Zachary T. Mohr



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Zachary T. Mohr

Assistant Professor • Department of Political Science and Public Administration

University of North Carolina Charlotte • Fretwell 435K • Charlotte, NC 28223

Email: zmohr@uncc.edu Phone/Voice: (704) 687-7438


EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Administration, University of Kansas, May 2013


Dissertation Chair: Dr. Alfred Ho

Committee: Drs. John Nalbandian, Rajestra Srivastava, Jacob Fowles, and Chris Silvia

Specialization: Public Financial Management – Cost Accounting

Master of Public Administration, University of Kansas, 2007

B.S. Economics, Cum Laude, Kansas State University, 2005

AREAS OF INTEREST AND SPECIALIZATION


Public financial management- emphasis on cost accounting, performance measurement, and the financial management of collaboration and networks; organizational rules and control; transaction cost theory

APPOINTMENTS

2013-Present Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science and Public Administration

University of North Carolina Charlotte

2009-2013 University Fellow, Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant

School of Public Affairs and Administration

University of Kansas


REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
“An Analysis of the Purposes of Cost Accounting in Large US Cities Public Budgeting and Finance. Forthcoming

“Taking Stock:  Assessing and Improving Performance Budgeting Theory and Practice” (with Alfred TK Ho and Yi Lu) Public Performance and Management Review.  Forthcoming.

“The Effect of Rules on Job Satisfaction” 2014 (with Leisha DeHart-Davis and Randall S. Davis) Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. Advance publication doi:10.1093/jopart/muu038


BOOK REVIEWS AND ESSAYS
“Budgetgate: Bob Woodward's Quest for Budget Blame” [Book Review of The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward] Public Administration Review April 2013

“Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World”, [Book Review of Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis] Public Integrity April 2012


WORKS UNDER REVIEW
“Accounting in Networks: A Review Essay”

“An Experiment on Organizational Rule Compliance: A Research Note on the Effect of Written vs. Unwritten Rules” (with Leisha Dehart-Davis and Cullen Merritt)

Performance Measurement and Cost Accounting: Are they competing or complementary systems of control?

RESEARCH IN-PROGRESS

“An analysis of cost accounting in public management networks: Insights from Chicago local government networks” (with David Mitchell)

“How Pervasive are the Effects of Transaction Costs? Analyses of Cost Drivers in Municipal Cost Accounting”

“Cost Accounting at the Service Level: A Transaction Cost Analysis”

“The Control of Resources in Collaboration: A Service and Investment Characteristics Framework”

“Activity Based Costing Redux: A Big ABC Implementation in a Small Suburban Community”

“The Effect of Sales Tax Increment Financing and GAAP on Illinois Cities”


INVITED TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS
“Cost Accounting and Public Service Delivery Networks: The story of Chicago local government networks” North Carolina Local Government Budget Association Winter Conference, December 11, 2014.

“Performance Measurement and Cost Accounting: Are they competing or complementary systems of control?” UNCC Public Policy Speaker Series, Research Presentation, November 20, 2014.

“Activity Based Costing: Lessons from a Small City Implementation” (with Quinn Bennion), Professional Presentation, Midwest Public Finance Conference 2012

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

“Relieving the Social Security Debt Shackles by Chaining the CPI COLA: Technically Feasible, Politically Difficult, Ethically Fair” (with William P. Brandon and Patricia Alt) presented at the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, November 15-19, 2014

“Competing and Complementary Controls: The relationship between general cost accounting and performance measurement” presented at the Association for Budget and Financial Management Conference 2014

“Modern Governance, Cost Accounting and Transaction Costs: Why cost accounting is an important new area of research and how it can be studied empirically in government” presented at the American Accounting Association Annual Conference 2014

“Old Techniques and New Concepts: Cost accounting in public management networks” (with David Mitchell) presented at the Western Social Sciences Conference 2014

“How Pervasive are the Effects of Transaction Costs? Analyses of Cost Drivers in Municipal Cost Accounting” presented at the Association for Budget and Financial Management Conference 2013

“Establishing Theory for the Financial Management of Governance and Collaboration” presented at the Association for Budget and Financial Management Conference 2013

“Taking Stock: Assessing and Improving Performance Budgeting Theory and Practice” (with Elaine Yu and Alfred Ho) presented at the American Society of Public Administration Conference 2013

“Fiscal stress and cost accounting: Is there a link for local government?” poster presentation at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management Annual Conference 2012

“Mutually Beneficial: Cost Accounting and Performance in Local Government” Southeast Conference of Public Administration Annual Conference 2012

“Red Tape vs. Green Tape: A Comparison of Rule Effectiveness Theories” (with Leisha DeHart-Davis and Randall S. Davis), Presented at the International Research Society for Public Management Annual Conference 2012

“Activity Based Costing Redux: A Big ABC Implementation in a Small Suburban Community” presented as a poster at the Association for Budget and Financial Management Conference 2011

“A Context Mediated Model of Risk Behavior”, Presented at the Western Social Sciences Association, Annual Conference 2010, Section on Public Budget and Finance

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
MPAD 6352 “Public Financial Reporting and Accountability”

MPAD 6126 “Data Analysis for Decision Making”

MPAD 6350 “Public Financial Management”

PUAD 435 (KU) “Generating, Allocating, and Managing Public Resources”



GRANTS AND CONTRACTS

NPS-BAA-14-002 (2014) “Acquisition in a World of Joint Capabilities: Methods for Understanding Cross-Organizational Network Performance”, (with Maureen Brown) White Paper, Accepted for tier two funding (contingent on additional funds) – Amount $116,267

UNC Charlotte Faculty Research Grant 2014 "Inherent Problems in Common Sources of Municipal Financial Data ", Amount funded $6,000.

University of Kansas Doctoral Student Travel Award 2013, Amount funded - $500

Sought and received funding to bring speakers to KU in 2010, 2011, 2012 - $400 Award Each

TECHNICAL REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS
Activity Based Costing Full Cost Allocation Plan Presentation for the City of Prairie Village, Kansas – April 29, 2013

The Student Price Index 2004, A Report of the Kansas State University Economics Club

ACADEMIC SERVICE

Panel Discussant, SeCOPA 2013, WSSA 2013, AAA 2014

Panel Chair, ABFM 2013

Reviewer - State Politics and Policy Quarterly, American Review of Public Administration, Municipal Finance Journal

Graduate Students of Public Administration (University of Kansas), Treasurer, 2009 – 2012


UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENTAL SERVICE
MPA Chair Selection Committee 2014

MPA Marketing Committee, 2014 – Present

ICMA Student Chapter Advisor, 2014 - Present

Masters of Public Administration Student Government Advisor, 2013 - Present



COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE
Media Interviews – WCCB (2014), FOX46 (2014)

Central Piedmont ASPA Chapter, Board Member. June 2014 - Present

Financial Analysis for Bond Referenda, Colwich Residents in Support of City Pool 2013

FUSE Foundation of Kansas, Inc., Charter Board Member, Secretary, 2008 – 2010



AWARDS AND HONORS

University of Kansas Fellowship, 2009 - 2012

Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society, 2007

Ethan Allen Scholarship, University of Kansas, 2004-2005

Department of Economics Scholarship, Kansas State University, 2003- 2005

Foundation Scholarship, Kansas State University, 2001- 2005


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Accounting Association

Association of Budget and Financial Management

Public Management Research Association

American Society of Public Administration

PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2007-2008 City Administrator

City of Cheney, KS

2006-2007 Assistant to the City Manager

City of Arkansas City, KS

2005-2006 Management Intern

Ottawa, KS


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