Office: UAC 348
B.F.A., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Texas State University at San Marcos
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Emily Kay Hanks (Ph.D., University of Texas- Austin, 2011) is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Texas State University where she teaches and conducts research on the nonprofit and voluntary sector, public values, applied communication, and public administration. She has published book chapters and articles examining the implications stemming from seismic shifts in the nonprofit and voluntary sector such as the intrusion of competition, professionalization, and the continued devolution of government. Dr. Hanks’ work has appeared in Administrative Theory & Praxis, and The Public Manager and is part of a growing movement of critical scholarship in the nonprofit and voluntary sector. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including national recognition as a top paper contributor at the annual conferences of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations Voluntary Action and The National Communication Association. Her teaching at Texas State University has earned Dr. Hanks university-wide acclaim; being twice named an Alpha Chi Favorite Professor. In 2012, she received the prestigious Texas State University Foundations of Excellence Teaching Award. In her “previous life,” Dr. Hanks pursued her interest in helping people be more attentive and engaged in their lives and institutions at the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and on the stage as company member at the Zachary-Scott Theatre in Austin, Texas.
Graduate Courses Taught
PA 5320 Organizational Theory
Analysis of the theoretical perspectives of organizations, with particular reference to public organizations and public administration.
PA 5370 Public Management and Ethics
Analysis of public management principles and functions in the context of ethics and accountability, including bureaucratic discretion, constitutional values, and professionalism.
PA 5362 Alternate Public Delivery Systems: Privatization and the Third Sector
This course examines alternative delivery of public services. The reliance on market mechanisms, contracting out, and privatization are explored.
PA 5315 Public Personnel Administration (classroom and online)
This course introduces students to public personnel functions from a managerial perspective. Examples of topics covered include: recruitment and selection, performance evaluation, discipline, collective bargaining, classification, and compensation. Constructive leadership of government personnel that encourages a more competent, motivated, and representative administration workforce is emphasized.
PA 5398 Directed Readings
This course serves as the capstone experience for MPA students. Students complete an original and empirical Applied Reserach Project (ARP), complete an oral defense of the ARP, and prepare the ARP for publication. Prerequisite: PA 5397
with a grade of "B" or higher and instructor permission.
Undergraduate Courses Taught
POSI 2310 Principles of American Government
A survey of the principles of political science, of the American system of government, and of the origins and development of the constitutions of the United States and Texas. Satisfies the legislative requirements for teacher certification.
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 (classroom and online)
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 4331 Minority Politics
This course examines and analyzes the political participation of American minorities (Blacks, Hispanics, women, and other minorities) in the American political system and the impact of various public policies on minority groups. The course will emphasize the following topics: electoral participation; public policy participation, representation and implementation; protest politics; and political behavior. Some reference will be to Texas and the Southwest. May be repeated once with different emphasis. (MULT) (WI)
POSI 4379 Independent Study
Independent reading and/or research on various problem areas of political science. Instructor will approve specific problem area, bibliography, and study paper outline. May be repeated once with different subject matter and instructor. No more than six semester hours credit in meeting degree requirements. (WI)