Hillary Knepper

Hillary Knepper

Assoc Provost-Student Success
Associate Provost for Student Success
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Goldstein Academic Center
One Pace Plaza


Faculty Bio

Dr. Knepper spent 20 years working for nonprofits and local governments, where she worked primarily in access to services for vulnerable populations, facilitating collaborations, program evaluation, and board governance. She now teaches healthcare management, policy & public administration courses at Pace University. She is a Professor and the Associate Provost for Student Success. She is a founding board member for the Northeast Conference on Public Administration, an active member and past chair for the Section for Women in Public Administration, ASPA. She is the current co-President for Academic Women in Public Administration (2021-2023). Her research focuses on system-level change, how public policies influence outcomes, and the implications of how relationships across sectors affect services. She is the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration and a founding editorial board member for the Journal of Gender in Public Finance and Administration. Her recent scholarship appears in Public Administration Quarterly, Teaching Public Administration, and Public Administration Review.


PhD, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, 2010
Public Affairs

MPA, Troy University, Troy, Alabama, 2003
Public Administration

BA, Hunter College - CUNY, New York, NY, 1990
Urban Studies

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

I am fundamentally interested in the nexus of government, nonprofits, and healthcare as they intersect with disparities- of opportunity, access, and power. As an applied researcher, I’m curious about policies, both formal and informal, their influence on societal outcomes and how different sectors influence each other. My scholarship follows two paths within this context- healthcare disparities and gender equity in public administration.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

MBA 717: Public Policy
PAA 101: Public Admin and Its Environment
PAA 600: Indpndnt Study in Public Admin
PAA 601: Public Admin & its Environment
PAA 601: Public Admin and its Environment
PAA 602: Organization Theory & Mgmt
PAA 602: Organization Theory and Mgmt
PAA 603: Eco of Govt, Health, Nonprofit
PAA 616: Prjct Dvlpmnt & Grant Writing
PAA 616: Prjct Dvlpmnt and Grant Writing
PAA 617: MGT Iss in Gerontoligic Svrcs
PAA 631: Law in Administrative Process
PAA 632: Policy Studies
PAA 644: Seminar in Gvrnmnt MGT Topics
PAA 650: The U.S. Health Care System
PAA 651: Community Health Assessment
PAA 652: Health Policy Studies
PAA 661: Hospital/Health Services Admin
PAA 665: Seminar in Health Services Mgt
PAA 670: The Not-for-Profit Sector
PAA 695: Internship-Health Care
PAA 695: Internship-Non Profit
PAA 695: Internship: Health Care
PAA 695: Intrnshp-HlthCre,Gvrnmnt,NnPrf
PAA 699: Capstone Project Seminar
PJS 101: Intro to Peace and Justice Study

Publications and Presentations


Predicting Hospital Closure using Popular Financial Indicators: An Exploratory Study of Muhlenberg Hospital
Crosby, A. W., Knepper, H. & Levine, H. (2020). Public Administration Quarterly. Vol 44 (Issue 1)

The slippery slope: Struggling for equity in the academy in the era of #MeToo
Knepper, H., Scutelnicu, G. & Tekula, R. (2020). Public Administration Review. Vol 80 (Issue 6) , pages 1111-1117. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15406210

Why Gender and Research Productivity Matters in Academia: Exploring Evidence from NASPAA-accredited Schools
Knepper, H., Scutelnicu, G. & Tekula, R. (2020). Journal of Public Affairs Education. Vol 26 (Issue 1) , pages 51-72. https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/upae20/current

Consistency is key in online learning: Evaluating student and instructor perceptions of a collaborative online-course template.
Scutelnicu, G., Tekula, R., Gordon, B. & Knepper, H. (2019). Teaching Public Administration. Vol 73 (Issue 3) , pages 274-292. https://journals.sagepub.com/home/tpa

Evidenced Based Policy Decisions & Population Health: Policies, Disparities, and Data Integrity
Knepper, H., Sonenberg, A. & Savage , P. Public Administration Quarterly. , pages 23.