College of Community and Public Affairs


Diverse in perspectives and approaches

Our professors are scholars in areas like education, human rights, health care, sustainability, philanthropy, substance use and mental health — and they’re doing their work in our backyard.

While our faculty are experts in a range of areas, the college is united by core values of social justice, interdisciplinary collaboration and applied scholarship. We believe in generating knowledge that can lead to new models, improve best practices and change communities both at home and abroad. Conducting research with real impact is just as much part of our philosophy as it is our everyday work.

Collaboration is key

Our faculty collaborate with other University departments, nonprofit and governmental organizations, health and human services agencies, school systems and businesses to enhance the scholarship and contribute to mutually beneficial partnerships. Our undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students are encouraged to work closely with professors and contribute to research, through both coursework and independent study.

The college houses the University’s Institute for Multigenerational Studies, which is an interdisciplinary research center that guides schools, health and social services programs and builds communities.

Several of our professors are associated with a University Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence, which dedicate resources to addressing critical social, scientific, technological, economic, cultural and policy issues by forming interdisciplinary teams of faculty members.

Research highlights and areas

You can find descriptions of our professors’ research areas on our program pages, but here are some highlights of the diversely rich scholarship at the college:

  • Alana Gunn, assistant professor of social work, partners with local rehabilitation services for individuals returning to their lives following incarceration. Her research examines how to overcome stigmas associated with serving time, and improve community resources for this population.
  • George Homsy, assistant professor of public administration, researches sustainability and local government policymaking. He works collaboratively with local government, businesses, non-profits and citizens to explore the drivers of sustainability policy change, and to implement new strategies to help communities thrive.
  • Nadine Mastroleo, assistant professor of the doctoral program, is training social work students to adopt evidence-based practices to reduce substance use among their clients. Specifically, she is studying brief interventions as a means of addressing the problems associated with harmful drinking and alcohol abuse for patients in local emergency rooms. She is also piloting college drinking intervention research, working with psychologists and resident assistants at Binghamton University.
  • Marguerite Wilson and Denise Yull, assistant professors of human development, implement a parent mentoring program in a range of school districts including Binghamton and Whitney Point. This initiative empowers low-income families and families of color and increases family-teacher engagement to support success at home and school.

Human Development Department

  • Cognitive and intellectual development
  • Intervention and prevention
  • Gender and development
  • Education and parenting
  • Citizenship, rights and belonging

Public Administration Department

  • Performance management
  • Non-profit government relations
  • Networks
  • Knowledge management
  • Cultural competency
  • Philanthropy
  • Immigration services and policy
  • Comparative public administration
  • Civil society and development

Social Work Department

  • Health policy and health care
  • School-linked services and community schools
  • Sexual assault, domestic violence and trauma
  • Social justice
  • Racial equity
  • Child welfare
  • Gerontology
  • Substance use and abuse

Student Affairs Administration Department

  • Leadership development
  • Health promotion
  • Racial and ethic minorities in higher education
  • Women in higher education
  • Retention and persistence
  • Equity and access
  • College student development

Community and Public Affairs Doctoral Program

  • Community and school mental health
  • Multi-party collaborations
  • Substance use and abuse

Last Updated: 4/3/17