Skip to content Skip to navigation

Dr. Stephen Percy (Ex-Officio)

Dean, College of Urban & Public Affairs, Portland State University

Dr. Percy previously served as the Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore from 2011-2014. While at the University of Baltimore he championed efforts to expand community-university partnerships focused on experiential learning for students, community revitalization, combating structural racism, and building capacity within faith-based communities to pursue community building strategies. In his prior position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee—where he served as Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Urban Initiatives and Research, and Acting Dean of the new School of Public Health—he was actively involved in university-wide initiatives to promote university-community engagement. His work in community engagement—pursued through the Milwaukee Idea Initiative—is outlined in two books:A Time for Boldness: A Story of Institutional Change;andCreating a New Kind of University: Institutionalizing Community-University Engagement. His research interests include public policy and policy implementation, urban politics, disability rights policy, and university-community engagement.

  • Field Notes

    Leveraging University / Community Engagement

    In Summer 2015, Portland State University's Dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs (and Kitchen Table Democracy Board member) Dr. Stephen Percy sat down to talk with Metroscape, a publication from PSU's Institute for Metropolitan Studies, about how the university is a "collaborative open space".

    Read More