The IUS President

Dr. Patricia M. Shields

IUS Board Names Dr. Patricia Shields New Chair/President

The Board of Directors of the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society has named Dr. Patricia Shields Chair/President until 17 October 2021. Dr. Shields will complete the unexpired term of Dr. James Burk, who resigned as Chair/President on 10 September 2020 after seven years of service in that office.

Dr. Shields will continue to serve as editor of Armed Forces & Society, the IUS’s scholarly journal, which she has headed for almost two decades. Armed Forces & Society is the leading peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal in its field in the world. She also serves on the editorial boards of Administration & Society and the Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Dr. Shields joined Texas State’s Department of Political Science in 1978. She has received many awards for excellence in teaching such as the National Association for Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Leslie A Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award (2002), The Texas State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001), the Texas State Faculty Senate, Everette Swinney Teaching Award (2010) as well as the Professor of the Year Award from the Central Texas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (2006). She was honored in 2020 as a Regents’ Professor by Texas State University System. This is the highest award a faculty in the Texas State University System can receive and is based on teaching, research, and service which is exemplary and recognized at the state, national, and international levels.

She has published four books and over sixty articles and book chapters on subjects ranging public pricing, cut back management, Jane Addams, privatization, the sunset review process, military recruitment, conscription, women in the military, military families, expeditionary and peacekeeping forces and military bureaucracies. Recently she has focused on applying the philosophy of pragmatism to public administration and research methods in public administration. In 1984 she won the Texas State Presidential Seminar research award and in 2007 she won the Public Administration Review Laverne Burchfield Award for the best review essay.

In 2019, Dr. Shields was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), which was chartered by Congress to provide independent, nonpartisan and neutral advice to government leaders and agencies on all levels of government about emerging trends in governance and public administration. NAPA’s 850 peer-elected fellows include former cabinet officers, Members of Congress, governors, mayors, and state legislators, as well as prominent scholars, business executives, and public administrators. Election to the National Academy is one of the highest honors for those engaged in the study or practice of public administration.


Dr. Patricia M. Shields

Chair/President of the IUS