KATHLEEN CALLAHAN (M.P.A., Ph.D. Rutgers University) is an assistant professor of public administration at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Campus at Newark and an Associate Director of the National Center for Public Productivity. She is also the director of the MPA Program at Rutgers-Newark. Prof. Callahan publishes on the topics of citizen participation, public sector productivity improvement, performance measurement, public sector competition and privatization. Her most recent publications include "Citizen-driven Government Performance," a chapter in the Public Productivity Handbook, Edited by Marc Holzer and Seok-Hwan Lee, (Marcel-Dekker); "Citizen Participation in Budgeting" co-edited with Jerry Miller, a symposium in the journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, forthcoming; and "The Utilization and Effectiveness of Citizen Advisory Committees in the Budget Process of Local Governments" Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, forthcoming.
Dr. Callahan was the co-author, with Robert Lake of the Center for Urban Policy Research, of a grant proposal to HUD for the establishment of a Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) in the West Side Park neighborhood of Newark. She also served as the principal investigator of a HOPE VI Supportive Service Grant from the Newark Housing Authority to help residents of three public housing complexes in the city of Newark make the successful transition from welfare to work.
Prof. Callahan, along with Prof. Alan Sadovnik, is co-author of a study of the charter school movement in Newark, specifically the issues of accountability and the lessons to be learned for district schools. In addition, Prof. Callahan is the co-principal investigator, with Prof. Marc Holzer, on a Sloan Foundation initiative to create, disseminate and promote curricular material related to citizen-based performance assessment of local government services.