PhD, Northern Illinois University, 1996
MPA, General Administration, Northern Michigan University, 1992
Bachelor of Civil Engineering-Transportation, University of Minnesota, 1990
Dr. Ihrke chairs the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration and is the Executive Director of the Helen Bader Insitute for Nonprofit Management. After receiving a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, he worked as an engineering technician before pursuing an MPA degree at Northern Michigan University (NMU). Professor Ihrke also worked in municipal government in Michigan for two years. At Northern Illinois University, his doctoral studies focused on public administration, public policy, and urban studies.
Professor Ihrke has written on American bureaucratic institutions and politics, with special emphasis on public employee attitudes and behaviors. He also has written on various local government issues including city council/administrator relations and managerial innovation. He has published articles in journals such as Public Personnel Management, Public Administration Quarterly, Public Productivity and Management Review, and the Journal of Management History. Future research will more fully explore the nature of urban communities.
Dr. Ihrke teaches undergraduate courses in urban politics, public policy, public administration, and American Government. He also teaches graduate courses on organization theory and public personnel administration in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program as well as courses on bureaucracy, and urban public policy and social institutions in the Urban Studies Programs.