Professor By Day, Fellow By Night
School of Management professor Richard Callahan was elected as a Fellow for the National Academy of Public Administration Standing Committee on Intergovernmental and Federal Systems.
Callahan shared his insight on what it takes to be both a Fellow and a professor and how the two jobs intertwine with each other.
The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) helps government leaders solve their most critical management challenges. Since 1967, the congressionally chartered non-partisan nonprofit Academy has provided expert advice to government leaders in building and managing more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. In late 2017, Professor Richard Callahan was elected as a NAPA Fellow.
“It’s an honor to be elected nationally. It means a lot as it took a lot of hard work and several years of being nominated,” said Callahan. “It feels great to work with leaders in federal, state, and local government who are members of NAPA.”
A former President of NAPA nominated Callahan because of his outstanding achievement and work he had done, such as his professional and consulting work as well as his academic work at both University of San Francisco and USC. Callahan’s hard work paid off but what does it take to be a Fellow? He explained, Fellows bring their “insights, experience, successes, and lessons learned straight to their clients through independent thought leadership, in-depth studies, analyses, advisory services, technical assistance, congressional testimony, forums, and conferences.”
Being a (National Academy of Public Administration) Fellow gives me access to the current challenges across a wide range of issues such as infrastructure building, homelessness, health care, emergency response, and other issues related to the public sector.
Being both a Fellow and a professor at University of San Francisco has allowed Callahan to bring real-world experiences, challenges, and knowledge into the classroom as well. Callahan has a joint appointment in the USF School of Management and in the USF School of Nursing and Health Professions. He is the Director of the Health Services Administration Concentration in the Master of Public Administration degree program.
As a professor at USF, he said he enjoys working with highly motivated graduate students, who are already making a difference in their communities as leaders.
Our MPA graduates all work in real-world situations, typically with communities depending on their leadership and skills...I receive notes or calls from alumni regularly telling me that they apply strategy, presentation, analysis, or other skills developed in class to their work.
By Grace Avila
Public Administration in Practice
Learning about state and local governments in classes is an asset when USF student Mason McMaster MPA '18 was deployed as part of FEMA to Houston after Hurricane Harvey. "In California, we work with the governor’s office of emergency management, but here in Texas, we work with the county judge. ...Understanding how local government operates is key to what we do.”