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Maja Husar Holmes, Ph.D.



  • Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • MPA, Syracuse University
  • BSBA, Washington University in St. Louis


Maja Husar Holmes is an Associate Professor and serves as Chair of the Department of Public Administration. Her research aims to better understand how public managers engage with citizens, other governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and private sector partners to implement public value in a multi-sector environment. She studies how public managers implement inclusive practices, provide leadership within and across sectors, and manage in a multi-sector environment. Her research has been published in Administration & Society, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, International Journal of Public Administration, and Innovative Higher Education.

Dr. Holmes is an associate with the WVU ADVANCE Center that promotes research and practice in faculty and leadership development.  The ADVANCE Center enhances institutional capacity by engaging faculty groups, faculty members, and faculty leaders through Dialogues training and facilitation.

Dr. Holmes academic service includes serving as a member of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (2016-2019), of the Network of Schools of Public Policy Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) and on the editorial board of International Journal of Public Leadership.

Dr. Holmes has over twenty years of experience working directly with public and non-profit organizations and academic institutions, providing team-development workshops, facilitation training, and diagnosing public management issues. She was awarded the Eberly College Outstanding Public Service Award in recognition of her collective service to West Virginia community and public organizations.

Dr. Holmes's CV 

Research Interests

Collaborative Public Management
Public Leadership and Public Participation
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Teaching Interests

Public Management Theory and Practice
MPA Capstone Seminar
Team Development and Facilitation
Leadership in the Public Sector