequences of Innocence—A Case Study, Bermuda, July 24-26, 2013.

Kurtz, Rick S. Discussant. “National Environmental Policy.” Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Conference, Portland, March 22-24, 2012.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Deepwater Horizon – as Bad as it can Get, Bermuda, July 11-13, 2012.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Tintomara – Bizarre Circumstances, Serious Consequences, Bermuda, July 13-15, 2011.

Co-Convener and Panel Discussant. “Developing Academic Programs in Multi-Level Public Sector Management.” Making Multi-Level Public Management Work: Cases from the EU and North America, York University Glendon School, June 16-17, 2011.

Kurtz, Rick S. Moderator. “Public-Private Partnerships in Green Economics,” Making Public Management Work in the Global Economy, Central Michigan University, September 23-25, 2010.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Hebei Spirit – Measured Response or Rough Justice, Bermuda, July 15-17, 2010.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Cosco Busan – Just who is Responsible – a Case Study, Bermuda, June 11-12, 2009.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Selendang Ayu – A Human and Environmental Tragedy, Bermuda, June 12-13, 2008.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Morris J. Berman – Environmental Disaster or Legal Test Case, Bermuda, June 7-9, 2007.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Richard L. Jarashow. Co-conveners. SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Exxon Valdez – A Watershed in U.S. Oil Pollution Response, Bermuda, June 7-9, 2006.

Kurtz, Rick S. and William P. Browne. Co-editors. “Crisis Management – Crisis Response Symposium,” Review of Policy Research, 21:2, 2004.

Kurtz, Rick S. Discussant. “Studying the Politics of Crises and Disasters,” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Denver, March 27-29, 2003.

Professional Peer Reviewed Publications

Kurtz, Rick S. “Organizational Deviance, Integrity and Regulation: the 2008 MT Tintomara Spill.” Public Integrity, 17:1, 2015.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Oil Spill Causation and the Deepwater Horizon Spill.” Review of Policy Research, 30:4, 2013.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Coastal Oil Pollution, Spills, Crisis, and Policy Change.” In T. Campbell (Ed.), The Library of Essays on Emergency Ethics, Law and Policy. London: Ashgate Publishing, 2013.

Kurtz, Rick S. “New Public Management and Crisis Mitigation: the 2007 M/V Cosco Busan Incident.” International Journal of Public Administration, 34:1, 2011.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Oil Pipeline Regulation, Culture and Integrity: The 2006 BP North Slope Oil Spill.” Public Integrity, 13:1, 2011.

Kurtz Rick S. “Oil Pollution Act of 1990.” In M. Lindstrom (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the U.S. Government and the Environment: History, Policy, and Politics. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2010.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Public Lands Policy & Economic Trends in Gateway Communities.” Review of Policy Research, 27:1, 2010.

Kurtz, Rick S. “The M/V Selendang Ayu Disaster: Linkages between Policy Change, Gaps, and Crises.” The Social Science Journal, 45:4, 2008.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Cross-Culture Relationships on the Southeast Alaska Frontier: The Glacier Bay Case.” Journal of the West, Spring 2008.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Coastal Oil Spill Preparedness and Response: The Morris J. Berman Incident.” Review of Policy Research, 25:5, 2008.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Policy Dilemma in National Parks: A Case Study of Glacier Bay.” Journal of the West, Summer 2006.

Kurtz, Rick S. “The Federal Concessioner System: Linking Policy to Opportunities for Local Service Providers.” Review of Policy Research, 23:2, 2006.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Historic Preservation: A Statutory Vehicle for Disparate Agendas.” The Social Science Journal, 43:1, 2006.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Coastal Oil Pollution, Spills, Crisis, and Policy Change.” Review of Policy Research, 21:2, 2004.

Kurtz, Rick S. and William P. Browne. “Crisis Management – Crisis Response: An Introduction to the Symposium.” Review of Policy Research, 21:2, 2004.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Disputing Wilderness on the Canadian-American Frontier: The Case of Glacier Bay National Park.” Journal of the West, 43:1, 2004.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Organizational Culture, Decision Making, and Integrity: The National Park Service and Exxon Valdez.” Public Integrity, 5:4, 2003.

Kurtz, Rick S. "Commercial Salmon Operations in the Glacier Bay Region: An Industry in Microcosm." Journal of the West 36:2, 1997.

Kurtz, Rick S. "Spill Planning, Preparedness, and Response Capabilities for Public Land Managers." In Prevention, Response, and Oversight Five Years After the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill: Proceedings of an International Conference, March 23-25, 1994, by Alaska Sea Grant College Program. Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Fairbanks, 1995.

Kurtz, Rick S. "Cultural Resources Protection and Oil Spill Mitigation After the Exxon Valdez Disaster." George Wright Forum 12:2, 1995. Department of Interior, National Park Service. Lessons to be Learned: The National Park Service Administrative History and Analysis of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. by Rick S.

Kurtz, NPS, 1995. Department of Interior, National Park Service. Historic Resources Study for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. by Rick S. Kurtz, Anchorage: NPS, 1995.

