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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; 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 Ph.D.; Lecturer; International Relations, Comparative Politics

Niall Michelsen 

Ph.D.; Associate Professor; International Relations 

Heather Rimes Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; Public Administration, Public Policy
Jennifer Schiff Ph.D.; Assistant Professor; International Relations, Comparative Politics
Rebecca Scott M.P.A.; Director of Local Government and Training Program (LGTP)
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

Part-Time Faculty & Staff


Mark Crawford M.A.; Adjunct Faculty
Andy Coburn                              M.E.M; Adjunct Faculty
Paul Dezendorf Ph.D.; Adjunct Faculty
Charles Fagan Ph.D.; Adjunct Faculty
Clay Fuller A.B.D.; Adjunct Faculty
Don Kostelec M.A.; Adjunct Faculty
Laura Jeffords M.P.A.; Adjunct Faculty

Other Faculty


Gordon Mercer Professor Emeritus


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