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Rebecca Deen

Name

[Deen, Rebecca]
  • Associate Professor, Political Science
  • Department Chair
  • Associate Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor

Biography

Dr. Rebecca Deen is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Department Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has published numerous articles on women in the political process, the U.S. presidency, civic engagement and effective pedagogy. She has garnered many teaching honors and most recently is a recipient of the 2013 University of Texas Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. Current research includes an exploration of women leaders in state legislatures and an examination of the civic engagement of school-related volunteer organizations and their role in educational policy.

Professional Preparation

    • 1997 Ph.D. in Political ScienceThe Ohio State University
    • 1995 M.A. in Political ScienceThe Ohio State University
    • 1992 Political ScienceDenison University

Appointments

    • Jan 2008 to Present Chair
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2007 to Present Distinguished Teaching Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 2003 to Jan 2013 Assoc Prof
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 1997 to Jan 2003 Assist Professor
      University of Texas at Arlington
    • Jan 1995 to Jan 1997 Graduate Teaching Assistant
      The Ohio State University

Memberships

  • Membership
    • Mar 1998 to Present Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars
    • Aug 1997 to Present Women's Caucus of the American Political Science Association
    • Sept 1995 to Present Presidency Research Group
    • Sept 1992 to Present American Political Science Association
    • Sept 1992 to Present Midwest Political Science Association
    • Sept 1992 to Present Southern Political Science Association

Awards and Honors

    • Aug  2013 University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award sponsored by The University of Texas System Board of Regents
    • Apr  2007 Academy of Distinguished Teachers sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Apr  2003 Outstanding Honors Professor sponsored by Honors College, University of Texas at Arlington
    • Apr  2003 Arlington Star Telegram Service Learning Faculty Award sponsored by Arlington Star Telegram
    • Apr  2002 Chancellor's Council Award for Excellence in Teaching, sponsored by University of Texas at Arlington
    • Apr  2002 Golladay Award for Outstanding Teaching sponsored by College of Liberal ArtsOffice of the Provost and Vice President for Academic AffairsOffice of the PresidentUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • Mar  1996 Henry R. Spencer Award for Teaching sponsored by The Ohio State University, Department of Political Science

News Articles

Research and Expertise

  • Research Interests

    American Presidency, Women in Politics, Pedagogy, Race & Ethnicity

Publications

      Book Chapter Accepted
      • “Motherhood and Public Service: an Exploration of School Board Trustees”  In Mothers in Politics and Public Life, Demeter Press, forthcoming 2017. With Beth Anne Shelton.

        {Book Chapter }

      Book Chapter 2014
      • "Are Stay-at-Home Mothers really at home?: U.S. Mothers' Volunteer Work in Schools."  2014. In Stay-at-Home Mothers: Dialogues and Debates.  Bradford, ON: Demeter Press.  with Beth Anne Shelton

        {Book Chapter }

      Essay 2013
        • “Flipped  Learning:  Catapulting  Students  into the  Deep  End  of  Learning,” In The Political Science Educator 17 (2): 8-9. Summer/Fall 2013.
        {Peer Reviewed }

      Conference Proceeding 2012
      • Consequential elections: Presidential Elections that Shaped America.  A McConnell Center Survey, University of Louisville, February 17, 2012.  Served on the panel of experts surveyed on consequential presidential elections, quoted regarding the 1980 election (p. 11).
        {Conference Proceeding }

      Journal Article 2012
      • Bake Sales for a Better America: The Role of School Volunteers in Civic Life.  In International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 7, pp.25-38.
        {Journal Article }
      2012
      • U.S. Supreme Court Justices and Partisanship: Support for the President and Solicitor General. 2012.  In International Journal of Social and Human Sciences.  Vol 6: 574-580.  With James Meernik and Joseph Ignagni  
        {Journal Article }

