Dr. Susan Opp honored by CSU student athletes

Dr. Susan Opp recently received the Water Pik “Excellence in Education” award for her dedicated service and excellence in teaching.  She was nominated by student athletes as a professor that has had a positive impact on their educational experience.  She received a plaque and was recognized during half-time of the CSU football game on November 14, 2015.

Professor Courtenay Daum Selected to Give the Patsy Boyer Memorial Lecture

Courtenay Daum Boyer Lecturer 2015The CSU Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research selected Dr. Courtenay Daum to give the annual Patsy Boyer Memorial Lecture on October 22, 2015.  Her talk was on “The War on Solicitation and Intersectional Subjection:  How quality of life policing is used as a tool to control transgender populations.”

The Department Welcomes Two New Faculty

This fall the department is pleased to welcome two new faculty members

Peter Haharriperris’s teaching and research interests include international security, U.S. foreign policy, and international relations theory. This semester Peter is teaching POLS 232 International Relations and POLS 437 International Security.

AllisonWhiteAAUWPhotoAllison White’s teaching and research interests are in the area of comparative politics, focusing on parties and elections under authoritarianism with a regional concentration in Russia. This semester Allison is teaching POLS 241 Comparative Politics and POLS 345 Russian, Central and East European Politics.

Professor Kyle Saunders receives APSA award

Professor Kyle Saunders is the recipient of the 2015 Paul Lazersfeld Best Paper Award in Political Communication to be presented at the upcoming American Political Science Association  annual meeting. The paper, “Conspiracy Endorsement as Motivated Reasoning: The moderating role of political knowledge and trust,” is co-authored with Christina Farhart (former MA student) and Joanne Miller, both of the University of Minnesota.

Dick Hartman (MA 1973) has died

Colorado State University and the Political Science Department lost a good friend to cancer July 30, 2015.  Richard “Dick” Hartman earned his M.A. in our department in 1973.  His focus was on natural resources and environment and he studied with Professors Norman Wengert, Phil Foss and others.  Dick did an internship in the Colorado Department of Natural Resources.  He went on to serve as the State Planning Coordinator for Wyoming Governor Ed Herschler and was one of Herschler’s close advisors.  Beginning in 1985 Dick was the Union Pacific Railroad Special Representative to the President and Director of Public Affairs for Wyoming and Colorado.  According to Professor John Straayer, “He was an extremely well liked and respected presence in governmental circles in both states.”


Political Science Professor Susan Opp Awarded APSA Pracademic Fellowship at EPA

Political Science Associate Professor Susan Opp has been awarded an American Political Science Association Pracademic Fellowship, supported by the Beryl Radin Pracademic Fund, for the Spring 2016 semester.  During this time she will be working with the Office of Policy at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC.   In this position, Dr. Opp will work with EPA administrators on a variety of projects related to the Sustainable Communities efforts (previously known as the Smart Growth Program).  Projects will include technical assistance and outreach to local governments across the United States as well as performance measurement for sustainability efforts.

Professor Steve Mumme receives College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Award

Steve Mumme was one of several CLA faculty to receive College of Liberal Arts Faculty Development Awards at the College’s spring meeting on April 8th.  The award will help Professor Mumme complete a book that documents the development of governance of water resources along the U.S.-Mexico border. More specifically, the book examines transboundary water resources management along the United States border with Mexico since the landmark 1944 Water Treaty with Mexico entered into effect in 1945.   The project as planned proceeds chronologically, examining the evolution of binational water policy through the lens of policy change theory, social movement theory, and institutional-multilevel governance analysis. The study builds on more than thirty years of scholarship and nearly a hundred published works addressing one aspect or another of border water and environmental management.  Few researchers are as well equipped to take on this research challenge.

John Straayer receives the College of Liberal Arts Distinction in Outreach Award

On April 8th John Straayer received the College of Liberal Arts Distinction in Outreach Award for his work in the department’s internship program at the Colorado General Assembly, for his many speeches to community groups, and for the countless interviews he has done in state, national, and international media outlets.  All of these activities provide very positive and high profile advertising for the university. Through these actions, John Straayer meets the achievements and contributions the Distinction for Outreach Award seeks to honor.  He enhances the College’s and University’s image by creating sustainable connections with constituencies in the state.   His involvement with governmental leaders and students helps the College develop its educational and outreach activities; and he has created a collaborative partnership with Colorado legislative leaders.

Since the legislative internship program was established in 1980, more than 900 students have participated, and it is now recognized as the state’s best.  It is estimated that John has made 1,650 trips to Denver, investing 6,000 hours of his time. His “hands on” supervision insures that students are given responsible tasks from which to learn.  Since each intern also enrolls in POLS304 (Legislative Politics), students relate their experiences to academic research via research papers and other assignments.  John has linked this service with eight professional publications.

Legislators and students alike praise the internship program.  Former interns have said:

“The internship changed my life and I cannot wait to see where it leads me in the future.”

“… the highlight of my academic life … I was sad when I had to turn in my badge and walk out of the building one last time.”

“This was one of the best college experiences I’ve ever had.”

Randy Fischer, former representative in the Colorado House of Representatives wrote that “John Straayer’s internship program at the Colorado State Capitol is legendary for its reach, quality, and longevity.  This model program has involved hundreds of Colorado legislators in the education of innumerable CSU students over many decades.  With Dr. Straayer’s capable nurturing, student interns gain invaluable, real-world experiences during their session-long service at the Capitol.  Many of these students have become leaders in their own rights and have multiplied CSU’s reach and impact nationwide.  I cannot imagine a more effective program for reaching out, creating partnerships, and building support for CSU.”

Political Science faculty named SOGES Resident Fellows and to Global Challenges Research Teams

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) has announced seven diverse Global Challenges Research Teams and three Resident Faculty Fellows. The awards, which were selected from a competitive field of proposals submitted during the winter of 2015, are intended to encourage interdisciplinary understanding of complex global environmental issues, foster collaborative cross-campus partnerships, and support sustainability research at CSU.

Charles Davis, was selected as a SOGES Resident Fellow for 2015-1016. Professor Davis’s research will address efforts by federal and state agencies to deal with air quality impacts associated with the production of shale-based oil and gas resources in the U.S.

Political Science faculty are also members of three Global Challenges Research Teams.

Food Systems Research Group. Principal Investigators: Meagan Schipanski and Arathi Seshadri, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Cini Brown, Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management; Michael Carolan, Department of Sociology; and Robert Duffy, Department of Political Science. This research team will facilitate systems-based research to address the challenge of improving global food accessibility while reducing agriculture’s environmental impacts.

Environmental Justice CSU. Principal Investigators: Tara O’Connor Shelley and Stephanie Malin, Department of Sociology; Dimitris Stevis, Department of Political Science; and Melinda Laituri, Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. This research team will work to deepen and broaden the environmental justice community within CSU, establish networks within the region and globally, and demonstrate how and why equity and environmental justice are necessary elements of the study of the environment, public health, and sustainability.

World Wide Views on Climate Change and Energy. Principal Investigators: Michele Betsill, Department of Political Science; Tony Cheng, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship; David McIvor, Department of Political Science. Following the June 6, 2015, World Wide Views on Climate and Energy ‘Day of Deliberation’ event, this GCRT will convene an interdisciplinary team to discuss results from the event and to conduct academic research projects on citizen engagement and public opinion on climate change and energy issues.