Meet the Faculty

Dr. David Smailes

Program Coordintor

Ph.D. University of Massachusetts; B.A. College of Wooster


Dr. David Smailes is the Program Coordinator and Adviser for the Master of Public Administration program and an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Framingham State University. Dr. Smailes received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his B.A. from the College of Wooster in Ohio. His research interests include American political history, public administration, the presidency and American political thought. Prior to joining the Framingham State community, Dr. Smailes taught at Westfield State University (where he served as department chair and program director for the MPA program) and Regis College. 

Areas of specialization: American politics (including all three branches of government), public administration, political theory and American political history.

Dr. Dennis G. Dallaire

Visiting Assistant Professor

BS, MPA, PhD, Northeastern University


Dr. Dennis Dallaire received his Ph.D. in political science and his Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) degrees from the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University in Boston. He also earned his Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, from the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern.

Professor Dallaire’s areas of research include American government/politics, elections, and public administration. Prior to teaching, Dennis worked throughout the federal, state, and local levels of government. He worked for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC; the Massachusetts State Senate in Boston; and, for the Mayor’s Office in Los Angeles. As a political candidate, he has also run competitive and respected campaigns for public office at both the state and local levels in Massachusetts. Born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, he is the first in his family to go to college and to then earn a Ph.D. He has taught courses in political science and public administration at several colleges and universities. Dennis truly enjoys working with students; blending clear instruction, humor, and unlimited access for those needing further assistance in understanding course material.

Eric Gustafson, M.A.

Visiting Instructor

BA, Marietta College; MA, University of Massachusetts; MA, Anna Maria College


Eric Gustafson teaches the Grantsmanship and Development course in the MPA program. He received his MA in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has more than 15 years of experience in fundraising and grantwriting in both the public and nonprofit sectors. He currently serves as Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Framingham State University and as Executive Director of the Framingham State University Foundation, Inc. He is an active member of the Council for Advancement in Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Planned Giving Group of New England (PGGNE). He is a Past President of the AFP Central Massachusetts Chapter. He has presented at a number of conferences sponsored by CASE and other professional organizations.

Dr. Erin Hoffer

Visiting Assistant Professor

MArch, UCLA; MBA, Sloan School of Management at MIT; PhD, Northeastern University


Dr. Hoffer teaches the Foundations course in Public Administration. She brings over two decades of academic and professional experience in teaching, management and tech innovation with public and private institutions such as Northeastern University, Autodesk, MIT, Harvard, Tufts and the Boston Architectural College. Her research delves into the dynamics of public policy and corporate decision making with a focus on climate action and sustainability of the built environment. Dr. Hoffer is a registered architect, with a Master's Degree in Architecture from UCLA, an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and a Ph.D. in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University.  

Mark Inman, M.A.

Visiting Senior Instructor

BS, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; MA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania


Mark Inman teaches Risk Management and Fiscal Analysis as well as a variety of courses for the MBA Program.

David S. Kassel, M.P.A.

Visiting Instructor

BA, Bucknell University; MPA Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University


David Kassel received his MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and has over 30 years of experience working in government and the media in Massachusetts and other states. He is currently a communications consultant to the Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates (COFAR, Inc.), a statewide, nonprofit advocacy organization for persons with developmental disabilities and their families and guardians.  Kassel was formerly Chief of the Management Division of the Massachusetts Office of the Inspector General, an independent state agency that prevents and detects waste, fraud, and abuse in governmental projects and programs.  At the OIG, he was a lead researcher and co-author of several reports on governmental partnerships, contracting issues, and construction projects. 

The second edition of David’s book, Managing Projects in the Public Sector: A Strategic Framework for Success in an Era of Downsized Government, was published in September 2016 by Routledge.

He has taught policy analysis, public budgeting and financial management, and related courses at Framingham State and at other colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

Dr. Graham Wright

Visiting Assistant Professor

BA, Connecticut College; MPP, PhD, Brandeis University


Dr. Graham Wright received his PhD and MPP from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and his BA in Philosophy and Music Theory from Connecticut College. He has a decade of experience as a researcher, program evaluator, statistician, and teacher at the Heller School, and at the Steinhardt Social Research Institute, also at Brandeis. Graham has published articles on survey methodology in the journals Survey Practice and The Journal of the International Association for Official Statistics, and articles on American public opinion in Political Behavior, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics and Contemporary Jewry.