Dr. Stephen Sussman


Dr. Stephen Sussman is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in the School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, where he teaches in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) programs. He earned his MPA (1993) and Ph.D. (1999) in Political Science from Georgia State University. His current teaching interests include public policy analysis and evaluation, research methodology, and nonprofit administration. His current research interests include emergency management and disaster preparedness policy, nonprofit management and administration, and distance-education pedagogy/andragogy. Dr. Sussman has authored and coauthored numerous articles, conference papers, and book chapters.

Dr. Sussman served/serves as an elected member of Barry University’s Faculty-Senate, Graduate Council, Undergraduate Council, Academic Affairs Committee, and numerous other PACE and university committees. Dr. Sussman serves as a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. He serves on the Undergraduate Committee of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). In 2008, he was appointed National Fundraising Chair for the 2009 American Society of Public Administration, National Conference. In 2007, Dr. Sussman was appointed to a U.S. Department of Education Federal Rule-Making Committee as a primary negotiator for regulations relating to the General Provisions for the Title IV programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965. In 2007, Dr. Sussman was named an American Jewish Committee (AJC) Loewenstein Fellow, and was the recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s Benjamin Loewenstein Memorial Emerging Leaders Award. As a Fellow, he served on the AJC Washington, DC-based Congressional National Advocacy Task-Force.

In addition to his university service, he serves/served on the board of directors in Palm Beach County for Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Jewish Residential and Family Service, the Commission for Jewish Education, American Jewish Committee, and Community Partners (Housing Partnership and Parent Child Centers) where he is currently Vice Chair of the board of directors. Additionally, Dr. Sussman is currently the Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Palm Beach County, Vice-President for Professional Development at the Commission for Jewish Education, and Chair of Partnership2gether (P2G) at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County. P2G is a program sponsored by the Jewish Agency of Israel. He previously served as vice-president and member of the board of directors for the Palm Beach Synagogue.

Dr. Sussman is engaged in professional development. In December 2013, he completed a Professional Certificate in Organizational Leadership through NeighborborWorks America. NeighborWorks America is a congressionally created organization, with a mission to promote neighborhood reinvestment in affordable housing and community development. In 2016, Dr. Sussman completed a series of professional development courses in emergency management, through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.

In August 2016, Dr. Sussman was a scholar in residence at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Antisemitism Studies, at the University of Oxford’s St. Antony’s College, Oxford, United Kingdom.

In January, 2016, Dr. Sussman was appointed as an Affiliated Professor of the University of Haifa, In Haifa, Israel.

Dr. Sussman will be on Sabbatical from August-December, 2016. Project Title: Jewish Migration in 19th and 20th Century Eastern Europe-A Study of Political and Bureaucratic Decision-Making.

Selected peer reviewed publications and conference presentations:

Sussman, S., "Interest Group and Pluralism” in John Ishiyama and Marijke Breuning, eds., 21st Century Political Science (Sage, 2010); Sussman, S., & Dutter, L. (2010). Comparing Student Learning Outcomes in Face-To-Face and Online Course Delivery. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Winter 2010 - Volume 13 Issue 4; Sussman, S., & Loutzenhiser, K. (April 2013). Defining and Assessing Performance Measures in Nonprofit Housing Organizations. Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, Ill; Sussman, S. (April, 2015). Leadership and Governance: Community-Based Nonprofit Accountability. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill; Sussman, S. (April 2015). Roundtable: Online Teaching and Learning panelist. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill; Sussman S., & Loutzenhiser, K. (April 2015). Planning Ahead: First Responder Readiness for a Disaster. Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Ill; Sussman S., Kelly M., & Meloun, J. (January 2016). Integrating Media Sharing Websites into University Curricula for Adult Learning Delivery: An Andragogical Approach. Southern Political Science Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Dr. Sussman has also presented peer-reviewed papers at international conferences. In 2010, he co-authored a poster session, with Dr, Andrea Keener, on emergency and disaster preparedness education for the International Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. Dr. Sussman is engaged in Genealogical research and lectured at the Israel Genealogical Society Conference at Tel Aviv University in November, 2010. Other international peer-reviewed conference presentations include: Sussman, S. (January 2013). A Contemporary Vision of the Freedom vs Order Dichotomy. The U.S. 2012 Presidential Election: Campaign and Results. The Interdisciplinary College, Herzlyia, Israel; Sussman, S., & Loutzenhiser, K. (January 2014). Getting Prepared: Police Officers Readiness for a Disaster. International Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters. Tel Aviv, Israel; Sussman, S., Loutzenhiser, K., & Smith E. (January 2016). Firefighter Readiness and the Disaster Cycle: A Holistic Approach. International Preparedness and Response to Emergencies and Disasters. Tel Aviv, Israel.