RaJade M Berry-James PhD

Associate Professor

  • Email: rmberryj@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-515-5027
  • Address:
    Caldwell Hall 207, Box 8102
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695
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Biography

 

Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James is an associate professor of public administration in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at NC State University. She is also a higher consultant, specializing in assessment and accreditation.

Dr. Berry-James' research and teaching focus on social equity, program evaluation, and research methods. Her recent book, Why Research Methods Matter: Essential Skills in Decision Making (2018), focuses on real-world policymaking and evaluation. She has been published in a variety of books and journals including the Review of Public Personnel Administration, Journal of Black Political Research, Public Performance and Management Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management, and Journal of Public Management and Social Policy.  Berry-James has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Public Administration Education (J-PAE), Journal of Public Management & Social Policy (PMSP) as well as the journal of Public Performance and Management Review (PPMR). At NC State, Berry-James teaches the award-winning MPA Capstone, Social Equity, Cultural Competence in the Public Sector, Survey Research and Program Evaluation. Dr. Berry-James currently serves on the NC State Faculty Senate, Faculty Senate Executive Committee and co-chairs the Faculty Senate Academic & Policy Subcommittee.

Among Berry-James' accomplishments over the years, she currently serves on the NASPAA Executive Council, has served as a two-time chair of the Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) during 2012-14; past co-chair of NAPA's 12th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference in 2013. From 2010 thru 2013, Berry-James was Director of Graduate Programs at NC State.  Prior to joining NC State, she held faculty positions at the University of Akron (2000-2010) and MPA Coordinator at Georgia College and State University (1999-2000).  Berry-James previous held administrative positions as Assistant to the Dean in the School of Liberal Arts (1993-1999) and Assistant/Associate Director of Institutional Research (1987-1993) at Kean University.

Since joining SPIA, Dr. Berry-James has received the NC State Outstanding Engagement Award (2019), Rutgers University - Newark Alumni Spotlight (2018), NASPAA Social Justice Curriculum Award (2017), ASPA Presidential Merit Citation (2017), COMPA National Public Service Award (2016), NC State Chancellor's Creating Community Award for Outstanding Faculty (2013), NASPAA Diversity Award (2013), and COMPA Sylvester Murray Distinguished Mentor Award (2011).

Dr. Berry-James earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Rutgers University (Newark), with a specialization in productive public management (1999).  She also holds the MPA from Kean University (1993), a BS in Business Administration from Rider University (1987) and a Certified Public Manager (CPM) from the State of New Jersey/Rutgers University (1991).

Projects

RESEARCH AND ENGAGEMENT                

Berry-James, R. M. (2019).  Evaluation of the Coalition of NC Farm to School NC Awards Initiative. Center for Environmental Systems, Raleigh, NC.

Berry-James, R. M. (May 2019). Annual Evaluation of the North Carolina Farm to Early Childcare and Education Evaluation Report: Year 2. W. K. Kellogg Foundation/Center for Environmental Systems, Raleigh, NC.

Berry-James, R. M. (w/S. Ikard and W. Decker). (May 2018). Annual Evaluation of the North Carolina Farm to Early Childcare and Education Evaluation Report. W. K. Kellogg Foundation/Center for Environmental Systems, Raleigh, NC, 68 pgs.

T. Thraves, C. Stover, S. Ammons, B.Ukah, L. Discoll, K. Rainwater and R. M. Berry-James. Poster. Racial Equity in Farm to School and Farm to Early Care Education. National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, April 25-27, 2018. Cincinnati, OH: April 25-27, 2018.