      Conference Paper 2011
      • Bakesales for a Better America: The role of School Volunteers in Civic Life    7/11/2011 - 7/13/2011 Presented at the International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences. With Beth Anne Shelton.
        {Conference Paper }

      Conference Proceeding 2011
      • Ignagni, Joseph & Rebecca Deen. 2011. Separation of Powers: The United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Government as a Direct Party. Proceedings of World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology's International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences, 1644-1650.
        {Conference Proceeding }

      Conference Proceeding 2010
      • Ignagni, Joseph & Rebecca Deen. 2010. Checks and Balances: The United States as a Party before the U.S. Supreme Court. World Conference of the World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, 2408-2427. Paris, France: World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology.
        {Conference Proceeding }

      Book Chapter 2010
      • “The Presidency/Executive” In 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook, SAGE 21st Century Reference Series, 2010 SAGE Press
        {Book Chapter }

      Conference Proceeding 2009
      • Deen, J. I. & Meernik, J. (2009). Partisanship and U.S. Supreme Court Justices: Support for Presidents and their Party. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology.
        {Conference Proceeding }

      Journal Article 2005
      • Deen, Joseph Ignagni and James Meernik. "The Rehnquist Court and its Support of Federal Agencies." Judicature (2005).
        {Journal Article }
      2005
      • Deen, Joseph Ignagni and James Meernik. "Individual Justices and the Solicitor General: The Amicus Curiae Cases, 1953-2000." Judicature (2005).
        {Journal Article }

      Book Chapter 2005
      • Deen, Rebecca. "The solicitor general as amicus, 1953-2000: how influential?." Judicial Politics: Readings from Judicature. Ed. Elliot E. Slotnick. Washington, DC: Congressional Quarterly Press, 2005.
        {Book Chapter }

      Encyclopedia Entry 2004
      • Deen, Rebecca. "Entries on: African Americans; Civil Rights Act; Hillary Clinton; Geraldine Farraro; Gerald Ford; Lady Bird Johnson; Office of Policy Development; Donald Rumsfeld; Solicitor General." Encyclopedia of the American Presidency, 2004.
        {Encyclopedia Entry }

      Journal Article 2003
      • Deen, Joseph Ignagni and James Meernik. "The Solicitor General as Amicus, 1953-2000: How Influential?." Judicature 87 (2003): 1-16.
        {Journal Article }
      2003
      • Deen, Rebecca. "Loss and Renewal: Transforming Tragic Sites." Journal of American History (2003): 29-31.
        {Journal Article }

      Journal Article 2002
      • Deen, Rosalee Clawson and Zoe Oxley. "On-Line Discussions Across Three Universities: Student Participation and Pedagogy." PS: Political Science & Politics (2002): 713-719.
        {Journal Article }
      2002
      • Deen, Laura W. Arnold. "Assessing Effectiveness of Veto Threats in the Bush Administration." Congress & the Presidency 29 (2002): 47-67.
        {Journal Article }
      2002
      • Deen, Laura W. Arnold. "Veto Threats as a Policy Tool: When to Threaten?." Presidential Studies Quarterly 32 (2002): 30-45.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 2001
      • Deen, Rebecca. Rev. of The White House Staff: Inside the West Wing and Beyond, by Brookings Institution Press. Journal of Politics 2001: 957.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 2001
      • Deen, Thomas Little and Jill Clark. "Legislative Leaders' Careers: Policy and Process Expertise, Sources of Policy Information, Career Interests and Term Limits." Spectrum: The Journal of State Government 74 (2001): 1-4.
        {Journal Article }
      2001
      • Deen, Thomas Little and Dana Dunn. "A View from the Top: Gender Differences in Legislative Priorities Among State Legislative Leaders." Women & Politics 22 (2001): 29-50.
        {Journal Article }
      2001
      • Deen, Beth Anne Shelton. "Trends in and effects of modern divorce law." Gender Mosaics: Social Perspectives (2001): 216-226.
        {Journal Article }
      2001
      • Deen, Joseph Ignagni and James Meernik. "Executive Influence on the U.S. Supreme Court: Solicitor General Amicus Cases, 1953-1997." American Review of Politics 22 (2001): 3-26.
        {Journal Article }

