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Faculty

Jonathan Olsen
Department Chair
Professor of Government
B.A., University of Texas in Austin
M.A., Kansas University
Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park 

Valentine J. Belfiglio
Professor of Government
B.S., Pha., Union University
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Jacob M. Blosser
Associate Professor of History
B.A., Milligan College
M.A., James Madison University
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Sara Fanning
Assistant Professor of History
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
M.A., National University of Ireland, Galway
Ph.D., the University of Texas at Austin

Parker Hevron
Assistant Professor of Government
B.A., Austin College
Ph.D., University of Southern California

Lybeth Hodges
Professor of History
B.S., University of North Texas
M.A., Texas Woman's University
Ph.D., Texas Tech University

Timothy K. Hoye
Professor of Government
B.A. and M.A., Texas A&M University - Commerce
Ph.D., Duke University

Katherine Landdeck
Associate Professor of History
B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock
M.A. and Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Barbara A. Presnall
Professor of Government
B.A. and M.A., George Washington University
Ph.D., American University

Jeffrey B. Robb
Professor of Government
B.A. North Texas State University
M.S.L., University of North Texas
J.D., University of Texas Law School

Paul D. Travis
Professor of History
B.A., University of Wichita
M.A., Wichita State University
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Lynette Hudson
Administrative Assistant


Emerita

Jim Alexander
Professor, Emeritus
Ph.D., The American University
M.A. Texas A&M University at Commerce
B.A. Texas A&M University at Commerce
Primary Teaching Area: Constitutional Law

Patricia Devereaux
Senior Lecturer, Emerita
M.A. Texas Woman’s University
B.A. Texas Woman's University 

Adjuncts

Monica Alfaro-Rodriguez
M.A. Texas Woman's University
B.A. Texas Woman's University
Primary Teaching Area: US National Government, Texas Government, Constitutional Law

Velton Carter
M.S. University of North Texas
B.S. University of North Texas 
Primary Teaching Area: Introduction to Criminal Justice

Roy de Carvalho
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A. Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Primary Teaching Area: World Civilization

Jennifer Danley-Scott
Ph.D. University of California
M.A. University of California
B.A. University of Southern California
Primary Teaching Area: US National Government, Texas Government, American Legislative Process, American Presidency, Media and Politics

Kam de Leon
M.A. Texas Woman's University
B.S. Texas Woman's University
Primary Teaching Area: Introductory US History

Katie Fogle
M.A. Texas Woman's University
B.A. University of North Texas 
Primary Teaching Area: Introductory US History

Lee Gabriel
J.D. Texas Tech University School of Law
B.A. Texas Tech University
Primary Teaching Area: Criminal Law

Daniel Hawkes
M.A. Texas Woman's University
B.A. Texas Woman's University
Primary Teaching Area: Introductory US History

Joanie Housewright
M.A. Texas Woman's University
B.S. Texas Woman's University
Primary Teaching Area: Police Policy and Practice, Criminal Investigation

Thomas Miles
Ph.D. University of North Texas
M.A. Texas State University
B.S. University of Texas at Tyler
Primary Teaching Area: US National government, Texas Government

Marilyn Murphy
M.A. Texas Woman's University
B.A. Texas Woman's University
Primary Teaching Area: Introductory US History

Scott Nelson
Ph.D. University of Houston
M.S. University of North Texas 
B.S. University of North Texas 
Primary Teaching Area: Introductory US History

Henry C. Paine, Jr.
J.D. St. Mary’s University School of Law
B.A. Texas A&M University
Primary Teaching Area: Criminal Evidence and Procedure

Elizabeth Snapp
M.A. University of North Texas 
M.L.S. University of North Texas 
B.A. University of North Texas 
Primary Teaching Area: Texas History, Women in Texas History

Jeff Springer
J.D. Baylor Law School
B.A. Baylor University
Primary Teaching Area: Civil Trial Practice, Moot Court

Faculty News

Fall 2014 - Dr. Sara Fanning (history) had her book, Caribbean Crossing: African Americans and the Haitian Emigration Movement, published by New York University Press.

