Roger Edward Hartley

College of Public Affairs, University of Baltimore

Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Political Science

I am the new Dean of the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore and am a tenured full professor in its School of Public and International Affairs. I manage SPIA as well as the Schools of Criminal Justice and Health and Human Services. We have 40 tenure track faculty, about 1900 students, and 19 academic programs at the bachelors, masters, and DPA levels. I do research in law, courts and policy impacting the judicial branch. I have publish 1 book and about 30 articles. At UGA I was mentored by some amazing faculty but especially Susette Talarico, Susan Haire, Arnie Fleischman, Paul Gurian, Bob Grafstein, John Maltese, and Lief Carter.

  • PhD, The University of Georgia 1999 Political Science
  • MA, The University of Georgia 1993 Political Science
  • BS, Public Affairs 1991 Indiana University
Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

Trail running, gardening, craft beer, travel, back roads, odd folk art, local food

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

The many moments working with and socializing with my mentor, Susette Talarico.

My Top Three Career Tips
  1. Remember that public service is among the highest of callings. You can do great things to improve lives while you earn financial security.
  2. Consider teaching or mentoring no matter what field you are in.
  3. Politics is not a game or about power…it is one critical way to change lives…and unfortunately…some of us forget that for a time.
Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards
  • Member, Research Advisory Council of the National Center for State Courts
  • Editorial Board of Justice System Journal
  • Board of Directors, United Way of Asheville Buncombe County
  • Chair, 211 Committee, United Way
  • Vice Chair of the Board of Legal Document Preparers in Arizona (until 2010)
  • Member, Pima County Commission on Trial Court Appointments, (until 2010)
Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway

Favorite Hangouts:

  • The Globe. Took my wife Melissa English on our first date there. Many many times read in their rocking chair with a beer or glass of wine while preparing for class or grading.
  • The Grit. Best food ever.
  • The 40 Watt. Best music experiences ever.

Favorite Getaway:

  • I went to the mountains and jumped on the Appalachian trail while listening to the Dawgs on radio. The many small towns and BBQ joints in the area like Lexington, Winder, Ila, and more are fascinating…and more so while listening to REM while you drive.
Recent Honors / Awards

Winner (with Jim Douglas) of the Burkhart Award for the best paper 2011 in Public Budgeting and Finance.
10 Teaching, mentoring and leadership awards granted over the years at University of Arizona and Western Carolina University.

A Quotable Quote About My Spia Experience

“The most incredible attention to teaching and learning an aspiring academic could have. I learned to teach from mentors like Susette Talarico, Arnie Fleischman, and Paul Gurian. My colleagues and I learned to be good researchers but also great teachers and public servants.”