L. Douglas Kiel

Professor of Public and Nonprofit Management
GR 3.210
Douglas Kiel's Webpage
Tags: Public and Nonprofit Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Political Science
University of Oklahoma - 1986
MPA - Public Administration
University of Oklahoma - 1984
B.A. - Sociology
Austin College - 1978

Research Areas

  • Classes across the MPA curriculum. Currently teaching PhD level classes in Leadership, Change Management and Decision-Making.
  • General Public Administration/Management
  • Leadership and Leadership Development
  • Process Improvement and Quality Improvement
  • Decision-Making/Optimization
  • Change Management
  • Executive Training Education
  • Neuroscience and Leadership/Management


Kiel, L. Douglas. (forthcoming 2010) Equilibrium and Chaos, In The Encyclopedia of Political Science. (Washington, DC:CQ Press). 2010 - Publication
With Douglas J. Watson. 2009. Affective Leadership and Emotional Labor: A view from the Local Level. Public Administration Review 69, no.1: 21-24. 2009 - Publication
With K. Bezboruah and G. Oyun. 2009. Developing Leaders in Public Affairs: Incorporating Emotional Intelligence Training in to the Core Doctoral Leadership Course. Journal of Public Affairs Education 15, no. 1: 87-106. 2009 - Publication
Knowledge Management, Organizational Intelligence and Learning and Complexity L. Douglas Kiel (Ed.) (UNESCO, Paris, France:EOLSS) forthcoming 2008 C E-Book. 2008 - Publication
With Jennifer Holmes and Sheila Pineres, Reforming Government Agencies Internationally: Is There a Role for the Balanced Scorecard, The International Journal of Public Administration 2006, 29:12, pp. 1125-1145. 2006 - Publication
L. Douglas Kiel, A Primer for Agent-Based Modeling in Public Administration: Exploring Complexity in Would-Be Administrative Worlds, Public Administration Quarterly. Fall/Winter2005, Vol. 29 Issue 3/4, p268-296 2005 - Publication
with Euel Elliott, Agent-Based Modeling in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology and the Life Sciences , April 2004. 2004 - Publication
with Euel Elliott, A Complex Systems Approach for Developing Public Policy Toward Terrorism: An Agent-Based Approach, Chaos, Solitons and Fractals, January 2004. 2004 - Publication
Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems. Theme Section - Knowledge Management, Organizational Intelligence and Learning and Complexity edited and submitted for publication, 42 chapter length articles. This volume is the equivalent of 3, fourteen chapter books. Submitted UNESCO - throughout 2001 and early 2002. Final publication - 2003. 2003 - Publication
Co-Editor with Brian J.L. Berry and Euel Elliott, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Adaptive Agents, Intelligence and Emergent Human Organization: Capturing Complexity through Agent-Based Modeling forthcoming, April 2002. Includes 24 articles. 2002 - Publication


Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School [9–Present]
Professor of Public Administration and Political Economy
University of Texas at Dallas [9–Present]
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Political Economy
University of Texas at Dallas [9–8]
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Business Administration
University of Oklahoma [8–8]
Professor of Public Administration and Political Economy
University of Texas at Dallas [7–2004]
Director - Master of Public Affairs Program & Associate Professor of Public Administration and Political Economy
University of Texas at Dallas [5–5]
Professor of Public Affairs and Administration
University of Texas at Dallas [1–Present]

