John David Briley

Associate Professor of Political Science and  Director of the Masters of Public Administration Program, Dr . Briley earned his B.A., the Master of Public Administration and the Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1994). He also attended the University of Alabama and Middle Tennessee State University as an undergraduate. He teaches a broad range of U.S. politics courses, including Southern Politics, The Presidency, Congress and Public Policy, State and Local Government, Urban Government and Public Administration. In addition, he regularly teaches the Department's two introductory courses, Political Life and Introduction to American Government. He has done research on the politics of the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has delivered papers at state and regional professional associations. One of his recent research projects concerns the politics of the "No Child Left Behind Act." He has a book published by Mercer University Press entitled "Career in Crisis: Paul "Bear" Bryant and the 1971 Season of Change" .  Dr. Briley has also served as a political analyst for the local CBS-affiliated television station. Email: ; phone: 439-6697.  Office: 305 Rogers-Stout Hall.



Lon Felker

Professor of Public Administration , Dr. Felker holds doctorate and masters degrees in political science from Michigan State University.  He also received an A.B.in International Studies from the University of South Carolina.  Felker has taught at a number of institutions, including Central State University (Ohio), East Carolina University (North Carolina) and the University of Dayton (summer session, 1975).  he was a Marshall Scholarship holder to Germany in 1970-71, an I.C.P.S.R. summer fellow at the University of Michigan, and a Fulbright Lecturer to Peru (1986).  Dr. Felker has taught at East Tennessee State University since 1988.  His chief research interests are public administration, intergovernmental relations, and comparative and international public administration. Email: : phone: 439-5789.  Office: 316A Rogers-Stout Hall.



Rebecca Keeler

Assistant Professor of Public Law and Public Administration and Coordinator for the Legal Studies minor, Dr. Keeler earned her B.A in business administration from Florida Atlantic University, J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, and Ph.D in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.  Her teaching and research interests include applied ethics, changing public/private institutional relationships, administrative law, public policy, and public administration theory.  She has presented conference papers on public service ethics, privatization, and U.S. policy and AIDS.  She practiced law for nearly 17 years in local government, and was certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in city, county and local government law (now in Emeritus status).  During her legal practice and doctoral studies, she developed and presented ethics training to public officials, administrators, and professional associations.  Email: : phone: 439-4764.  Office: 301C Rogers-Stout Hall.



Michael Marchioni

Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies .   Dr. Marchioni earned his MA from Louisiana State University in Cultural Geography and Anthropology and his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Urban Economic Geography and Regional Economics.  He has taught at ETSU for over 30 years in the fields of Cultural Geography, Planning and Urban Studies, taking on the responsibility of shaping the undergraduate and graduate planning programs.  While in the Department of Economics, Finance and Urban Studies, he chaired at least 80 thesis and capstone committees and assisted in many others.  Dr. Marchioni was named recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association (TAPA) and was the first director of the State of Franklin Section of TAPA, as well as a member of the organization's executive board.  He was recipient of the 2003-2004 Outstanding Service Award and the 2004-2005 Outstanding Teacher Award.  His research interests include urban and regional planning, housing, urban economic development, flood plain management, culture trait geography, and consumer behavior.  Email: : phone: 439-5362. Office: 219 Rogers-Stout Hall.



Paul Trogen

Associate Professor of Public Finance , Dr. Trogen earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida State University.  He first earned a BA in Political Science at the University of St. Thomas and used those skills to secure two state jobs and win an election to local public office. Then, to expand his career opportunities, he earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University at Mankato. His areas of interest include public budgeting, public finance, political economy and organizational behavior. Paul has published articles in Southeastern Political Review, International Journal of Economic Development, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, and Journal of Financial and Economic Practice.  He has published chapters in the Handbook of Comparative and Development Public Administration 2 nd Ed., Handbook of Public Sector Economics, and Handbook of Bureaucracy 2 nd Ed.  Email: : phone: 439-5374. Office: 230 Rogers-Stout Hall.

Adjunct Faculty



Joe Martin

Instructor in City Management, MPA Program , Mr. Martin earned both his Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public administration,  ETSU, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of  Public Administration degree at Valdosta State University at Valdosta, Georgia.  He is a former town manager and current Executive Director of the Woodfin Sanitary Water and Sewer District in Asheville, North Carolina.  He has been an adjunct instructor at ETSU for the past five years and has taught City Management, Intergovernmental Relations and Administrative Law. Email: :  phone: 439-4217.



Steve Neilson, AICP

Instructor in Urban Planning, MPA Program , Steve earned a master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.  he currently works as the Development Coordinator for the city of Johnson City.  He has over 22 years of professional planning experience working in state and local government in Florida, Maine, and Tennessee.  Email: .



Patricia "Trish" Patterson, J.D.

Instructor MPA, Non-profit Management Concentration, Trish Patterson earned her B.S. and J.D. degrees from UT Knoxville. She served as the Executive Director for Hands On! Regional Museum for 5 years, and currently works as the Development Director for Holston Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries. She has served on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Reconciliation Services, Buffalo Mountain Camp, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, and has participated in leadership positions with a variety of not-for-profit organizations.  Ms. Patterson currently teaches Not-for-Profit Resource Development. Email:  .