Ernest "Bub" Kovacs

Associate Professor

Coordinator-Masters of Arts in Student Services Administration

School of Administrative Science

Program Affiliations:

“Bub” Kovacs is an Associate Professor in the School of Administrative Science. His research interests are in area of inter-organizational relationships, alternative dispute resolution and project partnering. He works with many public agencies including the New Jersey State Police, Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Turnpike and the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. He has worked with several non-profit organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police.

Along with his wife Emma he has served as the Executive Director of the largest youth sailing organization in the world. He has an interest in understanding the decline of participation in adult sports.

Prior to his work at Fairleigh Dickinson University he worked for over 30 years in a variety of settings in the Public Sector. He was formerly the Manager of Training and Organizational Development at the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He and his colleagues provided services and programs for over 5,500 employees. He worked on the deployment of programs for employee development, facilitating inter-agency initiatives and organizational and management development issues. His work included development of the Department Strategic Planning Process, Managerial/Executive Performance Management Systems and Reorganization/Change initiatives. Previously he was a faculty member for the Human Resource Development Institute. As a member of the Management Training Team, his work focused on management and organizational development programs. Instructor for the Certified Public Manager Program affiliated with Rutgers University, he also taught general training programs and served as a consultant to public and not for profit organizations. Teaching in graduate programs in Public Administration he taught Public Policy, Administration, Ethics and Human Resource Management.

Earlier in his career Bub was a public manager for 15 years in variety of positions in Higher Education. As Director of Community Development Services at The College of New Jersey he supervised the areas of Residence Life, Campus Life, Campus and Student Center Programs as well as serving as a member of the Vice President’s core team. While being a full time administrator he was also an instructor for the School of Business teaching Management, Human Resource Development, Organizational Behavior, Personnel, Managing Social Issues, International Management and Leadership.

Born in New Brunswick NJ he was educated in local schools and received his Bachelors from Rutgers College in Sociology. His graduate work and first full time management experience was at the Pennsylvania State University where he received his Master’s degree. Bub completed his Doctorate at Rutgers University where his dissertation focused on perceptions of effectiveness of staff performance.

Bub is married to Emma Kovacs, recently retired Director of Nutrition and Food Distribution for the State of New Jersey. They have a son Kyle who is finishing his Medical education in Ophthalmology. In his spare time Bub enjoys volunteering as a race manager for local, national and international sailing competitions, house renovations, assisting non-profit organizations and free fun.

Short Abstract


  • BA: Rutgers College
  • MEd: Pennsylvania State University
  • EdD: Rutgers University

Grants and Awards

  • Certified Public Manager Proposal Team-2005/2010

Research Focus

  • Public Project Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Decline of Adult Sport
  • Adult Learning
  • Organizational Change

Courses Taught


  • 6612-Seminar
  • 6620-HRS
  • 6602-Personnel
  • 6676-Leadership-Film
  • 6709-Creativity 21st
  • 6618-Leadership Plus
  • 6609-Productivity
  • 6600-Theory/Practice
  • 6610-Decision Making


  • 6606-Group Dynamics
  • 6697-HR Sports
  • 6705-Capstone


  • 7604-Seminar
  • 6621-HRM


  • 6601-Research
  • 6100-Master Project

Under Graduate

  • CORE-Global Issues
  • CORE-Perspectives
  • HUM-Ethical Issues

University Service

  • University Senate
  • Academic Policy and Research Committee
  • Middle States Steering Committee
  • Provost Seed Grant
  • Scheduling Task Force
  • Student Success Committee
  • Campus Standards
  • BAIS Proposal to Vancouver