      Book Review 2000
      • Deen, Rebecca. Rev. of Good Advice: Information & Policy Making in the White House, by Daniel Ponder. Presidential Studies Quarterly. 2000: 813.
        {Book Review }

      Journal Article 2000
      • Deen, Laura W. Arnold and Samuel C. Patterson. "Friendship and Votes: The Impact of Interpersonal Ties on Legislative Decision Making." State and Local Government Review 32 (2000): 142-147.
        {Journal Article }

      Book 2000
      • Deen, Jose Angel Gutierrez. Chicanas in Texas Politics. East Lansing, Michigan: The Julian Samora Research Institute, Michigan State University, 2000.
        {Book }

      Journal Article 1999
      • Deen, Thomas Little. "Getting to the Top: Factors Influencing the Selection of Women to Positions of Leadership in State Legislatures." State and Local Government Review 31 (1999): 1-12.
        {Journal Article }

Presentations

    • January  2014
      "Flipped Learning: A Springboard into the Deep End of Learning?"

      Presented at the Teaching and Learning Conference, American Political Science Association, February 2014.

  • Past
    •  
      Separation of Powers: The United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Government as a Direct Party
      With Joseph Ignagni.  Presented at the Paris International Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences, June 2011, Paris, France.

  • Past
    •  
      Checks and Balances: The United States as a Party before the U.S. Supreme Court
      With Joseph Ignagni
  • Past
    •  
      “It's for the children:" Intensive Mothering and the School Volunteer.
      With Beth Anne Shelton

Courses

      • POLS 4320-001 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, CIVIL SOCIETY, AND COMMUNITY

        The study of civic engagement, leadership, and political participation. The relationship of community to public policy, political elites and disenfranchised groups. May employ service learning.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • POLS 2311-007 US Government

        For instance, have you ever wondered why government works (or doesn’t) the way it does?  Have you ever considered why the US Congress passes some laws but not others?  Why people choose to run for elected office and, relatedly, why we have the candidates we do?  What about the US Supreme Court?  It’s “supposed” to be unbiased and above politics, right?  (Spoiler alert: maybe, not so much.)

        This class will explore all these questions and more in three sections: foundations (why do we have what we have); people (who participates and how); branches of government (what in the world are our public servants doing in DC). 

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • POLS 4320-001 Civic Engagement, Civil Society and Community

        Imagine in your mind’s eye a “healthy community.”  What are its characteristics?  In addition to the physical spaces (parks, schools, shopping, public spaces, roads, etc.), imagine the people.  What are they doing?  How are they using their free time?  Are they coming together in groups or living their lives in a solitary fashion?  If they form groups, what do those groups look like?  Are they primarily based on shared interests?  Are they formed around an issue or topic that affects the community? 

        Now think about the “engaged person” – that man or woman who attends community meetings, works on behalf of causes or groups, who volunteers his or her time, perhaps runs for elected office or volunteers for appointed positions.  What explains why these people choose to spend their time in this fashion?  What difference does it make if a community has more or less of these people?  What impact do they have on society?  How do their activities involve (or not involve), affect or not affect public policy?

        This course will explore these issues using the city of Arlington as a case study.  Students will learn what scholars have to say about civic engagement and social capital and their relationship to political behavior (like voting, working on campaigns or donating money).  We will explore civic engagement and civil society both at the level of the community (what are the characteristics of a “healthy” or “engaged” society) and at the individual level (what does it mean for a person to be civic minded or to be “engaged” in their community).  We will learn from local organizations, elected officials and civic leaders as well as our own observations about the communities in which we live.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • POLS 4320-001 Civic Engagement, Civil Society and Community

        The study of civic engagement, leadership, and political participation. The relationship of community to public policy, political elites and disenfranchised groups. May employ service learning.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • POLS 4320-001 Civic Engagement, Civil Society and Community

        POLS 4320. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, CIVIL SOCIETY, AND COMMUNITY. 3 Hours.

