RaJade M Berry-James PhD
Title: Associate Professor
Office: Caldwell Hall 207
Raleigh, NC 27695
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Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James is an associate professor of public administration and resident faculty in the Center for Genetic Engineering & Society in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at NC State University. Jade is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). She is also a higher consultant, specializing in assessment and accreditation.
Dr. Berry-James' research and teaching focus on social equity, program evaluation, and research methods. Her recent book, Why Research Methods Matter: Essential Skills in Decision Making (2018), focuses on real-world policymaking and evidence to support decision making. She has been published in a variety of books and journals including the Review of Public Personnel Administration, Journal of Black Political Research, Public Performance and Management Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management, and Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. Berry-James has served on the editorial boards of the State and Local Government Review (SLGR), Journal of Public Administration Education (J-PAE), Journal of Public Management & Social Policy (PMSP) as well as the journal of Public Performance and Management Review (PPMR). At NC State, Berry-James teaches the NASPAA award-winning MPA Capstone abd Cultural Competence in the Public Sector courses, as well as courses in Social Equity, Survey Research and Program Evaluation. Dr. Berry-James currently serves on the NC State Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Executive Committee and is co-chair of the Faculty Senate Academic & Policy Subcommittee.
Among Berry-James' accomplishments over the years, she currently serves on the NASPAA Executive Council and has served as a two-time chair of the NASPAA Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) during 2012-14; past co-chair of NAPA's 12th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference in 2013. From 2010 thru 2013, Berry-James was Director of Graduate Programs at NC State. Prior to joining NC State, she held faculty positions at the University of Akron (2000-2010) where she served as Assistant Chair, Director of the PhD Program and Graduate Assistantship Coordinator; and Assistant Professor at Georgia College and State University where she served as the MPA Coordinator (1999-2000). Prior to joining the faculty, Berry-James was an adjunct professor while holding administrative positions as Assistant to the Dean in the School of Liberal Arts (1993-1999) and Assistant Director promoted to Associate Director of Institutional Research (1987-1993) at Kean University.
Since joining the SPIA faculty, Dr. Berry-James has received recognition by the NC State Outstanding Engagement Award (2019), Rutgers University - Newark Alumni Spotlight (2018), NASPAA Social Justice Curriculum Award (2017), ASPA Presidential Merit Citation (2017), COMPA National Public Service Award (2016), NC State Chancellor's Creating Community Award for Outstanding Faculty (2013), NASPAA Diversity Award (2013), and COMPA Sylvester Murray Distinguished Mentor Award (2011) as a distinction for her service to the field of public policy, public administration and public affairs.
Dr. Berry-James earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Rutgers University (Newark), with a specialization in productive public management (1999). She also holds the MPA from Kean University (1993), a BS in Business Administration from Rider University (1987) and a Certified Public Manager (CPM) distinction from the State of New Jersey/Rutgers University (1991).