Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration

Elizabeth Sassler is a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at The University of Georgia. Her research focuses on organizational behavior and public management. Her current projects include work on employee motivation, deviant behavior, and intra-organizational relationships.

Liz began her graduate work in the Public Administration and Policy department in 2010 as a MPA student, while simultaneously working full-time for the University’s Center for Continuing Education. She joined the doctoral program in 2012, and presently works as a Graduate Research Assistant with the University’s prestigious Foundation Fellowship program.

She is involved with the Doctoral Student for Public Administration (DSPA), and acted as co-president of the student-run organization from 2012 to 2014. Her research interests span a broad array of public management and organizational behavior issues, and she has enjoyed the opportunity to present research on these subjects at a number of conferences both domestically and abroad since beginning the Ph.D. program.

  • MPA, University of Georgia 2012, Public Budgeting and Finance
  • BBA, University of Georgia 2005, Marketing
Of Note
  • Doctoral Students for Public Administration (DSPA), Co-President, 2012-2014
  • Presenter, Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECoPA) in Atlanta, GA: “Psychopathy and the Urban Environment: Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities for an Innovative Governance Response”, September 2014
  • Presenter, International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) in Utrecht, The Netherlands: “Organizational Equity, Justice, Structure and Public Service Motivation”, November 2014
  • Presenter, Southeastern Conference of Public Administration (SECoPA) in Charlotte, NC: “Public Service Motivation Scholarship: Adding Value or Reinventing the Wheel?
    How Differentiating PSM from Prosocial Motivation and Altruism is Necessary for the Advancement of Research”, September 2013
Research Interests

My primary research interests include organizational behavior and public management, including pro- and anti-social motivational orientations, intra- and inter-organizational networks, and organizational information transmission.