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Political Science and Public Affairs Faculty

Don Livingston in the classroomProfessionally 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.

Browse the links below and get to know our faculty.

Full-Time Faculty & Staff


Chris Cooper Ph.D.; Department Head; Associate Professor; American Politics, Public Administration, Research Methods
Todd Collins Ph.D.; Public Policy Institute Director, Associate Professor; Public Law, Judicial Politics
Fred Fisher M.P.A.; Instructor; American Politics
John (Jay) Gerlach Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; Public Administration, Public Policy 
Roger Hartley Ph.D.; Associate Professor, MPA Director; Public Administration, Judicial Politics 
Phyllis Hoffman Administrative Support Associate
Don Livingston Ph.D.; Professor; American Politics, Congress, Presidency
Michael McDonald A.B.D.; Visiting Assistant Professor; International Relations, Comparative Politics
Gordon Mercer

Professor Emeritus 

Niall Michelsen 

Ph.D.; Associate Professor; International Relations 

Tyler P. Reinagel  Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; Public Administration 
Jennifer Schiff Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; International Relations, Comparative Politics
Vickey Wade M.A.; Director of Local Government and Training Program (LGTP)

Part-Time Faculty & Staff


Claudia Bryant Ph.D.; Instructor
Andy Coburn M.E.M; Adjunct Faculty
Paul Dezendorf Ph.D.; Adjunct Faculty
Wayne Knight  M.S.; Adjunct Instructor
Don Kostelec M.A.; Adjunct Faculty
Jeff Richardson M.P.A.; Adjunct Faculty
Mary Walsh M.P.A.; Adjunct Faculty

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