Faculty & Staff
American Politics, African Politics, Public Administration
Areas of Expertise
Public human resource management, HIV/AIDS in Africa, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender politics
Dr. Gossett is currently a visiting faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Cal Poly Pomona. He is a tenured faculty member at Sacramento State where he holds the rank of full Professor in the Department of Government and the Department of Public Policy & Administration. From 2002 until 2009 he served as chair of the Political Science Department at Cal Poly Pomona. Dr. Gossett teaches courses on American politics, African politics, and public administration. His research includes work gay politics at the state and local levels, public service motivation, and the impact of HIV/AIDS on politics and public administration in Africa.
PhD, Stanford University, 1985
MA, Stanford University, 1975
BA, Hope College, 1973
Group study of a selected topic, the title to be specified in advance.
Public service concepts, institutions; relationship to executive and legislative functions and issues; adult learning theories, group dynamics; human resource issues including workforce diversity, collaboration, conflict; use of volunteers; assessment methods and instruments.
Issues explored: governance structures, federalism, intergovernmental grants, local and state relationships, legislative and administrative relationships, legislative intent, oversight and monitoring, inter-governmental decision making, administrative ethics.
Gossett, C. 2017. “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Employees in the Public Sector Workforce,” in N.M. Riccucci, ed., Public Personnel Management: Current Concerns -- Future Challenges, 6th ed., New York, NY: Routledge Press. (also in 2nd, 3rd , 4th, & 5th editions) (Link)
Gossett, C., E.S.W. Ng, and R. Winter. 2016. “Millennials and Public Service Renewal: Introduction on Millennials and Public Service Motivation” Public Administration Quarterly, 40(3): 412-428. (Link)
Gossett, C., E.S.W. Ng, S. Chinyoka, and I. Obasi. 2016. “Public vs. Private Sector Employment: An Exploratory Study of Career Choice among Graduate Management Students in Botswana.” Personnel Review, 45(6): 1367 - 1385. (Link)
Gossett, C. and E.S.W. Ng. 2013. “Career Choice in Canadian Public Service: An Exploration of Fit with the Millennial Generation.” Public Personnel Management, 42(3): 337-358. (Link)
Gossett, C. and G.B. Lewis. 2011. “Why Did Californians Pass Proposition 8? Stability and Change in Support for Same-Sex Marriage.” California Journal of Public Policy, 3(1). (Link)
Gossett, C. and C. Ban. 2010. “The Changing Roles of the Human Resource Office,” in S.E. Condrey, ed., Handbook of Human Resource Management in Government, 3rd ed., San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 5-26. (Link)
Gossett, C. 2010. “The Impact of AIDS on the Botswana Civil Service.” International Journal of Public Administration, 33(5): 240-250. (Link)
Gossett, C. and K. Lotshwao. 2019. “Report on the General Election 1965 and the Local Government Election 1966.” Botswana Notes & Records, 41: 47-63. (Link)
Gossett, C. 2010. “Pushing the Envelope: Dillon’s Rule and Local Domestic Partnership Ordinances” in S. Barclay, M. Bernstein, and A.M. Marshall, eds., Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law, New York, NY: New York University Press, 158-186. (Link)
Gossett, C. and E.S.W. Ng. 2008. “Domestic Partnership Benefits” in C.G. Reddick and J.D. Coggburn, eds., Handbook of Employee Benefits and Administration, Boca Raton, FL: Auerbach Publications, 379-397. (Link)