Founding Fellows

Ralph P. Hummel, Ph.D.  (Deceased)
Ralph P. Hummel (Ph.D. New York University) is a leader in the application of phenomenological inquiry in the fields of political science, public administration, policy studies, and related fields. The open-manuscript idea has its precursor in his The Bureaucratic Experience currently in its fifth edition with the subtitle The Post-Modern Challenge. In a publishing history spanning 30 years, this book has provided an early forum for the work of planners such as John Forester and Howell Baum, psychoanalytic organization theorists including Michael Diamond and Howard Schwartz, public administration theorists Michael Harmon and Jay D. White and Orion and Cynthia McSwite, and, chief among political scientists, H. Mark Roelofs.

Conrad P. Rutkowski, Ph.D.
Conrad P. Rutkowski (Ph.D., ret. pol., Fordham) is a life-long critic of U.S. racial discrimination and of death sentence policy. Dr. Rutkowski has served as assistant to majority and minority leaders in the New York Legislature, as special assistant to a governor of Illinois, and the executive assistant to a president of Fordham University.

Mary R. Schmidt, Ph.D.  (Deceased)

Obituary for Mary R. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Mary R. Schmidt, Ph. D., has four advanced degrees, from Smith (history), Boston University (sociology), University of Pennsylvania (regional planning), and M. I.T. Her research and writings have focused on the limits of scientific and engineering knowledge and of bureaucracies dealing with technological risks. She has explored the phenomena of other kinds of knowledge and actions essential in restricting engineering failures, hazards from natural disasters, and in the disposal of nuclear waste. She is currently studying the problems of knowledge contributing to the conflict in Afghanistan.

Nicholas C. Zingale, Ph.D., QEP, CHMM
Phone 330.854.9066 x10
Nicholas C. Zingale (Ph. D., QEP, CHMM) focuses on the human dimension of environmental policy and sustainability as it relates to knowledge, meaning, and change. He is an academician and practitioner taking on the somewhat daunting task of applying phenomenology as an opening to new understanding and work toward meaningful organizational development. His research and consulting is in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including work for several Fortune 500 companies, the U. S. Department of Energy, and the Government of Vietnam. He is currently working on a book with Ralph Hummel titled – “The Ph Factor – an Applied Approach to Phenomenology.”
  • Ph.D. University of Akron in Public Administration
  • MBA Baldwin Wallace College
  • Bachelor’s Environmental Health Bowling Green State University
  • Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University
  • Co-Director of the Institute of Applied Phenomenology for Science and Technology
  • Assistant Professor at Cleveland State University’s Maxine-Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs