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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

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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