Phyllis Irene Behrens

Professional Biography

 Current Position

  • 2014-present, Freelancer

Academic Positions

  • 2008-2014, Assistant Professor, Midwestern State University
  • 2007-2010, Adjunct onLine Instructor, Upper Iowa University
  • 2007-2008, Instructor-Public Administration, Valdosta State University
  • 1996-2006, Graduate Research Assistant & Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Arlington


University of Texas at Arlington, Ph.D., 2006, Urban and Public Administration

Texas Tech University, Master of Public Administration, 1996, Community & Economic Development track

Midwestern State University, Bachelor of Arts cum laude, 1978, Psychology major, Sociology & Journalism minors

Conference Participation

Poster presentation at September 2011 Texas Society of Allied Health Professions meeting, Communications Instrument developed by MSU Interdisciplinary Committee.

Poster presentation at Spring 2011 MSU Student and Faculty Research Forum, Communications Instrument developed by MSU Interdisciplinary Committee.

Behrens, Phyllis I., Native American Social Issues II, Individual Presentation, Eighth Annual Native American Symposium and Film Festival, Durant, OK, November, 2009.

Merwin, G., R. Hayes, and P. I. Behrens, The Role of Technology in Change, Panel Discussion, Georgia Political Science Association Annual Conference, Savannah, November 2008.

Conference Papers & Journal Articles

Behrens, Phyllis I. (2010). “Down in a Valley, Up on a Ridge: Applying a Case Repertoire to Advanced Telecommunications and Rural Developments” in Images, Imaginations, and Beyond, Proceedings of the Eighth Native American Symposium, Mark B. Spencer, ed., Durant, OK: Southeastern Oklahoma State University, pp. 57-67.

Behrens, Phyllis I. (2009). “Down in a Valley, Up on a Ridge: Advanced Telecommunications and Rural Development.” Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association Annual Meeting 2008 Edition, Joe Trachtenberg, ed., retrieved September 17, 2009 from Proceedings of the Georgia Political Science Association.

onLine Publications

Johnston, J., Fidelie, L., Robinson, K., Killion, J., and Behrens, P. (2012). “An Instrument for Assessing Communication Skills of Healthcare and Human Services Students” in The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, October, Volume 10, Number 4.

Other Work

Subject Matter Expert (SME), Public Finance Course Development, nSight, Spring 2014.

Independent Product Consultant cum Wellness Advocate, Naturally Quintessential, October 2013-present.

The Future of Localism in Communications Policy,” Proposal for Time Warner Research Program on Digital Communications, April 2012.

Poetry Ambassador 2006, Distinguished Poets of America 1993, Who’s Who in Poetry 1990, Golden Poet Award 1989, Poet of the Year nominee, Editor’s Choice, 3rd place, and Honorable Mention awards 1983-2006; Various poetry compilations and selection to The International Poetry Hall of Fame, 1981-2006.

Alternate Judge & Election Clerk, Tarrant County Elections, 2004.

onLine Survey Research developed on FrontPage then conducted for Cornehls, J. and E. J. Barrett, “The USA Patriot Act and Its Implications for Civil Liberties”, Phase One, 2003.

Communications Specialist, C-S-D USA Relay, 2001-2002.

Literature review completed for Kunde, J. and D. Tees, (1999).  ICMA IQ Report – Media relations: the manager’s role. Washington, D.C.: International City/County Management Association.

Student Clerk, LA Blueline, 1998-1999.

Cite search & manuscript editing completed for Bruce, R. R., & Wyman, S. M., (1998). Changing organizations: Practicing action training and research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, ISBN-10: 0761910050 | ISBN-13: 978-0761910053.

Lease Analyst & Production Assistant, Excel Financial Companies, 1996.

Temporary Conversion Clerk-BoA ATMs, American State Bank, 1996.

Executive Director, Lubbock Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, 1993-1995.

Freyss, S. F. and P. I. Behrens, “Volunteers Require More Than Amateur Status.” PA Times 17, 5, (May), pp. 1 – 2, 1994.

Administrative Coordinator, Lubbock Regional Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, 1992-1993.

Commercial Loan Specialist-Covered Assets, First Heights Bank fsb, 1990-1991.

Liquidation Assistant-Asset Marketing, FDIC MCO DRO, 1988-1990.

Assistant Vice President, Mark Twain Mortgage Company, 1986.

Projects Specialist & Recovery Manager, Abacus Real Estate Finance Group, 1984-1985.

Senior Loan Analyst, Abacus Real Estate Finance Group, 1983-1984.

Loan Analyst, Abacus Real Estate Finance Group, 1982-1984.

Loan Analyst, Rotan Mosle Mortgage Company, 1978-1982.

Regional Marketing Secretary, Remco Enterprises, 1978.

Student Assistant, Midwestern State University, 1973-1978.

