I pretend to supervise and increase the efficiency of a great group of faculty and staff. Additionally, I oversee the strategic direction of the College and make decisions that others are glad they do not have to make. Increasingly, my time focuses on building relationships with alumni and friends of the Honors College. Finally, when I am really lucky, I hang out and try to influence a wonderful group of Honors scholars.
I have Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of Cincinnati and a. B.S. in Political Science, from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
I primarily researched issues related to how democracies address political terrorism and the international security policy, but as my career has evolved my research has increasingly focused on issues related to educating high-achieving students and the administrative challenges of building an Honors College from the ground up.
“Promoting Speech and Debate as Beneficial for College Readiness,” Rostrum: A Publication of the National Forensic League, Vol. 88, Iss. 3, Winter 2014, pp. 46-48. With Jace Lux.
“High School Speech & Debate Activities and College Readiness,” Rostrum: A Publication of the National Forensic League, Vol. 87, Iss. 8, April 2013, pp. 38-42. With Jace Lux.
“The Three “Ts” of Giving Back: Time, Talent and Treasure,” Rostrum: A Publication of the National Forensic League, Vol. 86, Iss. 9, May 2012, pp. 32-34. With Jace Lux.
“Moving Mountains: Honors as Leverage for Institutional Change,” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2011, 101-04.
"The Role of Forensics in Selecting a College or University," Rostrum: A Publication of the National Forensic League, Vol. 85, Iss. 9, May 2011, 58-61.
“Elitism Misunderstood: In Defense of Equal Opportunity,” Journal of the National Collegiate Honors Council, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2009, 53-56, (Co-authored with Anne Rinn).
“Honors in 2025: Becoming What You Emulate,” HIP: Honors in Practice, Vol. 4, 2008, pp. 25-8.
“Literary New England: Planning and Implementing Domestic Travel Study,” HIP: Honors in Practice, Vol. 4, 2008, 127-142. (Co-authored with Derick Strode).
“The Institutional Perspective: Why National Scholarships Matter,” NAFA Journal, Summer 2007, pp. 15-6. • “BBQ with the Profs” and the Development of Collegial Associations,” HIP: Honors in Practice, Vol. 3, 2007, pp, 129-141. (Co-authored with Lindsey B. Thurman).
“John F. Kennedy’s Foreign Policy,” Book chapter in U.S. Presidents and International Relations. Editors Carl Hodge and Cathal Nolan. ABC-Clio, Inc. Santa Barbara, CA, 2007.
“Provincial Reconstruction Teams and Security Assistance: Comments on an Evolving Concept,” Defense Institute Security Assistance Management (DISAM) August 2005.
I enjoy international travel, reading and watching science/speculative fiction, exercising, cooking, gardening and hanging out with my two Pugs - Xerxes and Xenophon.
The opportunity to take a leading role in designing and constructing the first Honors College in the Commonwealth and to work with and learn from a great group of colleagues and live in the community of Bowling Green brought me to WKU.
I became a professor as a result of JRR Tolkien and a ruined date. I am a life long member of Steeler Nation. In a former life known as my youth, I spent ten summers working in the charter sport fishing industry – many of my fondest memories are of fishing on Lake Michigan. I gave up fishing professionally to run a re-election campaign for my congressman. I miss fishing more than politics.