RaJade M Berry-James PhD

Title: Associate Professor

Email: rmberryj@ncsu.edu

Phone: 919-515-5027

Office: Caldwell Hall 207


Caldwell Hall 207, Box 8102
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

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Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James is an associate professor of public administration in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at NC State University. 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 evaluation. 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 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 award-winning MPA Capstone, Social Equity, Cultural Competence in the Public Sector, Survey Research and Program Evaluation. Dr. Berry-James currently serves on the NC State Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Executive Committee and co-chairs the Faculty Senate Academic & Policy Subcommittee.

Among Berry-James' accomplishments over the years, she currently serves on the NASPAA Executive Council, has served as a two-time chair of the 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) and MPA Coordinator at Georgia College and State University (1999-2000).  Berry-James previous held administrative positions as Assistant to the Dean in the School of Liberal Arts (1993-1999) and Assistant/Associate Director of Institutional Research (1987-1993) at Kean University.

Since joining SPIA, Dr. Berry-James has received 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).

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) from the State of New Jersey/Rutgers University (1991).