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Jessica Sowa, Associate Professor

Jessica Sowa

University of Colorado Denver
School of Public Affairs
P.O. Box 173364 - Campus Box 142
Denver, CO 80217 - 3364
Phone: (303) 315 - 2155
Fax: (303) 315 - 2229

Curriculum Vitae

Bio:  Jessica Sowa’s research focuses on public and nonprofit management, with an emphasis on organizational effectiveness, collaborative service delivery mechanisms, and the management of human resources in public and nonprofit organizations. She has studied inter-agency collaborations in early care and education and economic development, state civil service systems, grievance procedures, and performance management systems in nonprofit organizations. Dr. Sowa’s work has been published in Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and the Review of Public Personnel Administration. With Steven Hays, her work on state civil service systems was awarded best article for 2006 in Review of Public Personnel Administration, awarded by the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations, American Society for Public Administration. She has contributed chapters in the Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government, 3rd edition (2010) and Public Personnel Administration: Problems and Prospects, 5th edition (2009). Current projects include research on communication processes and organizational effectiveness in nonprofit organizations, state leadership training programs, and HR capacity and high performance work systems in small nonprofit organizations.   Dr. Sowa is on the Board of Directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications and Book Chapters:

Sowa, Jessica E. “The Collaboration Decision in Nonprofit Organizations: Views from the Front Line.”  Forthcoming in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Selden, Sally Coleman and Jessica E. Sowa. “Performance Management and Appraisal in Human Service Organizations: Management and Staff Perspectives.” Forthcoming in Public Personnel Management.

Sowa, Jessica E. “Employee Rights to Address Wrongs: Trends in State Government Grievance Practices.” Forthcoming in S. Hays, R. Kearney, and J. Coggburn, eds. Public Personnel Administration: Problems and Prospects. Longman.

Hays, Steven W. and Jessica E. Sowa. Forthcoming “Staffing the Bureaucracy: Employment Recruitment and Selection.” In Stephen E. Condrey, ed. Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government, 3rd  Edition. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass Publishers

Sandfort, Jodi R., Sally Coleman Selden, and Jessica E. Sowa. (2008). “Do Government Tools Influence Organizational Performance?: Examining Their Implementation in Early Childhood Education.” American Review of Public Administration 38 (4): 412-438.

Sowa, Jessica E. (2008) “Implementing Inter-Agency Collaborations: Exploring Variation in Collaborative Ventures in Human Service Organizations.” Administration and Society 40(3): 298-323.

Hays, Steven W. and Jessica E. Sowa. (2006) “A Broader Look at the “Accountability” Movement: Some Grim Realities in State Civil Service Systems.” Review of Public Personnel Administration 26(2): 102-117.

Selden, Sally Coleman, Jessica E. Sowa, and Jodi R. Sandfort. (2006) “The Impact of Nonprofit Collaboration in Early Childhood Education on Management and Program Outcomes.” Public Administration Review 66(3): 412-425.

Sowa, Jessica E., Sally Coleman Selden, and Jodi R. Sandfort. (2004) “No Longer ‘Unmeasurable’?: A Multi-dimensional Integrated Model of Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 33(4): 711-728. | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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