Conferences and Symposiums

Kurtz, Rick S. “Operational Dynamics in the Degradation of Safety Integrity – Deepwater Horizon and Piper Alpha.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Deepwater Horizon versus Piper Alpha – A Comparative Case Study, Bermuda, July 16-18, 2014.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Piper Alpha and Deepwater Horizon – Coincidence of Causation or Failure of Lessons Learned.” Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Conference, Seattle, April 17-19, 2014.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Public-Private Partnerships in Navigable Waterway Safety and Integrity: The T/V Athos I Oil Spill.” American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference, Washington DC, March 14-18, 2014.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Public-Private Partnerships in Navigable Waterway Safety and Integrity.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Athos I –the Consequences of Innocence—A Case Study, Bermuda July 24-26, 2013.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Environmental Threat Mitigation in a Public-Private Setting: the T/V Athos I Oil Spill.” Western Social Science Association Annual Conference, Denver, April 10-13, 2013.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Public-Private Interface in Oil Spill Prevention: the BP Deepwater Horizon Incident.” American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference, New Orleans, March 15-19, 2013.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Oil Spill Causation Linkages to Organizational Deviance.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Deepwater Horizon – as Bad as it can Get, Bermuda July 11-13, 2012.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Oil Spill Causation Modeling and BP Deepwater Horizon.” Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Conference, Portland, March 22-24, 2012.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Public Private Collaboration in Near Shore Oil Spill Mitigation.” American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference, Las Vegas, March 2-6, 2012.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Policy Gaps and Organizational Deviance as Near Shore Disaster Catalysts.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Tintomara – Bizarre Circumstances, Serious Consequences, Bermuda, July 13-15, 2011.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Policy Gaps and Organizational Deviance: A Recipe for Disaster in Oil Transportation Systems.” American Society for Public Administration Annual Conference, Baltimore, March 11-15, 2011.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Best and Worst Practices in Near-Shore Oil Spill Response: Hebei Spirit v. Posavina.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Hebei Spirit – Measured Response or Rough Justice, Bermuda, July 15-17, 2010.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Coordination in Near-Shore Oil Spill Response: the 2007 Hebei Spirit Disaster.” Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, April 1-3, 2010.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Interorganizational Cooperation and Failure in Disaster Response: the 2007 M/V Cosco Busan Incident.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Cosco Busan – Just who is Responsible – a Case Study, Bermuda, June 11-12, 2009.

Kurtz, Rick S. “New Public Management and Crisis Mitigation: the 2007 M/V Cosco Busan Incident.” Principles and Best Practices of Public Administration in Italy and the United States: the State of the Art, Macerata, Italy, May 21-23, 2009.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Regulation across Organizational Networks: Oil and Gas Operations in the Inter-Mountain West.” Western Social Science Association (WSSA) Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 15-18, 2009.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Organizational Deviance, Culture, and Disaster: The M/V Selendang Ayu Tragedy.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Selendang Ayu – A Human and Environmental Tragedy, Bermuda, June 12-13, 2008.

Kurtz, Rick S. “The M/V Selendang Ayu Disaster: Linkages between Policy Change, Gaps, and Crises.” Western Political Science Association (WPSA) Annual Conference, San Diego, California, March 20-22, 2008.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Coastal Oil Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response: The Morris J. Berman Incident.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, March 8-10, 2007.

Kurtz, Rick S. “High Reliability and Organizational Performance in Spill Response: The Morris J. Berman Incident.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Morris J. Berman – Environmental Disaster or Legal Test Case, Bermuda, June 7-9, 2007.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Lessons Learned in Spill Response and Clean up: A Look Back at Exxon Valdez.” SIGCO Oil Pollution Seminar, Exxon Valdez – A Watershed in U.S. Oil Pollution Response, Bermuda, June 7-9, 2006.

Kurtz, Rick S. “The Federal Concessioner System: Linking Policy to Opportunities for Local Service Providers.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, March 16-18, 2006.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Economic Development Trends in Gateway Communities.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Oakland, March 17-20, 2005.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Gateway Communities, and Economic Development Vision Formulation.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Portland, March 11-13, 2004.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Gateway Communities, Economic Development, and Environmentalism.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Denver, March 27-29, 2003.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Preservation or Pleasure: Policy Duality in National Parks.” American Political Science Association Conference, Boston, August 28-31, 2002.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Organizational Culture and Agency Decision Making: The National Park Service and Exxon Valdez.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Long Beach, March 21-24, 2002.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Crisis and Policy Change in the Coastal Oil Pollution Issue Arena.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, March 15-18, 2001.

Kurtz, Rick S. and Douglas Roscoe. “The Evolution of Pro-Environmental Land Use Policy: The Role of Committee Dynamics.” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 19-22, 2001.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Assessing Policy Change in the Federal Historic Preservation Issue Arena.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Jose, March 23-26, 2000.

Kurtz, Rick S. “The Exxon Valdez Disaster: A Case Study of High Reliability Run Amuck.” Western Social Science Association Conference, Denver, April 15-18, 1998.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Mitigating Urban Growth Impacts upon Agricultural Land.” Western Social Science Association Conference, Denver, April 15-18, 1998.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Recreation Concessions Policy for Federal Lands.” Western Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Tucson, March 14-16, 1997.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Influences and Contributions of State Agricultural Experiment Stations in the American West.” Western Lands: Rocks, Rails and Ranching: Laramie, Sept 26-28, 1996.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Glacier Bay National Park: A Case Study of the Impact of Cross-Boundary Confrontations on Public Recreation Lands.” On Brotherly Terms: Canadian-American Relations West of the Rockies: Seattle, September 12-14, 1996.

Kurtz, Rick S. “Historic Site Protection in Response to Technological Disasters.” Management of Disaster Mitigation Response Programs for Historic Sites: San Francisco, June 1995.

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