The Department Welcomes Dr. Michelle D. Deardorff as its New Department Head
Dr. Michelle D. Deardorff was selected as the Head of the Department of Political Science, Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. Her research and teaching interests focus on constitutional rights as they intersect with the cleavages of race, gender, and religion, as well as in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She is currently completing a book entitled Equating Pregnancy: Pregnancy Discrimination and Employment that examines the lower federal courts’ interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in relationship to pregnancy protections in employment. Dr. Deardorff’s interests are also reflected in her participation as a core faculty member of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy.
Before coming to UTC, Dr. Deardorff served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Jackson State University, an Historic Black University in Mississippi, where she taught for ten years. She was the Griswold Distinguished Professor of Political Science, the chair of the Department of Political Science and Acting Dean of Arts and Sciences at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois. She is a founding member of the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute on Citizenship and Democracy, a coalition of academics who promote civic engagement and popular sovereignty through the study of civil rights in America. She currently serves as the chair of the American Political Science Association's standing Committee on Teaching and Learning.
Robert Fisher recently completed an internship with Center for American Progress, as part of his acceptance into The Institute for Responsible Citizenship’s prestigious summer leadership program. During this internship, he had the opportunity to engage key lawmakers on issues such as student loan interest rates. He also met President Barack Obama.
In addition to being a Political Science student, Robert is also a Brock Scholar and SGA President. We extend our congratulations to Robert on his achievements thus far.