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Craig M.  Wheeland, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova , PA, US

Craig M. Wheeland, PhD

Senior Vice Provost for Academics; Professor of Public Administration | Villanova University


Craig M. Wheeland , PhD, is an expert in urban politics, local government, and public administration.



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Areas of Expertise (6)

Public Administration

Urban Politics

Local Government

Higher Education

Faculty Affairs

Academic Integrity


A noted scholar in the area of public administration, Wheeland has published numerous articles in some of the leading journals in the field. He has also published two books and contributed to various others on the topics of local government and urban politics. His research on city management has received external funding from organizations such as the American Political Science Association.

Wheeland was named Vice Provost for Academics in January 2016. As Vice Provost for Academics, he works closely with the Provost in the oversight of the University’s academic enterprise. He oversees the academic affairs of the University, helping foster the development, promotion and support of faculty teaching and research, as well as student learning. Wheeland previously served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University.

Education (3)

The Pennsylvania State University: PhD, Political Science

University of South Carolina: MPA, Public Administration

University of South Carolina Aiken: BA, History

Select Accomplishments (2)

Alpha Sigma Lambda, Honorary Induction,


National Honor Society for Adult Learners in Continuing Higher Education, May 11, 2007.

Founder's Award, Graduate Alumni Society of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Presented in "recognition of excellence in your profession and commitment to Villanova University."

Select Media Appearances (4)

Millions spent on Delco races: ‘Unprecedented’ amount of cash pours into local campaigns

Delaware County Daily Times  


“Being able to focus resources like that gives these campaigns a lot of money,” said Craig Wheeland, a professor of public administration at Villanova University. “That’s why they can afford to run TV commercials extensively and combine that with a lot of mailings.”

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Meet Malvern's new councilmen, mayor

Main Line Media News  


Craig M. Wheeland, a professor of public administration at Villanova, said it’s extremely unusual for a write-in candidate to win an election. Write-in candidates generally need financial resources, a lot of help or both to win, he said.

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We're No. 1! We're No. 1! We're ... uh ... not?



Craig Wheeland, a political scientist at Villanova, believes it has something to do with America's innate wariness of government. "We have a peculiar set of approaches to how government should act in our economy and in our society," he says.

Lower Merion official's pay raising eyebrows

Philadelphia Inquirer  


Craig Wheeland, a political science professor at Villanova University who teaches public-administration theory, said Cleland was one of the region's best-paid managers for good reason: Lower Merion borders Philadelphia, and the township must work with the city on certain projects, which means Cleland needs to know more laws and policies.

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Select Academic Articles (2)

A Century of Municipal Reform in the United States

The American Review of Public Administration

Craig M. Wheeland, Christine Kelleher Palus, Curtis Wood

2014 In this article, we examine the legacy of four progressive reforms intended to secure “good” government—the model city charter, the council-manager plan, city management professionalism, and bureaucratic service delivery. Our analysis integrates research by historians, political scientists, sociologists, and public administration scholars, and provides a unique multidisciplinary perspective on the legacy of success and adaptation of the municipal reform movement. We use Hofstadter’s concept of a reform “impulse” in American political culture to frame our analysis. We conclude with four observations on the future of municipal reform, ultimately arguing that the impulse to “reform” continues to be a dominant driver across both local government management and institutions.

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Gregory G. Smith: A Township Manager Effectively Managing Ethical Dilemmas

Public Integrity

Craig M. Wheeland

2014 Public administrators must sometimes challenge the decisions and conduct of elected officials even when the bright light of illegality is lacking. This article examines Greg Smith's performance in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. He acted as a responsible administrator who effectively balanced the different obligations built into his objective and subjective responsibilities. Public service motivation, city management professionalism, and whistleblowing are three concepts that help understand Smith's approach to managing ethical dilemmas.

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