        The study of civic engagement, leadership, and political participation. The relationship of community to public policy, political elites and disenfranchised groups. May employ service learning.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2016 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • POLS 4392-001 Civic Engagement, Civil Society and Community

        Imagine in your mind’s eye a “healthy community.”  What are its characteristics?  In addition to the physical spaces (parks, schools, shopping, public spaces, roads, etc.), imagine the people.  What are they doing?  How are they using their free time?  Are they coming together in groups or living their lives in a solitary fashion?  If they form groups, what do those groups look like – are they primarily based on shared interests or are they formed around an issue or topic that affects the community? 

        Now think about the “engaged person” – that man or woman who attends community meetings, works on behalf of causes or groups, who volunteers his or her time, perhaps runs for elected office or volunteers for appointed positions.  What explains why these people choose to spend their time in this fashion?  What difference does it make if a community has more or less of these people?  What impact do they have on society?  How do their activities involve (or not involve), affect or not affect public policy?

        This course will explore these issues using the city of Arlington as a case study.  Students will learn what scholars have to say about civic engagement and its relationship to political behavior (like voting, working on campaigns or donating money), what civil society is and what community means.  We will explore civic engagement and civil society both at the level of the community (what are the characteristics of a “healthy” or “engaged” society) and at the individual level (what does it mean for a person to be civic minded or to be “engaged” in their community).  We will learn from local organizations, elected officials and civic leaders as well as our own observations about the communities in which we live.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015 Download Syllabus Contact info & Office Hours
      • POLS 4316-601 Women in the Political Process
        No Description Provided.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 4333-001 Presidential Leadership in Domestic Policy Making
        Explores the policy process from the perspective of the U.S. president, examining the president's influence through the policy stages. Prerequisite: POLS 2311 and POLS 2312.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • POLS 4333-001 Presidential Leadership in Domestic Policy Making
        Explores the policy process from the perspective of the U.S. president, examining the president's influence through the policy stages. Prerequisite: POLS 2311 and POLS 2312.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 4333-001 Presidential Leadership in Domestic Policy Making
        Explores the policy process from the perspective of the U.S. president, examining the president's influence through the policy stages. Prerequisite: POLS 2311 and POLS 2312.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • POLS 2311-007 US Government
        The political system in the United States is complex and fascinating.Because every resident of this country is affected by government, understanding the way the system operates is critical.This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of U.S. politics by surveying its basic components.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 2311-007 US Government
        The constitution and government of the United States. The organization, procedures, and duties of the branches of the government, together with their accomplishments and defects.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 2311-007 US Government
        The constitution and government of the United States. The organization, procedures, and duties of the branches of the government, together with their accomplishments and defects.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 4316-001 Women in the Political Process
        This course introduces students to the unique experiences of women in the political process, the impact of these experiences on the political system, and theories of gender and politics. Offered as POLS 4316 and WOMS 4316; credit will be granted only once.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • WOMS 4316-001 Women in the Political Process
        This course introduces students to the unique experiences of women in the political process, the impact of these experiences on the political system, and theories of gender and politics. Offered as POLS 4316 and WOMS 4316; credit will be granted only once.
        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 4316-001 Women in the Political Process
        This course introduces students to the unique experiences of women in the political process, the impact of these experiences on the political system, and theories of gender and politics. Offered as POLS 4316 and WOMS 4316; credit will be granted only once.
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 2311-009 U.S. Government
        The constitution and government of the United States. The organization, procedures, and duties of the branches of the government, together with their accomplishments and defects.
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 4316-001 Women in the Political Process
        Why have a course on women in the political process?Is this different than gender in the political process?What unique experiences do women and men bring to the political arena?Is gender a factor that has an impact on politics?If so, what is that impact?