What America Means to Me,” Rotary Club scholarship-winning essay, placed in 1973 Congressional Record by Senator John Tower.

Work in process (acronym: WIP)

“Cyberbullying at Colleges and Universities in a Five State Region,” survey in preparation for conduct and analysis

Team development of new Global Health undergraduate course

“Getting to Interprofessional Collaboration via Interdisciplinary Teamwork,” paper in preparation for submission

“Smart Devices and Burnout among Health Science Educators,” onLine survey and report pending Fall 2014 publication

“An Examination of the Forward Compatibility of the Cooperative Organizational Form,” paper in preparation for submission

Principal Investigator together with James Johnston, Interim CHSHS Dean, for  “Longitudinal Study of Student Expectations in an Online Interdisciplinary Data Analysis Course”

“Parkersburg, IA Case Study,” case study in preparation for regenerative posting

Courses Taught and Assisted


Capstone: Case Studies in Decision Making

Economic Development

Health Services Research

Human Resource Management in Government

Leadership and Teamwork

Organizational Theory and Behavior

Public Administration

Public Budgeting and Fiscal Administration

Quantitative Methods in Public Administration


Advanced Issues in Public Management

Grant Writing

Grant Writing and Administration

Public Policy Formulation, Implementation, and Assessment

State and Local Government


American Government

Governmental Budgeting and Finance

Innovation in the Public Sector

Introduction to Public Administration

Perspectives on Leadership


Foundations of Urban Planning and Sociology

Foundations of Urban Politics and Economics

HIV and Adolescents’ Risky Decision Making (NIH Grant program)

Psychology of Judgment and Choice

Internship Oversight and Mentoring


New Faculty Mentor, 2009-2011

New Faculty Mentee, 2008


Internship Political Science, 2008


Student Government HOSTS! Program Peer Mentor, 2004-2006


HOSTS Program Mentor, 1995-1996

Professional, Departmental, & Community Service

AISD Serva

American Air Museum in Britain

American Red Cross Repatriation & Phone Bank during Operation Dependent Shield

American Statistical Society

Audited-Observed Honors Program Undergraduate Class

Backdoor Theatre Guild

Campus Cat Coalition

Co-Faculty Advisor, Colleges Against Cancer

College Committees

College Writing Group

Course Design and Re-design

digitalSociety Alliance

Distance Learning Platform Review

ECW Nursery Coordinator

Editor, COPLAC Essay Contest, Entries Review Team

Faculty Advisor, Midwestern Golden Key

Faculty Advisor, Native American Students Association

Faculty Course Guide Updates

Families in Transition program of The Family Works

First Step, Inc.

Gen. Charles L. Donnelly Chapter #284 Air Force Association

Graduate Council GRE Requirements Review

Harris County Juvenile Court Volunteers

Houston Area Women’s Center

Houston Rape Crisis Coalition

Institute of Mathematical Statistics

International Association for Science, Technology, and Society

International Statistical Society

Interim Region 1 TCADA Representative Regional Interagency Council

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

Laos Association of Students

Leadership Lubbock

Lubbock Spring Institute on Substance Abuse

Lubbock Substance Abuse Prevention Partnership

NASPAA Competencies Working Group

Native American Alumni Affiliate Chapter of UTA Alumni Association

Native American Students Association

Odyssey of the Mind

On Board Wichita Falls Nonprofit Board of Directors Member Training (inaugural class)

Paper Reviewer, IBAM

Paper Reviewer, NASPAA JAE

Paper Reviewer, Sage

Project Back to School

Project Help

Project HOPE (Help Our Polluted Environment)

Publisher’s Academic Advisory Board

Ranching Heritage Center

South Main Center Association Crime Prevention Task Force & Representative to Neighborhood Housing Services Student Advising

Student Planning Association

Summer Youth Musicals

Texas Department of Human Services South Plains Regional Council Advisory Council

Toastmasters International Club #5558

USO Airport Center & Air Show

Honors & Awards

Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

Overman Scholarship

Dean’s Excellence Scholarship

Native American Students Association Scholarship

Perkins Outstanding InService Student Award

Golden Key International Honour Society

Biltmore Who’s Who

Marquis Who’s Who

Silver Anniversary Edition of Who’s Who of American Women

Who’s Who in the World

Who’s Who in Finance and Industry

Who’s Who in the South and Southwest

Who’s Who of American Women

Sterling Who’s Who

Two Thousand Notable Women

The World Who’s Who of Women

Who’s Who in Real Estate

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

University Honors Program

Psi Chi

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Psi Omega

MortarBoard (Cap and Gown)

National Dean’s List

Outstanding Young Women of America

United Electric Scholarship

Rotary Club Scholarship

Professional Memberships

Southwestern Social Science Association

Texas Society of Allied Health Professions

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