Jennifer Shea

Associate Professor
jennfier shea
office hours: by appointment

Contact Information

Phone: 
415-817-4462
Office Information: 
Building: 
DTC 679A
Biography: 

Dr. Shea is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Associate Director for the School of the Public Affairs & Civic Engagement at San Francisco State University (SF State). She also serves as Graduate Program Coordinator for the Master in Public Administration Program and directs its Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program. She has a broad teaching portfolio that includes nonprofit management, organizational behavior, leadership, research methods, and public policy. In 2013-2014, Dr. Shea won the Faculty Community Service Learning Award, given by SF State’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE). Dr. Shea's scholarly work lies at the nexus of public policy and nonprofit studies. Her research focuses on public engagement and innovation in policy making and implementation, organizational learning, nonprofit finance, community-engaged scholarship, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Shea has published in several scholarly journals, including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Evaluation and Program Planning, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Public Administration Review, written book chapters, and presented related work at more than thirty scholarly conferences. In 2012, Dr. Shea was awarded a President’s Award from SF State, to focus on a community-engaged research project that examined an innovative disaster resilience program in San Francisco. Her current research and upcoming sabbatical project extends that work to a comparative study of the relationship between public engagement strategies and four sets of outcomes: policy/planning goal identification, policy/plan implementation, participants’ social capital, and community capacity. In 2018-2019, she is serving as a campus co-lead (with Professor Russell Jeung) for SF State’s participation in the Political Learning and Engagement Assessment Initiative, a research-to-practice initiative of AASCU’s American Democracy Project that aims to improve student political learning and participation in democracy. Dr. Shea is also Principal Investigator for a Nonprofit Sector Study funded by San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Shea has a broad teaching portfolio that includes nonprofit management, organizational behavior, leadership, research methods, and public policy. She offers an array of service-learning and applied research project opportunities for students.

Reserach Interests

Dr. Shea's scholarly work lies at the nexus of public policy and nonprofit studies. Her research focuses on public engagement and innovation in policy making and implementation, organizational learning, nonprofit finance, community-engaged scholarship, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Highlighted Publications

2017. Implementing Innovation in the Public Sector: San Francisco's Empowered Communities Program. Hubert Project [Multi-Media Case Study]. (with Tory Taylor, student co-author).
2016. Pedagogical Design Factors that Enhance Learning in Hybrid Courses: A Contribution to Design-Based Instructional Theory. Journal of Public Affairs Education 22(3): 381-397. (with M. Ernita Joaquin and Janey Q. Wang, co-authors).