         In this course we will explore these issues.First we will examine different perspectives on gender and on politics.Are there theories that help us understand the experiences of women in the political system?Do these theories help us predict the political behavior of women?

         After this foundation is laid, we will turn to an examination of women as citizens.Do men and women have different political experiences and attitudes?Are there gender differences in political behavior?

         From there we move to the experiences of women as candidates for office.We will explore the history of women candidates as well as their successes and failures at various levels of office.

         The next logical step is to examine the women who have been successful in their bid for public office.Are there gender differences in the behavior of public officials?Does the inclusion of women in the political arena have an effect on the institutions of government?

         Finally, we will investigate a few public policies that effect women and on which women have had an effect.We will briefly examine the evolution of these policies as well as explore their ramification on women and on men.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • POLS 4316-001 Women in the Political Process
        Why have a course on women in the political process?Is this different than gender in the political process?What unique experiences do women and men bring to the political arena?Is gender a factor that has an impact on politics?If so, what is that impact?

         In this course we will explore these issues.First we will examine different perspectives on gender and on politics.Are there theories that help us understand the experiences of women in the political system?Do these theories help us predict the political behavior of women?

         After this foundation is laid, we will turn to an examination of women as citizens.Do men and women have different political experiences and attitudes?Are there gender differences in political behavior?

         From there we move to the experiences of women as candidates for office.We will explore the history of women candidates as well as their successes and failures at various levels of office.

         The next logical step is to examine the women who have been successful in their bid for public office.Are there gender differences in the behavior of public officials?Does the inclusion of women in the political arena have an effect on the institutions of government?

         Finally, we will investigate a few public policies that effect women and on which women have had an effect.We will briefly examine the evolution of these policies as well as explore their ramification on women and on men.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 5320-001 The American Presidency

        This is a course about the president, the presidency and how to study this subfield of American politics.We begin the semester with an introduction to various conceptualizations of presidential power (political, constitutional).We will spend a week on organizing the presidency and the White House.We then turn to the difficulties presidents have negotiating the political environment (public leadership) and the inter-institutional environment.The latter topic is taken from a theoretical perspective (presidency in a separated system) as well as empirical (the relationship of the presidency to the other two branches).

        While we will cover basic information about the presidency in this course, much more emphasis is placed on reviewing research in this subfield.We want to develop an understanding of the state of the discipline; what does political science know and how does it know it?As a result of this focus, students will refine their critical thinking and analysis skills.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus
      • POLS 5320-001 The American Presidency

        This is a course about the president, the presidency and how to study this subfield of American politics.We begin the semester with an introduction to various conceptualizations of presidential power (political, constitutional).We will spend a week on organizing the presidency and the White House.We then turn to the difficulties presidents have negotiating the political environment (public leadership) and the inter-institutional environment.The latter topic is taken from a theoretical perspective (presidency in a separated system) as well as empirical (the relationship of the presidency to the other two branches).

        While we will cover basic information about the presidency in this course, much more emphasis is placed on reviewing research in this subfield.We want to develop an understanding of the state of the discipline; what does political science know and how does it know it?As a result of this focus, students will refine their critical thinking and analysis skills.

        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010 Download Syllabus

Service to the Community

  • Appointed
    • May 2015 to  May 2015 Presentation on the Life and Legacy of Barbara Jordan

      Presented a talk on “The Life and Legacy of Barbara Jordan” to the Greater Arlington-Mansfield Democratic Women, May 2, 2015.

    • Feb 2014 to  Mar 2014 Presentation on Women's Presence in State and National Politics

      Presented “Women’s Presence in State and National Politics” to IGNITE Texas 2014, a conference to encourage young women to a life of public service.  2/22/14.

