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About Rebecca L. Keeler

Dr. Keeler earned her B.A in business administration from Florida Atlantic University, J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, and Ph.D in public administration from Florida Atlantic University. Her teaching and research interests include applied ethics, changing public/private institutional relationships, administrative law, public policy, and public administration theory. She has presented conference papers on public service ethics, privatization, and U.S. policy and AIDS. She practiced law for nearly 17 years in local government, and was certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in city, county and local government law (now in Emeritus status). During her legal practice and doctoral studies, she developed and presented ethics training to public officials, administrators, and professional associations.


2010 - Present Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University Political Science, International Affairs, and Public Administration, College of Arts and Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2006 - Present Member, Public Administration Theory Network
2004 - Present Member, American Society for Public Administration
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Honors and Awards

  • 1982 – Inducted, Beta Gamma Sigma International Honor Society
  • 2004 - Keene ASPA Conference Scholarship
  • 2004 - Graduate Research Fellowship at Broward Sheriff’s Office
  • Spring 2005 - Graduate Research Fellowship at Workforce One of Broward County
  • April 7, 2007 - Inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, Fort Lauderdale, FL


  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Independent Study, Paralegal Internship
  • Independent Studies
  • State and Local Government
  • Public Service Ethics, dual listed with graduate
  • The Supreme Court
  • Due Process & Adjudication
  • Law & Judicial Process
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Public Service Ethics - Dual listed with undergraduates
  • Public Personnel Management
  • Administrative Law


2004 - 2010 PhD, Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University
1984 - 1987 JD, Center for the Study of Law, Nova Southeastern University
1980 - 1983 BBA, Florida Atlantic University
1977 - 1979 AA, Broward Community College

Contact Information

PO Box 70651 
Johnson City, TN 37614

Office: 301C Rogers-Stout Hall
Phone: 423-439-4764


Selected Publications (8)

Conference Presentations (11)