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About Kevin Kecskes

Dr. Kecskes is Associate Professor of Public Administration in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. He teaches graduate courses in the Masters of Public Administration program as well as undergraduate courses focused on community engagement and leadership. Dr. Kecskes serves as the faculty advisor for PSU’s undergraduate minor in civic leadership. For over a decade, Dr. Kecskes provided university-wide leadership in various positions at PSU including Associate Vice Provost for Engagement and Director for Community-University Partnerships where he was charged with helping campus and community constituents live the university motto: "Let Knowledge Serve the City." He helped establish and directed PSU's International Institute on Partnerships.

From 1997-2002, Dr. Kecskes was the Director of Service-Learning at Washington Campus Compact, and the Program Director of the Western Region Campus Compact Consortium. In this role, he regularly provided training and consulting on community engagement for over 100 colleges and universities on the West Coast and founded the annual “Continuums of Service” conference, celebrating its 15th year in 2013. He served three years in leadership and program development positions with AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Kecskes co-founded the Boston College International Volunteer Program and has spent over three decades working, serving, and studying in the developing world, primarily in Latin America, Asia, and, more recently, in the Middle East.
Dr. Kecskes has degrees from Boston College, Harvard University, and Portland State University where he has formally studied biology, philosophy, education, and public administration and policy. 


Present Associate Professor, Portland State University Public Administration
Fellow, Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Curriculum Vitae

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Articles (12)

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Annual Reports (2)

Book Chapters (7)

Dissertation (1)