Fall 2014 - Dr. Barbara Presnall (government) and Dr. Katherine Landdeck (history) organized and secured funding for a new class of "Op-Ed" (Public Voices Thought Leadership) scholars at TWU.  This national project was established to increase the impact of women and minorities in the broader public conversation.

Fall 2014 - Dr. Jonathan Olsen (government) published his article, "Past Imperfect, Future Tense: The SPD Before and After the 2013 Federal Election," in German Politics, vol. 32 (3). Dr. Olsen was also appointed as the North American Secretary of the International Association of German Politics (IASGP).

Fall 2014 - Dr. Parker Hevron (government) co-authored a book chapter with Dr. Ann Crigler, "Affect and Political Choice," which was included in the Oxford Handbook of Political Communication.

Fall 2014- Dr. Lybeth Hodges (history) continues to serve as Speaker Pro Tem of the Faculty Senate at TWU.

Fall 2014 - Dr. Jacob Blosser (history) serves as faculty sponsor of Phi Alpha Theta, TWU's local chapter of the History National Honor Society.  The chapter publishes its own journal, for which Dr. Blosser serves as editor.  In the fall of 2014, Phi Alpha Theta won the award for best chapter nationally, the second straight year it has done so.

Fall 2014 - Dr. Jeffrey Robb (government) has been appointed as President of the Southwest Association of Prelaw Advisors.  Dr. Robb also serves as a member of the Prelaw Advisors National Council.

Fall 2013 - Dr. Tim Hoye (government) published a book chapter, "John H. Hallowell, Principled Pragmatist," in Teaching in an Age of Ideology, Lexington Books.

Spring 2013 - Dr. Tim Hoye (government) was selected to teach at Harlaxton College, United Kingdom.  Harlaxton College is TWU's signature study abroad program.

Spring 2013 - Dr. Paul Travis (history) and Dr. Jeffrey Robb (government) co-authored an article, "The Rise and Fall of the Gulf Coast Tung Oil Industry," which appeared in the journal Forest History Today, vol. 19 (#1 and #2).

Fall 2012 - Dr. Val Belfiglio (government) had his book, Correlations Between the Physical and Social Sciences published with the University Press of America.

Summer 2012 - Dr. Thomas Miles (government) co-authored with Anna Batta, Paul M. Collins, Jr., and Lori A Ringhand the article "Let's Talk: The Discussion of Judicial Decisions at Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings" which will appear in the next issue of Judicature.

Summer 2012 - Dr. Jennifer Danley-Scott (government) co-authored with Deborah Tompsett-Maken the article "Balancing Optimal Assessment with Part-Time Faculty Participation: A Discipline's Dilemma" which will be published in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice.

Summer 2012 - Dr. Jake Blosser's (history) article, "John Tillotson’s Latitudinarian Legacy: Orthodoxy, Heterodoxy, and the Pursuit of Happiness" (Anglican & Episcopal History, June 2011) has been awarded the Nelson Burr Prize by the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church for the "best overall" article appearing in Anglican & Episcopal History in 2011.

Spring 2012 - Mrs. Patricia Devereaux (government) received a Certificate of Recognition for Academic Excellence and Commitment to Higher Education from the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae Association.

Spring 2012 - Dr. Val Belfiglio (government) served as Associate Editor for volume 6, issue 6 of The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences.

Spring 2012 - Dr. Jake Blosser (history) has been nominated by the TWU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi for a national Scholar Award. The award is given for a distinguished record of past scholarly achievements; documented evidence of national or international prominence and visibility; demonstrated consistency of excellence in teaching and/or service; and/or a distinguished record of honors, publications, patents, inventions or other types of recognition for excellence and scholarly achievement.

Spring 2012 - Dr. Lybeth Hodges, Dr. Jake Blosser, and Dr. Sara Fanning (history) served as judges for Texas History Day at the Keller Independent School District.  Winners for this event will go on to compete in a regional event to be held at the University of North Texas.  Winners of the regional event will then compete on the state level in Austin, with winners moving on to National History Day in Washington, D.C.

Spring 2012 - Dr. Jake Blosser (history) has been named to the National Advisory Board of Phi Alpha Theta.

Spring 2012 - Dr. Barbara Presnall (Government)  has been appointed to the Professional Development Committee of the Southern Political Science Association.

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