Dr. Brett Sharp

Brett S. Sharp is a Professor of Political Science and advisor for the public administration program. He previously served as the Employment Manager for the City of Oklahoma City as well as Agency Services Coordinator for the State of Oklahoma Office of Personnel Management.  He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and Master of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Public Affairs with a minor in Religious Studies from Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Sharp has received numerous awards for teaching, service, and scholarship.  His publications have appeared in American Review of Public Administration, Administrative Theory & Praxis, New Plains Review, Oklahoma Policy Studies Review, Oklahoma Politics, Public Integrity, and Review of Public Personnel Administration.  He is the founding Director of Leadership Studies at UCO helping to create and implement UCO's fast-growing Leadership Minor.  Dr. Sharp currently teaches politics at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Current and Upcoming Courses at UCO

  • Advanced Public Administration
  • American National Government
  • Ethics in Public Service/Leadership
  • Leadership and Decision Making
  • State and Local Government

Previous Courses at UCO

  • Civic Leadership Capstone
  • Homeland Security
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Issues in Global Politics
  • Leadership Development
  • Municipal Management
  • Music in American Politics
  • Political Advertising
  • Political Humor
  • Political and Government Internships
  • Politics and Music
  • Politics of Generations
  • Politics of the New Media
  • Public Finance and Budgeting
  • Public Personnel Administration
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Public Service Human Resources Management
  • Scope of the Discipline
  • State Administration
  • Theories of Leadership
  • Urban Government and Policy

Courses Taught at Other Universities

  • Human Resource Management
  • Issues in Management
  • Managing Public Programs
  • Personal Values and Organizational Ethics
  • Research and Analysis Using Statistics
  • Systems Approach to Organizational Change

Directed Readings

  • Advanced Human Resources Management
  • Advanced Public Affairs
  • Civic Engagement
  • Environmental Policy in States
  • Evaluating Public Programs
  • Higher Education Policy and Administration
  • Local Government Innovations
  • Managing State Government
  • Modern Administrative Thought
  • Nonprofit Management and Law
  • Nonprofit Strategic Planning
  • Philosophy of Politics
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Policy on Capital Punishment
  • Political Philosophy of Objectivism
  • Prison Policy and Administration
  • Public Fiscal Administration
  • Public Organizational Development
  • Public Procurement Practices
  • Principles of Public Management
  • Smart Growth in Urban Development
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Urban Planning & Economic Development 

Review Dr. Sharp's Curriculum Vita.