Dr. Shelia Toppin is a career public administrator and educator. She served as a state parole officer in Georgia, and an officer/supervisor with the United States District Court in Georgia and North Carolina. Currently, Dr. Toppin serves as an assistant professor in Clark Atlanta University’s (CAU) Public Administration Department with a social policy research focus. Dr. Toppin has published several articles, conducted many presentations, and serves in the Public Administration profession through active participation in the American Society for Public Administration, Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, and the Conference for Minority Public Administrators. She also serves as the MPA Internship Coordinator and Public Administration Alumni Network Faculty Liaison at Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Toppin volunteers in a local school district and at Margie's House, a nonprofit organization serving disadvantaged senior women and their families.