Berry-James, R. M. (Spring 2016). Genetic Engineering and Society: Cultural Attitudes toward Genetically Modified (GM) Foods. Center Resident Fellow Summary Report, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Jameson, J. K., R. M. Berry-James, J. Coggburn and D. Daley. (August 2012). North Carolina Office of State Personnel Statewide Mediation & Grievance Programs Cost/Benefit Analysis.  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  Last accessed on 4/17/2019, available at https://ncoshr.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/Mediation%20and%20Grievance%20Programs%20Cost%20Benefit%20Analysis%20%208_%202012.pdf

Berry-James, R. M.  (July 2012). Community Needs Assessment for a Certificate in Cultural Competence.  NC State University, Last accessed on 12/12/2017, available at  https://oied.ncsu.edu/oied/diversity/mini-grants/Cultural_Competence_Community_Needs_Assessment_Mini-Grant_Final_Report.pdf.

Funded Research

Berry-James, R. M. and T. Thraves (Principal Investigator).  ABCs (Accessing Best Criteria) in Farm to ECE/School: Impacts in Access, Environment & Policy.  Course Buyout, Spring 2019. Project period: December 2018 – May 2019: $10,225 (570806-02701)

Creamer, N. G. (Principal Investigator) with Co-Investigators (Stover, C. M., Lelakacs, J. M., Thraves, T. E., Bloom, J. D., Ammons, S., Dunning, R. D., and Berry-James., R. M.).  Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  Supplemental Grant with W. K. Kellogg Foundation for the North Carolina Farm to Childcare: State Level Change in North Carolina as a Model for the Nation. Project period: September 2018 – August 2020: $675,000 (PINS 87849)

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator). Center for Environmental Farming Systems, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  Funded by W. K. Kellogg Foundation for the North Carolina Farm to Early Care and Education (F2ECE) Initiative. Evaluation project period: February 2017 – May 31, 2018: $60,000

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  Instructional grant from North Carolina State University Office of Faculty Development to examine student learning outcomes in cultural competence. AY 2016-17: $1,250.

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  External funding for Graduate Industrial Traineeship for Melanie L. Riester, SAS Institute, Inc. 8/16/2016 – 5/15/2017: $31,352 (PINS 75677)

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  External funding to support Assessing Performance Information Use in Nonprofit Contexts (Claire Fitzgerald), SAS Institute, Inc.  12/21/2015-5/31/2016: $1,515. (PINS 68834)

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator). Seed grant from North Carolina State University Center for Genetic Engineering & Society to conduct a pilot study to explore risk perceptions and cultural attitudes toward genetic engineering among underrepresented faith-based communities in North Carolina. 2014-15: $20,000

Berry-James, R. M. Institutional funding from North Carolina State University from The Graduate School and matched by the Office of the CHASS Dean to support graduate student recruitment in the Department of Public Administration.  AY 2012-13: $1,850.

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  Institutional funding on a DELTA grant to create a virtual learning lab (DIVERSELab) to train and develop graduate students on primary and secondary issues of diversity and principles of leadership.  North Carolina State University, DELTA.  AY 2012-13: $8,000.

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  Institutional funding on a mini-grant to support a Community Needs Assessment for a Certificate in Cultural Competence.  Grant dollars used for graduate student support.  North Carolina State University, Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity.  January 2012 – June 2012: $3,000.

Berry-James, R. M. Institutional funding from North Carolina State University from The Graduate School and matched by the Office of the CHASS Dean to support graduate student recruitment in the Department of Public Administration.  AY 2011-12: $3,750.

Extension and Community Engagement

Evaluator, North Carolina Farm to Early Care & Education Initiative

Evaluator, Coalition of NC Farm to School Awards Initiative

NASPAA Executive Council (2017-2020), Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation Chair (2012-14), Accreditation Site Visitor Chair (2015-2019)

ASPA Conference Co-chair (2017), Founders' Fellow Committee (2016), Nominating Committee (2016)

Raleigh-Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness, Board Member 2013-2015.

Co-chair (with Dr. Tracey Ray).  NAPA’s Social Equity Leadership Conference, Globally Engaged, Locally Responsible.  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, June 5 -7, 2013.

