The Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

MPA Faculty & Staff

Full-time Faculty

Hunter Bacot, Professor and Director of the MPA Program (

  • state and local government, public policy, public administration

Allison Bramwell, Associate Professor (

  • urban politics, community and economic development,

Andrew Engelhardt, Assistant Professor (

  • public opinion, political psychology, quantitative method

Gregory McAvoy, Professor (

  •  policy and program evaluation, research methods

Tamaki Onishi, Associate Professor (

  • nonprofit management and leadership, philanthropy and resource development, social entrepreneurship


Abby Salah, Graduate Program Assistant,; (336) 334-5989

Professional Adjunct Faculty

Brian Barnett, MPA, County Manager, Davie County

  • Budgeting & Fiscal Administration (PSC 603 & PSC 603L)

Marquis Barnett, EdD,  Human Resource Director, City of Winston-Salem

  • Public Personnel Management (PSC 604)
  • Organizational Behavior and Leadership (PSC 612)

Gerard Carter, PhD, MPA, Executive Director, Catholic Family Services

  • Program Evaluation (PSC 511P)

Kim Cuny, MA, MFA, Director of UNCG Speaking Center

  • Oral Communication Skills (PSC 511A)

LaDaniel Gatling, MPA, Vice President of Advancement and Alumni Relations, Guilford College

  • Fundraising (PSC 511)

Steve Hayes, MPA, Retired Director – Guilford Nonprofit Consortium

  • Grantwriting (PSC 511G)
  • Strategic Planning (PSC 511D)

Channelle James, PhD, Lecturer, Bryan School of Business & Economics

  • Diversity & Culture (PSC 511R)
  • Social Entrepreneurship (PSC 511S)

Thomas Little, PhD, Director of Curriculum and Research, State Legislative Leaders Foundation

  • Administrative and Elected Leadership (PSC 530)

Ginny Olson, MBA, Speakers Bureau Manager, Center for Creative Leadership

  • Marketing for Public and Nonprofit Agencies (PSC 511B)

Antonia Monk Richburg, PhD, MPA, President & CEO, United Way of Forsyth County

  • Leadership in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors (PSC 560)

Robert Saunders, JD, Attorney, Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard, LLP 

  • Nonprofit Law (PSC 511N)

Sue Schwartz, MA, Director of Planning Department, City of Greensboro

  • Tools and Techniques for Effective Public Engagement (PSC 511)

Ronda Tatum,  MPA, UNC Chapel Hill, retired Forsyth County Assistant County Manager

  • Local Government Administration (PSC 613) 

Patrice Toney, MPA, Assistant City Manager, City of Winston Salem

  • Legal Issues in Public Administration (PSC 511J)

Jamiah Waterman, JD, Human Resource Manager, City of Greensboro

  • Public Personnel Management (PSC 604)

Laurie Williams, MPA, (

  • Volunteer Management (PSC 511V)