Conference Program Co-Chairs

Galia Cohen


Galia Cohen is director of the Division of Public Administration and assistant professor at Tarleton State University. She specializes in organizational development and human resource management, with more than 10 years of experience in teaching, training and consulting in the public sector. She develops and conducts leadership development workshops and programs for government employees across the United States on topics including negotiation and conflict management; employee engagement; ethical use of power; effective communication and public speaking; professional writing skills; collaborative leadership; managing multigenerational and diverse workforces; and many more. She also teaches academic courses at the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Tarleton State University.

Cohen is an affiliated faculty member with the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) in Plano, Texas; the Law Enforcement Executive Program in Raleigh, North Carolina; and the USC Price Executive Leadership Development Program in Los Angeles, California. She serves on multiple advisory boards including the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration and the Richardson Police Department Training Academy. She also is an elected District V Representative on ASPA's National Council and the book review editor for the premier journal in public administration, Public Administration Review (PAR).

Cohen holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Texas at Dallas, and received her BA and MA in organizational sociology from Bar-¬Ilan University, Israel. She has published peer reviewed articles and book chapters and her research interests include law enforcement collaboration, strategic human resource management, organizational culture and public safety administration.

Aaron Wachhaus

Aaron Wachhaus is associate professor in the University of Baltimore’s (UB) College of Public Affairs. He is the director of UB’s Doctor in Public Affairs program and is tremendously proud of the work that these students are doing to better governance. He specializes in governance theory, anarchism and the theory and practice of social networks in public administration. At heart, he is interested in how communities develop, in the ways that people and organizations behave when no one is in charge and in the stress and failure points of collaborative arrangements.

His work has appeared in the American Review of Public Administration, Administration & Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, International Journal of Public Administration and Public Administration Review among other outlets. He is president of the Southern Public Administration Education Foundation. Since 2006, he has served as the editor of Public Administration Quarterly. He firmly believes that fostering rescue mastiffs makes him a better person, if a slightly more rumpled one.