Public affairs professors appointed to heads of national science and education organizations


September 27, 2021

Two Arizona State University School of Public Affairs professors began working this fall in national leadership positions in prestigious research and education organizations.

Marie Feeney, Full Professor and Lincoln Professor of Ethics in Public Affairs, is the new Director of the Science of Science: Discovery, Communication and Impact program at the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Derrick Anderson (left) and Mary Feeney of the ASU School of Public Affairs have been appointed to national leadership positions in prestigious research and education organizations. USS Pictures
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Derrick Anderson, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Policy, is the new Senior Vice President for Learning and Engagement at American Board of Education (AS).

“An opportunity to manage an excellent program”

Feeney said the Science of Science program would provide him with a great opportunity to explore new ways of communicating about science and scientific discoveries.

“This is the opportunity to lead a great program focused on the social sciences of science – how science policy is implemented, how scientists do their jobs, and what makes science teams and work successful,” she declared.

Feeney said she fills an important role but looks forward to the challenge. She said she was excited to work with NSF to expand research opportunities for people from historically excluded groups, including women, people of color, Indigenous scholars and those working in social science disciplines. new or underfunded.

Feeney is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and associate director of the Center for Environmental Science, Technology and Policy Studies, based at Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. She is working on a team project at the center, SciOPS, which investigates scientists’ opinions on current issues such as working with the media and the effects of COVID-19 on their work.

A member of the National Academy of Public Administration, Feeney’s research “focuses on public and nonprofit management and science and technology policy,” according to his bio.

“I am truly delighted to have the opportunity to put my science policy research into practice, as well as helping NSF direct funding to projects that advance its mission and extend NSF funding to researchers working on innovative projects across disciplines, ”Feeney said. .

The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the advancement of science; advance national health, prosperity and well-being; to secure national defense, ”according to a description on its website. NSF supports “basic research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future”.

Coordinate research activities; professional learning, development

Anderson is the university’s chief academic design officer and a senior advisor to ASU President Michael Crow. Anderson is also conducting research at Watts College Center for Research and Design of Organizations.

Anderson “has led or co-led several research initiatives nationwide, including the National Administrative Studies Project and the NSF-funded National Study of Research Collaboration (a joint project between the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech),” according to his biography.

Anderson said ACE, a 103-year-old organization that promotes American higher education in the United States and around the world, provides professional development services, academic transformation and industry information to more than 1,700 institutions. members.

“My mission involves the coordination of research, learning and professional development activities and engagement activities in the programmatic aspect of ACE,” he said.

Anderson said he is honored to have been selected for the post and hopes he can continue to advance the work he has been involved in at ASU at the national level.

Anderson worked with Crow on academic design and academic initiatives, creating logics and operational cultures intended to displace existing bureaucratic structures in higher education.

“The dominant bureaucratic models in higher education invite universities to limit their operations according to available resources,” said Anderson, “while the new business logics we are developing at ASU allow universities to start with vision of impact, then move forward in an entrepreneurial manner to find whatever resources are available to achieve their visions of impact.

ACE, the primary coordinating body for US universities and colleges, “mobilizes the higher education community to shape public policy and foster innovative, high-quality practices,” according to its website.

Acting Dean of Watts College and Professor to the President Cynthia lietz said Anderson and Feeney are prime examples of the School of Public Affairs’ highly accomplished faculty.

“Our School of Public Affairs includes an impressive set of academics recognized for the quality and impact of their research. These two prestigious appointments from Dr Mary Feeney and Dr Derrick Anderson provide further proof that our faculty are nationally recognized leaders in their respective fields, ”said Lietz. “I am happy to congratulate Derrick and Mary on these accomplishments. “

Director of the School of Public Affairs and professor of the Foundation Donald siegel said the appointments of Feeney and Anderson are notable examples of why the school enjoys such a great national reputation.

“Professor Feeney’s outstanding scientific and editorial accomplishments and her long-standing commitment to rigorous science policy research make her an ideal choice for this important leadership role at the National Science Foundation,” said Siegel . “This prestigious appointment also adds an important luster to the reputation of the School of Public Affairs as the country’s leading research center on innovation policy and technology transfer.”

Siegel called Anderson one of the country’s leading experts on higher education policy, a key area of ​​research at the Center for Organization Research and Design.

“Professor Anderson has also been instrumental in launching a variety of initiatives here at ASU that have made us the most innovative university in the world. So it is only fitting that the American Council on Education, the principal coordinating body of American colleges and universities, chose him for this prestigious position, ”said Siegel. “This is a prime example of a ‘committed scholarship’, which will simultaneously strengthen the reputation of the School of Public Affairs as a world leader in higher education policy. ”


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