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Richard Clerkin PhD

Professor and MPA Director

School of Public and International Affairs

Caldwell Hall 206

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Richard M. Clerkin, Ph.D., is a Professor and MPA Director in the Department of Public Administration at NC State University. He teaches classes in public administration and nonprofit studies at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels. His research interest focuses broadly on understanding why people voluntarily contribute to the common good. In particular, he studies motivations for public service and public benefiting activities. The Changing Philanthropy Project, explores the impact of geographic mobility and regional philanthropic traditions on 1) the volunteering and donating behavior of individuals and 2) the ability of nonprofit organizations to adapt to these changes in their community. A related new stream of research, Volunteers In Name Only (VINO), explores court-mandated service and volunteer management practices. In a new stream of public administration research, he seeks to build on his work in the leading public administration textbook, Public Administration Understanding Management, Politics, and Law in the Public Sector by empirically testing the normative separation of powers theory that drives the managerial, political, and legal approaches to Public Administration that underlies the textbook. His research has been published in journals such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, VOLUNTAS, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, Review of Public Personnel Administration, and Armed Forces & Society.