Meet the faculty

Rosa Gomez Dierks, Ph.D. – Department Chair 


Northern Arizona University, Ph.D. 1999. Thesis Title: The Political Economy of Institutional Choice: Policy Commitments and Global Finance. Primary field of specialization: Public Policy (American Politics). Subfields: Comparative Politics and International Political Economy. Passed comprehensive exams with distinction and graduated with Honors (May 1999). Received the Western Political Science Association Award for Outstanding Dissertation of 1999. 
Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, Arizona. MBA, Master of Business Administration in International Management, 1975.   Emphasis: International Finance.  
Albion College, Albion, Michigan. BA, Bachelor of Arts, 1974.  Political Science Major.  
Online Courses 
Public Management, Public Organizations, Budgeting, Public Personnel Management, Organizational Theory, Managing Change in 21st Century Organizations, Leading Diverse Organizational Cultures, Principles of Administration, Principles of Organizational Theory, The Politics of Public Budgeting, Politics and Organizations, and Leadership Concepts, Skills, and Models. Topics in Public Policy: Government Accountability.    
Professional Qualifications 
  • State and Federal Government Experience: Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.  
  • Private Sector Experience: financial analysis, portfolio management, and fundraising.  
  • International Experience: Western Europe , Middle East, Japan, Mexico, and South America.  
  • Languages: Proficiency in Spanish, German, and French. Working knowledge of Portuguese, and Japanese.  
  • Domestic and International Teaching: Political Science Department, College of Business, Honors Program (Northern Arizona University ), History/Government Department (Adams State College), Center for Lifelong Learning (ASU) Institute for International Studies and Training in Fujinomiya, Japan.   
  • Guest lecturer at the US Air Force Academy, ASU Center for Lifelong Learning, UofA, ASU, NAU‐ Tri‐University MBA Program.    
Credible Fiscal Policy Commitments and Market Access – Case Studies of Argentina, Chile, and Mexico 1980­-1995. 2002. Lampeter, Wales, UK: Edwin Mellen Press. Introduction to Globalization: Political and Economic Perspectives for the New Century. 2001. Chicago , IL: Rowman & Littlefield. 

Kurt Fenske, Ph.D.

Kurt Fenske has been an instructor in the Public Agency management program for the past three years.  He is based in Flagstaff and teaches a wide variety of on‐line courses in the program. Dr. Fenske attained his Ph.D. in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and also has degrees in business – a Master of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting – which he earned from Arizona State University. Prior to teaching, Dr. Fenske worked in the public, private, and non‐profit sectors. He has lived and worked in London, Israel, and Malawi, and travelled throughout western Europe, southern Africa, and Mexico. 

Jill Young, Ph.D. 

Ph.D. in Public Administration, Arizona State University, 2009; 
MPA in Public Administration, Arizona State University, 2001; 
BA in European Studies, Vanderbilt University, 1997.  
Dr. Jill Young’s professional and academic experience is firmly rooted in the public sector and higher education.  Dr. Young earned her Bachelor of Arts in European Studies and German from Vanderbilt University.  She earned her Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration from Arizona State University with concentrations in Public Policy Analysis and Public Finance. In addition to sustainability (fiscal and environmental), her other research interests include federalism, public policy analysis, and public budgeting and finance. Dr. Young’s teaching and research areas are informed in many ways by her prior professional experience as a fiscal and management analyst for the Arizona legislature and the Office of Budget, Planning, and Management at a large university as well as by her academic work.  For the past six years, Dr. Young has taught for higher educational institutions primarily in online environments (although also in face‐to‐face and hybrid formats).  She has taught a variety of subjects including Introduction to Public Administration, Public Service Ethics, Public Budgeting and Finance, Intergovernmental Relations, Organizational Management and Theory, Program Evaluation, Public Economics, and Environmental Policy and Politics.    

Cindy Scott, Ph.D. 

