Robert Wheeler

Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service

Robert Wheeler is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Chief Operating Officer at The Center, a New York City-based non-profit organization that provides health, wellness, recovery, family and cultural programming to the LGBT community. He provides strategic leadership and oversight of the organization’s day-to-day operations, management teams, behavioral health programming and human resources.

Robert has an advanced certificate in strategic human resources management from Cornell University and the professional in human resources (PHR) certification from HRCI. He received his B.A. in Organizational Sociology and Political Science from the City University of New York Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies program at Hunter College, and his Master of Public Administration from NYU Wagner.

This course is designed for public and non-profit leaders and managers rather than human resource professionals, and provides a broad overview of human resources and talent leadership. Regardless of the role you’ll play in the public/non-profit sector, your ability to lead people will be a critical component of your and your organization’s success.  Topics will include basic human resources functions such as job design and recruitment; equity, diversity and inclusion; leading organizational change; professional development and employee engagement; providing feedback and managing performance. We will also explore current issues within human resources management, and will use current headlines and contemporary issues to inform class discussions.  The course will include practical application through case discussions and reflection on students’ prior management experience. While it will focus on values-based organizations, best practices from public, non-profit and for-profit sectors will be considered and analyzed. 

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