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Joel Vallett

Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Southern Utah University

I am an Assistant Professor at Southern Utah University (SUU) and teach in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. My research focuses on policy incentives as a driving force for policy implementation, success, and ethical decision-making. I have been fortunate to publish articles in policy journals such as the Policy Studies Journal and Administration and Society. While I enjoy my research, my true passion lies in incorporating applied learning in the classroom. My goal is to cultivate dedicated public administrators equipped to tackle life's challenges.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Public Administration, Southern Utah University


  • 2019 
    Boise State University, Ph.D./ Public Policy and Administration
  • 2013 
    Brigham Young University, Master of Public Administration
  • 2011 
    Brigham Young University, B.S. Business Management


  • 2023
    The Politics of Expertise in Policymaking: The Case of Erin’s Law Adoption and Diffusion Across the US States, State and Local Government Review
  • 2021
    The diffusion of Erin's law: Examining the role of the policy entrepreneur, The Policy Studies Journal
  • 2021
    Conditional nature of policy as a stabilizing force: Erin’s law and teacher child abuse reporting practices, Administration & Society
  • 2020
    The moderating role of calling in the work–family interface: Buffering and substitution effects on employee satisfaction, Journal of Organizational Behavior

Professional Memberships

  • Former President of the Utah Chapter of ASPA
  • American Society of Public Administration
  • Midwest Political Science Association