North Carolina Department of Public Safety, formerly Department of Correction, Human Subjects Review Committee, Community Reviewer (2011-2

 

Publications

Book & Chapters

Gooden, S. & R. M. Berry-James. (May 2018). Why Research Methods Matters: Essential Skills for Decision Making. Leigh, Irvine, CA: Melvin & Leigh.  ISBN 978-0-99923593-5

Jameson, J. K., R. M. Berry-James, D. M. Daley,  & J. C. Coggburn.  (2017).  Effectiveness of Mediation in the State Agency Grievance Process in The Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research and Practice.  New York, NY:Routledge/Taylor & Francis, pp.164-169. ISBN 987-1-138-12421-9

Ortega-Liston, R. and R. M. Berry-James. (November 2015). Tasa de universitarios graduados y su relación con la ausencia de administradores hispanos de alto nivel en los estados fronterizos de Arizona, California y Texas. Donald Klingner y Roberto Moreno Espinosa, reds. La Tormenta Perfecta: El tráfico en las drogas ilegales en la zona fronteriza Mexico - Estados Unidos y las administraciones publicas. Tlalpan, Mexico: IAPAS, pp. 226-251  ISBN: 978-607-96906-1-8

Ortega-Liston, R. and R. M. Berry-James.  (March 2014).  Critically Low Hispanic College Graduation Rates and Under-Representation in Public Administration in Using the “Narcotrafico” Threat to Build Public Administration Capacity between the US and Mexico.  Eds Roberto Moreno and Donald Klingner.  Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis, pp. 119 - 141. 

Berry-James, R. M. (September 2012).  Private Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry.  Eds. John C. Morris and Byron E. Price.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, pp. 199-222.

Berry-James, R. M. (February 2012).  Cultural Competency in Health Care: Standards, Practices and Measures in Cultural Competency for Public Administrators.  Eds. Kristen Norman-Major and Susan T. Gooden.  NY, NY: M. E. Sharpe, pp. 181-196.­­

Berry-James, R. M. (2010).  Managing Diversity:  Moving Beyond Organizational Conflict in Diversity and Public Administration, 2nd Edition.  Ed. Mitchell F. Rice.  NY, NY: M. E. Sharpe, pp. 61-80.

 

Peer-reviewed Articles

Coggburn, J., D. M. Daley, J. K. Jameson, R. M. Berry-James. (2018).  Assessing the Six-Factor Model of Organizational Justice in the Context of Workplace Mediation.  Review of Personnel Administration.  Available at https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0734371X18816758

Ortega, R., B. L. H. Marina, L. B. Darwich, E. Rho, E., I. Rodriquez-Soto,  and R. M. Berry-James. (2013). "The Voices and Choices of Women in the Academy." Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Global Achievement Gap. Book 9.  http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/jiasgag/9

Ortega, R., G. Plagens, P. Stephens, and R. M. Berry-James.  (March 2012). Mexican American Public Sector Professionals: Perceptions of Affirmative Action Policies and Workplace Discrimination.   Review of Public Personnel Administration32(1), pp. 24-44.

Berry-James, R. M. (2011).  The Face of America: Promises, Directions and Challenges.  In American Government, available at http://americangovernment2.abc-clio.com/.

Brown, S. L. and R. M. Berry-James. (Fall 2008).  Riots and Rebirth: The Role of Policy Sciences in Addressing Disparities in Healthcare.  Endarch: Journal of Black Political Research: Vol. 2008: Iss. 3, Article 3, available at http://digitalcommons.auctr.edu/enda/vol2008/iss3/3

Berry, R.  M.   (December 2005).  Comments on the Case Study - The Problem of Phase IV: A Case Study Analysis of Building a Society in Northern Iraq.  Public Performance and Management Review, 29 (2), pp. 246-248. 

Berry, R. M. (February 2005). Web Based Survey Research: Lessons from the University of Akron Study.  International Journal of Public Administration, 28, pp. 1-16. 

