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Patricia M Wigfall

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Patricia Moss Wigfall is a professor of public administration and public policy in the Department of Public Administration at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). A recipient of the 2006 NCCU Excellence in Teaching award and a 2016 recipient of the School of Graduate Studies Student Research Mentor award, Dr. Wigfall has held a number of positions at NCCU.

Dr. Wigfall has served as interim chair of the Department of Public Administration, interim director of the Public Administration Program and associate dean of the School of Graduate Studies at NCCU. She also served as vice-chair of the NCCU faculty senate, faculty representative for the Jack Kent Foundation scholarship, chair of the University Grievance Committee and chair of the NCCU Shepard House Restoration committee.

Dr. Wigfall received a doctorate in political science (specializations in public administration and public policy) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.

Dr. Wigfall's teaching areas include public management, public policy, organizational theory and behavior, intergovernmental relations, and the politics and demographics of public policy formation. Her research has explored models of gender equity, leadership, influences on teaching pedagogy, health care disparities at the local level, comparative analyses of ethical accountability in tobacco control intervention in China and the United States; comparative models of government intervention in prevention and cessation of tobacco use among youth in Liberia and the US, demographic influences on access to health care, and behavioral decision making models in smoking.

The author of a book that analyzes contributions of key public administration theorists , Dr. Wigfall has also published articles in several professional journals and a case study text. Her involvement in professional partnerships, conferences and presentations of academic papers at both national and international levels include China, Ghana, Greece, Canada, France, and Great Britain, the latter including experience as a visiting scholar at The Oxford Round Table for Women's Leadership at the University of Oxford in England.

Dr. Wigfall has served as principal investigator and co-investigator of several grant-funded projects in health, academic service learning, and education. She serves on the editorial boards of two international academic journals.

An American Cancer Society demonstration grant provided her the opportunity to found and advise the NCCU Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer (NCCU-CAC), a student-organization now housed in the Department of Public Administration, which sponsors campus and community - wide projects on cancer awareness and health policy. Student participation in NCCU-CAC activities and projects is tied to academic community service and volunteerism.


PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1991

Selected Publications

1. Wigfall, P. M., & Kim, D. (2016). Going Up in Smoke: [de]Constructing, through Policy, Smoking and Tobacco Waste as an Environmental Pollution Problem. Journal of Safety and Crisis Management.
2. Wigfall, P. M., & Kim, D. (2015). A New Direction in Addressing the Crisis in Health Care Service Delivery: A Study of a Local Intervention Model. Journal of Safety and Crisis Management, 4.
3. Wigfall, P. M., & Hurt, L. (2013). Unique or Generic CEO: An Examination of the Transferability of Leadership Skills and Characteristics between Public and Private Sector Organizations. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Press, 5.
4. Wigfall, P. M. (2011). WHO Comes First? Matters of Tobacco Intervention in Health, Ethics and Accountability: A Comparative Analysis of China and the United States. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China Press, 3.
5. Wigfall, P. M., & Hall, P. Q. (2010). A Gender Lens on Pedagogical Choice in Academia: The Role of Gender in Determining Methodologies of Faculty at Colleges and Universities in North Carolina. Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Roundtable, 2.
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