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Francis J. Leazes Jr.

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 221
(401) 456-8056
(401) 456-8718
fleazes@ric.edu

Academic Background

Ph.D.University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. 1984
M.P.A.University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. 1981
MAUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ma. 1974
BACollege of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Ma. 1971

Courses Taught

HIST 332 The American Presidency
POL 202 American Government
POL 301 Found of Public Administration
POL 308 Current Political Controversy
POL 357 The American Presidency
POL 450 Topics
POL 504 Federalism & Intergovernment Relation
POL 525 Public Sector Contracting

Paul Maixner Distinguished Teaching Award, 2007-2008

Rhode Island College Alumni Faculty Award, 2008

ProfessorDirector
Department of Political ScienceMaster of Public Administration Program
Rhode Island CollegeUniversity of Rhode Island
Providence, RI 02908Graduate & Professional Center
(401 456-8718Westminster Street
(401) 456-4726(Fax)Providence, RI 02903
e-mail: fleazes@ric.edu(401) 277-5200

Professional Memberships

Phi Beta Kappa
Pi Sigma Alpha
Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
American Society for Public Administration
American Political Science Association

Publications

Books

Providence: The Renaissance City. (Northeastern University Press, June 2004), with Mark T. Motte.

Accountability and the Business State: The Structure of Federal Corporations. (Praeger, 1987)

Published Articles

“21st Century Urban Regeneration in Providence, Rhode Island,” Proceedings Journal of the New England and St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society. V. XXXII (2003): 22-28.

“Renaissance City: By Accident or Design?,” Proceedings Journal of the International Society for the Study of European Ideas. (8th International Congress, July 22-27,2002) with Mark T. Motte

Public Accountability- Is It a Private Responsibility?” Administration & Society. 29 (September, 1997).

“My Sister’s Keeper: A Case in Ethical Decision-Making”, in Ethical Decisionmaking in Public Administration (Praeger 1996) eds. Pasquerrella, Killilea & Vocino. With Sherry Campanelli, MPA.

“Pay Now or Pay Later: Training and Torts in Public Sector Human Service.” Public Personnel Management. 24 (Summer 1995).

“Budget Policy and Fiscal Crisis: A Political Matrix.” The New England Journal of Public Policy. 10 (Fall/Winter 1994). With Robert A. Sieczkiewicz, Ph.D.

“The Federal Courts and Nonprofit Administration: Is It Purely a Private Affair?” Administration & Society. 25 (August 1993).

“Staff Training Policies in Nonprofit Human Services Corporations.” New England Journal of Human Services. 10 (Issue 2, 1991). With Audrey J. Laforge MS.

“Evaluating Government Profit-seeking Corporations: An Administrative Model.” Southeastern Political Review. 14 (Fall 1986). With Mark Daniels Ph.D.

“Now You See It, Now You Don’t: A Case Study of Inflation Measures and Their Political Significance for Local Government.” In A Casebook on Public Budgeting and Financial Management. (Prentice-Hall, 1984). eds. Carol W. Lewis and A Grayson Walker III.

Selected Papers

“Six Lessons in Urban Redevelopment Policy: The Case of Providence, Rhode Island” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the New England and St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Sociaety, Portland Maine, October 16, 2004

“What Is An Urban Renaissance: How do We Know When We are Getting There?” Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the New England Political Science Association, Portsmouth New Hampshire, May 13, 2004

“Providence The Renaissance City: Opportunities, Projects, Policy” Paper presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, November 7, 2002 Providence, Rhode Island

“A Renaissance City: By Accident or by Design? Paper presented at the International Society for the Study of European Ideas Conference, Aberystwyth, Wales, July 25, 2002 w Mark T. Motte, Ph.D.

“State Fiscal Health, Political Culture and Agency Reorganization: The Rhode Island Experience, 1984-1996.” Paper presented at the American Society for Public Administration Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pa. July 26- 29, 1997.

“The Public Accountability of Nonprofit Administrators.” Paper presented at the New England Political Science Association Annual Conference, Portland, Me. May 5-6, 1995.

“Public Accountability-- Is It A Private Responsibility?” Paper presented at the Northeast Political Science Association Annual Conference, Providence, RI, November 9-11, 1994.

“An Ethical Decision-Making Matrix for Hard Choices.” Paper presented at the American Society for Public Administration Region I/II Annual Conference, Burlington, Vt. October 16-18, 1994.

“Nonprofit Administration: Tales from the Twilight Zone.” Paper presented at the American Society for Public Administration Region I/II Annual Conference, Albany, NY, October 25-27, 1993.

“Recession in the Northeast: The Rhode Island State Government Strategies for Survival.” Paper presented at the American Society for Public Administration Region I/II Annual Conference, Portland, Maine September 26-28, 1990.

“Constitutional Law and the Twilight Zone of Public Administration.” Paper presented at the American Society for Public Administration Region I/II Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ September 17-21, 1989.

“State Public Authorities: The Rhode Island Experience.” Paper presented at the American Society for Public Administration Region I/II Annual Conference, Albany, NY October 19-21, 1986.

“The Courts, the Constitution and Federal Corporations.” Paper presented at the American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, La. September, 1985.