Berry, R. M.  (2005). An Office Romance, in D. Olshfski, K. Callahan, and E. Schwella, eds., Global Public Management: Cases and Comments.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 48-51.  

Berry, R. M. & R. Ortega-Liston.  (2004). Teaching International Students Using WebCT Technology:  Are there differences between U.S. and foreign-born graduate students?  The International Journal of the Humanities, 2 (2), pp. 1035-1050.

Berry, R. M. (Summer 2004). Affirmation Action in Higher Education: The Costs and Benefits. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management,  16 (2), pp. 257-276.

Deason-Howell, L. and R. M. Berry. (September 2002).  Citizen’s Abuse and Misuse of the City of Akron’s Emergency and Non-Emergency Phones Lines.  Journal of the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, 9, pp. 85-96.

Berry, R. M. and L. Deason-Howell.  (Winter 2001).  Implementing Affirmative Action in Higher Education: The Effect of Race and Institutional Factors on Program Efficacy.  Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, 7(2), pp. 1-13.

Berry, R. M.  (June 2000). Ellen’s Dilemma: A Case Study.  Public Productivity & Management Review, 23 (4), pp. 495-498.

Sanchez, J. E., F. Marder, R. Berry, and H. Ross. (Winter 1992). Dropping Out: Hispanic Students, Attrition, and the FamilyCollege & University, 67 (2), pp. 145-150.

 

 

Other Publications

Berry-James, R. M. (November 2007).  Pay It Forward … Career Advice from an ASPA Member.  PA Times, 30(11), p. 21.

Berry-James, R. M. (2007).  Teaching Research Methods for the Public Sector:­­­­ New Approaches in the DisciplineBook Review of Applied Statistics for Public Policy.   Public Administration Quarterly, 31(1), pp. 121-124. 

Berry, R. M. (February 2000).  The Reality of Implementing Affirmative Action.  PA Times, 23(2), p. 2.

Berry, R. M. (1999). Implementing affirmative action: The critical role of affirmative action officers in higher education. Dissertation Abstracts International, 60-65, 1758A.

Responsibilities

RESEARCH, TEACHING, SERVICE, AND ENGAGEMENT 

(Selected evaluation projects below):            

Berry-James, R. M. (2019).  Evaluation of the Coalition of NC Farm to School NC Awards Initiative. Center for Environmental Systems, Raleigh, NC.

Berry-James, R. M. (May 2019). Annual Evaluation of the North Carolina Farm to Early Childcare and Education Evaluation Report: Year 2. W. K. Kellogg Foundation/Center for Environmental Systems, Raleigh, NC.

Berry-James, R. M. (w/S. Ikard and W. Decker). (May 2018). Annual Evaluation of the North Carolina Farm to Early Childcare and Education Evaluation Report. W. K. Kellogg Foundation/Center for Environmental Systems, Raleigh, NC, 68 pgs.

Berry-James, R. M. (Spring 2016). Genetic Engineering and Society: Cultural Attitudes toward Genetically Modified (GM) Foods. Center Resident Fellow Summary Report, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.

Jameson, J. K., R. M. Berry-James, J. Coggburn and D. Daley. (August 2012). North Carolina Office of State Personnel Statewide Mediation & Grievance Programs Cost/Benefit Analysis.  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  Last accessed on 4/17/2019, available at https://ncoshr.s3.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/Mediation%20and%20Grievance%20Programs%20Cost%20Benefit%20Analysis%20%208_%202012.pdf

Berry-James, R. M.  (July 2012). Community Needs Assessment for a Certificate in Cultural Competence.  NC State University, Last accessed on 12/12/2017, available at  https://oied.ncsu.edu/oied/diversity/mini-grants/Cultural_Competence_Community_Needs_Assessment_Mini-Grant_Final_Report.pdf.

 

Education

  • PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers University - Newark, 1999
  • MPA in Public Administration from Kean University, 1993
  • BS in Business Administration from Rider University, 1987