Jeffrey L. Brudney, Ph.D., is Professor of Political Science and adjunct Professor of Social Work at the University of Georgia, where he directs the Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) program. Dr. Brudney is also the co-founder of the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations and the new Master of Arts in Nonprofit Organizations (MNPO) program at the University of Georgia for which he now serves as the Graduate Coordinator. He received the B.A. degree at the University of California - Berkeley, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.
In 1994, Dr. Brudney was selected as a Fulbright Fellow to York University in Toronto, Canada. In Canada, he was a member of the Voluntary Sector Management Program in the Faculty of Administrative Studies, the leading Canadian center for study and practice in the nonprofit sector. He has also lectured on volunteerism in France and Northern Ireland.
Dr. Brudney was a delegate to the Presidents' Summit for America's Future, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 27-29, 1997. He continues to work with his local Summit delegation on volunteer initiatives, especially to assist youth. In 1998, these efforts resulted in the founding of a Voluntary Action Center in Athens, Georgia.
Dr. Brudney is the author of Fostering Volunteer Programs in the Public Sector: Planning, Initiating, and Managing Voluntary Activities (San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1990), for which he received the John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Education. He is the co-author of Applied Statistics for Public Administration (Fort Worth, TX: Harcourt Brace, 1997), a book that has been used for instruction in over 120 institutions of higher learning. A new edition of this book is scheduled for publication in 2001. In addition, he has published a large number of journal articles and book chapters in the areas of public administration and the voluntary, nonprofit sector.
Dr. Brudney has twice won the Herbert Kaufman Award given annually by the Public Administration Section of the American Political Science Association for excellence in research. In 2000, he won the William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for the Best Article Written by an Academician in the journal Public Administration Review. In 1999, he received the Mentor's Award, an honor that is conferred only once every three years by the Women's Caucus for Political Science of the American Political Science Association. The award is presented to "faculty members who have provided exceptional guidance to graduate students or to junior faculty members."
Dr. Brudney has served as chairperson of both the Section on Public Administration of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the Section on Public Administration Education of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). He serves on the editorial boards of major journals in the fields of public administration and nonprofit sector studies, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Recreational activities for young people provide the focus for Dr. Brudney's personal volunteer efforts. He is currently coaching his fourteen youth league team. In addition to serving as president of a youth swim team, he coaches both baseball and basketball teams.