Tennessee State University
Dept. of Public Administration
330 10th Avenue N Box 140
Nashville TN 37203-3401
PhD in Public Administration, Univ. of Kentucky
MPA, Univ. of Kentucky
MS, Biology, Penn State
BS, Biology, French minor, Penn State
office - TSU Avon Williams Campus 4th Flr. Suite F Room 403
Courses Frequently Taught
PADM 6230 Public Budgeting & Finance (MPA) (hybrid) | blog
PADM 6190 Financial Management for Health and Nonprofit Organizations (MPA, Health and Nonprofit Graduate Certificates) (hybrid) | blog
PADM 6150 Information Technology & the Public Sector (online) | blog
PADM 7230 Seminar in Public Budgeting & Finance (PhD) (on ground) | blog
Meg Streams joined the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs as Assistant Professor in Public Administration 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. She currently has a grant with 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 a Spencer Foundation Grant (2009 - 2011; PI Eugenia Toma; co-PI's Josh Cowen and J.S. Butler, all of University of Kentucky), Teacher Careers in Rural Schools, which involves 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.
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, and currently serves on the Executive Council of the Tennessee (Nashville) Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration as Past President (2013-2014). A native of Pennsylvania, she resides in East Nashville with her husband, John Niedzwiecki, an associate professor of biology at Belmont University.