Faculty Experts - Craig M. Wheeland, Ph.D.

Craig Wheeland, Ph.D.

Craig Wheeland, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Academics
Professor, Department of Public Administration
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Urban Politics
  • Local Government
  • Public Administration


An authority on local government and public administration, Dr. Wheeland is highly knowledgeable about the roles and responsibilities of elected officials like mayors and council members as well as appointed office holders such as professional city officials. A member of the Master of Public Administration program faculty, he also specializes in strategic planning in local government.


  • Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University
  • M.P.A., The University of South Carolina
  • B.A., The University of South Carolina

Selected Publications

  • Wheeland, Craig M., Empowering the Vision: Community-Wide Strategic Planning in Rock Hill, S.C., University Press of America, Lanham, Md., 2004.
  • Wheeland, Craig M., "The Power to Persuade: Philadelphia, PA," in The Facilitative Leader in City Hall: Reexamining the Scope and Contributions, James H. Svara (ed.), Taylor & Francis Publishing Group, London, 2008.
  • Wheeland, Craig M. and Comunale, Larry, "Managing Without Fear or Favor," In Managing Local Government: Cases in Effectiveness. Third Edition, Charldean Newell (ed.), International City/County Management Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Wheeland, Craig M., "Partisan Politics, Ethics, and the Home Rule Charter: A Township Manager's Ethical Dilemma," In The Ethics Edge, Jonathan P. West and Evan M. Berman (ed.). Second Edition, International City/ County/Management Association (abridged version of article in Public Integrity 2:4 (September: 347-362.)

Selected Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Winthrop College
  • Instructor, The Pennsylvania State University

Selected Research

  • Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, Program Evaluation of the Health Care Access Programs, 2005-2006
  • Villanova University, Summer Research Fellowship, "Council Evaluation of the City Manager's Performance: An Inventory and Appraisal of Current Methods," 2000
  • Small Research Grant Program of the American Political Science Program, "Empowering the Vision Ten Years Later: Assessing the Implementation of Rock Hill's Citywide Strategic Plan," 1999-2000
  • Small Research Grant Program of the American Political Science Program, "Council Evaluation of the City Manager's Performance," 1994-1995

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