Christopher Koliba


Director, Associate Professor
103D Morrill Hall

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1998 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Social Science Program
Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

1992 Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Christopher J. Koliba, Ph.D., is the Co-Director of the Master of Public Administration Degree Program and an Assistant Professor in the Community Development and Applied Economics Department at the University of Vermont (UVM).  He possesses a secondary appointment with the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Ed. D., program at UVM.

Koliba possesses a Ph.D. and a Master of Public Administration degree from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Prior to arriving at UVM, he spent almost five years at Georgetown University as the Associate Director of the Volunteer and Public Service Center and as a Research Associate with the Center for the Study of Voluntary Organizations and Service housed within the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.  His first assignment at UVM was as a research assistant professor with the John Dewey Project on Progressive Education housed within the College of Education and Social Services, where he conducted research on the institutionalization of service-learning in schools.

His research interests include organizational change, civic education, cross sector collaborations, applied applications of research data, and educational policy.  He is currently working on the empirical development of community of practice theory.

An experienced workshop facilitator, Chris routinely facilitates faculty development seminars relating to the integration of service into the curriculum at several colleges and universities, and offers workshops on themes relating to community partnership development and reflection.  He also consults with organizations, utilizing applied research and group development approaches to support organizational change and program evaluation efforts.  Koliba is married, father of three children, and lives in Central Vermont

Courses Taught
PA 206: Contemporary Public Affairs
PA 301: Fundamentals of Public Adminstration
PA 302: Public Sector Organizations
PA 306: Introduction to Public Policy
PA 318: Administrative Theory and Practice: Third Party Governance
PA 395: The Reflective Practitioner
CDAE 195: Civic Leadership and Student Governance

Recent/Pending Publications

Koliba, C. and Lathrop, J. (Accepted for publication). Inquiry as Intervention: Action Research for Organizational Learning. Administration and Society.

Koliba, C. with Campbell, E. and Shapiro, C.(Accepted for publication).The Practice of Service-Learning in Different School-Community Contexts. Educational Policy.

Jennings N., Swidler, S. and Koliba, C. (Accepted for publication).Place-Based Education in the Standards-Based Reform Era—Conflict or Complement?  American Journal of Education. 
Koliba, C. 2004.  Assessing Reflection Assignments for Public Affairs Courses: Implications for Educating Reflective Practitioners. The Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol. 10 Issue 4.

Koliba C. 2004. Is Service-Learning Contributing to the Downsizing of American Democracy? Learning Our Way Out.  The Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Spring 2004.

 Koliba, C. 2003. Generation of Social Capital in Schools: Expanding and Deepening Social Networks Through Service-Learning. Academic Exchange Quarterly. Vol. 7 Issue 2.  

Professional Association Membership

American Society for Public Administration
American Educational Research Association
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Association

Recent Awards and Recognition

2005.  Finalist, Thomas Ehrlich Award for Community Service-Learning. Campus Compact. 
2005.   John Glenn Scholar in Service-Learning.  Critical Issues and Priorities. John Glenn Institute for Public Service and Public Policy.  The Ohio State University. Columbus, OH.