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Cullen C. Merritt joined the SPEA faculty in 2014. His areas of specialization are public administration, organization theory, and public management.
Dr. Merritt’s mission as a scholar is to produce theoretical knowledge on the structure, design, and management of organizations with practical implications for managers of government, private, and nonprofit social service organizations seeking to achieve public outcomes. For example, Dr. Merritt’s research investigates the primary factors that make an organization “public” — irrespective of sector — and the implications of an organization’s degree of publicness on its performance.
His research appears or is forthcoming in Public Administration, Public Personnel Management, Punishment and Society, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Public Administration Quarterly among numerous other academic outlets.
He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including Introduction to Public Affairs (SPEA-V 170), Public Management (SPEA-V 263), and Governing and Leading in a Global Society (SPEA-V 598).
Dr. Merritt has applied his scholarly expertise to make service-related contributions to the school, university, profession, and broader public. He serves as faculty advisor for the SPEA Honors Program, on the IUPUI Honors College Advisory Council, and on the IUPUI Faculty Council Campus Planning Committee.