I'm currently the assistant department chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Middle Georgia State University and an assistant professor of political science, straddling the worlds of academic administration and teaching faculty.
Middle Georgia State University is a public, master's granting institution with five physical campuses (three part-residential; two commuter-only) serving an the 18-county region of central Georgia, including the anchor cities of Macon and Warner Robins.
My administrative role involves helping the department chair run a multidisciplinary department including nearly 30 full-time and part-time faculty members in anthropology, history, and political science. Our responsibilities include hiring full-time and part-time faculty, performing faculty evaluations and performance reviews, recommending merit adjustments for full-time faculty, class scheduling, strategic planning, curriculum design, program assessment, and student advising. I recently worked with faculty in another department to establish a track for students to complete an bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a field concentration in political science, for the first time in the history of the university.
My major research interests are in American and comparative public opinion and political behavior (voting and political participation); I have secondary research interests in legislative politics and the scholarship of teaching and learning (STOL). My recent projects have included investigating the efficacy of open educational resources, examining citizens' responses to Congressional redistricting, and developing a deeper understanding of regional identity among residents of the American South.
I currently teach courses in American and comparative politics; I also have extensive experience teaching social science research methods, particularly at the undergraduate level.