Congratulations to Dr. Alison Dagnes for her promotion to the rank of full Professor, effective Fall 2013!

Shippensburg chapter received a top honor from NASSPA. For more, click here.

Congratulations to the Shippensburg University Theta Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha for winning the 2011/2012 Chapter of the Year Award!  For more, click here.

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Contact Information

Political Science Department
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1718

Laurie Stader
Department Administrator

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Amanda Olejarski, Ph.D. 


Assistant Professor
and Undergraduate Internship Coordinator
Grove Hall 415
(717) 477-1715

Mon. 4:00-6:00 (campus until 3/10; Dixon Cntr after 3/10)
Tue. 3:30-5:00
Thu. 3:30-5:00




PLS 100 US Government and Politics
 Tue/Thu 12:30-1:45
 Heiges 230
PLS 100 US Government and Politics
 Tue/Thu 2:00-3:15
 Heiges 230
PLS 302 Policy Analysis
 Tue/Thu 5:00-6:15
 Dauphin 306
PLS 501 Organizational Theory / Behavior 
 Mon 6:00-9:30 (3/10)
 Dixon Cntr

courses taught: US Government & Politics
  Introduction to Public Administration
  Public Policy Analysis
  Policy Implementation and Administration
  Organizational Theory and Behavior
  Honors Seminar: Leadership
research interests:  normative foundations of public administration 
  eminent domain policy implementation
  ethical issues for public administrators
  administrative decision-making 
  the public good and the public interest
  constitutional issues in the administrative state 
DEGREES:  Ph.D., Virginia Tech (Public Admin. and Public Affairs), 2009 
  MPA, Rutgers University (Public Management), 2006 
  BA, Rutgers University (Political Science), 2004 


Dr. Olejarski is in her third year in the Political Science Department at Shippensburg University. Her research interests focus on normative issues in public administration. Dr. Olejarski’s recently published book (with a pink cover!), Administrative Discretion in Action: A Narrative of Eminent Domain, studies administrative discretion during the process of implementing eminent domain policies.

Dr. Olejarski’s research has been published in Administration & Society, Public Integrity, and Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. She presents her research at professional conferences, including American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Public Administration Theory Network (PAT-Net), Northeastern Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA), and Southeastern Conference on Public Administration (SECoPA).

Dr. Olejarski serves on the board of directors and as co-chair of the ways and means committee for the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. She is a reviewer for Administration & Society and Publius: The Journal of Federalism. Dr. Olejarski is the faculty advisor for the Shippensburg chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students in public administration (she was inducted as an MPA graduate at Rutgers University).