Dr. Gabris is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Division of Public Administration. He received his B.A. (with honors), M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia. He taught at Mississippi State University for ten years prior to joining the faculty at Northern Illinois University in 1986. He has served as the Director of the Division of Public Administration since January, 2004. The Division is responsible for implementing NIU's nationally ranked (US News and World Report) Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA). His areas of teaching interests include: human resources management, leadership theory, organization development, and urban management. He is the former managing editor of Public Adminstration Review, and has served on the editorial boards of five professional journals. His current research interests focus on factors influencing municipal innovation management capacity, the efficiency wage as a compensation strategy for improving employee performance, and municipal governing board behavior.Recent Articles of Dr. Gabris include:
"No End to Hierarchy: Is Leadership Credibility Related to Organizational Rank," Administration and Society (2007). With Dougals M. Ihrke
"Up the Boland: The Crisis of Disengagement." Public Administration Quarterly (2006).
"Developing Public Managers into Credible Leaders: Theory and Practical Implications." International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. (2004). With Douglas M. Ihrke
"Understanding Municipal City Council Member Perspectives." Urban Affairs Journal. (2003) With Douglas Ihrke and Richard Proctor.