Jill Nicholson-Crotty, a professor at the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, has been named the director of O’Neill’s Master of Public Affairs program and O’Neill’s online MPA program.
Professor Nicholson-Crotty is taking over as MPA director from O’Neill Professor Sanya Carley, who has been appointed to serve as associate vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. Professor Carley had filled the role of director of the MPA program since June 2019.
“During her term as MPA director, Sanya led the review and implementation of the new core curriculum, NASPAA accreditation, and the approval of the new DC Accelerator track,” said Siân Mooney, dean of the O’Neill School. “I couldn’t be more thankful for all she has done for the MPA program, and I know she will excel in her new role. I also appreciate Jill’s willingness to serve as our new MPA director, and her experience make her the perfect person to fill this critical position.”
Professor Nicholson-Crotty joined the O’Neill School in 2013 from the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. She was promoted to professor in 2022. Professor Nicholson-Crotty brings significant administrative experience to her new role, including her service as the Director of the MPA program at the Truman School and as the Chair of the Governance and Management Faculty Group in O’Neill.
Her research focuses on both public and nonprofit management and the role of those sectors in the policy process. She is one of a limited number of scholars who examine the policy role of traditional charitable organizations. Professor Nicholson-Crotty has written extensively on the motivations for and consequences of lobbying activity among 501(c)(3) charities. She also has significant expertise in the area of women’s and reproductive health. She was the primary investigator on a comprehensive assessment of women’s health in Missouri funded by one of the nation’s largest health foundations. Professor Nicholson-Crotty’s recent work has focused heavily on the consequences of racial and gender diversity in public organizations. Her work has appeared in top peer-reviewed outlets, including Journal of Public Administration and Theory, Public Administration Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Politics.
“I am thrilled to be taking over as the Director of the MPA program at the O’Neill School,” Nicholson-Crotty said. “Sanya did an exceptional job during her tenure in the position, and I look forward to working with our outstanding students, faculty, and staff to build upon the long-standing tradition of excellence in the program.”
The O’Neill School is a world leader in public and environmental affairs and is the largest school of public administration and public policy in the United States. In the 2023 “Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs” by U.S. News & World Report, the O’Neill School holds the top spot for its MPA program. Five of its specialty programs are ranked in the top-five listings, including top-ranked concentrations in environmental policy and management; nonprofit management; and public finance.