PPA Department Faculty

Faculty keep their own calendars, students may contact them directly for an appointment. Scroll down for full time, part-time, and emeriti faculty. Please note that most of our full-time faculty have very limited availability during the summer months.

Spring Office Hours 
January 21 - May 22, 2019
Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm


Faculty Office Hours - printable

Full-Time Faculty

Spring Office Hours

Su Jin Jez Su Jin Jez
Associate Professor
(916) 278-5955 • TAH 3035
curriculum vitae

F 12:05 - 1:35 pm DTN 228
& By appointment

Photo of Ted Lascher Ted Lascher
Professor and Interim SSIS College Dean
(916) 278-6504 • AMD 255
curriculum vitae
select publiciations
Livingston Lecture 2017

W 4:00-6:00pm DTN 230
& By appointment AMD 255

Photo of Sara McClellan Sara McClellan
Assistant Professor
(530) 500-5506 •  TAH 3033
curriculum vitae
select publications

T 3:30-5:45pm DTN 225
& By appointment

Photo of Andrea Venezia Andrea Venezia
Director, Ed Insights
Associate Professor
(916) 278-4944 • TAH 3040
curriculum vitae
select publications
By appointment
File Name Rob Wassmer
Professor and Acting Chair
(916) 278-6304 • TAH 3037
curriculum vitae
select publications

Th and F 4:00-5:30pm DTN 226
& By appointment


Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty

Spring Office Hours

Jim Brighton
By appointment
Christian Griffith
By appointment
Stacy Fisher
M 5:00-6:00pm DTN
& By appointment


Emeriti Faculty

photo of Steve Boilard Steve Boilard
Professor and Director
Retired 2018

Dr. Boilard has many years experience in the California Legislative Analyst's Office, directing the office's work in higher education policy. Prior to his work at the LAO, he spent five years as a professor of government. He has also worked as an analyst at the state Department of Housing and Community Development, and served as an intern in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

Steve holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. in Government from Sacramento State University.

photo of David Booher David Booher
Part-time Lecturer
Retired 2014

Mr. Booher studied planning at the University of Tennessee and political science at Tulane University. He is a reitred Planning and Policy Consultant and Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Among his many professional activities, David has provided advisory and consulting services in collaborative policy making to CSUS, the Center for Collaborative Policy, California Department of Water Resources, the Irvine Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.

Peter Detwiler Peter Detwiler
Part Time Lecturer
Retired 2015

Mr. Detwiler studied public policy and administration at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and government at Saint Mary's College of California. For nearly 40 years, Mr. Detwiler analyzed state and local public policies related to land use, public finance, and government topics.

Don Gerth Don Gerth
President Emeritus
Retirement Announcement
Retired 2003

Dr. Gerth served as President of California State University, Sacramento from 1984 - 2003, after which he retired into the Department of Public Policy and Administration. His presidency was the longest in the history of the University to date and his career in the California State University system spans more than 4 decades. His distinguished presidency shaped California State University, Sacramento in many significant ways.

Charles Gossett Charles Gossett
Professor Emeritus
Retired 2019

Dr. Gossett earned his Ph.D. in political science from Stanford University. His areas of interest are in public sector human resources management, state and local intergovernmental relations, and African politics. He has taught in our public management and administration series of classes.

Tim Hodson Tim Hodson
Professor Emeritus
Retired 2011
b. 1950 - d. 2011
Sacramento Bee Obituary
Campus Remembrance

Donations can be made to the Timothy A. Hodson Scholarship Fund at Sacramento State at the University's donation page. At the top of the page select "College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies" then “Tim Hodson Scholarship” before completing the rest of the form. 

Tim Hodson, PPA Professor and Center for CA Studies Director, passed away October 25, 2011 from cancer. Many knew Tim as the instructor of the PPA elective on “Working with Legislatures,” as a master’s thesis advisor, and/or as the Director of the esteemed Capital Fellows Programs at Sacramento State.

His passing is a loss to all in the Sac State PPA Community. His good humor, amazing historical and institutional knowledge of California politics, and strong professional commitment to good government and educating the people of CA on how best to achieve it, will all be greatly missed.

Cristy Jensen Cristy Jensen
Professor Emeritus
Retired 2008
Livingston Lecture 2007

Dr. Jensen is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Her specialty is public management and intergovernmental relations. She is experienced in program administration and evaluation at federal, state, and local levels of government.

Dr. Jensen is the 2007 recipient of the prestigious John C. Livingston Award. She delivered the annual Livingston lecture on October 30, 2007.

Mary Kirlin Mary Kirlin
Associate Professor Emeritus
Retired 2017

Dr. Kirlin earned her doctorate and her master's degrees at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining our faculty, her work included positions at Indiana University and the California State Capital.

Betty Moulds Elizabeth Moulds
Professor Emeritus
Retired 2008

Dr. Moulds earned her bachelor's degree from Sacramento State College. She earned her master's degree from the University of California, Berkeley as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and her doctorate from the University of Southern California. Her area of specialization has been American politics and policy.

Photo of Nancy Shulock Nancy Shulock
Professor Emeritus
Retired 2014

Dr. Shulock studied political science at the University of California, Davis and public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Her specialties are public policy, higher education policy, public budgeting, and public management. Before her retirement in 2014, she served Sacramento State for more than 30 years as an academic administrator, responsible for planning and budgeting, and later as the Executive Director for the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

Robert Waste Robert Waste
Professor Emeritus
Retired 2010

Dr. Waste earned his bachelor's and master degrees from California State University, Sacramento and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. His specialty is Urban Public Policy, Political Economy, and Management, and State and Local Government. His previous teaching assignments include California State University, Chico, San Diego State University, and Brown University.