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Howard Balanoff

Dr. BalanoffOffice:  UAC 376
Phone:  512.245.3266

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., City University of New York
M.U.P, Ed.D., Texas A&M University

Professor, Department of Political Science
Director of the William P. Hobby
Center for Public Service
Holder of the Hobby Professorship

Dr. Howard R. Balanoff is a Professor in the Political Science department at Texas State University. He is also the Chair of the University's William P. Hobby Center for Public Service and also serves as the Director of the Texas Certified Public Manager (CPM) Program. He has taught at Texas State University for over 30 years and has also served as an adjunct professor of public affairs and educational administration at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of numerous articles in the area of public administration and planning and is the editor of the textbook, Public Policy and Administration. He is currently Chair of ASPA’s Section for Certified Public Management (SCPM). He is a former member of the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and a former President of the National Certified Public Manager (CPM) Consortium. He has also served as Chair of ASPA's International Affairs Committee and Chair of ASPA's Section on Professional & Organizational Development (SPOD).

His specialty areas are personnel administration, public policy, organizational theory and behavior, human resources administration and professional development and education in the public sector. He also teaches courses and conducts research in the area of international and comparative public administration. For seven years he served on active duty as a communications-electronics officer and missile combat crew commander in the United States Air Force. He also served for 13 years a member of the Air Force Reserves. He holds the rank of Major USAF-Retired. Dr. Balanoff received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Hunter College of the City University of New York. He received his Master's and Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Texas A&M University.


POSI 3316 Introduction to Public Administration.

The organization and management of the machinery for executing public policies, with particular emphasis upon the Federal bureaucracy.

POSI 3318 Public Personnel Administration.

A study of public personnel systems in the United States with major concentrations on the national civil service system. Special emphasis is given to current research in the areas of leadership, informal organization, motivation, and small group theory.

POSI 3320 Comparative Public Administration.

A survey of the field of Public Administration that will emphasize those aspects of administration that are common to all administrative systems. (May be used to satisfy Group IV requirements.)

POSI 4345 American Foreign Policy.

This course focuses on how foreign policy is made. The major institutions involved in the decision-making process as well as the ideological setting in which they function are examined. Topics studied include the foreign policy roles of Congress, Interest Groups, the State Department and the Secretary of State, the Military Establishment, the Intelligence Community, the Presidency, and Public Opinion. Specific foreign policy decisions will be examined to illustrate the various roles of these institutions in the decision-making process. (May be used to satisfy Group V requirement)

PA 5320 Organization Theory, Change and Behavior.

Analysis of the theoretical perspectives of organizations, with particular reference to public organizations and public administration.

PA 5330 Public Personnel Administration. 

Analyses and evaluations of major personnel management problems in government; employee-management relations; inter-agency and inter-governmental relationships.  Impact of automation.  Evaluation of personnel systems.

PA 5331 Labor Management Relations.

An examination of the historical development of public employee unions and the reaction of public employers and the effect of collective bargaining agreements on personnel policy development.  The legal position of public laws concerning collective bargaining arguments as well as analysis of organizing procedures and strategy on the part of public managers will be covered.

PA 5332 Management Practices in Public Personnel AdministrationExamines recent developments in Public Personnel Administration.  Special attention will be paid to the use of the Personnel Office as a center for job assignment, employee development, organizational development, and affirmative action.  In addition, students will become familiar with specific personnel practices including the development of pay plans, job classifications, and employee manuals.

PA 5353  Ecology and the Politics of Sustainability.

An examination of major issues, theoretical, involved in the crisis areas of declining energy resources, arable land, water, and food, amidst increasing population and pollution of the environment.

PA 5351 Urban Transportation Policy.

This course presents basic components of transportation policy and planning. In addition to building an understanding of the historic foundation of transportation policy, students explore the underlying concepts related to congestion management, transit and active transportation planning, and impacts on land use and sustainability.

PA 5350 Public Policy Processes.

This course is an overview of the process of public policy-making including policy formulation and implementation. Emphasis is placed on actors in the policy process and on the political environment.

PA 5352 Comparative Public Administration.
This course examines differences in various national administrative systems and the role of international organizations. It explores differences that influence various public policy issues from countries around the world. Policy issues examined include poverty, human rights, health care, and the environment.

PA 7321 Research Practicum
This class uses structured group research to analyze a current policy, management, or administrative issue of concern to communities, public-, or nonprofit- sector partnering organizations. A research team of 8 to 12 graduate students, led by a professor(s), prepares a final report which details findings and recommendations for action. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.