    • Nov 2013 to  Nov 2013 Presented a webinar on Elections in North Texas: Impact of 2013 and a look ahead to 2014

      Presented a webinar to The North Texas Commission, “Elections in North Texas: Impact of 2013 and a look ahead to 2014” 11/11/13 (http://ntc-dfw.org/webinar/).

Other Service Activities

  • Uncategorized
    • Apr 2013 National Service

      Reviewer:
      Journal of Politics
      Congress & the Presidency
      American Politics Research

      Reviewer, U.S. Department of Education

      Reviewer:
      Houghton Mifflin
      Wadsworth
      Addison Wesley Longman
      Worth Publishers, Inc.
       
      Section Head, Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meetings 2005.
      Chair, APSA Presidency Research Group Founders Award Committee for best paper by a graduate student, 2003 2004.
      Member, APSA Presidency Research Group Founders Award Committee for best paper by a graduate student, 2002 - 2003.
      Member, APSA Presidency Research Group Founders Award Committee for best paper on the Presidency, 2000 2001; 2005-2006.
      Member, Committee to select the Best Graduate Student Paper presented at the Southwestern Political Science Association Meetings, 2000.
      Member, APSA Presidency Research Group Founders Award Committee for best paper by a graduate student, 1999.

    • Apr 2013 University Service
      • Member, Professional e-Learning Community Program, Connected to Learning: Technology for Engagement and Retention, University of Texas at Arlington 2012-13.
      • Member, First Year Seminar Advisory Committee, 2010 to present.
      • Bill Archer Fellowship Selection Committee, Honors College, member 2002 to present (various years).
      • Principle Investigator, Quality Enhancement Program in anticipation of the re-affirmation for accreditation visit by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools), 2006-2007.
      • Member, NCAA Division I Second Cycle Athletics Certification Committee, Minority Opportunities and Issues subcommittee, 2006-2007.
      • Steering Committee, Abstracts Editor, Awards Committee member, Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, 2005.
      • Mentor, Faculty Mentoring Program, 2004-2005.
      • University Hearing Panel, 2004-2007.
      • Judge, Awards Committee member, Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students, 2004, 2007.
      • Moderator, The Great Debate, College Republicans and University Democrats debate the issues. April 7, 2004.Moderator, The Great Debate, College Republicans and University Democrats debate the issues. April 7, 2004.
      • Member, College of Liberal Arts Curriculum Committee, 2002-present.
      • Elected member, Women's Studies Advisory Board, 1998 ?" present.
      • Advisor, Asian Students Association, 1998 ?" present.
      • Member, Liberal Arts Residential Learning Committee, 2003-2004.
      • Liberal Arts Representative, Residential Learning Committee, 2003-2004.
      • Member, Committee on Tenure and Academic Freedom and Responsibilities, 2003-2005.
      • Member, Status of Women and Minorities Committee, 2002-2004.
      • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, 1999 ?" 2006.
      • Member, Advisory Committee, Center for Community Service Learning, 2002-2004.
      • Member, Honors College Dean Search Committee, 2002-2003.
      • Chair, U.S. Department of State Site Visit organizing committee, Spring 2003.
      • Faculty in Residence, Center for Community Service Learning, 2002-2003.
      • Member, Dean of School of Urban and Public Affairs Review Committee, 2002.
      • Participant, University Libraries Annual Report Interview process, 2002.
      • Member, Staff Search Committee, Department of Recreational Sports, 2002.
      • Member, University Scholarship Loans and Awards Committee, 2001 ?" 2003.
      • Member, University Library Advisory Committee, 2000 ?" 2003.
      • Member, Wole Soyinka Organizational Committee, 2002.
      • Chair, Committee to redesign American Studies, Honors College 1999 ?" 2001.
      • Judge and Chair of Judges, University Organizational Committee for the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, 1998 ?" 2002.
      • Serve on the University Organizational Committee for the Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, 1998 ?" 2000.
      • Elected member, Undergraduate Assembly, 1999 ?" 2001.
      • "Celebrity Server" 1999 Fall Maverick Cookout.
      • Participant, Student Affairs Leadership Conference, August 11 ?" 13, 1999, Glen Rose, Texas.
      • Faculty mentor, MAVScholars Program, 1998 ?" 2000.
      • Honorary Guest Coach, UTA Volleyball, Fall 1997.
    • Apr 2013 Department Service
      • Chair, 2008 to present.
      • Undergraduate Advisor, 2002 to 2008.
      • Chair, Curriculum Committee, 2002 to 2008
      • Coordinator of 2311 sections, 2005 to 2008.
      • Chair, Retention Committee, 2001 to 2008.
      • Chair, Student Honors Committee, 1999 to 2008.
      • Member, Management Advisory Committee to the Chair, 2007-2008.
      • Member, Administrative Advisory Committee to the Chair, 2007-2008.
      • Member, Evaluation Committee, 2007-2008
      • Member, Programs and Haggard Lectures, 2005 to present, Chair 2007-2008.
      • Member, Graduate Studies Committee, 2002-to present.
      • Member, Student Competency Committee, 2002 to present.
      • Member, Tenure and Promotion, 2004 ?" 2006, 2007-2008.
      • Advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honorary, 1998 ?" 2011.
      • Member, Executive Committee, 2007-2008, 2005-2006, 2003-2004, 2002-2003, 1998 ?" 2000.
      • Associate Undergraduate Advisor, 1999 ?" 2002.
      • Member, Faculty Search Committee, 2004-2005, 2003-2004, 2000 ?" 2001.
      • Member, Computer Facilities Committee, 1999 ?" 2001.
      • Member, Research Committee, 1998-99.
      • Member, Affirmative Action Committee, 1997-98.
    • Apr 2013 Professional Development

