Public and Nonprofit Administration — Organization Development — Public Administration
Richard  Callahan

Richard Callahan

Department Chair / Associate Professor

“The fundamental values of Public Administration are human dignity and social engagement to promote justice.” - R. Callahan

Professor Richard Callahan is a highly active international educator with a broad range of expertise that includes governance issues, organizational theory, and public management. He is the Faculty Co-Chair of the School of Management’s Strategic Planning Committee and serves as the Faculty representative to the USF Board of Trustees. He was awarded Graduate Programs Teacher of the Year 2013 in the School of Management.

Dr. Callahan has participated in more than 50 education programs worldwide, supporting university programs in Turkey, Mexico, and Zambia. He served for five years on staff to County Supervisor Ed Edelman in Los Angeles County, California, and five years as township administration in New Jersey. He also served for two years as the Chief Administrative Officer for a nonprofit in Santa Cruz, California. His commitment to social justice fits a lifelong appreciation of the Jesuit mission.

Professor Callahan has enjoyed a successful career working in the public sector, for nonprofits and government bodies, in addition to teaching at the University of Southern California for more than a decade. His dedication to leadership extends beyond his professional achievements, having twice been titled California’s State Judo Champion and competing on the international Judo circuit as well.


D.P.A., Public Administration, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2002
M.A., Public Administration, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1987
B.A., Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 1982

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
  • MBA 699: Leadership Across Sectors
  • MPA 611: Public Administration as a Field and Practice in Contemporary Society
  • MPA 613: Management and Organization Theory
  • MPA 644: Strategic Planning and Implementation

The following list is a partial selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"Professional Reflection: The Alignment of Ignatian Pedagogy Principles with Jesuit Business School Education and Business Practices," Journal of Jesuit Business Education, 2013

"Moving From Magical Thinking: Fiscal Sustainability in Local Government,"  National Civic Review, Vol. 101, No. 1, pp. 8-11, 2012

"Los Angeles County Fiscal Sustainability," National Civic Review, Vol. 101, No.1, pp. 11-18, 2012 (with M. Pisano)

Key Actions That Contribute to Successful Implementation: Lessons from the Recovery Act, IBM Center for the Business of Government, Washington DC, June 2012 (with Sandra Archibald, Kay Sterner and Brint Milward)

"Implementing the Recovery Act: Report Gives Nine Action Steps Based on Federal Case Studies," PA Times, July-August-September, Vol. 35, No. 3, 2012 (with Kay Sterner)

"Public-Private Partnerships as a Strategy or Fiscal Sustainability," Public Manager, December, 2012 (with M. Pisano)

“Governance the Collision of Politics and Cooperation,” Public Administration Review, 2007

Honors & Awards

Recipient of Outstanding Teaching Award, USF, 2013

Fulbright Specialist Program Award, Istanbul, Turkey, 2011

Scoville Award for Academic Excellence, American Society of Public Administration, Los Angeles, CA Chapter, 2011

Professor of the Year, Graduate Student Association, USC School of Policy, Los Angeles, 2007, 2011

Chester A. Newland Award for Academic Excellence, American Society of Public Administration, Sacramento, CA Chapter, 2010

Richard Callahan, University of San Francisco School of Management