Muskie School of Public Service

Joseph McDonnell Ph.D.

Professor of Policy, Planning, and Management

Office Location

242 Wishcamper



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Communications, University of Southern California
  • MA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University
  • BA, Philosophy, Stony Brook University


Joseph W. McDonnell came to USM in 2011 and served as the Dean of the College of Management and Human Services (including the Muskie School, the Business School, the Education School and the Social Work School) and then served as University Provost.  As an administrator, he initiated the PhD in Education Leadership as a joint program between the Muskie School and the Education School.  He also initiated the program in Tourism and Hospitality in the Muskie School and secured a Confucius Institute for the University.

In 2016, he began his service as a professor in the Muskie School where he teaches courses in Organizational Leadership, Crisis and Risk Management, Argumentation and Advocacy and Governance, Democracy and Public Policy. A list of his publications is available on this website.

Before coming to USM, Dr. McDonnell served as Interim Dean of the School of Business and Research Professor at Stony Brook University. Earlier in his career, he held leadership positions within the business world, serving as senior vice president for marketing and external affairs for the Long Island Lighting Company, managing director of Broadgate Consultants, a Wall Street communications and investor relations firm, and president of Chinex International, LTD, a joint venture with China National Machinery Corporation. McDonnell also served as associate director of the Stony Brook University Hospital.


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