The EMPL faculty members are selected for subject knowledge, real-world experience and teaching excellence.
The EMPL faculty members are selected for subject knowledge, real-world experience and teaching excellence.
Selena Walsh has served over twenty years in the political, legislative and non-profit arena. In Washington, DC she worked as the Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and as the National Director of Policy and Communication for LULAC. Returning to Texas, Selena served as the Executive Director for the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus and the Interim ED for the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus Institute. Selena has worked for and with many elected officials helping coordinate policy interests into legislative agendas that unite members on shared interests inviting collaboration and the resolution of complex issues.
Selena also has extensive experience in the non-profit sector. In 2003 she partnered with the Founder and CEO of Clean Water Action to co-found Proyecto Buena Vista and Buena Vista Fund, a national program ultimately dedicated to improving the education and outreach model for under-represented populations on the topic of environment. In 2008 Selena served as the first Director of Governmental Relations for Neighborhood Centers Inc. one of the largest non-profits in Texas where she won an employee award for her work on disaster recovery and the national extension of the Social Services Block Grant; she also identified an error in the Head Start funding formula which brought over one million in additional dollars to the Houston area.
In 2015 Selena accepted the position of Director of Administration with the North American Development Bank (NADB) joining an international team playing a key role in its merger with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC). Selena currently serves as the Director of the Executive Master in Public Leadership (EMPL) program at The University of Texas’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Selena graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine with an interdisciplinary degree in Social Culture Anthropology, and is a proud graduate of the Executive Masters in Public Leadership program.
Dr. Barry Bales has been with the LBJ School of Public Affairs since 1981, previously serving as Assistant and Director of the Office of Conferences and Training. Currently serving as Assistant Dean for Professional Development, Dr. Bales develops, organizes and administers professional development seminars for government officials and holds administrative responsibilities for the Governor's Center for Management Development, a program that trains over 2,500 Texas state agency managers each year in management, leadership and quality skills. In addition, Dr. Bales directs the Governor's Executive Development Program, a nationally recognized leadership course for managers in Texas state agencies and universities, and works with the Office of Conferences and Training, which provides professional development programs for public sector officials.
Dr. Bales is a frequent speaker in the areas of leadership, systems thinking, strategic planning and executive development, and has taught, consulted with and coached leaders and executives in fifteen states and nine foreign countries. He has a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, is a Fellow of the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas at Austin, former chair of the National Conference on Management and Executive Education, and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the Master in Public Administration program at Texas State University.
Dr. Jeremi Suri has a joint appointment in the LBJ School and the Department of History. Previously, he was with the University of Wisconsin, where he was the E. Gordon Fox Professor of History, the Director of the European Union Center of Excellence and the Director of the Grand Strategy Program.
Dr. Suri has received numerous awards for his research and teaching, including being named one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences by Smithsonian Magazine in 2007. He is the author of four books, including Henry Kissinger and the American Century (Harvard University Press, 2007) and Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from Washington to Obama (Free Press/ Simon and Schuster, 2011).
Dr. Suri earned his B.A. in History from Stanford University in 1994, an M.A. in History from Ohio University in 1996 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2001. His research interests include the formation and spread of nation-states; the emergence of modern international relations; the connections between foreign policy and domestic politics; the rise of knowledge of institutions as global actors; contemporary foreign policy; international security; protest and dissident movements and globalization. He regularly blogs on foreign policy and contemporary politics at http://globalbrief.ca, and you can follow him on Twitter at @jeremisuri.
Danielle Kahikina joined the EMPL Program as the Program Coordinator in July 2018. She began her career in administration in 2008 at Chicago's oldest camera store, Central Camera Company. Danielle joined The University of Texas at Austin in September 2015 where she worked with the Academic Foundation Initiatives and College Readiness programs for The Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) in the College of Education. In 2016 she joined the LBJ School of Public Affairs working in the Office of the Dean and the Academic Affairs department.
Kevin Bacon has over 25 years of experience providing consulting services to public sector organizations. He recently retired from his position as Vice President of IBM Business Consulting Services and was previously a senior partner and consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ government consulting practice. Prior to his career in consulting, he was a senior consultant to the California Legislature on tax and public finance issues.
In his management roles at IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr. Bacon was responsible for developing consulting staff, the oversight of major client accounts, marketing and sales efforts and quality and risk management functions for a 500-million-dollar consulting business. He has consulted with public agencies at the federal, state and local levels, as well as with several international organizations, and has led large projects designed to improve the quality, cost and timeliness of public services. These projects have given him the opportunity to work in fifteen states, several foreign countries, major metropolitan areas and a wide range of government program areas including transportation, education, electric and water utilities, veteran’s affairs, social services and consumer protection.
