Welcome! I’m Meg Streams, Ph.D., an associate professor of Public Administration at Tennessee State University. The opinions expressed on my blog are my own and not those of my institution. You can learn more about the Department of Public Administration, located in the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs, and our programs (which include the PhD in public administration and the MPA) at www.tnstate.edu/cpsua. This blog replaces a series of course-related blogs I maintained between 2010 and 2014, and incorporates the posts I wrote for those blogs on current events as they relate to public finance, public sector IT management, nonprofit financial management, or pedagogical matters of interest to graduate students in public administration.
I am a 2007 graduate of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. My area of interest is public finance and budgeting — in particular intergovernmental and fiscal federalism questions — with a policy interest in education. My recent funded research includes a grant with co-PI Dr. Soumen Ghosh (Economics and Finance, TSU) supported by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Analyzing factors underlying sustainable competitiveness of Tennessee counties and cities. I also served as a co-principal investigator on the Spencer Foundation grant Teacher Careers in Rural Schools (2009 – 2011) with colleagues at the University of Kentucky and University of Kansas. That project involved analysis of a large, novel administrative dataset for the Kentucky’s public school system over a twenty-five year period. Key aspects addressed in this project include the impact of education reform on teacher compensation patterns; rural vs. urban teacher mobility among schools and districts; and rural teacher career trajectories. I have also consulted for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority in the area of workforce engagement and data analysis. My work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration, Education Finance & Policy, Economics of Education Review, Qualitative Health Research, and Marine Biology. I have served as a reviewer for Public Personnel Management, Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration, and Atlantic Economic Journal among others.
Prior to my studies at the University of Kentucky, I received a B.S. and M.S. in biology from Penn State. I have experience teaching undergraduates and graduate students at a range of institutions from my alma maters Penn State and UK to Swarthmore College. At TSU, I teach in the areas of public budgeting and finance, public policy analysis, and nonprofit management. My professional experience is in higher education administration and budgeting. I consult in the areas of survey development and administration, as well as data management and analysis for decision-making. I am past president of the Tennessee (Nashville) Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. I’m a native of Pennsylvania and now live in East Nashville with my husband, John Niedzwiecki.