Professor, Political Science
Lone Star College-Montgomery
3200 College Park Drive
Conroe, TX 77384
phone: (936) 273-7035
fax: (936) 273-7443
M.A., Government, University of Texas @ Austin, 1994
Master’s Thesis: “The Evolution of Military Control Over the Guatemalan State”
B.S., Political Science, w/ University Honors, Texas A& M University, 1986
Honors Thesis: “The Politics of High Level Radioactive Waste Disposal”
2006 Lone Star College-Montgomery Faculty Excellence Award
2006 National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development Excellence Award
TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTS
U.S. Presidency; U.S. Foreign Policy, Technology & Education
Lone Star College-Montgomery, Conroe, TX
Professor, Political Science, 1998-Present
Associate Professor, Political Science, 1995 to 1998
- Classes taught include American, State & Local Government I and II, Introduction to Political Science, Honors American Government courses focusing on the U.S. Presidency and Interest Group Politics.
- Course design, development, and implementation with emphasis on critical thinking skills.
- Research and implementation of effective classroom learning techniques, including: role playing; experiential learning; case studies; individual and group projects, simulations…
- Internet-based classroom instruction, learning facilitation and faculty training utilizing WebCT Campus Edition, Vista, and Blackboard.
Faculty DIG Technology Fellow, Fall ’08-Spring ‘09
- Facilitated teaching and learning for faculty at LSC-Montgomery campus through technology consultation/support, professional development training, arranged guest speakers.
Learning Facilitator, Adjunct Faculty Training, 2006-2008
- Facilitated “Teaching in the Learning College” Scenarios-based online adjunct training courses.
Austin Community College, Austin, TX
Adjunct Instructor, Political Science, 1991 - 1995
- Classes taught include Texas Government and U.S. Government.
- Highly independent teaching environment with responsibility for course development and classroom instruction.
- Actively involved in textbook selection and new course review/approval through membership in ACC Government Taskforce.
University of Texas, Austin, TX
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Political Science, 1988 - 1992
- Head Teaching Assistant charged with supervising test development, administration, record keeping, and student meetings for classes with over 300 students.
- Taught weekly discussion groups and served as periodic lecturer on U.S. foreign policy toward the Third World.
ACADEMIC ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:
Associate Dean, Social & Behavioral Sciences
Lone Star College-Montgomery, 1999 to 2001:
- Provided leadership in planning, development, evaluation, and improvement of courses and instructional areas within the division
- Maintained and implemented long-range planning activities consistent with college and district strategic plans.
- Recommended to Academic VP and President candidates for faculty/staff appointments and retention.
- Developed class schedules of offerings consistent with program/student needs, approved courses, contact hours, and credit hours. Review an propose needed revisions to the district catalog and other appropriate documents.
- Supervised and evaluated faculty and staff; provide evaluation feedback to division members as well as to the Vice President/President.
- Participated in two-year National Strategic Leadership Consortium evaluating strategic planning and business model cross-over with higher education.
FACULTY ADVISORY ROLES
National Model United Nations Faculty Advisor, 2006-Present
- Served last two years as faculty advisor to train student delegates in participating as country delegates at the annual National Model United Nations (NMUN) held in New York. 2008 Student Delegation awarded ’08 NMUN “Distinguished Student Delegation”
Honors Faculty Advisor, 2001-Present
- Taught both honors sections of special topic U.S. Government courses (U.S. Presidency, Interest Group Politics) and a number of independent student honors contracts on topics ranging from the United Nations to U.S.-Israeli relations.
Phi Theta Kappa Advisor, 1995-1998
- Chartered Two-year Honor Society at Lone Star College-Montgomery, establishing a student honors society with over 150 student members. Involved organization and supervision over: Society membership, finances, orientations and inductions; service activities including student volunteer work for United Way, Texas Highway Department and miscellaneous school functions; student leadership development training, including taking students to regional and national seminars, various fundraising and social activities by students, and scholarship activities.
RECENT INSTITUTIONAL SERVICE
- Lone Star College System Virtual College Taskforce (Fall ’07, Spring ’08)
- LSC Distance Learning Council
- LSC-Montgomery Honors Council
- Panel Discussant for Writing Across the Curriculum Symposium on “What Is College Level Writing?” (Spring ’08)
- Panel Discussant for Communicating Across the Curriculum Meeting on “2008 Presidential Race: Early Prognostications” (Spring ’08)
- Panel Discussant for Global Education Initiative on "The Politics of Water" (Fall ‘09)