Additional Information

Academic/Professional Service
  • Managing Editor - International Review of Public Administration
  • Editorial Board - The Journal of Leadership and Research
  • Editorial Board - Nonlinear Dynamics in Psychology and the Life Sciences
  • 2/99 - Invited to London, England to review proposals for United Kingdom's Economic and Social Research Council for funding of Complexity Research.
  • Manuscript Reviewer - for journals such as Public Administration Review, Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Methods and Research, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Administration and Society, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science
  • From 1986 to present - multiple presentations at professional meetings and conferences in areas ranging from information management to chaos theory applications in health care.
Honors/Professional Recognition
  • Keynote Speaker - August 2005 - Annual Conference of the Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology and the Life Sciences. Denver, CO.
  • 8/95 Book Award - Received the 1994-1995 "Best Book Award" from the Public and Nonprofit Sector Division of the Academy of Management, for my Managing Chaos and Complexity in Government: A New Paradigm for Managing Change, Innovation and Organizational Renewal. (Jossey-Bass: San Francisco) 1994.
  • 4/96 - presented Will Mann Richardson Lecture - Austin College, Sherman, TX. - purpose "... is to bring outstanding individuals to campus to discuss pertinent issues in economics and banking, law and government."
  • 7/96 While serving as first ever Director of the Master of Public Affairs Program, School of Social Sciences, led the production of the Program's Self-Study report leading to accreditation by National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
  • 1996 The Classics of Organization Theory, by J. Shafritz and S. Ott (eds.) (Wadsworth:Belmont, CA, 1996) includes a chronology of classics works in organization theory. This chronology is approximately 10 pages. Works such as Adam Smith's, The Wealth of Nations and Herbert Simon's, Administrative Behavior are included in this chronology. My 1994 book noted above was chosen for this chronology, and is the only contribution noted in the chronology for 1994. My 1993 article that is reprinted in this volume is noted in the chronology under 1993 as an important contribution to the literature.
  • 12/93 1993, Public Administration Review article, finalist for Frederick Mosher award for best article for 1993.
  • 9/86 Ph.D.dissertation nominated by Political Science Department, University of Oklahoma for consideration for Leonard D. White Award, granted to top dissertation in the field of public administration by the American Political Science Association.
  • 85-86 Baldwin-Study Travel Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Oklahoma.
  • 9/85 Passed Ph.D. general exams with distinction.
  • 83-84 Selected Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Business Administration University of Oklahoma.
  • 81-82 Selected Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Oklahoma.
Recent Executive Education Experience
  • 2002- Present - Leadership Center - School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas. Founding Faculty member - train corporate managers in leadership skills.
  • 1997-Present - Alliance for Medical Management Education - Adjunct Professor of Community Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. This appointment is through the Alliance for Medical Management Education. This appointment resulted from my initial work in curriculum development and management training with the Alliance for Medical Management Education. The Alliance is a joint program between the U.T. Southwestern Medical School and the School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Alliance provides business training to medical doctors. Students can obtain a Masters degree in Medical Management by completing eight separate weeklong modules and completing a thesis. I usually teach in two modules per year (thus about 80 hours per year). The curriculum for the degree emulates the standard MBA curriculum. My teaching responsibilities include leadership, general management, organizational behavior and change management
  • Invited faculty, Project Management Program, School of Management, University of Texas at Dallas. Involves training business executives and engineers in quantitative decision methods. Approximately 18 hours of student contact per year.
  • Member, North Texas Board of William P. Hobby Certified Public Manager Program. I train midto senior level government managers in the areas of quality and productivity improvement. Involves approximately 30 hours of in-class training per year.

News Articles

New Leader Named for Public Affairs Program
Dr. L. Douglas Kiel has taken over as head of the Public Affairs Program in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, succeeding Dr. Douglas Watson, who directed the program for four years. Kiel is a professor of public affairs and administration and has been at UT Dallas for 23 years. During Watson’s tenure, the Public Affairs master’s and doctoral programs saw tremendous growth. The first “Master of Public Affairs in City Hall” cohort, made up of 17 city employees from Plano, Garland, Richardson and Dallas, graduated from the program, and the Institute of Public Affairs was created to promote community outreach.
Research Team Offers Healthy Take on Workplace Wellness Programs
In a national survey of workplace wellness programs in municipal governments, researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas identified five best practices that reduced health care costs and improved productivity.

“Previous studies simply identified the components of wellness programs in U.S. municipalities,” said Dr. L. Douglas Kiel, co-author of the study and professor of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences. “However, these studies did not attempt to identify the factors that lead to better health outcomes and reduced health care costs. Our study is the first to really examine the performance outcomes of municipal government wellness programs.”

The results of the detailed statistical analysis are described in “Best Practices in Local Government Wellness Programs: The Benefits of Organizational Investment and Performance Monitoring” in the journal Review of Public Personnel Administration.