Dr. Cindy Scott proudly teaches public agency management and research methods courses for Northern Arizona University.  She has also taught courses for public sector executives attending Arizona State University’s Certified Public Management Program and college level students earning degrees in Communications and Administration of Justice. In addition to being a part of the education community, Cindy has 15 years of law enforcement experience and a strong research background in the areas of organizational change and effective leadership strategies. During her tenure in law enforcement, Cindy was assigned to a variety of enforcement, tactical and detective details. This diverse background gave her the opportunity to work as an undercover detective in narcotics, VICE and stolen property; gain first‐hand experience implementing community‐based policing concepts; learn the politics involved in public sector organizations while working as a media relations spokesperson; and to become adept at courtroom procedures while testifying in numerous felony investigations. Cindy has also worked on cases in partnership with the DEA, ICE, FBI, CPS, Customs, the Maricopa County Jail, and the Probation Department.   
Her most significant police experiences occurred while she was assigned as an undercover narcotics detective. Throughout her seven years in that detail, Cindy purchased illegal drugs in an undercover capacity on hundreds of occasions; authored and executed numerous search warrants; and led investigations that resulted in the seizure of large quantities of illegal drugs, weapons and U.S. currency.  She also worked with a special prosecutor to establish judicial precedence in a significant methamphetamine/child abuse case. This investigation paved the way for prosecutors to charge adults with child abuse for selling methamphetamine in the presence of their children. 
These experiences place Cindy in the unique position to not only educate students on textbook theories, but to also share personal knowledge about what really happens in law enforcement. Cindy also brings a strong academic and research commitment to Northern Arizona University.  In 2005, she began researching effective leadership techniques for leaders in law enforcement.  Her findings proved to be significant to the law enforcement community and NAU awarded her effort by selecting Cindy as the Outstanding Doctorate Student of the year. In addition to her policing background, Cindy has extensive experience teaching adults and she is passionate about helping her students reach their full potential academically so that they can achieve more both personally and professionally. 

Marcie Delmotte 

Marcie Delmotte’s extensive experience as a practitioner in public administration includes a variety of administrative and managerial roles with numerous public and not‐for‐profit agencies, such as The State of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, The Flagstaff Film Commission, Coconino Community College, Maricopa Medical Foundation and Urban Environmental Research.  Marcie Delmotte’s professional experience is augmented by a Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University, along with an extensive history of service on various government and not‐for‐profit boards and commissions, such as: 
  • American Society for Public Administration:  Treasurer 
  • City of Phoenix Futures Forum Action Committee 
  • City of Tempe Transportation Committee 
  • League of Women Voters:  Program Director 
  • Transit Advisory Committee, Coconino County 
  • Flagstaff Affordable Housing Coalition Board of Directors 
  • Flagstaff Communicators:  Vice President of Education 
Areas of specialization for Professor Delmotte include: budgeting and fiscal management; grant writing and administration; research and research development; performance auditing; human resources management; development and corporate relations; marketing and public relations; and economic development.   Her research interests have focused on:  government budgeting; urban and environmental affairs; hazards management; and public policy and analysis. A sampling of her publications and presentations include: 
  • "How to Keep Your Airport from Idling on the Tarmac", 1993 (with M.J. Waits and R. Heffernon). SPECTRUM, The Journal of State Government, The Council of State Governments. Fall 1993, Vol 66. No. 4, pp. 28 ‐ 34. 
  • "Issues in Managing Medical and Infectious Waste: Strategies for Local Jurisdictions", 1990 (with K. David Pijawka).  Papers and Proceedings of Applied Geography Conference. Ed. J.W. Frazier et. al. Vol. 13, pp. 118‐126. 
  • “Writing for the Professions”, April 2007, Department of Human Services, Navajo Nation Spring Conference, Lake Powell, AZ 
  • “Business Retention and Expansion”, April 1999, AAED Spring Conference, Prescott, AZ 
Professor Delmotte passes on her unique knowledge in the field of public management to students by incorporating pragmatic considerations into the classroom experience. Students are encouraged to write effectively, think critically, work collaboratively and incorporate real life experience into their coursework.  The use of current public management practitioners as guest speakers is also a key element in her course design.  By combining her practical knowledge and experience with the timely information related by current practitioners serving as guest speakers, Professor Delmotte provides unique learning opportunities for her students, and serves to aid them as they pursue careers or continued education in the area of public management.