Prior to his appointment as Dean of the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs June 16, 2016, Francis J. (Frank) Schweigert served as professor in the College of Management at Metropolitan State University and as director of master's programs in Public and Nonprofit Administration, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, and Public Administration since 2010. His primary areas of teaching have been nonprofit governance and management, public and business ethics, information management, and program evaluation.
Before coming to Metropolitan State University in 2006, Frank worked at the Northwest Area Foundation as a community liaison to regional development projects and as the lead for research and program evaluation. He continues to be active as a volunteer mediator and circle keeper in dispute resolution and restorative justice and consults with nonprofit leaders in strategic visioning and planning.
Frank has published numerous articles and chapters on business ethics, public ethics, evaluation, leadership, and restorative justice. His current research focuses on public ethics and business ethics education, especially business contributions to the public good as a matter of justice. In summer 2016 Springer Media published his book, Business Ethics Education and the Pragmatic Pursuit of the Good, in its series on Advances in Business Ethics. Frank earned his Ph. D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1997, focusing on the social and philosophical foundations of education. His dissertation research compared four different approaches to restorative justice in the State of Minnesota in regard to their effects on participants' understanding and concern for the common good.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, July 31, 1997