Faculty Profile

Dr. Heckman received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management and M.P.A. from The Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University; and he earned a B.A. in History and Secondary Education from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

He has extensive practitioner experience having served a four-year term as a non-partisan elected school board member in the 10th-largest school district in Ohio and he has worked as a manager and performance auditor for the Ohio Auditor of State and as a non-partisan budget and policy analyst for the Ohio Legislature.

Dr. Heckman previously was an assistant professor at Ohio State and was an instructor for six years in the Political Science Department at Capital University.

See my complete vita  Alex Heckman – Last Updated April 2013

Selected Professional and Academic Presentations:

  • Meeting the Needs of Professionals Who Administer Government for the People:  Using   Practitioner Feedback to Develop Relevant Professional Curriculum, Presentation for the 34th Annual Teaching Public Administration Conference May 2011 (co-presented with Redd Branner, Lewis Chongwony, and Leslie King)

Selected Professional and Academic Publications:

The Search for Better Government Performance: Understanding the Impact of Management Quality and Resources on Transportation Infrastructure Outcomes in the American States, Published in Public Management Review, 2013

Desperately Seeking Management: Understanding Management Quality and Its Impact on Government Performance Outcomes under the Clean Air Act, Published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 2012

States Buying Smarter: Lessons in Purchasing and Contracting from Minnesota and Virginia, co-authored with Trevor L. Brown and Sergio Fernandez for the Pew Center on the States, 2010

Summit County Community Based Correctional Facility Performance Audit, Ohio Auditor of State, November 2003

Franklin County Veterans Service Commission Performance Audit, Ohio Auditor of State, June 2003

Local Transportation Needs and Funding Report, Ohio Legislative Budget Office, September 2000

Seven Meta-Competencies:

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  • Courses I Teach

    ECON 322 Intermediate Macroeconomics
    PUAD 295 American Government in Action
    PUAD 420 Public & Nonprofit Fiscal Administration
    PUAD 701 Foundations of Public Administration

  • Research Interests

    Government performance measurement and improvement; policy formulation, implementation and administration; public management; and state and local government and intergovernmental relations