Docking Institute of Public Affairs

The primary mission of Fort Hays State University's Docking Institute of Public Affairs is to facilitate effective public policy decision making among governmental and non-profit entities.

Announcing new leadership for the Docking Institute!

As of June, 2017, Mike Walker and Dr. Jian Sun are the new Director and Assistant Director of the Docking Institute of Public Affairs.

Mike Walker and Dr. Jian Sun 2017

Mike has been with the Institute since 2000, holding the positions of research scientist, assistant director, and interim director. He has been involved with more that 200 local, regional, and nation-wide survey research projects, and dozens of strategic planning, focus group, and program evaluation efforts. He is also active in the larger community. Mike begins a term on USD 489 School Board soon, and is a member of the Western Kansas Rural Economic Development Alliance (wKREDA) and other entities.

Jian has been with the Institute since 2007. He is also an associate professor of political science. He regularly teaches research methods, advanced research methods, and graduate-level statistical analysis and public administration courses. He has extensive experience managing complex data sets, and is the primary investigator for most ongoing and long-term research initiatives.


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