Professor invited to White House

Dr. Matthew Hale, an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, continues to be recognized as an influential community leader both within the Seton Hall community and on a national scale.

Hale was recently invited to the White House to attend a discussion on community foundations, put together by the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation. Within the University community, Dr. Hale, who also is the MPA program Chair for the political science department, has taught courses such as Public Policy Analysis, Financial Management and Budgeting and Environment of Public Service. He is also responsible for overseeing the department’s three plus two master’s program.

“Dr. Hale brings an energy and sense of humor to the classroom that is often missing from other professors,” said Matthew Kuczynski, a student in the MPA program. “His unique experience working in politics also provided an insider perspective for navigating the often treacherous political landscape that characterizes modern public administration.”

Hale is the incoming president of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) which, he said, is responsible for regulating the undergraduate and graduate curriculum for non-profit programs.

According to their website, the NACC “is a membership association comprised of academic centers or programs at accredited colleges and universities that are devoted to the study of the nonprofit/governmental sector, philanthropy and voluntary action to advance education, research and practice that increase the nonprofit sector’s ability to enhance civic engagement, democracy and human welfare.”

“My interest in politics precedes my academic life,” Hale states in his SHU profile. “I worked as an aide to California Sen. Barbara Boxer and in the press and candidate advance operations for several local, state and national political campaigns.”

Hale said that he is currently working on expanding the three plus two political science program to be compatible with other undergraduate majors besides political science or sociology.

Brianna Bernath can be reached at brianna.bernath@student.shu.

Author: Staff Writer

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