- Rick Morse joined the School of Government in 2006. He previously was assistant professor in the Public Policy and Administration Program at Iowa State University. He teaches and advises state and local public officials in the areas of collaborative governance, civic engagement, and leadership. He also teaches in the School's Master of Public Administration program. His publications include more than two dozen articles and book chapters and he is lead editor of two books on public leadership, Transforming Public Leadership for the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2007), and Innovations in Public Leadership Development (M.E. Sharpe, 2008). He also contributes to the School's Community and Economic Development blog. Morse holds a BA and MA in public policy from Brigham Young University and a PhD in public administration/public affairs from Virginia Tech. Follow him on Twitter @MorseSOG.
- Charles Szypszak teaches Law for Public Administration and Military Leadership and Public Administration in the School of Government’s graduate program and provides counsel to public officials. He served as a captain in the US Marine Corps. He is author of the book soon forthcoming from McFarland Publishing, "Military Leadership Lessons for Public Service." He may be contacted at email@example.com.
- Vaughn Upshaw joined the School of Government in 2004 as a lecturer in government and public administration. She teaches leadership and governance to public officials and facilitates meetings for local governments on topics such as manager evaluations, clarifying expectations, strategic planning, and managing citizen advisory committees. She created and serves as editor of the Board Builder Series of publications which offer practical advice on how to effectively lead and govern. Prior to joining the School, she served as director of the Public Health Leadership Doctoral Program in the UNC School of Public Health, and helped establish and direct the Association for North Carolina Boards of Health (ANCBH) and the National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH). In 2012, she received a Fulbright Specialist Award to create a leadership curriculum for senior health system managers at Moi University in Kenya. Upshaw earned a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, an MPH and DPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an EdD from North Carolina State University.