University of Southern Indiana

Trent Engbers

Trent Engbers

Associate Professor of Political Science
Political Science, Public Administration and Philosophy Department

Director of the Master of Public Administration Program
Master of Public Administration Program

Liberal Arts Center - 3065

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment

Home Phone: 812-477-1432

E-mail: taengbers @

 Dr. Trent A. Engbers is a former Peace Corp volunteer, an experienced college educator and nonprofit consultant living in Evansville Indiana. His primary appointment is as Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration and Director of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Southern Indiana, but he also maintains secondary appointments as a visiting lecturer a the #1 Ranked Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. With over a dozen years of experience in college education and professional training, Trent is available for trainings and consultations in organizational development, leadership, nonprofit fundraising and board training. He is an award winning teacher and was appointed a commission member of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education by Governor Eric Holcomb.

Trent holds degrees from Xavier University, the University of Maryland, University of Missouri and Indiana University. His research on leadership, economic development and civic engagement has been published widely including Social Science Quarterly, Public Administration Review and the Journal of Leadership Education. He lives in Evansville with his wife Kimberly and four children.

Full Curriculum Vitae


So this is the typical academic biography if you want to introduce me at a public lecture, but if you want to know what really makes me tick it would be the following:

  • My favorite job is "dad" which means I love playing guitar with Reagan, riding horses with Ella Clare and building things with Donald and Trent
  • My world view if fundamentally shaped by my Catholic faith
  • I married an amazing woman
  • I want to care less about what others think
  • I want to be more generous, more dependent and more authentic
  • I have great parents
  • Life is better when you sometimes act like you are 12.
  • There is nothing better than a Saturday morning with a good magazine and a favorite CD
  • Struggling is a good thing and failure is important
  • Most kids call me "Dr. Trent"
  • When I was a little my dad took me to see a Four Tops concert instilling in me a lifelong love of classic R&B.


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