Meg Streams, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Graduate Programs Coordinator
Department of Public Administration
mailing address | TSU Dept. of Public Administration
330 10th Avenue N, Mail Stop 140
Nashville TN 37203-3401
- PADM 6230 Public Budgeting & Finance (MPA) (hybrid)
- PADM 6190 Financial Management for Health and Nonprofit Organizations (MPA, Healthcare and Nonprofit Graduate Certificates) (hybrid)
- PADM 6150 Information Technology & the Public Sector (online)
- PADM 7230 Seminar in Public Budgeting & Finance (PhD)
- Streams, ME. Invited presentation to State of Tennessee Executive Branch Legislative Liaisons. 2015, August 20. "A bird's eye view of public finance"
- Streams, ME & Frederick, A. [TSU MPA alumnus] (2015, August 18). "Anxieties of Federalism and Common Core: standardization across borders." PA Times Online, publication of the American Society for Public Administration.
- Streams, ME, Ghosh, S. Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Affairs, Nashville TN. June 11, 2015. Invited presentation on grant project results. "Sustainable competitiveness for Tennessee counties: A collaboration between TACIR and TSU." See also commentary on talk and project by David Connor, Exec. Director of Tennessee County Services Association (p. 2, May/June 2015 issue of Tennessee County News)
- Streams, ME. Invited presentation. Kentucky Economics Association annual conference, Frankfort, KY. "When economists talk [education], people listen..." as part of panel "Economics of education issues in Kentucky and beyond."
- Martin, M [TSU PhD student], Streams, ME. 2015. "Punctuated Equilibrium Theory: an empirical investigation of its relevance for global health expenditure." Public Budgeting & Finance, 35(1): 73-94. (published online March 2015).
- Fowles, J, Butler, J S, Cowen, J, Streams, ME, & Toma, E. 2014. "Public employee quality in a geographic context: a study of rural teachers." American Review of Public Administration, 44(5): 503-521. (published online January 2013)
- Cowen, J, Butler, JS, Fowles, J, Streams, ME, and Toma, EF. 2012. "Teacher retention and education reform in Appalachian schools: evidence from Kentucky." Economics of Education Review, 31(4): 431-441.
- Kukla-Acevedo, S, Streams, ME, and Toma, EF. 2012. “Can a single performance metric do it all? A case study in education accountability.” American Review of Public Administration, 42(3): 303-319.
- Streams, ME, Butler, JS, Cowen, J, Fowles, J and Toma, EF. 2011. “School finance reform: do equalized expenditures imply equalized teacher salaries?” Education Finance and Policy, 6(4), 508–536.
- Streams, ME, Ghosh, S, Roberts, J [TSU PhD student]. Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, Charleston, SC. October 2015. Paper. "Cooperate or go it alone? Influence of community assets on local policymakers' attitudes towards interjurisdictional collaboration."
- Martin, M [TSU PhD student], Streams, ME. Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, Charleston, SC. October 2015. Paper. "The evolving market for external funding for global health: Organizational field composition and funding dominance."
- Streams, ME, Walker, TJ [TSU MPA student]. Social Equity Leadership Conference of the Standing Panel on Social Equity at the National Academy of Public Administration. Annual Conference, Nashville, TN. June 3, 2015. "The 'market' for schooling in Tennessee."
- Gavilo-Lane, L [TSU PhD alumna], Streams, ME. Association for Budgeting and Financial Management, Grand Rapids, MI. October 2014. "States' EITC outreach response to Federal incentives: impact on EITC filings and revenues."
- Streams, ME, Roberts, J [TSU PhD student], Ghosh, S. Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, Atlanta, GA. September 2014. "What does success look like, and how do we get there from here? Tennessee city and county officials' assessment of indicators and determinants of local jurisdiction competitiveness."
- PhD in Public Administration, University of Kentucky
- MPA, University of Kentucky
- MS, Biology, Pennsylvania State University
Meg Streams joined the College of Public Service in August, 2008. She is a 2007 graduate of the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. Her area of interest is public finance and budgeting, in particular intergovernmental and fiscal federalism questions, with a policy interest in education. Dr. Streams' dissertation focused on issues arising from the joint public finance of K-12 and postsecondary education. Recent funded research includes a grant with co-PI Dr. Soumen Ghosh (Economics and Finance, TSU) supported by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, Analyzing factors underlying sustainable competitiveness of Tennessee counties and cities. Dr. Streams also served as a co-principal investigator on the Spencer Foundation grant Teacher Careers in Rural Schools (2009 - 2011) with colleagues at the University of Kentucky and University of Kansas. That project involved analysis of a large, novel administrative dataset for the Kentucky's public school system over a twenty-five year period. Key aspects addressed in this project include the impact of education reform on teacher compensation patterns; rural vs. urban teacher mobility among schools and districts; and rural teacher career trajectories. Dr. Streams has also consulted for the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority in the area of workforce engagement and data analysis. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration, Education Finance & Policy, Economics of Education Review, Qualitative Health Research, and Marine Biology. She has served as a reviewer for Public Personnel Management, Public Budgeting & Finance, American Review of Public Administration, and Atlantic Economic Journal among others.
Prior to her studies at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Streams received a B.S. and M.S. in biology from Penn State. She has experience teaching undergraduates and graduate students at a range of institutions from her alma maters Penn State and UK to Swarthmore College. At TSU, she teaches in the areas of public budgeting and finance, public policy analysis, and nonprofit management. Dr. Streams' professional experience is in higher education administration and budgeting. She consults in the areas of survey development and administration, as well as data management and analysis for decision-making. She is past president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. A native of Pennsylvania, she resides in East Nashville with her husband, John Niedzwiecki, an associate professor of biology at Belmont University.
- TN-ASPA Chapter
- Association for Budgeting and Financial Management
- Association for Education Finance and Policy
College of Public Service and Urban Affairs