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Margaret Stout, Ph. D.


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Dr. Stout's CV 


Margaret Stout is an Associate Professor of Public Administration at West Virginia University, having joined the faculty in 2009 after receiving her Ph.D. in Public Administration in 2007 from Arizona State University. Prior to her appointment, she taught for two years at Bridgewater State College (now University) in Massachusetts and enjoyed a career in community development and nonprofit management spanning over twenty years (some of which was under the married name, Tchida).

Specializing in community building and strategic planning, she organized her own neighborhood and then led a group of nine adjacent neighborhoods in organizing for social and physical betterment through a community-based organization called Northwest Tempe Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation, or NewTowN CDC. Its mission was to create a sustainable urban village in the heart of the Phoenix metropolitan area, doing so through neighborhood planning and advocacy, historic preservation, affordable housing, and basic goods and service businesses. While subsequently reduced in scope to affordable housing, NewTown CDC and its Community Land Trust continue successful operations today.

She went on to consult with other nonprofits in community and youth development through Venture Catalyst (Tucson) and Fourth Sector Collaborations (Phoenix), with a client list including: the Arizona Department of Commerce Housing and Infrastructure Development, Yuma Neighborhood Development Organization, Capitol Mall Association, Barrios Unidos Land Trust, DreamBuilders Community Development Corporation, Kino Coalition Weed & Seed, Valley of the Sun YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley, Parents Anonymous, Maricopa County Head Start, Arizona Character Education Foundation, Anytown Arizona, and the Tomales Bay Institute. Her services included community planning, organizational development, program and project design and evaluation (logic model approach), resource development, and contract management.

Dr. Stout continues her passion for community building through service learning and action research projects as a faculty member. Her research explores the role of public and nonprofit practitioners in achieving democratic social and economic justice with specific interests in administrative theory, public service leadership and ethics, and sustainable community development. She has a particularly strong interest in the ontological underpinnings of these issues, as shown in her book, Logics of Legitimacy: Three Traditions of Public Administration Praxis (Taylor & Francis), Integrative Process: Follettian Thinking from Ontology to Administration (with Jeannine Love, Process Century Press), and A Radically Democratic Response to Global Governance: Dystopian Utopias (with Jeannine Love, Routledge).

Her published articles can be found in Administration & SocietyPublic Administration ReviewAmerican Review of Public AdministrationAdministrative Theory & PraxisPublic IntegrityPublic Administration QuarterlyInternational Journal of Organization Theory and BehaviorPublic Administration and ManagementContemporary Justice ReviewJournal of Public Affairs Education Teaching Public AdministrationPublic VoicesPublic Administration ResearchEncyclopedia of Public Administration and Public PolicySecond and Third Edition; and PA Times.

Dr. Stout is also active in maintaining the vitality of her field through ongoing service to sections and executive boards of the American Society for Public Administration and the Public Administration Theory Network. She also serves on the editorial boards of Administrative Theory & Praxis (US), Public Policy & Administration (UK), and Teaching Public Administration (UK) and provides peer review and guest editing for these and a host of other academic journals.

Additional Information:

Margaret Stout holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration (Arizona State University, 2007), a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management (Arizona State University, 2004), a Master of Science in Management (National Louis University, 1988), and undergraduate degrees in Psychology (Northern Arizona University, 1982) and Human Services (Kendall College, 1980).