Interim dean, professor
Ph.D., Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
M.A., Political Science, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University
M.A., Political Science, Virginia Tech
B.A., English, Virginia Tech
A.A.S., Natural Science, Patrick Henry Community College
Public policy and administration, social equity and public policy analysis, research methods, social welfare policy
Gooden has conducted several research studies for MDRC, as well as for other national research organizations
Susan Tinsley Gooden is interim dean and professor of public administration and policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, past president of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and fellow of the congressional chartered National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). Her books include Why Research Methods Matter (2018, in press), Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government (2014, Routledge) and Cultural Competency for Public Administrators (2012, Routledge), a co-edited volume. Her research on social equity has been published in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Administrative Theory and Praxis, State and Local Government Review, Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Review of Public Personnel Administration and other journals. Her research has been funded by several organizations, including the Kellogg Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, MDRC, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research and the Russell Sage Foundation.
Gooden has received several awards and honors, including the Jewel Prestage Pioneer Award (2015); the Messick Scholar, University of Delaware (2015); Service Award, VCU College of Humanities and Sciences (2011-12); and co-recipient, Best Article of the Year Award, Journal of Public Affairs Education (2007).
She was appointed to the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, the accrediting arm of the Network of Associated Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). She has previously served as an elected member to the national policy council of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). Gooden is a faculty affiliate at Duke University’s Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. She received a Fulbright Specialist Award to Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In 2016, she was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Community College System board. A native of Martinsville and Henry County, Virginia, she received her Ph.D. from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1996.