Mr. Bacon has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Davis and an M.S. in Economics from the London School of Economics.
Dr. Patrick Brockett is the Gus Wortham Memorial Chair in Risk Management and Insurance in the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management at the McCombs School of Business.
Dr. Brockett received his B.A. in Mathematics from California State University at Long Beach and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of California at Irvine. His research and teaching interests include insurance, risk theory, risk management, statistics, actuarial science, data envelopment analysis and quantitative models in business.
Dr. John Daly is the Liddell Centennial Professor of Communication, as well as a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, TCB Professor of Management and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacy.
Dr. Daly's interests focus on practical ways of improving the communication skills of individuals. He examines topics such as shyness, personality difference in communication, communication difficulties people experience in their personal and professional relationships and ways people advocate for their ideas. He has published more than one hundred articles and chapters in academic publications, completed six books and was named a Fellow of the International Communication Association in recognition of his scholarly work. In addition, he has served as editor of Communication Education and co-editor of Written Communication, as well as a member of the editorial boards of numerous academic journals.
In recent years, Dr. Daly has worked with the White House on issues related to customer service and communication. His past work also includes serving on the Board of Directors of the International Customer Service Association and the Administrative Council of the National Communication Association, and acting as President of the National Communication Association and Chair of the Council of Communication Societies.
Dr. Daly received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1977. At the University of Texas, he has been the recipient of every campus-wide undergraduate teaching award.
Dr. David Eaton has lectured in twenty countries and conducted field research in fifteen. His research concerns sustainable development in international river basins, evaluation of energy and water conservation programs and prevention of pollution. His current focuses are U.S.–Mexico environmental cooperation, new methods for evaluation of air pollution emissions, joint management by Palestinians and Israelis of shared groundwater and water conservation in Texas. He also directed research on tort reform that the Texas Department of Insurance used as evidence to justify rebates of over $1.3 billion for liability insurance in Texas in 1997–1999.
Dr. Easton teaches courses on systems analysis, environmental and energy policy and nonprofit management and has written on rural water supply, international water resource conflicts, energy management, environmental problems of industries, management of emergency medical services, applications of mathematical programming to resource problems, insurance and agriculture. Among his recent publications are the NAFTA Handbook for Water Resource Managers and Engineers, Emergency Medical Services in Travis County, Texas and The Impacts of Trade Agreements on State Provincial Laws.
Dr. Eaton received his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Geography from the Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Sharon E. Jarvis teaches and conducts research on political communication, persuasion and research methods. She has been the principal and co-principal investigator on projects focused on the politics of youth and has headed an evaluation team for an intervention in San Antonio High Schools.
Dr. Jarvis’ published books and articles explore the intersection of language use, politics and persuasion. Her authored and co-authored titles include The Talk of the Party: Political Labels, Symbolic Capital & American Life (Rowman & Littlefield) and Political Keywords: Using Language that Uses Us (Oxford University Press). Her articles, chapters and reviews have appeared in Journal of Communication, Political Psychology, American Behavioral Scientist, Political Communication, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, Journal of Computer Mediated Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs and Howard Journal of Communications.
Dr. Jarvis holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. As a professor, she has received numerous teaching awards and honors, including the Texas Exes Outstanding Professor for the College of Communication, the Eyes of Texas Teaching Award and Outstanding Professor in the College of Communication. In 2005, she was the second Assistant Professor ever to receive the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the largest undergraduate teaching honor at the University.
John O’Brien is an alumnus of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He began his public service career with the City of Austin, where he worked for seven years prior to joining the Texas Legislative Budget Board in 1989. Before his 2012 retirement, he served as the Board’s director, responsible for day-to-day management and oversight of the agency, including preparation of budget and policy recommendations and analysis of the fiscal impact of proposed legislation.
Mr. O’Brien has also served as liaison to the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee and as the president of the NCSL’s National Association of Legislative Fiscal Officers. He is also an active member of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In 2005, Mr. O’Brien received the Texas State Agency Business Administrators’ Association Administrator of the Year Award. He was also awarded the 2011 LBJ School Alumni Association Distinguished Public Service Award, honoring his public policy contributions, community service engagement, demonstrated leadership and commitment to promotion of the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Dr. Osborne is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School. She is also the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership, a research group at the LBJ School that conducts rigorous research on policy issues related to young children, adolescents, and their parents. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child wellbeing, and family demography. She has extensive experience conducting long-term evaluations of state and national programs, with the aim of helping organizations understand what works and why, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies. Dr. Osborne specializes in collaborative partnerships and the real world application of academic research. She previously was Director of the Project on Education Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ), an initiative of the LBJ School, that measured state educator preparation programs’ influence on student achievement. She joined the faculty of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2005 after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Previously, she taught middle school in a low-income community in California.