      Presented Flips, Blends and the Flying Trapeze: Acrobatic Models of Instruction on flipped learning models of instruction, February 22, 2013, University of Texas at Arlington.

      Member, Professional e-Learning Community Program, Connected to Learning: Technology for Engagement and Retention, University of Texas at Arlington 2012-13.Bi-weekly meetings to learn, connect and collaborate with colleagues, charge to take information back to Department and College.

      Organize a series of brown bag teaching meetings, Department of Political Science, University of Texas at Arlington. 2012-13.

      Attended Lily Conference on College and University Teaching., September 20-23, 2012.

      Member and Principle Investigator for Quality Enhancement Program, Active Learning, 2006-2010.Participation in various workshops on student learning objectives, higher order thinking skills, active learning.

      Presented Quality Enhancement Program results at Engaging Students: the Process and Product of Effective Active Learning.The University of Texas at Arlington.October 8, 2010.

  • Uncategorized
    • Apr 2013 Community Service

      Presentations
       

      Featured Speaker, Focus on Faculty, UTA University Libraries, October 27, 2004.

      Featured Speaker, Honors College Coffee Talk, March 30, 2004.

      Featured Speaker, Downtown Arlington Rotary Club, Arlington, Texas. May 30, 2002.

      Participant, Advanced Placement American Government Seminars, presented by the Department of Political Science, UTA, 1999 ?" 2002.

      Participant, Expanding Your Horizons in Math and Science, sponsored by the Women's Studies Program at The University of Texas at Arlington, to encourage young girls towards careers using mathematics and science skills.
      Presenter (1998, 2000).
      Member, Organizing Committee (1998 to present).
      Chair, Presenters Coordination and Recruitment Committee (2002 to present).
      Chair, Student Volunteers Committee (1999 ?" 2001).

      Participant, Informational session with Hiroshi Chayama, Consul, Consulate General of Japan, regarding the 2000 American Presidential Election.
      Featured Speaker, "Women's Wednesdays" at Arlington High School, Fall 1999.
      Featured Speaker, Women's History Month, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas. 3/19/1998.

