L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Richard Huff

Richard Huff

Associate professor, assistant chair - Master of Public Administration program

Scherer Hall, Room 318 Phone: (804) 828-9813 Email: rrhuff@vcu.edu


  • Government reform and transparency
  • Human resource management reform and performance
  • Organizational theory and behavior


B.S., Public Administration, University of Arizona
M.S.W., Social Work, Arizona State University
Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University


Huff is an assistant professor of Public Policy and Administration at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he teaches graduate courses in public policy, administration and personnel management and chairs the Master of Public Administration program.

Research interests

Dr. Huff’s academic research has focused primarily on relationships between government personnel, policy reform and organization performance. Additional research interests include theoretical applications to practice areas associated with public leadership, reform and organizational performance, as well as comparative studies focused on the effects of civil service reforms in developed and developing countries.


Dr. Huff received his Ph.D. from VCU in 2007 following a 26-year career with the federal government, where he served in a number of positions as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and in executive civil service appointments, primarily in Europe. Recognition for his work includes the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, Commander's Award for Civilian Service, Superior Civilian Service Award (two awards) and the Meritorious Award for Civilian Service. He was also recognized for his role in serving on the U.S. Army Europe Family Support Task Force during Operation Desert Shield in 1990-1991.

Huff recently received an award for best article published in the Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis (ICPA) for 2011 (Vol. 13). His article was selected by an international adjudication committee of the International Comparative Policy Analysis forum. This committee included faculty from Yale University, American University, University of Sydney in Australia; Bocconi University in Milan, Italy and Baruch College, CUNY. His award was presented in November 2012 at the Fourth ICPA Forum Comparative Research Symposium at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

He also serves as an external member of the Management, Policy and Sustainability Component Team at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Since August 2010, he has contributed to developing a plan for this federal agency to enhance internal and external collaboration, participation and transparency throughout the organization as part of the president’s Open Government Initiative. In this role, he was a contributing author to “A Guide to Owning Transparency: How Federal Agencies Can Implement and Benefit from Transparency” (Burke, W.M., and Teller, M. [Eds.], Open Forum). 

Selected publications

Huff, R., Cors C. (2016). Of Rhizomes and Pointillism: David John Farmer’s Influence, Method and Art in the Field. International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, Issue 1, Vol. 19 (March 2016).

Ruijer, H., Huff, R. (2016). Breaking Through Barriers: The Impact of Organizational Culture on Open Government Reform. Transforming Government: People, Process and Policy.

Huff, Richard F. (2011). Chapter 6, Building a Foundation for Transparency in Government and co-author of Chapter 7, A Framework for Owning Transparency in A Guide to Owning Transparency: How Federal Agencies can Implement and Benefit from Transparency, Burke, W. M., Teller, M. Editors, Open Forum Foundation.http://openforumfoundation.org/2011/10/03/owning-transparency/

Huff, Richard F. (2011). Measuring Performance in US Municipalities: Do Personnel Policies Predict System Level Outcomes? Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, Vol. 13, No. 1, 11-33, February 2011.

Huff, Richard F. (2009). Measuring System Level Performance Outcomes in Local Government: Do Human Resource Management Reforms Really Matter? Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Publishing.

Huff, Richard F. (2006). Entries for: Transnationalism, Human Capital, Governmentality and Organization Culture. In Mark Bevir (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Governance. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Huff, Richard F. (2004). Book review. The postnational self: Belonging & Identity. By Ulf Hedetoft and Mette Hjort (Eds.), 2002. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press,Politics & Policy Journal, Vol. 32, No.2, June 2004, pp 385-387.

Huff, Richard F. (2003). Creating the future through relationships: A Native American view of modern administration. Global Virtue Ethics Review Journal, 4, 1, 2003, pp. 4-28

Barrett, K; Brubaker, S.J.; Daniels, S.E.; Holsworth, R.; Huff, R.; Safford, L.; S. Daniels; Sanderson, H. (2002). A preliminary report on studies assessing potential implications of the reauthorization of The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant (TANFII) for Virginia. Prepared by The Center for Public Policy, Virginia Commonwealth University and submitted to the Virginia Department of Social Services June 30, 2002.