We’re back with the new “New Sensation” feature. We’ve updated the questions based on your feedback. You’ll now learn about the best YouTube videos on the web, read about gift ideas for the holiday season, and learn about the career accomplishments of our new members. As a reminder, we developed this feature to introduce you to new ELGL members and as a way on connecting ELGL members with similar interests.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Government
Areas of Expertise: Public management; organization development; workplace climate and culture; effective bureaucracy
Published Works: Articles
Leisha DeHart-Davis joined the School of Government in May 2012. Previously, she was a faculty member with the University of Kansas School of Public Affairs and Administration, where she also served as doctoral program director. DeHart-Davis’s research focuses on “green tape,” the term she uses to describe effective policies and procedures. She specializes in employee engagement and workplace climate studies within local government organizations. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theoryand Public Administration Review. She holds a PhD in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Tell us about three of your biggest accomplishments.
- Getting a PhD in Public Policy from Georgia Tech and minoring in quantitative methods;
- Moving to New York City after graduating from college
- Marrying a true partner and fabulous guy, who has enabled my career as an academic;
(Complete this sentence) I feel old when I……..think about how my MPA students are (plenty) old enough to be my kids.
Tell us about two mistakes that you’ve made that we can learn from.
- Interpreting others’ behavior as something to do with me. This is a self-absorbed, ineffective approach to human relations. It’s not about me (or you).
- Similarly, wrestling with pigs. Most aggravating people are not worth any angst, so don’t waste your emotional labor on being upset or irritated with them. And when you figure out how to do this, please email me.
How did you hear about ELGL? Through Twitter.
Give us a few of your favorite YouTube videos. Hmmm. I don’t have any favorite YouTube Videos.
(Editor’s Note: Since Leisha didn’t choose a video, that means we get to pick.)
Our annual conference will be held in October 2014. Name three topics or speakers that we should consider.
- Making public service cool…
- Workforce diversity…
(Complete these phrases) Best thing about the……
- 80’s was college
- 90’s was (mostly) kid-free marriage
- 00’s was two kids
- Last year was first full year at UNC
First concert you ever saw? Ted Nugent
Name your mentors and describe them in five words.
- Marilu Goodyear, Director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration: strategic, effective, calm, cool, unflappable
- Barry Bozeman, Professor at Arizona State University: resourceful, gracious, inspiring, productive, fun.
Fast forward one year, what will factor into your decision on whether to renew your ELGL membership?
In one year, I will renew my membership because ELGL is rejuvenating public service with its positive and youthful energy.
What questions should we have asked?
What is your research area? I study bureaucracy in public organizations, what makes it effective and how it affects and is affected by public employees. I’m getting into the mechanics of due process and its effects on public employees and managers.
- Green tape: A Theory of Effective Organizational Rules
- Green Tape and Public Employee Rule Abidance
- Is It Time To Write a Rule?
- Green Tape and Job Satisfaction: Do Good Rules Make Employees Happy?
- Gender Dimensions of Public Service Motivation
- Town of Chapel Hill 2013 Employee Perspectives Survey
- On Campus with the Carolina MPA Program
- On Campus with the Kansas MPA Program
I’m the co-founder and executive director of ELGL. I love my job. Other things I love: local government, my family, my dog Michael Jordan, sandwiches, naps, books, and skee-ball.