Mary Guy, PhD

Distinguished Professor


Email Address:

Primary Phone: 303-315-2007

Office Hours: By appointment




Mary E. Guy teaches courses on public administration, public management, organizational behavior, and human resource management. She has written widely about emotional labor in public service, especially in regard to emotionally intense work demands. She also writes about social equity, workforce diversity, and the difference that gender makes in policy development and implementation. She is a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration, Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and past President of the American Society for Public Administration. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her research, leadership, and mentoring. Prior to joining the School of Public Affairs, she held the Jerry Collins Eminent Scholar Chair at the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University and before that, she served as department head at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Areas of Expertise

Public administration, with an emphasis on the human processes involved in public service delivery; emotional labor; social equity; the difference that gender makes.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science
University of South Carolina

Master of Arts in Psychology
University of South Carolina

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling
University of Florida

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Jacksonville University


  • 2023 Keith G. Provan Award, Public and Nonprofit Division, Academy of Management
  • 2022 Nesta Gallas Award for Exemplary Professionalism in Public Service, American Society for Public Administration
  • 2021 Award for Excellence in Public Administration Education, a joint award by Journal of Public Affairs Education and Teaching Public Administration
  • 2020 Paul van Riper Award, American Society for Public Administration
  • 2018 Dwight Waldo Award, American Society for Public Administration
  • 2012 ASPA/NASPAA Distinguished Research Award
  • 2009 Delivered Donald Stone Lecture, American Society for Public Administration
  • 1998 Elected as Fellow of National Academy of Public Administration

Curriculum Vitae


School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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