Shannon Tufts

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government and Director, Center for Public Technology at UNC School of Government


UNC School of Government

Shannon Tufts designed and implemented the first local government Chief Information Officers Certification program in the nation and continues to run CIO certification programs for local and state government IT professionals. She created a National Certified Government Chief Information Officer program in 2007, in order to serve the growing needs of public sector IT professionals across the nation. Tufts has taught numerous courses on public sector information systems across the United States, including IT investment strategies, embracing technology, project management, and stakeholder engagement in technology-enabled government. She serves on several federal, state, and local government committees to promote the effective use of technology in the public sector. Her publications in the area of e-government and public sector information technology include Humanizing IT: Advice from the Experts with G. David Garson, numerous book chapters, and articles in Social Sciences Computer Review and Popular Government. She was named Albert and Gladys Coates Distinguished Term Assistant Professor for 2012–2014. Tufts earned a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill, an MPA from UNC-Charlotte, and a PhD in public administration with a concentration in public sector information systems from North Carolina State University.

Fields of Expertise Center for Public Technology Information Technology Social Media (Government Use) Survey Methodology Technology

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