CURRENTLY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Model U.N. Program Relaunches after Thirty Years
What do Betamax tapes, the Berlin Wall, and Magnum P.I. have in common with K-State’s Model United Nations program? The last time they were all around was the 1980s. John Fliter, associate professor of political science, is bringing Model U.N. back to K-State after a three-decade hiatus. Read more >>
Internationally Recognized Speakers Visit KSU Political Science
Two internationally prominent speakers will visit the department this fall.
Patrick James, Dornsife Dean's Professor and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California, will give a talk on succeeding in graduate study and academia in the discipline of political science on September 17 in KSU Union Room 207 from 2:00-4:00 pm.
Mark Tessler, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, will give a public lecture entitled ”Islam and the Search for a Political Formula: Findings from the Arab Barometer” in the Leadership Studies Building’s Town Hall (Room 114) November 4 at 6 pm.
We already have two notable visitors lined up for the spring semester as well. We anticipate that Amaney Jamal from Princeton University, an expert on democratization in the Middle East, will visit the department in early spring and Cooper Drury from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an expert on foreign policy analysis, will be on campus in late spring. Read more >>
Professors Win Prominent Teaching Awards
KSU's Department of Political Science has a long history of teaching excellence and of winning the university’s highest teaching honors. This year is no exception. Dr. John Fliter, Jr. was awarded the most prestigious teaching honor at KSU. He will serve as the Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars for 2013-2014. Dr. Brianne Heidbreder received the William L. Stamey Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. Read more >>
Department Launches Online Graduate Certificate
The Department of Political Science recently introduced a new graduate Certificate in Public Administration. The certificate provides the fundamentals of public administration knowledge for busy professionals and others who desire the flexibility of online learning. We will soon offer a set of online non-credit course modules on local government law as well. The modules have been endorsed by the Kansas League of Municipalities and will fulfill continuing education requirements for attorneys, planners, and engineers. Read more >>
New Courses Offered in the Department
Four new courses are being offered by the department this academic year: Political Islam, Local Government Law, Public Finance, and Strategic Management of Public Organizations. Political Islam should be of interest to students from a wide variety of majors, while the three other courses will be of interest to students who anticipate careers in government or professions that will interact frequently with government. Read more >>