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Political Science Program

School of Politics, Public Affairs & International Studies

Dr. Robert Schuhmann

Professor · Public Administration, State & Local Government

Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences

Ph.D. - Virginia Tech

Office Hours: MW, 1-3 · Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Dr. Schuhmann is from North Carolina where he received a B.S. in Political Science and an M.P.A. from Appalachian State University.  After serving as the Town Manager of Chatham, Virginia, he completed the Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.

In 1995, he was hired by the Department of Political Science where he teaches Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Policy, Administrative Law, Survey of Public Administration, and a course on the influence of literature and film on contemporary notions of government and bureaucracy. Early in his career, he held the position of director of the MPA program and, afterward, head of the department of Political Science, and, then, head of the department of Criminal Justice. His research and teaching focuses on issues of gender and administration, the municipal reform movement, and public policy processes.  In addition, he has served as a strategic planning consultant to various state and local government agencies and has provided expert witness testimony on changes to municipal government structure. Dr. Schuhmann is currently Associate Dean in the College or Arts & Sciences. 

Little Known Facts About Bob

•  He has received various teaching awards across the University of Wyoming including the "Hollon Award for Teaching Excellence," "Extraordinary Merit in Teaching Excellence" in the College of Arts and Sciences, and he is the 2007 recipient of the "Seibold Professorship."

•  He is an avid hiker and has hiked large portions of the Appalachian Trail (with hopes of completing it all some day...).

•  He has made six trips, including spending one semester on sabbatical, studying bureaucratic change in South Africa.

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