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Stephen M King, Ph.D.
Professor, Government, History & Criminal Justice757.352.4753

Stephen M King, Ph.D.

Bio

Stephen M. King, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Government, History, and Criminal Justice, and Professor of Government, Regent University, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA, 23464, Office phone: 757-352-4753; Office email: smking@regent.edu.

Dr. King received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1990.

Dr. King has taught in Christian higher education since 1991 and in higher education overall since 1989 [i.e. Washington State University (1989-1991), Oral Roberts University (1991-1998), Regent University (1998-2002; 2016-present), Campbell University (2003-2006),  Patrick Henry College (2006-2008), Southeastern University (2009-2012), and Taylor University (2012-2016)].  His primary areas of teaching are in Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis, Ethics in Public Leadership, and American Government and Politics.

Dr. King has published dozens of articles, essays, book reviews, and policy studies in both academic and non-academic publications. His research covers a wide range of areas including religion and politics, spirituality and the workplace, ethical and moral leadership in public sector organizations, education reform, and civic education. In addition, he has authored and/or co-authored three books: God and Caesar: The Biblical Keys to Good Government and Community Action (Xulon Press, 2002), co-author with Bradley S. Chilton, Administration in the Public Interest: Principles, Policies, and Practices (Carolina Academic Press, 2009), and co-author with Bradley S. Chilton, Viviane E. Foyou, and J. Scott McDonald, The Public Administration Profession: Policy, Management, and Ethics (Routledge, 2018). He is planning a fourth book tentatively titled Crisis in Leadership: Examining the Influence of Moral Leadership in Public Sector Organizations and Institutions. The book proposal is currently under review at two publishers.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. King has served in several administrative positions in Christian higher education, including Associate Dean of Academics, Director of MPA Program, and Department Chairman (Patrick Henry College, Taylor University, and Regent University). In addition, he served as Research Vice President at the Public Interest Institute in Mt. Pleasant, IA (2008-2009).  He serves on two executive councils: Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration (2020-2022) and the Section on Ethics and Integrity in Government, American Society of Public Administration (2021-2024). He was recently invited by C-SPAN to be one of 141 scholars nationwide to participate in its 2021 President Survey.

Dr. King has pastored two churches (1996; 1997-1998), launched his own speaking and writing ministry, Stephen King Ministries (2002-2003), and was a licensed and ordained minister (e.g. Redemption Ministries and Bob Yandian Ministries).

He is married to Debbie, his bride of 30 years, and they have two grown children: Michelle and Joshua.

Publications

Books
Bradley S. Chilton, Stephen M. King, Viviane E. Foyou, and J. Scott McDonald, The Profession of Administration in the Public Interests: Integrity, Utility and Duty, Revised and Updated, 2nd edition, Routledge Press, forthcoming September 2018.

Stephen M. King and Bradley S. Chilton, Administration in the Public Interest: Principles, Policies, and Practices. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2009.
Stephen M. King, God and Caesar: The Biblical Keys to Good Government and Community Action. Fairfax, VA: Xulon Press, 2002.
Journals (peer reviewed, 2016-18)
Stephen M. King and Abbylin Sellers (2018), “Judeo-Christian Leadership in the Public Sector,” A. Farazmand (Ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Policy, and Governance, Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_3588-1.

Steve Firestone and Stephen M. King (2018), “Spirituality, Suicide, and the Role of Military Chaplain,” SAGE Business Cases, forthcoming September 2018.

Bradley S. Chilton, Viviane E. Foyou, and Stephen M. King (2018), “Moral Readings of the Court: Discrimination Cases in the U.S. Supreme Court,” Public Integrity. https://doil.org/10.1080/10999922.2018.1433423.

Chelsi A. Creech and Stephen M. King (2018), “Navigating Inter-Generational Differences between Spirituality and Religious Behavior in the 21st Century Workplace: What We Can Learn from Boomers, Millennials, and Xer’s,” for publication in Satinder, D., Roberts, G., and Crossman, J. (Ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Stephen M. King, “Homeschooling as Social Policy (2016).” In A. Farazmand (Ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Policy, and Governance, Springer, Switzerland.
Book reviews (2016)
Stephen M. King, Review of Free to Serve: Faith-based Organizations and Religious Freedom, by Stephen Monsma and Stanley Carlson-Theis (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015), for Christian Scholar’s Review, vol. 46, no. 1 (Fall 2016): pp. 100-102

Selected conference paper presentations (2017-18)

Brad Chilton and Stephen M. King, “Plural Ethical Directionality Model: Empirical analysis of Public Administrators’ Moral Frameworks in Leading Supreme Court Cases,” submitted and accepted for presentation at the 2018 ASPA Annual Conference, March 9-13, 2018, Denver, CO.
Stephen M. King, “Influence and impact of virtue ethics upon the development of ethics courses in MPA program curriculum” on panel titled, “Ethics Education as a Tool for Developing Trust in Public Institutions” for the 2017 NASPAA Annual Conference, October 11-13, 2017, Washington D.C.

Co-author with Bradley S. Chilton, James A. Woods, and Viviane E. Foyou, “Beyond Ethics for Bureaucrats: The Moral Reading of the Constitution in Discrimination Cases by Race, Ethnicity, Religion, Gender, Sexuality, and Disabilities,” presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Sheraton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, March 17-21, 2017.

Co-presenter with Bradley S. Chilton, James A. Woods, and James Savra, “State of Teaching Ethics in the MPA: The Impact of the 2013 ASPA Code of Ethics,” Presentation title: “Impact on MPA Program Webpages…: The 2013 ASPA Code of Ethics,” presented at the 2017 annual meeting of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Sheraton Hotel, Atlanta, GA, March 17-21, 2017.

Affiliations

American Political Science Association (APSA)
American Society of Public Administration (ASPA)

  • Section on Ethics and Integrity in Governance (SEIGov)
  • Hampton Roads Chapter of ASPA

Christians in Political Science (CPS)

Awards

Leadership Position in Academics:

  • Adjunct Scholar, Indiana Policy Review Foundation, November 2012-15, Craig Ladwig, Executive Director
  • Vice-President of Christians in Political Science (2010-12)
  • President (1985-86) and Vice-President (1984-85) of Pi Sigma Alpha (UMC chapter)

Honor Societies, Clubs and Student associations:

  • Who’s Who in America? (1999-2000)
  • Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, (1981-82); Locke and Key Political Science Club (1981-83)

Awards:

  • Five Year Meritorious Service Award, Oral Roberts University Faculty (1991-96)
  • American Citizenship Award (1979), Iowa State Bar Association and Iowa State Bar Foundation