The faculty prides itself on its commitment to high standards of teaching and sound scholarly research. Systematic course evaluations by students each semester are taken seriously, and individual faculty have been singled out as nominees and recipients of university Excellence in Teaching awards. The ongoing scholarly research of the faculty is reflected in the program's upper-level courses, as well as in the numerous publications in journals and books or presentations at national and international meetings.

Current Faculty

James Craig
Associate Teaching Professor
Department Chair
M.P.A. Harvard University

Rachel E. Craft
Assistant Teaching Professor
Ph.D., University of Kansas-Lawrence

Larry R, Irons
Associate Teaching Professor
Ph.D, Washington University

Chikako Usui
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University

Emeriti Faculty


Nancy Shields
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Robert Keel
Teaching Professor Emeritus
M.A., Washington University