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Masami Nishishiba, B.A., M.S., Ph.D.

Department Chair

Contact Information
Office: URBN 670 Q
Telephone: 503.725.5151


Masami earned her B.A. at Osaka University in Japan and went on to complete her M.S. and Ph.D. at PSU. She has taught graduate courses in organizational theory, organizational behavior, diversity in the workplace, intercultural communication, research methodology, and statistics.  Masami is also a trained Japanese-English conference interpreter, and has interpreted for President Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, Phil Knight and many others.

Research Focus

Masami's research interests include issues of social diversity, civic capacity, and comparative local government.  As a methodologist, her specialty includes hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and multidimensional scaling.

Community Engagements/Service

Masami has been engaged in community-based research and professional training for public agencies. She has directed the Japanese Municipal Officers Mid-career Training funded by the Tokyo Foundation since 2004. She developed and delivered a two-year Culturally Competent Management Certificate Training program for the City of Portland and conducted a cultural assessment related projects for the Clackamas County, City of Beaverton, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation, City of Longview, Washington. She also conducted an evaluation of the Clackamas County 4-day work schedule pilot program.

Publications & Awards

Nishishiba, M., Jones, M., & Kraner, M. (2013). Research Methods and Statistics for Public and Nonprofit Administrators: A Practical Guide. (392 pages). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Nishishiba, M., Ingle, M., Tsukamoto, H., & Kobayashi, M. (2007). Project Management Toolkit: A strategic approach to new local governance  [Chihou Gyoursei wo Kaeru ‘Project Management Toolkit’: Jichitai Shokuin no Tameno Shin-Shigotojutus]. (360 pages). Tokyo: Gyosei.

Nishishiba, M. (2012). Local Government Diversity Initiatives in Oregon: An Exploratory Study. State and Local Government Review, 44(1), 55–66.

Nishishiba, M., & Kecskes, K. (2012). Capacity Building for the Common Good: PSU's Interdisciplinary Minor in Civic Leadership. Journal of College and Character, 1-13.