|Dr. Lawrence F. Keller received a Ph. D. in Public Administration from the American University and a J. D. from Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, he specialized in Administrative Law, studying under one of the authors of the federal Administrative Procedures Act. Dr. Keller formally retired in 2008 but continues to teach and work with doctoral students at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. He joined the College in June, 1982. His instruction is focused primarily in the areas of City Management, Public Administration and Organizational Theory. Prior to his position at Cleveland State University, Dr. Keller taught at Fisk University, University of Kansas and the University of Colorado at Denver.
He has published numerous articles, monographs and book chapters on Public Administration Theory/Practice, the origins and founding of American Public Administration, the nature of a profession, the political dynamics of cities and a variety of Public Affairs topics. His primary research focus is on the nexus of Public Administration, Politics and the Law at the local level. In this context he has examined how the various forms of government - Council-Mayor and Council-Manager - govern the modern metropolis.
In several full-time and part-time positions in the Federal government, Dr. Keller went from a GS-2 with the Cincinnati District Office of the IRS to a GS-13 with the Bureau of Land Management in the Department of the Interior. He supervised an unsuccessful project on public housing while working with the Office of Budget and Management with the government of the District of Columbia. In the last position he was an American Political Science Fellow.
In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. Keller works with a variety of local government bodies. He has worked with professional associations, such as the Colorado City Management Association and the Ohio City Management Association. He has worked, and still works with, City Councils, Charter Commissions and Charter Review Commissions. His work with charter Commissions and Councils includes staffing as well as designing the procedures. He also served on the 2004 Lakewood, Ohio, Charter Review Commission and was its Secretary as well as serve as Staff Director for the 2014 Lakewood Charter Review.
Dr. Keller believes the modern city needs both effective public officials and active citizens. Thus, he has worked with numerous citizen and community groups, helping them to understand the governing systems of modern life and improving the effectiveness of their interactions with government. In all of his work, Dr. Keller strives to increase the professionalism of government and the quality of life for all citizens. In recognition of his work in local government Dr. Keller was awarded a career academic award from the International City Management Association (ICMA) in 2006.