Nevbahar Ertas. Associate Professor
(205) 934-8671
Heritage Hall 406

Research Interests: Public policy, program evaluation, public service

Office Hours: T/W 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

  • BS, Middle East Technical University (METU), Public Administration and Political Science
  • MS, Middle East Technical University (METU), Urban Policy Planning and Local Governments
  • PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology and Georgia State University, Public Policy

Dr. Nevbahar Ertas' research focuses on public policy, program evaluation, and public service in government and voluntary and nonprofit sectors. Policies and programs rely on assumptions and expectations regarding individual behavior, both for service recipients and for service providers. Dr. Ertas has examined such assumptions and behaviors in various policy areas and employment sectors.

Her research has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including the American Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, International Journal of Public Administration, Children and Youth Services Review, International Journal of Volunteer Administration, and Education and Urban Society.

Dr. Nev, as she is referred to by her students, currently teaches courses in research methods, program evaluation, and public policy process in the Master of Public Administration program.

  • Public Policy Making Process
  • Public and Nonprofit Budgeting
  • Foundations of PA Research
  • Program Evaluation
  • Grants Management
Book chapter:
  • Nevbahar Ertas, John C. Thomas, and Theodore Poister, T.H., "Partnerships in Public Service Provision: The Case of Georgia Department of Transportation," in Change (Transformation) in Government Organizations, by Ronald Sims, ed. (Information Age Publishing, 2010).
  • Ertas, N, "Turnover Intentions and Work Motivations of Millennials in Federal Service," Public Personnel Management, 44 (No. 3, 2015): 375-400, Doi: 10.1177/0091026015588193.
  • Ertas, N, "Policy Narratives and Public Opinion concerning Charter Schools," Politics & Policy, 43 (No. 3, 2015): 426–451.
  • Ertas, N, "Political Voice and Civic Attentiveness of Public and Non-profit Employees," American Review of Public Administration, 45(No. 5, 2014): 607-626.
  • Ertas, N, & Roch, CH, "Charters Schools, Equity, and Student Enrollments: The Role of For-profit Educational Management Organizations," Education and Urban Society, 46 (No. 5, 2014): 548–579.          
  • Ertas, N, "Formal and Informal Social Participation of Public, Nonprofit and Private Employees,"International Journal of Public Administration 36 (No. 8, 2013): 578-87.
  • Ertas, N, "Public Service Motivation from the Volunteer Resource Manager Perspective," The International Journal of Volunteer Administration 30 (No. 1, 2013): 17-27.
  • Ertas, N, "Public Service Motivation Theory and Voluntary Organizations: Do Government Employees Volunteer More?" Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 43 (No. 2, 2014): 254–271. Published online before print September 17, 2012, doi: 10.1177/0899764012459254. 
  • UAB Faculty Development Grant, 2012
  • ORISE Fellowship, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research - Participation Programs at the Centers for Disease Control, 2007
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student in Public Policy Award, 2006
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) dissertation grant, 2005
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA)
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)
  • Alabama Political Science Association (ALapsa)
  • GIT-North America Transnational Work Group on Academic Liberty and Freedom of Research in Turkey
  • Faculty advisor, Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA), the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration