Joan E. Pynes is a professor of public administration at the University of South Florida. She received her B.A. degree (1979) in public justice from SUNY Oswego and her M.P.A. (1983) and Ph.D degrees (1988) in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.
She is the author or coauthor of four books, most recently coauthor of Human Resources Management for Health Care Organizations: A Strategic Approach (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and Effective Nonprofit Management: Context and Environment (M. E. Sharpe, 2011). She is also the author or coauthor of more than fifty academic articles, book chapters, technical reports, and encyclopedia entries about public and nonprofit human resources management.