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

Richard Callahan

Department Chair / Associate Professor

“Human dignity and the rule of law as core values in Public Administration strongly align with USF’s mission to change the world from here.” - R. Callahan

Professor Richard Callahan is a highly active educator and researcher focused on leadership behaviors that are effective in complex, demanding, and dynamic environments. An invaluable member of the USF community, Dr. Callahan is Chair of the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, Director of the Master of Public Administration program, and he serves as the Faculty Representative to the USF Board of Trustees.

Having designed and delivered more than 15 leadership programs internationally, statewide, and regionally, Callahan has been awarded a $22,000 grant from the Sierra Health Foundation to serve as Co-Director for the Foundation's upcoming Leadership program with Dr. Kenneth Kizer, Director of the Center for Population Health at UC Davis. His current research studies effective leadership practices in developing strategies to address challenging social issues in health access, fiscal sustainability, and governance, and will play an integral role in the creation of the program for Sierra Health. In addition to an extensive body of research, Dr. Callahan brings a wealth of professional experience, having served for five years on staff for County Supervisor Ed Edelman in Los Angeles County, California, five years as township administration in New Jersey, and two years as the Chief Administrative Officer for a nonprofit in Santa Cruz, California.

Professor Callahan's teaching draws on his professional experience working and consulting in the public sector, for nonprofits and government bodies, as well as in Turkey and Mexico, and from more than a decade teaching at the University of Southern California. His appreciation of the Jesuit mission and commitment to social justice began with his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University.

Callahan's 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.P.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.

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

Callahan, R. and M. Pisano. “Aligning Fiscal and Environmental Sustainability”. Book chapter in The Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, Methods and Outlook. Edited by Daniel Mazmanian and Hilda Blanco. Pp. 154-165.

Callahan, R. and Mark Pisano. “The Divergent Cases of the City and the County of San Bernardino”. Public Finance and Management. July, 2014.

Tang, S.Y., Rich Callahan, and Mark Pisano. “Using Common-Pool Resource Principles to Design Local Government Fiscal Sustainability”. Public Administration Review. Accepted June, 2014

Pisano, M. and Callahan, R. “City of Los Angeles: Fiscal Sustainability Case Study”. National Civic Review. Summer, 2014

"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)

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