Dr. Michael Gershowitz has had three careers – as a professor, a government administrator, and a highly successful grant writer. He joined the faculty of Long Island University in Brooklyn, and for six of his 13 years there, he was Director of the MPA Program. Concurrently, he served as Executive Director of the New York State Assembly Education Committee, Executive Director of the (New York City) Mayor’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on Youth Services, and as a consultant to the New York City Charter Revision Commission. For twenty years, he owned and operated Gershowitz Grant & Evaluation Services in Des Moines, Iowa, which served public and nonprofit organizations across the nation and internationally. In a highly-competitive environment, the firm won some 200 major government and foundation grants valued at over $100 million. It also evaluated the effectiveness of more than 100 funded projects. He has been active in the American Society for Public Administration serving three terms on the National Council and as president of the New York Metropolitan and Iowa Chapters. At Rutgers-Newark, in addition to teaching courses in public administration, he is Director of Federal Grants for the School of Public Affairs and Administration. He also directs the Writing Center at SPAA.
Prior to joining the academia, Prof. Gershowitz had a distinguished career in journalism.
From 1965 to 1974, Michael worked as a reporter with Long Island Press, Long Island, NY (one of the largest newspapers in the US at the time) as General Assignment reporter, and education correspondent. He won an award from the American Political Science Association (1971) for excellence in public affairs reporting 1963 to 1965. Michael also served as a Reporter with New Jersey-based Paterson News, and covered three suburban municipalities for the newspaper with a daily circulation of 65,000.
With a PhD from New York University in Political Science (1974); MA: New York University in Government (1968); BA: City College of New York in Journalism (1963) and current accomplishments in the academic community and previous exploits in journalism, Michael is without doubt a perfect blend of theory and practice of scholarship and journalism. For that CMPI recognizes him today to utilize his talents to advance journalism practice and education that support peace. Michael, congratulations!