Steven M. Maser

Steven M. Maser

Professor Emeritus of Public Management and Public Policy at Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management


Steven M. Maser is co-author of the case "Facilitating a Public Policy Issue: Practicing Textbook Tools and Confronting Challenges That Textbooks Don’t" with Samuel J. Imperati of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc., with thanks to Jessica Ordonez of Apicality Communication, LLC. Supported by videos excerpted from televised broadcasts of public meetings of a diverse, eighteen-person citizen task force, students learn to facilitate by anticipating and critiquing the tactics of the task for chair who is attempting to secure a consensus.  The task force is advising the City Council about a proposal from the owner of the minor league soccer and baseball teams to purchase a Major League Soccer franchise if the City re-configures the existing stadium for soccer and builds a new stadium for baseball.  

Professor Maser earned an S.B. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and M.A. and PhD from the University of Rochester. He taught courses about negotiation and organizational conflict management, as well as public policy and government and business relations. Professor Maser is a past director of the Atkinson School Executive Development Center. As associate dean, he helped redesign the School's required coursework around concepts of experiential education. He has served on numerous boards and commissions locally and regionally, including chairing a citizens’ task force assigned to study a proposal to bring professional soccer to the City of Portland, the basis for his co-authored E-PARCC case.

Steven has been a visiting professor of Political Economy at the Olin School of Business at Washington University, a visiting Professor at Tokyo International University, and a visiting scholar at Yale Law School. He has authored or co-authored over 30 articles, including (with Samuel Imperati) "Why does anyone mediate if mediation risks psychological dissatisfaction, extra costs, and manipulation? Three theories reveal paradoxes resolved by mediator standards of ethical practice," in the Ohio Statue Journal on Dispute Resolution. His research has appeared in the Journal of Public Affairs Education, International Public Management Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory,Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law and Economics, among others.