Jack M. Bernardo

Jack M. BernardoName: Jack M. Bernardo
Academic Rank: Associate Professor, Political Science
Department: History and Political Science 
Division: Liberal Arts
Hired: As an Adjunct in 1998
Hired: As full-time Associate Professor in Fall, 2006
M.P.A. & Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A., Syracuse University

Jack M. Bernardo was born and raised in New York City, and graduated from Xavier High School. As a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Army ROTC program at Syracuse University, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Regular Army of the United States. A minor service-connected disability ended his military career in 1974, however, and he pursued graduate studies at the University of Tennessee under the GI Bill and a combination of assistantships, a fellowship, and a 10-month full-time State government internship. Dr. Bernardo taught full-time at Richard Stockton State College from 1979-81, then began a 24 year public service career. Key appointments were Project Specialist, New Jersey State Purchase Bureau 1987-88, Somerset County Director of Community Development 1989-94, and Director of Institutional Grants for CCM 1997-2004. Dr. Bernardo has also taught as an adjunct at Fairleigh Dickinson University, William Paterson University, and Middlesex County College.

Dr. Bernardo teaches American Government, State & Local Government, Comparative Government, International Politics, and Public Administration, for which he serves as Special Project faculty. He has been a member of the American Society for Public Administration since 1975 and a member of the Academy of Political Science since 1976. His first book, Fundamentals of the U.S. Federal Republic (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt), was published in 2012, and he has also published several commentaries:
  • “What We Need are Reconstituted Counties”, Daily Record, August 3, 2010
  • “America owes Disabled Vets Better Care”, The Star-Ledger, November 11, 2002
  • "Block Grant Administration: A Tale of Two Counties", PA Times, October, 1996
  • "Let's Update County Government", The New York Times New Jersey Weekly, Sunday, March 17, 1985
  • "Outsider Sees Valid Complaint", The New York Times New Jersey Weekly, Sunday, October 18, 1981