Judith J. Kirchhoff, PhD
Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs
School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Judith J. Kirchhoff is Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs for the School of Public Affairs (SPAA) and Administration at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Dr. Kirchhoff received a PhD in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park, where she specialized in political economy and organization studies. Her dissertation focused on policy output efficiency in a five county regional system of nonprofit health and social service delivery organizations. Dr. Kirchhoff also holds an MPA degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
In her academic career, Dr. Kirchhoff has taught public administration courses at University of Maryland and Fairleigh-Dickinson University (New Jersey), Long Island University (Brooklyn), and Chalmers Institute of Technology (Sweden). At LIU, where she was a tenured associate professor, she taught across the public and health administration curricula, and designed a capstone course to focus student teams on civic engagement as well as analysis of real problems. At LIU, she also served as MPA Program director. Under her direction the student body grew three-fold and the Program was granted initial accreditation by National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She was named an Academy Partners Service Learning Fellow service learning fellow for the civic engagement/service learning focused capstone course. Academy Partners are (NASPAA, American Society of Public Administration (ASPA), and Academy of Management (AoM).
Dr. Kirchhoff's research has been published in Public Productivity and Management Review, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and Journal of Public Affairs Education. She has prepared policy analysis papers for the National Federation of Independent Business, the New Jersey State Legislature, and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands, among others. Dr. Kirchhoff serves on ASPA national leadership teams including the Section on Health and Human Services Administration, has served on the Executive Council of the NYC Metro ASPA, and has chaired the Health Sector Education Programs Section of NASPAA.
In her pre-academic career, Dr. Kirchhoff served as a policy and planning director for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, as a consultant to public and private health and social service agencies and service delivery organizations, as an assistant to the political governing board of health and human services delivery in a five county region of Nebraska. She has served on boards of directors of community-based organizations and as a politically appointed member of citizen advisory committees to local governments. She also served as a news reporter for the Orlando (Florida) Sentinel-Star and an information specialist for the Army-Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) in the Philippines.
Dr. Kirchhoff's research interests are in U.S. health care services delivery, nonprofit organization service delivery, and the political economy of health care reform in the U.S. Her perspective is formed by the political context and implementation realities of achieving goals through incentives and organizations, that is, public administration.