PARCC Director and Staff


Nabatchi 200Prof. Tina Nabatchi

Director, PARCC

Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Professor in Public Administration

Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Syracuse University

Syracuse NY 13244

(315) 443-8994,

Prof. Tina Nabatchi became Director in July 2020.  She is the Joseph A. Strasser Endowed Professor in Public Administration and a professor of public administration and international affairs. Her research focuses on citizen participation, collaborative governance, conflict resolution, and challenges in public administration.
Tina's research has been published in numerous journals, such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, National Civic Review, and Conflict Resolution Quarterly, among several others. She has several award-winning articles, including: “Addressing the Citizenship and Democratic Deficits: Exploring the Potential of Deliberative Democracy for Public Administration,” which won the 2010 Best Article Award from American Review of Public Administration; “Evaluating the Productivity of Collaborative Governance Regimes: A Performance Matrix”, which won the 2015 best article award from Public Performance and Management Review; and “The New Governance: Practices and Processes for Stakeholder and Citizen Participation in the Work of Government,” which was recognized as one of the 75 most influential articles in the history of Public Administration Review. 
In addition to numerous book chapters, monographs, and white papers, Tina is also the lead editor of Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has also recently published two books: Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy with Matt Leighninger (Jossey-Bass, 2015) and Collaborative Governance Regimes with Kirk Emerson (Georgetown University Press, 2015). 
Before joining the Maxwell School, Tina was the research coordinator for the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she was responsible for the design, implementation, analysis, and publication of various research projects. In this capacity, she provided consultations about, and evaluations of, alternative dispute resolution in several U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Postal Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

Former Director

PARCC Director Catherine Gerard Catherine Gerard  

Associate Director, Executive Education Programs 
 Adjunct Professor of Public Administration
 Maxwell School of Syracuse University
 400 Eggers Hall,  Syracuse, NY  13244
 (315) 443-2756


Catherine M. Gerard served as Director of the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) until June 2020.  She is the Associate Director of Executive Education Programs, and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Her focus is research, education, and practice of managers and students in the skills of collaborative leadership and change.  She is co-editor of Overcoming Intractable Conflicts: New Approaches to Constructive Transformations (Forthcoming 2019) and co-author of "Understanding the Link Between Collaboration and Better or Worse Relations: The View from Public Administration,” in Conflict and Collaboration: For Better or Worse (2018), of which she is a co-editor.  As Associate Director of Executive Education, she oversees the Executive degree programs and develops and instructs executive education programs for domestic and international customers. Before joining Syracuse in 1995, she was Assistant Director for the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations where she led a consulting and training organization that designed and implemented an award-winning statewide management training and organizational effectiveness system. Throughout her 13-year state government career, she specialized in assisting agency leaders with organizational change efforts and in the developing system-wide training programs.  In addition, Ms. Gerard served as adjunct faculty member at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at SUNY Albany.

Ms. Gerard teaches leadership and collaborative management for managers at many levels.  Her graduate courses in leadership, group conflict, and conflict fundamentals at the Maxwell School are targeted for mid-career managers from public and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad.  She has recently conducted leadership training for executives in New York State government, the United States government, and officials from China, Thailand, and India.  Ms. Gerard co-developed and delivered a workshop, entitled, “Leadership and Learning,” for almost 8,000 managers in federal and New York State agencies. 

Ms. Gerard consults with public and non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, leadership/management, organizational change, team-building and conflict resolution.  Her current research project focuses on collaboration as a strategy for leaders in the federal sector.  Ms. Gerard holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto, an MPA from the Rockefeller College, and has completed substantial graduate work in the field of education.


Roxanne Tupper, Administrative Assistant, is responsible for administering the Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict and Collaboration and for coordinating daily functioning of the PARCC office suite. She collaborates with the Director to plan events, support faculty, publicize program activities, and organize and maintain the budget and records. Contact PARCC at: Phone 315.443.2367.