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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: 417-358-2158
Fax: 417-358-2159
Email: behrensp@missouri.edu

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

Areas of work

Dr. Behrens has been part of Missouri Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (MO PTAC) since January 2016. MO PTAC provides assistance obtaining government contracts and subcontracts to existing Missouri businesses — including veteran owned, women owned, and disadvantaged owned firms. PTAC client requirements include adequate financial resources, ability to meet delivery time or performance schedule, satisfactory performance record, satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics, not debarred from federal contracting, experience relating to contract, and facilities appropriate for contract. To learn more about selling to federal, state or local government, reach out to the State Office: Jana Weitkemper, Interim Program Director (weitkemperj@missouri.edu) or Elaine Palangpour, Business Support Specialist II (PalangpourE@missouri.edu), 573-882-8058. MO PTAC is part of the Business Development Programs of MU Extension.

Professional background

Dr. Behrens academic credentials include 

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

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

B.A. cum laude, Psychology, Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

Her MO PTAC credentials include being a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) Center for Veterans Enterprise (CVE) Certified Verification Assistance Counselor. Verification Assistance Counselors provide application assistance to Service-disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses/Veteran-owned Small Businesses (SDVOSBs/VOSBs) interested in applying for the Vets First Verification Program. Aid is available during every step of the application process to prevent and reduce verification denials. VA-certified Verification Assistance Counselors work with applicants to

  • Offer insight regarding 38 CFR Part 74
  • Review a firm’s business model
  • Assist owners with resource tools
  • Review documents for application submission

Dr. Behrens taught in a department of Criminal Justice, Health Administration, and Public Administration in a College of Health Sciences and Human Services within a four-year public university from 2008 to 2014, in a department of Public Administration-Political Science in a College of Arts & Sciences within a four-year public university from 2007 to 2008, and in an onLine  program of graduate Public Administration in the Academic Extension Division of a private, not-for-profit liberal arts university from 2007 to 2010.

Dr. Behrens served as research and teaching assistant in a School of Urban and Public Affairs in a College of Liberal Arts within a four-year public university while earning her Ph.D. 

Dr. Behrens developed onLine course and curriculum, wrote lesson and course content, taught onLine, and lectured conventionally; her teaching career bridged entirely conventional classroom and entirely digital venues thus allowing opportunity to be pioneer participant in onLine venues for higher education.

Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Behrens was promoted to Executive Director from Administrative Coordinator for a regional non-profit in west Texas; through the years and in the various places she called home, she volunteered with a variety of other community non-profits.

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

Dr. Behrens 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.

Particulars are available onLine.