Dr. Stephen M. King
Professor of Public Policy
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BS in political science, University of Nebraska at Kearney
MA in political science, University of Missouri
PhD in political science, University of Missouri
Stephen M. King joined Southeastern, returning to the college classroom, after an intensive period practicing his discipline at the Public Interest Institute, a state-based conservative policy think tank located on the campus of Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. There, he served as Research Vice President, focusing mostly on researching and writing on education reform, but with forays into tax reform also.
Prior to serving at the Institute, Dr. King spent sixteen years in Christian higher education, his teaching resume including stints at Patrick Henry College, Campbell University, Regent University, and Oral Roberts University. Dr. King is committed to instructing young Christian men and women for careers in civic service and preparing them for graduate and professional school training.
Dr. King has also held positions in city and state governments, including a summer internship in the Jefferson City, Mo., City Administrator's office in 1986 and a position as a data analyst in the State of Missouri's Department of Social Services, Division of Family Services from 1987 to 1988. In addition, he has served as a consultant on matters of educational research and training for various institutions, including Yorktownuniversity.com and the Community Initiative Task Force for Model Christian Organizations. He has also served as a department chairman at Patrick Henry College, coordinator of the government program at Oral Roberts University, and director of the MPA program at Regent University.
Dr. King has written and/or published over thirty articles, conference papers, and policy studies, and has been invited to give over thirty lectures and presentations. Dr. King has authored God and Caesar: The Biblical Keys to Good Government and Community Action (Xulon Press, 2002), and has co-authored, with Dr. Bradley Chilton of Appalachian State University, Administration and Public Interest: Principles, Policies, and Practices (Carolina Academic Press, 2009).
Dr. King's teaching responsibilities at Southeastern are in the areas of Public Administration, Public Policy, and American Government, and he teaches the following courses: Introduction to Public Policy, Foundations of Public Administration, and U.S. Government. His current research interests include education reform, spirituality and public administration, and the intersection of public interest and public administration.