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Celeste Murphy Greene

Associate Professor
Unit: School of Continuing and Professional Studies
Department: SCPS - CP-Instr-Northern Virginia
Office location and address
Northern Virginia Center
Richmond, Virginia 23218
M.P.A., George Washington University
Ph.D., Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University

Celeste Greene is assistant professor and program director for the graduate certificates in Public Administration, Leadership, and Project Management. Greene has over 20 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to joining the faculty at SCPS in 2008, she taught as an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and San Diego State University. Prior to her academic appointments, Greene worked as a legislative aide for former Congressman Leon Panetta and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her research focuses on environmental policy, local government financial management, and quality of life issues. Greeneā€™s work has appeared in Public Administration Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Review of Policy Research and Journal of Business and Public Affairs. She holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

NCBM 407: Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Review Prep for PMP Exam
Provides an in-depth review of the Project Management Institute's Required Body of Knowledge to successfully prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. The major function of the PMP credentialing program is to ensure competence and professionalism in the field of project management.
PSPA 5000: Intro to Public Administration
Credits: 3
Provides students with an overview of the theory and practice of public administration. Covers topics such as the historical development of public administration, public organizational dynamics, public personnel administration, public budgeting, public policy, and ethics. Applies analytical skills using case studies focusing on current issues.
PSPA 5010: Public Policy Analysis
Credits: 3
Introduces tools and concepts in performing policy analysis. Focuses on critical thinking skills to synthesize and evaluate theoretical models and policy alternatives. Covers environmental policy, healthcare, welfare, terrorism, immigration, and foreign policy. Links between federal, state, and local public policy and public administration.
PSPA 5020: Public Organization Management
Credits: 3
Familiarizes students with public organization management literature. Covers historically important works in the field, major current schools of thought, and writers in organization theory and behavior. Examines different ways to view organizations.
PSPM 5030: Introduction to Project Management
Credits: 3
Introduces students to the various aspects of the project life cycle and project management. Explores best practices and the application of these best practices for project success.
PSPA 5030: Public Budgeting and Financial Management
Credits: 3
Exposes students to the theoretical foundations and applied practices of public budgeting and financial management of public organizations. Focuses on the issues of budgeting and finance in a broad sense and specifically as it pertains to public administration.
PSPA 5040: Ethics
Credits: 3
Introduces and explores the philosophical and practical issues related to ethical decision making. Emphasizes the analysis of ethical problems and the development of analytical skills and values. Incorporates case studies, journal articles, current events, and debates as practical examples of ethical issues.
PSPA 5050: Environmental Policies and Practices
Credits: 3
Provides an overview of current environmental policies and practices at the federal, state, and local levels as well as global environmental issues. Covers such topics as environmental justice, sustainable development, resiliency; environmental risk, economic environmental issues; and the distributed effects of environmental pollution aross ethnic, racial, income and occupational groups.
PSPM 5200: Project Schedule, Cost, and Budget Control
Credits: 3
Introduces students to a variety of project scheduling and cost control techniques that are vital for a project to meet its schedule and cost goals and objectives. Concentrates on the variety of scheduling techniques (Gantt Chart, Critical Path Method, and Program Evaluation Review Technique) that can be used to guide and monitor project performance. Activities that are critical in preparing a realistic schedule are explored, discussed, and practiced. Students are then introduced to a variety of budgeting, cost estimating, and cost control techniques.
PSPM 5210: Project Risk Management
Credits: 3
Introduces students to various concepts and techniques that can be used to effectively manage project risks including cost, schedule, technical, quality, managerial and organizational.
PSPM 5230: Project Management: Leadership and Managing the Project Team
Credits: 3
Analyzes the difference between leadership and management in the project management environment. Evaluates the role of the project manager as team leader, and reviews the application of various leadership and management techniques to project management.
PSPM 5240: Introduction to Purchasing for Project Managers
Credits: 3
Explores the important role that contracting and purchasing play in the project environment, especially in light of meeting or exceeding goals.
PSPM 5280: Topics in Project Management
Credits: 3
Explores contemporary issues in project management.
PSPM 5290: Principles and Practices of Agile Project Management
Credits: 3
Introduce Agile Project Management as an iterative and incremental method of managing the project design and build activities for engineering, information technology, and new product or service development projects in a highly flexible and interactive manner. Provides thorough exposure to agile and lean methods, and explores differences between these methods and traditional techniques.
PSLP 5300: Foundations of Leadership
Credits: 3
Introduces students to various styles and theories of leadership. Through self-assessment and guided inquiry, students examine and create their own unique style of leadership. Students will develop approaches to adapt and modify leadership styles to various situations and individual personalities to influence organizational outcomes.
PSLP 5310: Strategic Leadership
Credits: 3
Focuses on strategic planning and foresight. Uses case studies to explore the challenging role of leaders in different organizational settings and how leaders can strategize for successful outcomes
PSLP 5320: Organizational Leadership
Credits: 3
Focuses on the challenging role of leaders in today's complex organizations. Identifies ways to adapt the organizational structures, policies, and management workforce to enhance competitive advantage. Topics include change management, organizational dynamics, and crisis management. Upon completion of the course students will be able to assess risk, perform root cause analysis, and employ effective decision-making processes.
PSLP 5330: Communication and Team Development
Credits: 3
Prepares today's leaders for success in communication skills with diverse audiences as well as effective team building and management. Communication topics address technical and non-technical audiences using presentations, interpersonal skills, and writing skills. Team development instruction focuses on managing teams, identifying and understanding the leadership role, the importance of shared leadership, and team decision making.
PSLP 5340: Financial Management for Leaders
Credits: 3
Examines how value is measured, created, and maximized. Beginning with an introduction to accounting, instruction covers the fundamentals of measuring and reporting revenue, costs, cash flow, assets, liabilities, and equity. Explores the financial decisions that management must make, including break-even analysis, budgeting, investment in assets, and funding with debt equity.