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  • Edward J. Freel (retired), Policy Scientist, Institute for Public Administration

    Policy Scientist, Institute for Public Administration
    Instructor, School of Public Policy and Administration
    University of Delaware


    ​Freel managed The Democracy Project and taught applied politics and policy, focusing on civic education, political managment, leadership and public finance.


    MEd, University of Delaware 1975, College Counseling

    MA, University of Delaware 1973, Political Science 

    BA,  Gannon College (Erie, Pa.) 1969, Political Science


    2011–2019 Policy Scientist, Manager of The Democracy Project,  Institute for Public Administration; Instructor, School of Public Policy & Administration, University of Delaware Senior Adviser to U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-Del), Wilmington, Del.

    2001–2010 Policy Scientist, Manager of The Democracy Project,  Institute for Public Administration; Instructor, School of Urban Affairs & Public Policy, University of DelawareSenior Adviser to U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper (D-Del), Wilmington, Del.

    1994–2001 Secretary of State, State of Delaware

    1993–1994 Chief of Staff, Office of Governor Thomas R. Carper, State of Delaware

    1992 Political Director, Carper for Governor Committee, Chair of the Carper Transition

    1983–1991 Chief of Staff, Office of Congressman Thomas R. Carper

    1981–1982 Private Consultant, Alliance to Save Energy , Syracuse Energy Research Centeras well as a number of state governments

    1979–1981 First Director of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP),  Community Services Administration and the Social Security Administration

    1977–1979 Deputy Director, Delaware State Office of Economic Opportunity

    1975–1976 Special Assistant to the Delaware State Secretary for Community Affairs and Economic Development

    1976 Field Staff, Democratic National Committee during the Carter-Mondale Campaign

    Professional Affiliations

    American Society for Public Administration

    Delaware Association for Public Administration

    National Association of Secretaries of State (emeritus)

    Courses Taught

    Economics & Civics for Elementary Teacher

    Contemporary Issues in Public Administration

    Democracy Project Seminar

    Budgeting Policy: Politics and Practice

    Practical Campaign Leadership (affiliated faculty with the Center for Political Communication)

    Public Finance Policy

    UAPP 410-Politics and the Delivery of Public Policy

    UAPP 433-D.C. Winter Session Fellows Program

    UAPP 300-SPPA Field Experience

    Research Interests and Awards

    Research Interests

    Civic education, Political management, Leadership and public finance, Service learning, Organizational management, Strategic planning, Effective communications, State and local government, Intergovernmental relations and coordination, Education, Early childhood education


    ​Bayard Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to the Delaware Democratic Party (2006)

    Delaware Maritime Society Outstanding Achievement Award (2000)

    Delaware Library Association Distinguished Service Citation (2000)

    Delaware Order of the First State presented by the Governor (2000)

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters Frederick Hill Award of Excellence (1999)

    Gannon University Outstanding Alumnus Award (1995)

    Special Achievement Award, Federal Department of Health & Human Services (1981)



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