Dr. Shea is Associate Professor of Public Administration and Associate Director for the School of the Public Affairs & Civic Engagement at San Francisco State University (SF State). She also serves as Graduate Program Coordinator for the Master in Public Administration Program and directs its Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program. She has a broad teaching portfolio that includes nonprofit management, organizational behavior, leadership, research methods, and public policy.
Dr. Shea's scholarly work lies at the nexus of public policy and nonprofit studies. Her research focuses on nonprofit intermediaries, nonprofit finance, community-engaged scholarship, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. In 2012, Dr. Shea was awarded a President’s Award from SF State, to focus on a project titled Community Resilience: A Methodological Contribution to Measuring Community. She has since been awarded external and internal funding to support related work. Her current research builds on that project and uses an engaged approach to examine community resilience.
Shea has published in several scholarly journals, including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Public Administration Review, written book chapters, and presented related work at more than twenty scholarly conferences. In 2013-2014, Dr. Shea won the Faculty Community Service Learning Award, given by SF State’s Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE). She is currently Co-principal Investigator on another project funded by ICCE, Teaching ‘Outward Engagement’ in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement.