Melissa Emerson

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Social Sciences Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 445C Harvey Hall
Phone: 715-232-1503
Email: emersonme@uwstout.edu

Education

    • Ph D Public Policy and Administration
      Mississippi State University
      Starkville, MS, United States, 2014
    • JD
      William Mitchell College of Law
      Saint Paul, MN, United States, 2006
    • BA Political Science and Behavioral Science and Law
      University of Wisconsin
      Madison, WI, United States, 1999

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin-Stout, Department of Social Science
        Assistant Professor of Political Science
        2015 -
      • Mississippi State University, Department of Public Policy and Public Administration
        Graduate Assistantship
        2010 - 2014
      • State University of New York, Research Foundation
        Research Support Specialist
        2013
      • Mississippi State University-Meridian, Department of Political Science
        Adjunct Faculty
        2012 - 2013
      • Mississippi State University, Department of Public Administration
        Research Assistant
        2011
      • McNeese State University
        International Affairs Director
        2007 - 2008

    Industry

      • Acadiana Legal Services Corporation
        Litigation Attorney
        2008 - 2009
      • Chrysalis Pro Bono Safety Project
        Volunteer Attorney
        2006 - 2007
      • Rider Bennett, LLP
        Associate Attorney/Summer Associate
        2005 - 2007

Presentations

    Panelist

    • Emerson, M. C. (June 3, 2016). Civic Engagement and Local Government Employees: Exploring the “Spill-over” Effect into the Public Square. Midwest Public Affairs Conference, Columbus, OH, United States.

    Paper

    • Emerson, M. (2014). Examining Motivational Barriers: Using Private Attorneys to Fill the Justice Gap and Bolster Social Equity in the Public Sector. ASPA,
    • Emerson, M., & French, E. P. (2013). Reevaluating the Importance of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivational Factors to Local Government Employees in Today’s Public Sector Work Environment. ASPA,
    • Emerson, M., & French, E. P. (2013). Why Public Sector Employees Choose to Work at the Local Level: The Link Between Motivation and Reward Preferences. SECoPA,
    • Emerson, M., & Neaves, T. (2012). Extra-Governmental Compensation Funds in Disaster Response: Benefits, Consequences, and Trade-offs. SECoPA,
    • Emerson, M., & Neaves, T. (2011). The Social Climate of the Macondo Blowout: The Effects of Public Opinion on Trust in Government and Emergency Management Policy in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon. ASPA,
    • Emerson, M., & Neaves, T. (2011). The Macondo Blowout: The Socio-Political Construction of Disasters. PAT-Net Conference,
    • Emerson, M. (2011). Ethical Considerations of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill’s Compensation Program. SECoPA,

Reviewer / Editor

    Reviewer, Journal

    • Review of Public Personnel Administration (August 15,2015 - Present)
    • Public Personnel Management (2013 - Present)
    • Public Integrity (2011 - Present)

Professional Memberships

  • Law and Society Association
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Society for Public Administration

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Member, APSS Program Faculty Committee (September 01,2015 - Present)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Attendee, Meeting, General Education Assessment Workshop (September 01,2016 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Public Personnel Committee (May 15,2016 - Present)

      Mississippi State University

      • Committee Member, Candidate Search Committee (2011 - 2013)

      McNeese State University

      • Committee Chair, Candidate Search Committee (2008)
      • Committee Member, Candidate Search Committee (2007 - 2008)

    Professional

    • Member, SECoPA Communications Committee (2014 - 2015)
    • Member, SECoPA Procedures Committee (2014 - 2015)
    • Member, Southeastern Conference of Public Administrators (SECoPA) Board (2014 - 2015)
    • Executive Chair, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Young Scholars Workshop (2014)
    • Member, ASPA Conference Management Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Member, ASPA Founders Fellow Selection Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Member, ASPA Governance Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Committee Chair, ASPA Mentorship Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • Member, ASPA National Public Service Awards Committee (2013 - 2014)
    • National Student Representative, ASPA (2013 - 2014)
    • Peer Reviewer, Public Personnel Management (2013)
    • Peer Reviewer, Public Integrity (2011)
    • Member, Procedures Committee, SECoPA (2010 - 2011)

    Community

    • Board of Directors, House Calls of Menomonie, Inc. (January 2017 - Present)