Samuel J. Yeager, Ph.D.

Wichita State University Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs


Full Vitae

Dr. Sam J. Yeager specializes in organizational behavior, ethics, personnel administration, methodology, statistics, and computer applications. He is the author of more than 50 publications and is an active consultant to private industry, state and local governments.

Primary Teaching Areas

Organization Theory and Behavior; Ethics; Computer Applications


  • Professor, Wichita State University, 1988-present
  • Graduate Coordinator, Wichita State University, 1997-present
  • Associate Professor, Wichita State University, 1982-1988
  • Assistant Professor, Wichita State University, 1980-1982 (Public Administration)
  • Assistant Professor, Wichita State University, 1976-1980 (Political Science)
  • M.P.A. Advisor, University of Georgia, 1974-1975
  • Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia, 1973-1976
  • Research Staff, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, 1972-1979
  • USAF SOF, Eglin Air Force Base, 1968-1969


  • Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Georgia, 1976
  • M.P.A., Auburn University, 1972
  • M.S., Education, Troy State University, 1971
  • M.L.S., Library & Information Science, George Peabody College, 1968
  • B.A., History and Political Science, University of Massachusetts, 1967


Yeager, Samuel J. “Where Do Research Questions Come From and How Are They Formulated?” In Miller and Yang (Eds.) Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration. 2d edition. Miami: Taylor & Francis, 2008.

Yeager, Samuel J.; Hildreth, W. Bartley; Miller, Gerald, and Rabin, Jack. “What Difference Does Having an MPA Make?” Journal of Public Administration Education, 13, 2, 2007, 147-167.

Yeager, Samuel J.; Hildreth, W. Bartley; Miller, Gerald, and Rabin, Jack. “Relative Effects of Supervisory Emphasis on Ethical Behavior Versus Political Responsiveness.” Public Integrity, 9, 2, Summer 2007, 265-283.

Yeager, Samuel J., “Classic Methods In Public Administration Research." In Rabin, Miller, and Hildreth (Eds.), Handbook of Public Administration. 3d edition. New York: Taylor & Francis, 2007.

Glaser, Mark; Yeager, Samuel J., and Parker, Lee. “Engaging Citizens: Neighborhood-based Organizations vs. Citizen Participation Organizations.” Public Administration Quarterly, 30, 2, Summer 2006, 177-217.

Miller, Gerald; Yeager, Samuel J.; Hildreth, W. Bartley, and Rabin, Jack. “How Financial Managers Deal with Ethical Stress.” Public Administration Review 65, 3, May/June, 2005, 301-312.


  • Principal Investigator: “Candidate Attractiveness and Assessment Center Scores” Based on data gathered from 3 public assessment center sites.
  • Principal Investigator: “Mentoring Impacts on Careers: Gender Differences” Based on a national survey.

Academic and Professional Associations

American Society for Public Administration, 1976-present


Yeager, Hildreth, Miller, and Rabin. “Successful Career Paths of Local Government Finance Professionals.” Paper presented at the Southeastern Conference for Public Administration. Athens, Georgia. September, 2006. Presented by Hildreth.

Yeager, Hildreth, Miller, and Rabin. “What Difference Does Having an MPA Make” Paper presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration in Indianapolis, IN, March, 2005.

Hildreth, Yeager, Miller, and Rabin. “Lusting After Other People’s Money While Saving One’s Own” Presented at Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Chicago, October, 2004. Presented by Hildreth.

Yeager, Hildreth, Miller, and Rabin. “Ethical Supervisors Make A Difference: Does Gender Matter” Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Public Administration in Portland, OR, March, 2004.

Public Service Activities

  • Faculty Senate 1983-present
  • Faculty Support Committee 1986-2006
  • Senate Library Committee 1990-2002
  • Search Committee to Hire Library Dean
  • University Ethics Review Committee 1995-2000
  • Ad Hoc Regent’s Awards Committee 2003, chair
  • Faculty Senate Budget Committee member 1 term
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Revise the University’s Computer and Internet Use Policies 2002-2003
  • Committee to Create the University’s Patent Policy, Chair
  • Graduate Council 1992-2002
  • Graduate Council Subcommittee to Evaluate Five Graduate Programs 2003, Chair
  • Graduate School Awards Committee 1995-2006, chair for 5 years
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences College Council 2005-present
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Awards Committee 2004-2006
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences Tenure and Promotion Committee 2 non-consecutive 3 year terms
  • Graduate Coordinator for the MPA Program 1997-present

Service as an editorial board member for 8 professional journals including Public Administration Quarterly; International Journal of Public Administration; Journal of Health and Human Service Administration; Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management; JPAE: Journal of Public Administration Education; Administration and Management; Public Administration and Management; and the International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. Most of this service began with the inception of the journal and continues today.

In addition I have reviewed manuscripts for the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Group and Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Research in Nursing and Public Health, Social Science Microcomputing Review, State Government, and State and Local Government Review.

Consulting Activities

Recent work with the City of Derby on economic development, and with the City of Wichita on revision of their code of ethics and conducting assessment centers.