Barbara Romzek is Professor of Public Administration and Policy and former Dean of American University’s School of Public Affairs. Before joining American University Dr. Romzek held faculty and senior leadership positions at the University of Kansas, the last being interim Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Romzek is recognized for her expertise in public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her research has encompassed complex federal work settings, including NASA, Congress, the U.S. Air Force, and the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit agencies. Professor Romzek has received research awards from the American Society for Public Administration, the Network for Social Management, and the American Political Science Association (APSA), including the John Gaus Award from APSA for lifetime achievement in political science and public administration.