Masami Nishishiba

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Public Administration
Associate Director of the Center for Public Service

Mark O. Hatfield School of Government
Portland State University

Work Phone: 1(503)­ 725-5151

Masami Nishishiba has taught graduate courses in organizational theory, organizational behavior, research methods, statistics, diversity in the workplace, and intercultural communication. She has been engaged in wide range of community-based research. Her current research includes: cultural assessment for the Bureau of Fire and Rescue and Bureau of Human Resources for the City of Portland; evaluation of the Center for Equity and Inclusion; exploration of public service motivation of local government administrators.  
Dr. Nishishiba has scholarly publications such as Japanese/English bilingual book, “Project management toolkit: A strategic approach to new local governance” by Gyosei, “Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators: A Practical Guide” by Sage and “Culturally mindful communication: Essential skills for public and nonprofit professionals by Routledge. Her journal articles appeared in State and Local Government Review, Journal of College and Character, Journal of Public Affairs Education and others. 

Masami is currently a board member of the Japan-America Society of Oregon, and the Festina Lente, America. She is a member of Portland State University’s Diversity Action Council, President’s Taskforce on Asian American/Asian/ Pacific Islander Student Success and Faculty Senate. She is an associate member of the Institute for Asian Studies and works with the Center for Japanese Studies. 

Masami is also a trained Japanese-English conference interpreter. She has interpreted for President Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates (Microsoft), Phil Knight (Nike) and many others. 

Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy, from Portland State University

Other related research work, publication, websites, and links

  • Local Government Diversity Initiatives in Oregon: An Exploratory Study. 
  • Looking back on the founding: Civic engagement traditions in the United States. 
  • Capacity Building for the Common Good: PSU's Interdisciplinary Minor in Civic Leadership. 
  • Keep Portland Weird: Retaining the commission form of government. 
  • Project Management Toolkit: A strategic approach to new local governance ChihouGyourseiwoKaeru 'Project Management Toolkit': JichitaiShokuin no Tameno Shin-Shigotojutus.
  • Explicating factors that foster civic engagement among students.