Mark Hoffman

Mark Hoffman

Mark Hoffman (aka M. Curtis Hoffman) is an Associate Professor of Public Administration
286C DeVos Center

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.


  • 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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