Gerald T. Gabris


Gerald T. Gabris is a distinguished teaching professor in the Department of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University (NIU). He received his BA (with honors), MA, and PhD (1977) degrees from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Professor Gabris taught at Mississippi State University prior to joining the faculty at Northern Illinois University in 1986. His research and teaching interests focus on performance appraisal, organization change, innovation management, strategic planning, public service motivation, and leadership within public organizations. His most recent research focuses on governing board behavior in local government. Dr. Gabris has served as a consultant and researcher with numerous local, state, and federal agencies, where he has endeavored to link theory to practice. He is active in such organizations as the American Society for Public Administration and is a former managing editor of Public Administration Review (1996–1999). Professor Gabris presently serves on the editorial boards of Public Productivity and Management Review, and International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. He is an editorial board member emeritus for Review of Public Personnel Administration. In 2003 he was selected for the Presidential Teaching Professorship Award at NIU, which is annually bestowed on only two university faculty. From January 2004 to July 2009 Professor Gabris served as the director of NIU’s Division of Public Administration. E-mail: ggabris@niu.edusee more