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Profile for Phyllis I. Behrens, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Phyllis I. Behrens, Ph.D., M.P.A.

Phyllis I. Behrens, Ph.D., M.P.A.
MU Extension in Jasper County
Plaster Hall 107A, 3950 Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: 417-625-9353
Fax: 417-625-9782
Email: behrensp@missouri.edu

Counties served: Barry, Barton, Cedar, Dade, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Vernon

Areas of work

Work domain is Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) which provide assistance obtaining government contracts or subcontracts to a prime with a government contract to existing small to medium size businesses — including veteran owned, women owned, and disadvantaged owned firms. Geographic service area is southwest Missouri. 


Professional background

Ph.D, Urban & Public Administration, The University of Texas at Arlington

M.P.A., Community & Economic Development track, Texas Tech University

Taught in department of Criminal Justice, Health Administration, and Public Administration in a College of Health Sciences and Human Services within a four-year public university, in department of Public Administration-Political Science in a College of Arts & Sciences within a four-year public university, and in program of graduate Public Administration in the Academic Extension Division of a private, not-for-profit liberal arts university. Served as research and teaching assistant in School of Urban and Public Affairs in a College of Liberal Arts within a four-year public university. Developed onLine course and curriculum, wrote lesson and course content, taught onLine, and lectured conventionally; teaching career bridged entirely conventional classroom and entirely digital venue thus allowing opportunity to be pioneer participant in onLine venues for higher education.

Promoted to Executive Director from Administrative Coordinator for a regional non-profit, through the years volunteered with a variety of other community non-profits.

Served as FDIC Bank Liquidation Assistant after working with non-residential real estate mortgage bankers and lenders in Texas, Illinois, and Missouri.

Held various other positions, including stints as a customer service professional in a call center, an election official with county elections, a communications specialist with deaf relay, a student assistant off- and on-campus, and an equipment lease professional for a regional financial and travel services firm as well as other stints in corporate offices of an equipment and appliance rental chain, ATM administration of a local bank, and eLearning services of a content development and communications services firm.