Faculty

Mike Morgan

Michael A. Morgan

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor

Department: Political Science

Education: Master of Arts in Political Science, University of Kentucky, 2014; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Marietta College, 2010

Research Interests: My primary research agenda is in the field of International Relations and focuses on international conflict and conflict management strategies. Specifically, I investigate situations that involve multilateral efforts, such as military coalitions and peacekeeping operations.

Courses (Fall 2014): Issues in International Relations, Political Behavior in the United States, American Foreign Policy

Courses (Spring 2015): Issues in International Politics, Political Systems of Developing Nations

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

I encourage all of my students to actively engage in classroom discussions and try to connect readings and assignments to their own lives. Learning should not be boring or a chore, so I do my best to avoid that kind of environment. Students may have to endure the occasional bad joke, but they will enjoy coming to each class each day.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

Teaching at Marietta College is a unique opportunity because I am not far removed from being a student here myself. I remember how much faculty took an interest in my personal education, and I want to pass the same kind of enthusiasm to a new group of students.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

I am a huge baseball and basketball fan, so I enjoy catching a game whenever I can. I am a faithful supporter of Cleveland teams as well as the University of Kentucky, so sports are a welcomed distraction no matter what time of year.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I suppose that I am old fashioned because I prefer to read from a traditional book. The convenience of having an entire library at your fingertips is enticing, but the experience of reading is just not the same when words are on a screen.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Because I have so many memories of walking and talking with friends on The Christy Mall, it is my favorite location on campus. Even though its surroundings may change from year to year, the mall has remained a consistent staple of Marietta College.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

For me, one of the most memorable Marietta College events is the Late Night Breakfast. With all of the stress that comes with final exams, the Late Night Breakfast gives students something to look forward to and allows the college community to demonstrate its dedication to the institution. Plus, who can say no to pancakes?

 


 

Mark Schaefer

Mark Schaefer

Title: Associate Professor and Chair

Department: Political Science

Education: Ph.D. in Political Science, West Virginia University, 2005; Master of Arts in Political Science, West Virginia University, 2003; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, West Virginia University, 1999

Research Interests: International Relations Theory, US Foreign Policy, and Emerging Powers

Recent Presentations: Emerging Power, Emerging Interests: The Case of India for the 2014 International Studies Association Annual Conference, Toronto, ON Canada

Courses (Fall 2014): American National Government, Middle East Politics, and Political Science Senior Capstone

Courses (Spring 2015): American National Government and International Relations

Phone: (740) 376-4801

Email: mes001@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

I like to ask a lot of questions. I like debate and disagreement. Students should be able to use the concepts and theories we study to make better decisions and understand the outputs of government.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I like that MC classes allow me to work with each of our students to help them develop their critical thinking skills and become better writers.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Spending time with family, skateboarding in the park with my children, and playing loudly the bass guitar.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

Books!

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

I like our classrooms, especially the seminar rooms. When I was earning my undergraduate degree I found myself in a lot of large classes. Rooms with 200 students were common. I still remember the first class I taught at MC. It had 10 students. At first I was intimidated, as even the professor can hide in a class of 200, but now it is our smaller classes that make my job so special.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I am a big fan of finals week. Everyone is in a rush. All are busy. Research papers are being turned in and final exams are being taken. It is stressful and exciting. For me, it is a time to see if all of the semester’s work has paid off. I also love that sense of accomplishment that comes at the completion of hard work and the promise of next semester.

 


 

Michael E. Tager

Michael Tager

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Political Science

Education: Ph.D. in Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1985; Master of Arts in Political Science, University of North Carolina, 1981; A.B. in Government, Cornell University, 1979.

Research Interests: U.S. politics (presidency and constitutional law); Comparative politics (institutions); Political theory (American political thought)

Recent Publications: “Expatriates and Elections,” Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies 15: 1 (2010/2006), 35-60.

“Constitutional Reform and the Presidency: The Recent Effort to Repeal the Natural Born Citizen Requirement,” Presidential Studies Quarterly 39: 1 (2009), 111-127.

Courses (Fall 2014): American National Government, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Ancient Political Thought

Courses (Spring 2015): American National Government, Introduction to Comparative Politics, Modern Political Thought, Governments of Russia and Eastern Europe

Phone: (740) 376-4898

Email: tagerm@marietta.edu

What can a student expect when taking one of your classes?

Students will learn about particular areas of politics, and sharpen their critical thinking, writing, and speaking skills.

What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

The opportunity to work with students and read and talk about politics with them, and to watch students majoring in Political Science progress in their thinking over their undergraduate careers.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Doing political science research, riding my bike, swimming, traveling, reading crime/detective novels, watching movies or serial TV (e.g. Breaking Bad, The Wire, etc.)

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

A book.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

During springtime when the dogwood trees are blossoming, on the upper mall; otherwise on the first floor of the library.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

Graduation