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Ronald Fernandes

Ron Fernandes is a member of the faculty and Assistant Director at the School of Public Service (SPS), DePaul University, Chicago. His doctorate from Carnegie Mellon is in public policy and management. He has a graduate degree in non-profit and development management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA), India and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Jabalpur, India.  He worked for four years in production and finance in an agricultural cooperative firm and two years in marketing for an engineering firm.

Ron’s teaching interests include courses in management, finance, research methods and statistics, cross sector analysis, sustainable development, and the management of nongovernmental organizations. His administrative responsibilities include serving as Principal Representative to the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). He directs the SPS Online program, which offers the Master of Science in Public Service Management degree and the Master of Public Administration in fully online format. He is a certified Master Reviewer for Quality Matters, a consortium of experts created to review the quality of online courses in American universities. He chairs the SPS Study Abroad committee and leads the India Study Abroad program.

 He serves on the board of India Development Service, a charitable organization supporting development projects in India. He is the founder president, since 2009, of the American Friends of WOTR​ (AFOW), a charitable organization supporting innovative development programs on water conservation and climate change adaptation in India working in close collaboration with the Watershed Organization Trust​ (WOTR), one of the largest nongovernmental organizations in India in the field of watershed development. He is a member of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs and serves on the American Society for Public Administration Greater Chicago Council. He recently co-authored a paper with Todd Newman (an SPS graduate) on “A re-assessment of factors associated with environmental concern and behavior using the 2010 General Social Survey” and published in the journal of Environmental Education Research (January, 2015).​