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Burnier Gets Distinguished Research Award from Women in Public Administration


March 30, 2016

Dr. Lysa Burnier, a professor of political science who teaches in the Voinovich School’s MPA program, was awarded the Rita Mae Kelly Distinguished Research Award from the Section for Women in Public Administration.

The honoree is recognized for research contribution to gender-related issues; performing research on an issue significant to women’s role in public administration and making an impact through research on women’s lives. It was created in 1991 to honor Dr. Rita Mae Kelly, renowned scholar and women’s rights leader, who founded the Center for Empowerment and Global-Local Equity (1996), served as dean of School of Social Sciences (1996-2001) and held the Distinguished Chair In Applied Ethics at the University of Texas-Dallas, She received the section’s first Distinguished Research Award.

“Through your teaching and published research you have contributed to the transformation of public administration. Your seminal work has raised issues and sparked exciting dialogues in gender analysis and public administration and development of the notion of care-centered administration; in the recovery of women’s contributions in the history of public administration—including Jane Addams, Frances Perkins, and Laverne Burchfield; and finally, advocacy in public administration education of women’s interests, competencies and unique potential,” says Dr. Hillary Knepper, SWPA Vice Chair, in the award letter.

“Your outstanding track record of gender related research has made an indelible impact on the position of women in the field of public administration, and we are privileged to honor you with this award.”

The award was presented during the 2016 SWPA Annual Breakfast, on Monday, March 21, at the American Society for Public Administration annual meeting in Seattle, WA.