Adams earns ASPA lifetime achievement award

Guy Adams accepts his lifetime achievement award at the 2017 ASPA Annual Conference on March 18.

The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) presented Truman School Professor Emeritus Guy Adams with a lifetime achievement award at the 2017 ASPA Annual Conference in Atlanta on March 18. The Dwight Waldo Award recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career. To be eligible, a nominee must have at least one article published in Public Administration Review and 25 years of active scholarship that has furthered the discipline of public administration.

“Guy Adams is so deserving of this award,” said Bart Wechsler, Dean of the Truman School of Public Affairs. “His path-breaking work on public service ethics and the perils of administrative evil are well known, but his body of work is totally impressive. Dr. Adams played a key role in building the Truman School and received numerous awards for teaching and research over his career at MU. This award joins those and a long list of other honors in recognition of an exemplary life’s work.”

Over his distinguished career, Dr. Adams’ research has focused on public service ethics, history, and theory and on organizational symbolism and culture. His book, Unmasking Administrative Evil, with Danny L. Balfour, won the 1998 Louis Brownlow Book Award, the National Academy of Public Administration’s highest award for excellence in public administration scholarship, as well as the 1998 Best Book Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division and the 2002 Best Book Award from the Social Issues in Management Division, both of the Academy of Management. He was awarded the 2007 Marshall E. Dimock Award for the best lead article in the Public Administration Review. In the 50-year histories of the Brownlow and Dimock Awards, only four others have won both awards—Harlan Cleveland, Donald Kettl, William Gormley, and Truman School Professor Alasdair Roberts. In all, Dr. Adams has produced over 80 scholarly publications, including books, book chapters, and articles in the top national and international public affairs journals.

In 2008, Dr. Adams received the Faculty-Alumni Award for distinguished contributions as a scholar and teacher, given by the Alumni Association of the University of Missouri. In 1995, he received the prestigious William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, given annually to 10 faculty at the University of Missouri in campus-wide competition. In 2001, he received the Outstanding Service Award from the Association of Master of Public Administration Students of the Truman School.

Dr. Adams has served as Chair of both the Section on Public Administration Research and the Section on Public Administration Education of the American Society for Public Administration; on the Executive Committee of the Public Administration Section, American Political Science Association; and is a member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and the Standing Conference on Organizational Symbolism (Europe).