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Thomas A. DarlingThomas A. Darling

associate professor
School of Public and International Affairs

Additional Roles:

research associate, Schaefer Center for Public Policy

Contact Information:

Phone: 410.837.6195

Ph.D., University at Albany-State University of New York
B.S., Cornell University

Tom Darling received his Ph.D. from the University at Albany-SUNY's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, with concentrations in policy analysis and administrative behavior. Darling teaches master's and doctoral-level courses in analytical and decision-making techniques; public management and organizations; information resources management; bargaining and negotiations; and human resources management. His principal interests in the areas of public administration and policy analysis are in strategic planning, performance measurement and the application of information technology within public organizations, particularly in the area of assisting individual and group decision-making.

He also assists the dean of the Yale Gordon College of Liberal Arts on special projects and studies.

Prior to joining the University of Baltimore, Darling was a research associate with the New York State Forum for Information Resource Management. He received his B.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. He worked as an area representative for AFSCME and as assistant director in the Office of Employee Relations for the New York State Unified Court System. His interest in dispute resolution remains strong, although the focus has turned to group decision support and organization planning and design.

Darling served with former Lt. Gov. Melvin A. Steinberg on Gov.-Elect Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s transition team, preparing reports on Maryland’s departments of Transportation and General Services and on the Maryland State Board of Elections. Darling has provided support for strategic planning and performance measurement efforts at the Maryland Transportation Authority; the Governor's Office for Children, Youth and Families; and Maryland’s Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Budget and Management’s Office of Information Technology and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

He served as a key expert for plaintiffs in a federal class-action lawsuit that found the state of Illinois denied equal access to Medicaid services for more than 600,000 children in Cook County and has recently been engaged to perform similar work for plaintiffs in lawsuits filed in Florida and Michigan.

Darling has worked on a variety of technology projects with organizations such as the Maryland State Retirement Agency and the Information Technology and Coordination Committee for Montgomery County (Md.). He previously served as the vice chair of the New Development and Maintenance task group for the government subcommittee of ANSI X12 (Electronic Data Interchange) and was an active participant in the IETF Working Group on Secure Internet EDI.

Notable publications include:

  • Mumpower, J.L., J. Sheffield, T.A. Darling, & R.G. Milter. "The accuracy of post-negotiation estimates of the other negotiator's payoff." Group Decision and Negotiation Support, 13:3, 259-290, 2004.
  • Darling, T.A., A. Vári, J.L. Mumpower, and J.W. Roughbaugh. "Negotiation support for multi-party resource allocation: Recommendations for decreasing transportation-related air pollution in Budapest." Group Decision and Negotiation Support, 8:1, 51-75, January 1999.
  • Durant, R.F. and T.A. Darling. "Using information technology for total quality environmental engineering." In R. O’Leary, et. al., (Eds.), Environmental Management: Principles, Practices and Priorities for Public and Nonprofit Managers, Jossey Bass, 1998.
  • Cirincione, C., T. Darling, & T.G. O’Rourke. The evaluation of race-as-predominant-factor claims: A computer intensive method. Geographic Information Systems and Political Redistricting: Social Groups, Representational Values, and Electoral Boundaries, Buffalo, NY, 1997.
  • Darling, T.A., and J.L. Mumpower, "Modeling cognitive influences on the dynamics of negotiations," in R.H. Sprague, et. al. (Eds.), Proceedings of the Twenty-third Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Vol. IV, Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE Computer Society Press, 22-32, 1990. [Awarded best paper in Emerging Technologies Track.]