STEPHEN AIKINS, PH.D.
MPA Program Director & Associate Professor
Phone: (813) 974-0114
Office: SOC 398
Public Budgeting & Financial Management
Public Information Management
PAD 6227: Public Budgeting
PAD 6275: Political Economy for Public Managers
PAD 6710: Public Information Management
PAD 6946: Internship in Public Administration
Stephen K. Aikins is Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of South Florida, where he directs the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. He has private and public sector experience working in various capacities in management, accounting, and auditing for nearly twenty years, ten of which were spent in the financial services industry.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, Dr. Aikins served as a Fulbright Scholar in Ghana where he taught graduate level courses and co-trained government of Ghana procurement officers on international best practices. His teaching and research interests include public budgeting and financial management, government auditing, financial crisis and regulatory governance, e-government, technology adoption and financial governance in Africa, project management, and political economy.
Dr. Aikins has published in various academic journals, including Public Finance and Management, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, Journal of Accounting and Finance, International Journal of Public Administration, International Public Management Review, and State and Local Government Review. He is the editor of Managing E-government Projects: Concepts, Issues and Best Practices and the co-editor of Web 2.0 Technologies and Democratic Governance: Politics, Policy and Management Implications.
Dr. Aikins holds a BSc degree in Accounting from the University of Ghana, as well as an MBA in Accounting and Finance, an MS in Management Information Systems, and a PhD in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Certified Global Management Accountant.