“Making Public Administration Private: The Structure of Government Corporations.” Paper presented at the New England Political Science Association Annual Conference, Durham, NH April 1985.

Selected Reports and Letters

Keynote Address, “How We Got from Roger Williams to Bill Warner” Keynote Address, Royal Society for the Arts, Transforming Urban Communities Conference: Lessons from Providence, Rhode Island, and Liverpool, England Conference, Providence, Rhode Island, June 5-7 2005.

Keynote Address, “Successful Urban Renaissance Projects: Six Lessons from the Providence Rhode Island Experience. Address given at the “Free the Blackstone” Summit Meeting, Union Station, Worcester Massachusetts, February 18, 2005
“Alternative Revenue Sources”. Training Workshop for the New England States Government Finance Officers Association 10th Annual Spring Training Seminar. May 2d, 2002. Worcester, Massachusetts.

“The Rhode Island Constitution: A 19th Century View.” Amicus Brief. Filed with the Rhode Island Supreme Judicial Court in Easton’s Beach, 1986; Amended and re-filed, April, 1995 in Arrigan v. Judicial Board of Discipline.

Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, 1986. Reports. “Rhode Island Independent Authorities and the Governor as Chief Executive.” Report #12; “The Four Year Term for Governor and General Officers.” Report #15; “Overview of the Development of Executive Power.” Report #19, Published in Convention Proceedings.

Teaching Experience and Courses Taught

Rhode Island College, 1984-present.
American Government
Current Political Controversy (Writing Seminar)
Foundations of Public Administration
State and Local Government
Bureaucratic Politics
Field Experiences Seminar
Ethics in Government
Federalism, Intergovernmental Relations and Grant writing (Graduate)
Public Sector Contracting (Graduate)

University of Rhode Island, 1991-present (MPA Director)
Seminar Budgetary Politics
Issues in Public Personnel Administration
Administrative Law.

Nonprofit Institute of Rhode Island College 2005-present:
Budgeting and Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations;
Public Policy and Nonprofit Organizations

Selected Administrative Activities

Director, University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College Cooperative MPA Program 1992-present

Chair, Department of Political Science, Rhode Island College 1995-2003.

Assessment Coordinator, Department of Political Science, 2005-current

Committee Chair, Rhode Island College, NEASC Accreditation Steering Committee, Committee on Financial Standards, 1999-2000.

Executive Committee, AFT- Local, Rhode Island College 2006- current.

Rhode Island College, President’s Budget Task Force: 2002- current

Selected Professional Activities

Nonprofit Institute of Rhode Island College, founding member and faculty associate, Nonprofit Certificate Program, 2006 to present

Evaluation Team, Senior research Associate, Bureau of Government Research and Services, Rhode Island College, Hope VI Project, Newport, Rhode Island. 2006 to present

Member, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) Task Forces: Cities Count Project: Urban Indicators Subcommittee, 2002-2003; Municipal Fiscal Health Task Force, 2002-2003; “Re-Thinking Government”, 1993-1994; “Developing an Urban Strategy Task Force, 1996-2000.

Election Transition Teams: Congressman James Langevin, 2d Congressional District, Fall 2000; Secretary of State James Langevin, Fall, 1994.

Commission Member, Providence City Council Commission to Restructure City Finances, 1996-1998.

American Society of Public Administration, Rhode Island Chapter: Past President and Executive Committee member, 1985-2000, Program Chair, American Society for Public Administration Region I/II Annual Conferences, 1988, 1998 Newport Rhode Island

United Way of Southeastern New England, Advisory Committees: “Needs for the 90’s, 1994;

Commission Member, Rhode Island Statewide Planning Council: Human Service A-95 Review, 1985-1987.

Project Director, Master of Human Services NEASC Review Committee, Worcester State College, 1988.

Board of Director memberships:: Rhode Island Common Cause, 1992-1993; Daybreak Inc., Worcester, Ma. 1983-1984; Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Ma. 1975-1977; Founding Board Member and Project Director, Student Program for Urban Development (SPUD), Holy Cross, Worcester, Ma. 1968-1971.

Grants Awards and Fellowships

Paul Maixner Distinguished Teacher, Rhode Island College, 2007

Rhode Island College, Nominee, Thorp Professorship, 2005., 2006

Rhode Island College nominee for the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Award for Teaching Professor of the Year 2004.

Rhode Island College, Faculty Research Grant, “The Providence Place Mall” 1998.

Rhode Island College, Faculty Research Grant, “Public Accountability Nonprofit Agencies”,1993.

RIASPA, Outstanding Chapter Member, 1993, 1987.

Governor’s Citation, Service to Rhode Island, 1987.

University of Connecticut, Michael A. Dunphy Award for Social Science Research, 1984.

Related Work Experience

Asst. Executive Director: Management/Planning. The Key Program, Inc. Framingham, Ma. 1977-1980.

Chair, Social Studies Department, Notre Dame Academy, Worcester, Ma. 1973-1977.

Outreach Caseworker, Youth Resources Bureau, Fitchburg/Leominster, Ma. 1972-1973.

Youth Development Coordinator/Summer Program Director, Green Island Opportunity Center, 1967-1971; Friendly House, Inc., Worcester, Ma. 1973-1977.

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