      (selected) Media

      Interviewed regarding the Texas Constitutional amendment elections, KERA (90.1) Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, November 2-3, 2015

      Featured guest on KERA (90.1) Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, Think, Previewing GOP Debate, August 6, 2015.

      Interviewed for “Obama vetoes Keystone Pipeline”  in The Toronto Star, Wednesday 2/25/15. http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2015/02/24/obama-vetoes-keystone-xl-bill.html

      Interviewed for “For Davis, a practiced performance in first debate, but not enough to turn the tide”  Bud Kennedy, The Star Telegram. Sunday, 9/21/14, B1.

      Interviewed for “Wendy Davis critics question abortion story, decision” Peggy Fikac, The Houston Chronicle. 9/10/14.

      Interviewed for “Commentary - Some Davis foes pushing a seamy agenda.”  In The Houston Chronicle. Monday, January 27, 2014, B2.

      Featured in-studio interview on Fox Sunday (KDFW/Fox4) regarding Michelle Obama, January 26, 2013.

      Analysis Featured - guest on KERA (90.1) Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, Think, Previewing the 2012 National Conventions, August 21, 2012

      Interviewed by NBC5 News at 5pm, KXAS (NBC)Dallas, TX, Oct 06 2011 5:17PM CDT on the 2012 Republican Party Presidential nomination contest.

      Interviewed by Fox 4 News at 5:30, KDFW (Fox)Dallas, TX Sep 14 2011 5:31PM CDT on the 2012 Republican Party Presidential nomination contest.

      Interviewed for Texas gubernatorial hopeful Shami says his religious beliefs defy an easy label. In The Star Telegram January 13, 2010.7B.

      Interviewed for Palin shifts outlook for undecideds: The VP pick raises new issues for "Wal-Mart moms," but many say they haven't made a final decision. In The Denver Post September 14, 2008.

      Interviewed for Unfamiliarity aside, Texas Republicans encouraged by pick in Fort Worth Star Telegram. August 30, 2008. A12.

      Interviewed for Campaign reflects long divide over rights fight ?" Clinton-Obama decision has roots in abolitionism in Philadelphia Inquirer, March 6, 2008. E01.

      Interviewed for Voters feel torn: Obey heads or listen to hearts? in Fort Worth Star Telegram. March 2, 2008. A16.

      Interviewed for Women agonize about choices ?" With eyes of nation on Texas, many checking their motives in Dallas Morning News. February 27, 2008, 1A.

      Interviewed for Women voters in Texas feeling the pressure in Dallas Morning News. February 27, 2008.

      Interviewed for Candidates start working to round up Texas votes in Star Telegram. February 13, 2008.

      Interviewed for Texas primary combines traditional vote, caucus in Star Telegram. February 10, 2008.

      Interviewed for Match Game 08 ?" Need help picking a presidential candidate?These online quizzes are fast, painless and surprisingly informative in Star Telegram. January 14, 2008. E1

      Interviewed for WFAA-TV news story on the Iowa Caucus, January 2008.

      "National Political DigestDetroit Free Press. June 24, 2007. 14A

      Interviewed for Womens votes at center stage in Star Telegram. June 11, 2007. A1

      Interviewed for Womens vote is a big factor in 2008 in Star Telegram. June 11, 2007. A13

      Interviewed for 38th President Leaves A Legacy of Healing in The Washington Post.Thursday, December 28, 2006; A01.

      Gerald Rudolph Ford 1913-2006 ?" Life and Legacy ?" Fords first act sealed his fate ?" He lost in 76 because of pardon, but now many say he was right.The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) December 28, 2006. A6

Administrative Appointment

  • 2008
    • Aug 2008 to Present - Department Chair, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Arlington   Department of Political Science
  • 2002
    • Aug 2002 to Aug 2008 - Faculty Undergraduate Advisor, College of Liberal Arts, University of Texas at Arlington   Department of Political Science

Other Administration Activities

  • 2014
    • University Service
      • Jan 2014 Deputy Title IX Coordinator