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Editorial Team, 2016–2020, Journal of Political Science Education

Editor in Chief

Victor Asal (Editor in Chief) is chair of the Department of Public Administration and an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the Rockefeller College, University at Albany SUNY. Asal’s research focuses on political violence, political discrimination, and the use of simulations as a tool of teaching in political science. He has been involved in Active Learning in International Affairs section (ALIAS) of the International Studies Association and the Organized Section on Political Science Education of American Political Science Association (APSA) and has been the program chair for the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC).  At both the ISA and APSA annual meetings, he has conducted workshops about using and creating simulations, and he has published articles on simulations in International Studies Perspectives, and the Journal of Political Science Education. He has received the Deborah Gerner Innovative Teaching in International Studies Award presented by the ISA and the CQ Press Award for Teaching Innovation awarded at the APSA’s TLC.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Section

Mitchell Brown (Co-Editor) is a professor in the department of political science at Auburn University and serves as the director of its PhD program in public administration and public policy. Her broader research agenda focuses on the empowerment efforts of marginalized communities, which she pursues particularly through applied research. In addition, she is interested in pedagogy related to teaching research methods. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Auburn University Student Government Outstanding Faculty Award for the College of Liberal Arts for 2016 and 2013.  She is the author of numerous books, research articles, and reports, including her two most recent books, Administering Elections: How American Elections Work with Kathleen Hale and Robert Montjoy and Applied Research Methods in Public and Non-Profit Organizations, also with Kathleen Hale.

Shane Nordyke (Co-Editor) is associate professor of political science at the University of South Dakota, where she also serves as the Director of the Government Research Bureau. She primarily teaches courses on public policy and research methods in the departments undergraduate, MPA, and PhD programs.  Her research focuses heavily on applied research with state and local partners through the government research bureau, particularly in the areas of public safety, highway safety, and homeland security. She also continues to do research on the scholarship of teaching and learning within Political Science. In 2010, she served as a lead developer for the NSF supported Online Portal of Social Science Education in Methods (OPOSSEM) and has served as the President of the Great Plains Political Science Association. 

Political Science Instruction Section

Joseph W. Roberts (Editor) is an associate professor of politics and international relations and a 2010 Presidential Fellow at Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, Rhode Island. Roberts is an inaugural Alwaleed Fellow for Oman for the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (2015– 2016). He was also a member of the RWU Fulbright-Hayes Egypt Fellowship in July 2011. He is currently the treasurer of the Organized Section on Political Science Education of the American Political Science Association.  Roberts book, How the Internet Is Changing the Practice of Politics in the Middle East: Political Protest, New Social Movements, and Electronic Samizdat, was published in 2009 from Edwin Mellen Press. He has published in European Political Science, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Periodica Islamica.

Reflections Section

Mark L. Johnson (Editor) is an instructor (with tenure) of political science and history at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, Minnesota. He is a former program committee member and chair for the APSA Teaching and Learning Conference (TLC) and has participated in eight of the TLCs as a presenter, track moderator, discussant, and workshop facilitator. At MState, he has served as co-chair of a major overhaul of the campus Academic Plan (including a redesign of the Associate of Arts degree) and chair of the college’s Curriculum Committee. He currently serves on the executive board of the Minnesota Political Science Association, as well as the program committee for the Great Plains Political Science Association’s Annual Conference. A former Chief Clerk of the North Dakota House of Representatives, he is a frequent commentator in Fargo-Moorhead media on local and regional politics and elections.

Books, Teaching Tools, and Educational Resources Section

J. Cherie Strachan (Editor) is director of student and civic engagement for the College of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and professor of political science at Central Michigan University.   She is the author of High-Tech Grassroots:  The Professionalization of Local Elections, as well as numerous articles and book chapters.  Her recent publications focus on the role of civility in a democratic society, as well as on college-level civic education interventions intended to enhance students’ civic skills and identities.  Her applied research, which focuses on facilitating student-led deliberative discussions sessions and on enhancing campus civil society, has resulted in on-going work with the Kettering Foundation.  She is also the co-founder of the Consortium for Inter-Campus SoTL Research (CISR), which facilitates cross-campus data collection for campus-wide civic engagement initiatives and political science pedagogy research.

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