This is my 11th year at GSU and I am grateful for the opportunities that I have experienced while serving in the College of Arts and Sciences and within the GSU community. My favorite aspect of teaching at GSU is being a part of a diverse learning community with a mission to offer educational opportunities to first generation students. One of the highlights of my academic career is being selected to serve as the coordinator of the NPSE/INLD Program which is a three-year Doctorate of Interdisciplinary Leadership Program. The program is intense and offers professionals from different employment and educational backgrounds an opportunity to learn about their specific areas of focus applying an interdisciplinary perspective way of thinking. It is an honor to work with great faculty and an exciting time to be part of the transformation of Governors State University.
My academic, practitioner and research accomplishments are vast. After earning a Bachelor of Mass Communication (BA) from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, I ran for public office and later went on to pursue public management, policy and consulting opportunities in Michigan. As a state employee, I gained additional management and leadership experiences that inspired me to pursue graduate education. I successfully earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. As my academic and practitioner endeavors expanded in scope, my desire to advance research and collegiate instruction became my career path. I matriculated at the Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where I earned a PhD in Political Science. The combination international exposure, practical application of MPA instruction as well as the theoretical perspective of the PhD has enabled me to provide comprehensive instructional and research experiences for GSU’s diverse student body within the Masters of Public Administration Program. I have published articles in the areas of education policy, disaster preparedness/workplace violence and media/politics.
GSU embraces service, which is in concert with my professional and personal values. I am involved within community and international service oriented initiatives. I served as a board member with the South Suburban Family Services, Access to Care and Consortium International Management and Development - CIMPAD. I enjoy music, reading, biking, swimming and running and simply being outdoors. I love the Midwest and all four seasons especially fall in Michigan.
Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Bruce
Mary D. Bruce, Ph.D., MPA
Professor, Public Administration
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Chapter Advisor, Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society (NASPPA)
Non-Profit and Social Entrepreneurship, (NPSE) Coordinator
Interdisciplinary Leadership Doctorate Program INLD