Dr. Darrell Lovell

Darrell A. Lovell, D.P.A.

Assistant Professor of Political Science

MPA Program Director

Office: Old Main 404A
Phone: 806-651-2588

Professional Profile

Dr. Lovell joined the College of Education and Social Sciences in 2019. He received a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Central Missouri in 2003, an M.P.A. in Policy from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011 and a DPA in Public Policy and Administration from the West Chester University in 2018.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Lovell is the director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and focuses on graduate courses in public policy, public management, ethics, theory, and research methods. He has mentored PhD, masters, and honors students on their dissertation and research projects covering areas of national security directives, economic development in higher education, and identity laws. He is currently a member of the honors council, advising WTAMU's Attebury Honors program and offers courses within the college. He is currently on the editorial board of two journals, Journal of Political Science Education and Public Integrity.  

Research and Creative Activity

Dr. Lovell's research interests cover the intersection of public policy and management theories and higher education. Specifically, Dr. Lovell researches policy diffusion and implementation within the higher education landscape and has focused his most recent work on the emerging name, image, and likeness (NIL) policies associated with college athletics. He is the first author of Name, Image, and Likeness Policies: Institutional Impact and State Responses, which will be published by Routledge Publishing in December 2023.  

His most recent work has been accepted for publication and focuses on policy diffusion of test-optional policies after COVID-19 in Innovative Higher Education and policy practices and implementation of NIL in Administrative Theory & Praxis and the Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs. He has previously published work on public management, making the case for faculty to be considered street-level bureaucrats with articles in journals such as Administration & Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and Public Integrity.  

His current research focuses on examining the narrative impacts of the recent higher education policies as well as their impacts on administrative ethics and discretion as well as continuing to examine NIL activity through the lenses of political action, social equity, and neoliberalism.  

Selected Publications

Lovell, Darrell and Daniel Mallinson. (2023). Name, Image, and Likeness Policies: Institutional Impact and State Responses. Routledge Publishing.

Lovell, Darrell and Daniel Mallinson. (2023) “How NIL and Student Athletes are Prompting Changes in 
Higher Education Administration.” Administrative Theory & Praxis, 1-22.

Lovell, Darrell & Daniel Mallinson. (2023). “Cash Rules Everything Around Me: The Expansion of NCAA Name, Image, and Likeness Policy Among the States.” Journal of Public and Non-Profit Affairs, 9(3), 1-26.

Lovell, Darrell and Daniel Mallinson. (2023). “Pencils down… for good? The expansion of test-optional 
policy after COVID-19.” Innovative Higher Education, 1-23.

Lovell, Darrell. (2023). “Rethinking faculty as street-level bureaucrats in the contemporary administrative sciences.” Public Integrity, 1-17. 

Mallinson, Daniel and Darrell Lovell. (2022). “Race to the Top and the Diffusion of School Turnaround Policy in the American States.” Politics & Policy, 50(6), 1221-1240. 

Lovell, Darrell. (2022). “Narrative building in state education intervention: Framing the takeover attempt of Houston ISD.” Journal of International Educational Reform31(1), 44-78. 

Lovell, Darrell, Stephanie Dolamore, and Haley Collins. (2022). “Examining public organization communication misalignments during COVID-19 through the lens of higher education.” Administration & Society. 54(2), 212-247. 

Dolamore, Stephanie, Darrell Lovell, Haley Collins, and Angela Kline. (2021). “The role of empathy in organizational communication during times of crisis.” Administrative Theory and Praxis, 43(3), 366-375.