Mark Hoffman

Mark Hoffman

Dr. Mark Hoffman, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Associate Dean in the College of Education and Community Innovation

Office Address: 286C DeVos Center
Phone: (616) 331-6587

Teaching Areas:
PNH 644 - GIS in the Public Service

Dr. Hoffman teaches public and nonprofit administration courses and information technology / geographic information systems courses.

Dr. Hoffman is published in Administrative Theory & Praxis, Government Information Quarterly, Public Voices and Public Administration Review. He has also authored and co-authored a number of book chapters. He received the 2002 William and Fredrick Mosher Award for best article by an academician appearing in Public Administration Review.

Dr. Hoffman spent his 2011-12 sabbatical year teaching in South Korea and Poland.

Prior to joining the faculty at GVSU in 1999, Dr. Hoffman was a research associate with the Urban Center at Cleveland State University. He received his Ph.D. from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. He has a Masters in Urban Studies from Cleveland State and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the College of Wooster.

Ph.D., Cleveland State University
M.S., Cleveland State University
B.A., College of Wooster
Dr. Hoffman's Curriculum Vitae



  • Stuff I am currently recommending to my friends ... the indie band Elf Power; European sugar wafers (especially Kras and Balocco brands); Nonsense on Stilts by Massimo Pigliucci; and the TV shows "The Leftovers" and "Shameless.".
  • People are often surprised to find out that I ... drive a stick shift and have only had four cars my whole life: a 1974 AMC Hornet, a 1984 Renault Fuego; a 1996 Dodge Avenger, and a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder.
  • My favorite pizza topping is ... green olives, banana peppers and feta cheese.
  • My best advise to students is ... question everything your professors tell you about critical thinking.
  • When I first came to Grand Rapids, I was surprised by ... (1) how good the ethnic foods were; (2) how far away the UP is; (3) how many native Michiganders (Michiganians?) own cabins up north; and (4) lack of Mr. Hero sandwich shops (and way too many Big Boys).



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