Michael Kern serves as an Affiliate Associate Professor at the Evans School, Associate Professor of Extension at Washington State University (WSU), and Director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center (a joint effort of WSU Extension and the Evans School that fosters durable, effective and collaboration solutions to public policy challenges in the State of Washington and Pacific Northwest).
Kern has an MPA from the UW Evans School, and more than 25 years of experience in the field of collaborative governance and public policy conflict resolution, through which diverse public and private sector interests reach common ground and develop collaborative solutions to complex, often controversial public policy challenges. Most of this work has been on natural resources issues (such as large-scale environmental clean-up, water and watershed management, salmon and other species restoration, natural disaster recovery and resilience, etc.), but has included a range of other issues (such as land use and growth management planning, health policy, outdoor recreation, transportation, and economic and community development).
He has a national and international reputation through organizations such as the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM), Association for Conflict Resolution-Environment and Public Policy Section (ACR-EPP), University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), National Coalition for Deliberation and Dialogue (NCDD) and other professional/academic organizations.
- Trevor Robinson, Michael Kern, Rebecca Sero & Craig W. Thomas (2019) How Collaborative Governance Practitioners Can Assess the Effectiveness of Collaborative Environmental Governance, While Also Evaluating Their Own Services, Society & Natural Resources, DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2019.1668990
- Developing and Managing an Advisory Board to Support Extension-Based Centers and Other Programs (495 KB) Journal of Extension February 2018, Volume 56, Number 1
- Creating and Implementing Diverse Development Strategies to Support Extension Centers and Programs (527 KB) Journal of Extension February 2018, Volume 56, Number 1
- Urban Extension: Aligning with the Needs of Urban Audiences Through Subject-Matter Centers, Journal of Human Sciences and Extension Volume 5, Number 2
- The Public Sector as Mediator: The Role of Public Institutions in Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution in the Mediation Handbook: Research, Theory and Practice (2017) Routledge Publishing
- PUBPOL598: Making Collaborative Governance Work