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Faculty and Staff

Below you will find a list of the faculty for the Master of Public Administration program. If you are unsure of who to contact with your questions, please call the main program office at 509.828.1218.

  • Ning Li, Ph.D.
    Ning Li, Ph.D.
    Professor and MPA Director
    SEWC 381
    Phone: 509.828.1264
    Fax: 509.828.1275


    • Bachelors in Information Science, Peking University, China
    • Masters in Information Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
    • Ph.D. in Public Policy, George Mason University

    Areas of competence

    • Public Administration Theory
    • Science, technology, and Innovation
    • Public policy Analysis
    • Public Budgeting
    • Government Regulation on Business
    • Research Methods
    • Regional Development
    • Information Systems

    Area of special interest

    • Comparative policy analysis
    • Regional economic development
    • Science, Technology, and Society
    • Innovation policy
    • Cultural Studies
    • Scientometrics
    • China Studies

    Professional/ Public Service

    • Member, College Council, College of Business and Public Administration, Eastern Washington University | 2014-15
    • Advisor, Eagles Public Administration and Policy Society, Eastern Washington University | 2014-
    • Member, ACE Internationalization Laboratory Steering Team, Eastern Washington University | 2015-
    • Member, Sub-committee for Academic Programs, Strategic Enrollment Management Committee, Eastern Washington University | 2014-


  • Robert C. Zinke, PhD
    Robert C. Zinke, PhD
    Professor of Public Administration
    PAT 233L
    Phone: 509.828.1239
    Fax: 509.828.1275


    • Bachelors Degree in Political Science - Washington State University
    • Masters in Political Science - Drew University
    • Doctorate in Public Administration - New York University


    • Theory and Methods of Social Science and Public Administration
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis and Administrative Rulemaking
    • Public Sector Grantwriting and Administration
    • History of Public Administration
    • Urban Public Policy, Politics and Administration
    • Technology, Ethics and Public Policy
    • Religion and Public Administration Theory


    Bob Zinke has nearly 20 years of teaching experience, almost 12 years at Eastern Washington University and eight years at William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey. He has taught over 25 different courses while at EWU. Bob has also served in various capacities as an administrator and consultant. In addition to various administrative and committee assignments associated with his career in higher education, Bob has also has experience as a Community Development Program Analyst, for Morris County, New Jersey, and more recently co-founded a private consulting firm. Bob serves as a part-time Lay Pastor for Wild Rose United Methodist Church, Deer Park, Washington. He has served in this capacity for several years.

  • Courtney Jensen, Ph.D
    Courtney Jensen, Ph.D
    Assistant Professor of Public Administration
    SEWC 382
    Phone: 509.828.1231
    Fax: 509.828.1275


    PH.D. University of Nebraska-Omaha, August 2011
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia
    M.P.A. Eastern Washington University, May 2006
    B.A. University of Washington, May 2001


    Social Equity in Public Serving Organizations
    Administrative Law
    Grantmaking and Grantwriting
    Public Administration Theory and Context
    Organizational Theory
    Philanthropic Foundations
    Theory and Context of the Nonprofit Sector
    Nonprofit Management
    Philanthropy in a Democratic Society

  • Elvis Asorwoe, PhD
    Elvis Asorwoe, PhD
    Visiting Associate Professor of Public Administration
    SEWC 320
    Phone: 509.828.1236
    Fax: 509.828.1275


    Bachelor of Art in Political Science - University of Ghan
    Master of Public Administration - Indiana State University
    Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs - Florida International University


    Specialization:  Public Administration; Local Government; Public Policy; Ethics; Organizational Theory and Behavior; Comparative Public Administration; Nonprofit Leadership, Organization, & Management; Grant-writing for the Nonprofit and Public Sector Organizations; and Community Development

    Ongoing Projects:  Development of social media strategy for Nonprofit organizations in the Volta Region of Ghana 

  • Tawnia Littell
    Tawnia Littell
    Secretary Senior
    SEWC 379
    Phone: 509.828.1218
    Fax: 509.828.1275

    Tawnia has worked for EWU since 2010. Her interests include her family and restoring her 1956 Chevy.

  • Dick Winchell, PhD, FAICP
    Dick Winchell, PhD, FAICP
    Professor Emeritus
    Phone: 509.828.1218
    Website: Documents/

    Education: BA, Wartburg College; MURP, University of Colorado-Denver; PhD, Arizona State University.

    Specializations: Comparative Urbanization, Sustainable Cities (Europe, Asia, North America), Urban Morphology, Tribal Transportation, Community Development, Tribal Planning, Neighborhood Planning, Housing.

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