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Barry University Faculty

Dr. Stephen E. Sussman

Associate Professor


"A successful public administrator recognizes how the various functions of the organization depend on one another, and how changes in any one part can affect all the others."

Degrees Held:

  • PhD in Political Science – Georgia State University, 1999
  • MPA – Georgia State University, 1993
  • BIS in Law and Society – Georgia State University, 1989
  • BSBA – Thomas Jefferson University, 1977

Career Highlights:

Professional Experience

  • American Jewish Committee (AJC) Loewenstein Fellow
  • Recipient of American Jewish Committee’s Benjamin Loewenstein Memorial Emerging Leaders Award
  • Member of AJC Congressional National Advocacy Task Force
  • Vice Chairman of Community Partners (Housing Partnership and Parent-Child Centers)
  • Chairman of Jewish Community Relations Council of Palm Beach County and Partnership2gether (P2G) at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
  • Vice President for Professional Development at the Commission for Jewish Education
  • Board of Directors Vice President for the Palm Beach Synagogue
  • Board of Directors
    • Palm Beach County for Jewish Family Services
    • Jewish Residential and Family Service
    • The Commission for Jewish Education
    • American Jewish Committee
  • Professional certificate in organizational leadership through NeighborWorks America
  • Professional development courses in emergency management through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute

Academic Experience

  • Elected member, Barry University’s Faculty-Senate, Graduate Council, Undergraduate Council, Academic Affairs Committee, and other university committees
  • Co-founder and Senior Fellow of the Palm Beach Center for Democracy and Policy Research
  • Peer-reviewer, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching
  • Member of the Undergraduate Committee of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)
  • Primary negotiator for regulations relating to the Title IV programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965
  • Scholar-in-residence at the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy, Summer Institute for Curriculum Development in Critical Antisemitism Studies, at the University of Oxford’s St. Antony’s College (United Kingdom)
  • Affiliate Professor (honorary), University of Haifa (Israel)
  • Presents peer-reviewed conference papers at international conferences

Which online degree program(s) do you teach?

  • What do you want students to take away from your courses?

    The importance of participating in the marketplace of ideas and the necessity to learn critical thinking skills

  • Why did you start teaching?

    To make a difference

  • What advice would you give to students considering this online program?

    Our professors are easily accessible, and always willing to help you succeed in your academic pursuits.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    Public administration students should read Politics of the Administrative Process by Donald F. Kettl. The book explains how efficient public administration requires a delicate balance—the bureaucracy must be powerful enough to be effective, but also accountable to elected officials and citizens.

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in the profession in which you teach?

    A successful public administrator is focused on the strategic vision and long-term mission of the organization. A successful public administrator recognizes how the various functions of the organization depend on one another, and how changes in any one part can affect all the others. This extends to understanding the relationship of the organization to the political, social, and economic forces. A successful public administrator has the knowledge, analytical ability, and techniques to function in the organization.

  • What do you think are the biggest challenges that people in the profession face today?

    Productivity, efficiency, effectiveness, accountability, budgetary deficits, and an unstable economy.

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