Third Annual Celebration of Public Service in Excellence and Pi Alpha Alpha Induction Ceremony,
May 7, 6:00 p.m.
Reisner Dining Hall,
Tuscarora Room
RSVP to Dr. Amanda Olejarski at by April 30, 2015

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
415 Grove Hall
(717) 477-1715

OFFICE HOURS: Spring 2015
Mon. 3:30 - 6:30
Tue.  1:30 - 2:30 (until spring break) 5:00 - 6:00
Fri.   12:00 - 1:00



Ph.D., Virginia Tech (Public Admin. and Public Affairs), 2009
MPA, Rutgers University (Public Management), 2006
BA, Rutgers University (Political Science), 2004

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


  • US Government & Politics
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Policy Implementation and Administration
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Honors Seminar: Leadership


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).