Faculty

Richard J. Mushi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Public Administration

Chair, Department of Social Sciences

W.A. Butts Social Science Building Main Office
662-254-3352 or 662-254-3357
rjmushi@mvsu.edu

 

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Biography

Dr. Richard Mushi is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social Sciences and Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Rural Public Policy and Planning Program at Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU). Dr. Mushi has acquired substantial experience in teaching, research, data analysis, program evaluation and writing grants in public health problems and health disparities, environmental management, emergency evacuations, privatization, economic growth and human development, K-12 teaching and learning experiences, and most recently rural-urban landscape and African American experiences. 

Dr. Mushi holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Administration and a Masters of Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and International Relations from the University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. He has authored a book:

Research Studies (Funded & Unfunded)

  • Mushi, Richard J. (Internal Evaluator/Research Data Analyst), “Focus on Graduate Education: Using Mathematics to Transform the Stem Undergraduate Landscape” a four–year research grant awarded to MVSU’s MCIS by the National Science Foundation (NSF), 2015 – 2019. 
  • Golden, Kathie Stromile (PI), Mushi, Richard (Co-PI) & Spencer, Hattie (Co-PI), “Environmental Management for Sustainable Human Development” study funded by EPA to enlighten and empower local communities in and around Leflore County, Mississippi to increase their knowledge of and ability to develop environmentally sound practices that will enhance their overall quality of life, while simultaneously increasing MVSU students’ knowledge base and engagement with the community (January 2015 – December 2016).
  • Mushi, Richard J. (Training and Education Core Research Coordinator for MVSU), “Eliminating Health Disparities Through Multi-Trans-Disciplinary Approaches” Research Grant Number P20MD006899 awarded to the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities, Jackson State University, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institute of Health (May 2012 – Present).
  • Wang, Yin & Mushi, Richard J. (Co-PI), “The Assessment of Mississippi Delta’s in-Service K-12 Teachers Teaching and Learning Experiences” The research study grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), November 2010 – July, 2011.
  • Mushi, Richard J. (PI), “The Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Gonorrhea in Leflore County Public High Schools Students in Mississippi. The research study grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), August 2009 – November, 2010.
  • Mushi, Richard J. (PI), “The Perception of Students Attending Middle and High School towards Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Chlamydia in Leflore County Public Schools, Mississippi. The EARDA Pilot research study grant funded by the National Institute of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Grant #5G11HD037865-08, August, 2008 - December, 2009.
  • Mushi, Richard J. (PI) & Ademola Omishakin (Co-PI), “The Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Gonorrhea in Washington County High School Students in Mississippi. The research study grant funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU), May 2009 – August, 2010.
  • Mushi, Richard J. (PI), “The Perception of Students Attending Middle and High School towards Risk and Protective Factors Associated with Chlamydia in Washington and Bolivar Counties Public Schools, Mississippi. The research study grant was funded by the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health (MIGMH) Prime Award # CPIMP061018-03 funded by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), May – December 2009.
  • Mongkuo, Maurice Y. (PI) & Mushi, Richard J. (Co-PI), “The Significance of Bidding in Statistical Test of Discrimination in Government Contracting under the Strict Scrutiny Standard of Review: A Binary Logistic Regression Approach” research, 2009 (Personal funding).
  • Mushi, Richard J. (PI) & Kathie Golden (Co-PI), “The Risk and Protective Factors Associated with HIV/AIDS: Perceptions and Behaviors of Students in Mississippi Public Health District III” submitted to Investigators Awards in Health Policy research of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), 2008. (Not funded).
  • Mushi, Richard J. (PI), “The Mississippi Center for Technology Transfer Pockets of Safety: Technology Transfer Tools to Reduce Crashes and Fatalities in Mississippi” research study, 2006 (Funded by FHWA/DOT through the Mississippi Center for Technology Transfer, Jackson State University).

Awards/Honors

 

Educational Background

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Public Policy Analysis and Administration, College of Public Service, Jackson State University, Spring 2000-Fall 2005. Concentration area: Public Policy Analysis.

Dissertation Title: Sustainable Development Reform in Developing Countries: A One-Group Interrupted Time-Series Unbalanced Quasi-Experiment of the Economic and Human Development Impact of Privatization in Tanzania. 

Masters of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA), Jackson State University, Fall 1996- Fall 1998. Concentration area: Public Finance. 

Bachelor of Arts (B.A. with Honors), University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, July 1985- April 1988. Concentration area: International Relations & Public Administration.

Certified Professional Accountancy Level I, National Board of Accountants and Auditors, Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania, 1994-1995

 

Professional Experiences

Acting Chair, Department of Social Sciences, Mississippi Valley State University, (Spring 2014).

Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Rural Public Policy & Planning Program (MRPP), Mississippi Valley State University, (Aug. 2012 – Present).

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Master of Arts in Rural Public Policy & Planning Program (MRPP), Mississippi Valley State University, (Aug. 2006 – May 2012).

Adjunct Professor, Jackson State University, School of Policy and Planning, (Spring 2005 – 2007; Fall 2010)

Program Training Manager, Mississippi Center for Technology Transfer (MCT2), (May 2005 – Aug. 2006)   

Training Coordinator, Mississippi Center for Technology Transfer (MCT2) LTAP Program, (Sept. 2001– Dec. 2004).       

Productivity Analyst, National Productivity Council (NPC), Tanzania, (Jan. –Dec. 1999).             

Personnel & Administrative Officer, National Productivity Council, Tanzania, (Aug. 1988 –Aug.1996).