Curriculum Vitae

STEVEN OTT portrait
  • Director, Institute of Public and International Affairs, College of Social and Behavioral Science
  • Professor, Political Science Department



  • PhD, Public Administration, University of Colorado. Project: The Organizational Culture Perspective

Honors & Awards

  • Friendship Award. Hainan Provincial Government, PRC, 01/2011
  • F. Ted Hebert Distinguished Service Award. Utah Chapter, American Society for Public Administration, 10/2006
  • Chapter Adviser Award of Excellence. Pi Alpha Alpha, 2001
  • Mark O. Hatfield Scholar. Portland State University, 1999


 Steven Ott is Professor of Political Science/Public Administration and Director of the University of Utah’s Institute of Public and International Affairs. He was Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science from 2000 to 2009.  

 He teaches and has written extensively about organization theory and organizational behavior in the public and nonprofit sectors. For example, Dr. Ott has edited or co-edited The Nature of the Nonprofit Sector, Understanding Nonprofit Organizations: Governance, Leadership, and Management, Classics of Organization Theory, Classic Readings in Organization Behavior, and Introduction to Public Administration. He is author or co-author of The Organizational Culture Perspective, Public Administration for the Twenty-First Century, and New Governance for Rural America: Creating Intergovernmental Partnerships. His articles have been published in the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, International Social Work, Public Administration Review, Public Integrity, Public Organization Review, Public Performance and Management Review, and Review of Public Personnel Administration.

 Internationally, Ott currently is leading the University of Utah’s partnership program with Zayed University, a national university of the United Arab Emirates with campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Several faculty members from the UofU have been teaching courses in Zayed University’s Executive Master of Public Administration program and consulting on program development and curriculum. He is also a member of the UofU’s leadership team on the partnership with Hainan Province China, Hainan University, and the China University of Political Science and Law. He lectured at Hainan University in December 2009.

 Ott was Director of the UofU’s Master of Public Administration Program from 1992 to 2000, Director of Graduate Programs in Public Administration at the University of Maine from 1987 to 1992, and Special Assistant to the Dean of the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado at Denver from 1885 to 1987.

 Ott was an executive with a Denver, Colorado-based management consulting firm for 26 years before joining the faculties at the universities of Maine and Utah. His clients were mostly government and nonprofit organizations across the inter-mountain west with particular emphasis on planning and evaluation of public programs that deliver services through nonprofit organizations, including for example, public health, development disabilities, mental health, and juvenile corrections.

 His Ph.D. is from the University of Colorado, his M.S. from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University.








  • Association for Research on Nonprofit and Voluntary Organizations (ARNOVA), Member, 01/2005 - present
  • American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Member, 01/1987 - present

In the Media

  • "Nonprofit Charity Scams During the Holidays." KSL-TV. 12/04/2015.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • China. Submitted post-MPA program outcomes assessment report to the Organization Department, Hainan Province Worked with the Shanghai University for Finance and Economics on NASPAA accreditation. Worked with the University of International Business and Economics on NASPAA accreditation. Working to bring a cohort of undergraduate students from China universities to the Univ. of Utah for four non-credit courses in public administration in Summer 2017.
  • Thailand. Worked with the National Institute for Development Administration, Bangkok on accreditation Self-Study report, 08 and 09/2015.
  • United Arab Emirates. Coordinate partnership with Zayed University's Executive Master of Public Administration program, in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Salt Lake City. Taught 9 courses in the program, partly on site, partly by web, partly by Blackboard Collaborate, 2008-2016.