Public Administration Program

 

College of Social Sciences Affiliations

Public Administration Program (PUBA)

  • Faculty - Emeritus
  • Building/Office: Saunders 631
  • Phone: 956-8260
  • Fax: 956-9571

Public Policy Center (PPC)

  • Non-Comp Faculty - Affiliate Faculty
  • Building/Office: Saunders 631
  • Phone: 956-8260

 

History

Education:
Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Background:
Dick has been with the PUBA program since its inception, and was its first director. He joined a small group interested in building a high-quality program for people committed to public service. Prior to that he taught at Hawai’i Loa College, in the Manoa Honors and Environmental Studies programs, directed an undergraduate internship program, and was an associate researcher on a multinational research team that examined the impact of changes in technology on industrial workers in socialist and non-socialist societies.

 

Interests

Research:
His most recent book is BACKSTAGE IN A BUREAUCRACY - POLITICS AND PUBLIC SERVICE (University of Hawai`i Press, 2011). Other books are FAIRNESS, GLOBALIZATION AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS: EAST ASIA AND BEYOND with Jim Dator and Yongseok Seo, (University of Hawai'i Press, 2006); POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT IN HAWAI'I: AN AMERICAN STATE AND A PACIFIC SOCIETY (University of Nebraska press 2000) and POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY IN HAWAI`I with Zach Smith (SUNY Press, 1992). His research and applied scholarship focus on organizational improvement and change in public organizations and, in Thailand, on the role of local leaders in building healthy communities. In Hawai'i he helped found the Organizational Learning Institute (OLI), a sub-program within PUBA that provides training and consultation to public organizations. Internationally he has worked for a number of years in Thailand with Khon Kaen University's development and public administration programs. In Mongolia he has worked on various projects with the National Academy of Governance and the American Center for Mongolian Research. He has published articles on changes in Mongolia's public institutions since the fall of the Soviet Union with a Mongolian colleague. Between December 2003 and July 2004 he worked on projects at Ritsumeikan Asia-Pacific University in Beppu Japan, Khon Kaen University in Khon Kaen Thailand, the University of Victoriain Victoria British Columbia, the Academy of Management in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Meiji University in Tokyo. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Sophia University in Japan in the 2006-7 academic year, and has been the recipient of two Fulbright Senior Specialist awards. In the academic year 2011-12 he was in residence in the department of public administration and policy at International Christian University in Mitaka, Japan. He is currently a member of the Policy Issues Committee of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in the United States and on the organizing committee for an international association for local governance that will be based in Thailand.

Personal:
Organizational diagnosis and reform for public organizations; political-economy, and globalization and public institutions. Interests also include educational innovation and the design of learning environments, which started with the design of the PUBA as a graduate learning community. He has been active in national and international efforts at higher education reform.

 

Instruction

Teaching:
Primary instructor in the Public Administration Core Year modules dealing with political thinking, critical thinking, organizational processes, and public service ethics. He teaches the concentration course "Reforming Public Organizations" and co-teaches "Strategies of Change: Leaders and Leadership" with Robbie Alm. He also is an adviser to capstone projects.

Advising:
Along with other program faculty, advises participants in the Masters and Certificate Programs.

 

Publications

Backstage in a Bureaucracy -- Politics and Public Service (2010) : The book is based on Susan Chandler's eight years as head of a large social service agency in Hawai`i, alternating her recounting of different phases of that challenging experience with Pratt's analysis of what those experiences tell us about public organizations and public service more generally.
  Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author
  Co-Authors: Susan Chandler
  Keywords: bureaucracy; public service; organizational change

Reflections on Our Responsibilities to Graduates of Public Affairs Program Who Return to Oppressive Regimes (2010)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals

Public Administration Development and Reform of a Post-Communist Regime: The Case of Mongolia (2009)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Tsedev Damiran

Hawai'i Politics and Political Institutions (2008)
  Type: Chapters in books

A New Context for Mentoring: Graduate Learning Communities (2008)
  Type: Chapters in books
  Co-Authors: Ken Tokuno

Reflections on Our Responsibilities to Graduates of Public Affairs Program Who Return to Oppressive Regimes (2008)
  Type: Invited conference presentations

Reforming Reform: Bringing Realism and Urgency to Improving Public Institutions (2007)
  Type: Invited conference presentations

Fairness, Public Institutions and Globalization: East Asian and Beyond (2006)
  Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author
  Co-Authors: Jim Dator and Yongseok Seo

Waves of Reform: Understanding Institutional Change in Mongolia in the Post-Soviet Period (2005)
  Type: Invited conference presentations
  Co-Authors: Tsedev Damiran

Innovating Public Service Education: Lessons from the University of Hawai'i (2005)
  Type: Invited conference presentations
  Co-Authors: Chris Grandy

Globalization and Public Administration Education: The View from the University of Hawai'i (2003)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Chris Grandy

Public Institutions and Public Service Education in a Globalizing World--Where Have We Been, Where Are We Going? (2003)
  Type: Chapters in books

Members' Perception of the District Management Group in the Federal Civil Service of Pakistan (2002)
  Type: Chapters in books
  Co-Authors: Syed Akif

Participant Evaluation of Honolulu Community College Leadership Development Institute (2002)
  Type: Internal reports and other unpublished work
  Co-Authors: Joanne Cooper and David Bangert

Faculty Responses to Teaching in Fall 2001 Manoa Connections Learning Communities (2002)
  Type: Internal reports and other unpublished work

The Faculty Experience of Learning Coummunities at Manoa (2000)
  Type: Internal reports and other unpublished work

Teaching Culture at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Its Relationship to Curricular Innovation (2000)
  Type: Internal reports and other unpublished work
  Co-Authors: Christine Shaw

Hawai'i Politics and Government: An American State and a Pacific Society (2000)
  Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author

Politics and Public Policy in Hawai'i (1992)
  Type: Books of original scholarship–author/co-author
  Co-Authors: Zachary Smith

 

Research Projects

Organizational Planning and Development Services (2008 - ) : The Public Administration Program shall assist the Department of Education, Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs, with planning and team development vital to move ahead on federally regulated initiatives. The Contractor shall provide organizational planning and development services to the DOE Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs to achieve its goals.
  Type: Non-research

Organizational Planning and Development Services (2008 - ) : The Public Administration Program shall assist the Department of Education, Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs, with planning and team development vital to move ahead on federally regulated initiatives. The Contractor shall provide organizational planning and development services to the DOE Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs to achieve its goals.
  Type: Non-research

Organizational Planning and Development Services (2008 - ) : The Public Administration Program shall assist the Department of Education, Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs, with planning and team development vital to move ahead on federally regulated initiatives. The Contractor shall provide organizational planning and development services to the DOE Office of Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs to achieve its goals.
  Type: Non-research

Rockefeller Institute Project (2007 - ) : Research on charitable choice implementation, FBO social service deliveries, legislative, regulatory and licensing requirements related to faith-based social service organizations, competition for grants, and contracting practices.
  Type: Research