Professionally active and representing a diverse and broad range of interests and backgrounds, our faculty are determined to provide you with a world-class education that will prepare you to compete and find success in the fields of political science and public administration … anywhere!
Leading locally, within the Western community and across the region, our faculty members are committed to your education. Leaders in their disciplines, they are widely respected for their research and dedication to their fields.
Their real-world knowledge translates into the classroom by providing you with a depth of academic experience and practical understanding that will prepare you to excel in today’s world of politics and public administration.
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Full-Time Faculty & Staff
|Chris Cooper||Ph.D.; Department Head; Professor; American Politics, Public Administration, Research Methods|
|Todd Collins||Ph.D.; Public Policy Institute Director, Associate Professor; Public Law, Judicial Politics|
|Jay Gerlach||Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; MPA Director; Public Policy, Nonprofit Management, Environmental Policy|
|Brian Hardt||Ph.D.; Lecturer, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Formal Theory|
|Phyllis Hoffman||Administrative Support Associate|
|Don Livingston||Ph.D.; Professor; American Politics, Congress, Presidency|
|Michael McDonald||A.B.D.; Lecturer; International Relations, Comparative Politics|
Ph.D.; Associate Professor; International Relations
|Heather Rimes||A.B.D.; Assistant Professor; Public Administration, Public Policy|
|Jennifer Schiff||Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; International Relations, Comparative Politics|
|JoBeth Shafran (beg. Spring 2016)||A.B.D.; Assistant Professor; Public Policy, Public Administration, American Politics|
|Jackie Sievert||Ph.D.; Comparative Politics, International Relations, Formal Theory|
|Vickey Wade||M.A.; Director of Local Government and Training Program (LGTP)|
Part-Time Faculty & Staff
|Mark Crawford||M.A.; Adjunct Faculty|
|Andy Coburn||M.E.M; Adjunct Faculty|
|Paul Dezendorf||Ph.D.; Adjunct Faculty|
|Clay Fuller||A.B.D.; Adjunct Faculty|
|Don Kostelec||M.A.; Adjunct Faculty|
|Laura Jeffords||M.P.A.; Adjunct Faculty|
|Gordon Mercer||Professor Emeritus|