John R. Bartle earned his doctorate in 1990 from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and is dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) and a professor of public administration. Formerly, Bartle directed
UNO’ s School of Public Administration, led its MPA program and held a faculty appointments as the David Scott Diamond Professor of Public Affairs. Bartle also maintained courtesy faculty appointments in Environmental Studies, and Health Services Research and Administration. He also held a courtesy faculty appointment with the Center for Public Administration at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China.
Bartle has served the National Academy of Public Administration, where he is currently on the Board of Directors. He has also served in numerous elected positions for the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the American Society for Public Administration and the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management. His research focuses on public financial policy and management, budgeting, transportation and state and local government. He is the co-author or editor of three books, Evolving Theories of Public Budgeting (2001), Sustainable Development for Public Administration (2009), and Management Policies in Local Government Finance (2012). Currently, Bartle is involved in research on sustainability in transportation, public financial management and tax policy.
It did what an outstanding educational program should do. It challenged me to my limits while providing me with a safe place to land. I took doctoral level courses in several other disciplines and had to dig deep to learn the material. Yet, I know that the faculty were in my corner and would help me find my strengths and enhance them. When you can do that you move past insecurity to embrace any change.
Also, I met my wife at Ohio State, the best change in my life!
My advisor Chuck Adams told me there is a beginning, a middle and an end in one’s career, and you need to have a plan for each phase. As I approach the third of these phases, I can’t say I have a plan yet, but I know that it will be guided by my own motivations, and not tossed like a cork in the ocean.
I deeply hope that the Glenn College, and all colleges of public affairs, can bring more motivated young people into careers in the public and nonprofit sectors. I hope the next generation will see the wonderful opportunities and use their management and policy skills to restore respect to public service, make their organizations efficient and effective, and make society more equitable. I think the anti-government movement is on its last legs, and the future will encourage cooperation, authentic dialogue and partnerships. So to the John Glenn College of Public Affairs students I say, lead on!