Pi Gamma Mu Key
International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.


 http://www.pigammamu.org/newsletter/september2011/images/checkbox.png C. Laurence "Larry" Heck
First Vice President
 X Susan Kinsella
Second Vice President
 X Clara Small
 X Mari Plikuhn
Regional Chancellors
(Vote for your region only)
Chancellor of Southeastern Region
If your chapter is in AL, FL, GA, KW, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV 
 X Allison G.S. Knox
Chancellor of North/Northwestern Region
If your chapter is in IA, IL, IN, MN, ND, NE, OH, OR, SD, WI
 X J. L. Kemp
Chancellor of Northeastern Region
If your chapter is in CT, DC, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, VT
 X Katherine Im
Chancellor of South/Southwestern Region
If your chapter is in AR, CA, CO, HI, KS, MO, NM, OK, PH, TX
 X Charles W. Hartwig
Chapter                                          School
Signed _________________________________________________
Each chapter should return its official ballot no later than October 6 to Suzanne Rupp, Executive Director, Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156

Each active chapter of Pi Gamma Mu is entitled to one vote in the election of international and regional officers of Pi Gamma Mu.  These votes must be cast by sending your ballot to headquarters no later than October 6, 2017.  To facilitate the procedure, the international office has mailed a ballot marked "official" and a letter of instructions to each chapter sponsor.  Please use the self-addressed stamped envelopes marked "OFFICIAL BALLOT" provided with your chapter's ballot.   The address to which ballots should be mailed is: Pi Gamma Mu, 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156.  According to the Pi Gamma Mu Constitution, the chapter president is to consult with the chapter's members and cast that vote. 

In this edition of the newsletter, we wish to introduce you to the candidates, whose brief biographies and campaign statements are shown below.  The sample ballot in this Newsletter is not official.  If, for any reason, your chapter's official ballot is not received in the mail, the chapter president may print out and write on this one "Official" and send it to headquarters.

Your chapter's vote is important!  Election results will be announced during the triennial international convention in October, and in the November edition of the Pi Gamma Mu Newsletter.






for President

C. Laurence "Larry" Heck

Professor of Sociology
Newman University
Ph.D. University of Southern California
B.A., M.A. Wichita State University

Pi Gamma Mu Service:

Member since 1974
Faculty Sponsor of Kansas Theta Chapter from 1984-96 and 2002 to present
Chapter placed on Roll of Distinction or Merit several times during these years
Vice Chancellor of South Central Region from 1987-96
Secretary-Treasurer of the Board of Trustees from 1996-2011
First Vice President of the Board of Trustees from 2011-14
President of the Board of Trustees from 2014 to present
Active participant in regional meetings and Triennials at Tampa, Birmingham, Omaha, San Antonio,
Wichita, Atlanta, Nashville, Atlanta, Washington DC, and Charleston. Chairman of the 75th Anniversary Triennial in Wichita


Faculty member in Sociology at Kansas Newman College/Newman University since 1973
Service in administrative roles as:
Assistant Undergraduate Dean 2015 to present
Chair of the Division of Social Sciences 2007 to 2015
Social Science Department Chair 1984-87, 2001-2007
Director of Financial Aid 1986-90
Humanities and Social Science Division Chair 1990-94
Title III Coordinator 1993-98
Director of Planned Giving 1994-1998
Active in community through work with United Way, Music Theatre for Young People, and Wichita Women's Initiative Network.
Recipient of Teaching Excellence Award in 1986
Recipient of Honorary Alumni designation in 1993
Recipient (with spouse) of Newman Medal (for service to the university) in 2005
Recipient of Pi Gamma Mu Faithful Service Award in 2005


Honor societies in general interest me, but Pi Gamma Mu in particular especially interests me. First as an invited member, then as a chapter sponsor, a vice chancellor, the international secretary-treasurer, and the international first vice president, and the international president, the society has played a significant part in my academic life. Through my sponsorship of our chapter, I have been able to help students gain recognition for their academic achievements and explore opportunities for service to humanity. As secretary-treasurer, I was able to participate in sound stewardship of society resources, to keep the trustees informed of the status of investments, and to monitor these for the society. As first vice president, I supported chapter development and the initiatives for activation and reactivation of chapters. As president, I have served with the other trustees to maintain our society and to set the course for the future.  I value and enjoy my work for Pi Gamma Mu and look forward to continuing as president and supporting the mission of our honor society.

for First Vice President

Susan Kinsella

Dean, School of Education & Social  Services
Saint Leo University
Saint Leo, FL.
Ph.D., Fordham University, New York
M.S.W., Marywood University
B.S.W., Pennsylvania State University

Pi Gamma Mu Service:

First Vice President 2014-2017
Triennial Convention Co-Chair 2014, Committee 2017
Chancellor of the Southeast Region 2011-2014
Chapter Development  2014-2017
Communications Committee Chair 2011-2017
Awards Committee Member 2011-2014
Faculty Advisor of Georgia Chapter, Saint Leo University 2011 -2014
Governor of Georgia 2009-2011
Faculty Sponsor of Georgia Chapter, Brewton-Parker College 2001 - 2011


Authored textbook, "Human Services: A Student Centered Approach" 2015
Published article, "International Social Entrepreneurship's: Linking Business Principles to Social Problems"
Published article, "University/Community Partnerships: Engaging Business Students in Leadership and Solution Based Approaches"
Published article, "University/Community Partnerships: Educating Human Service and Social Work Students in Service Learning"
Published article, "A Comparative Cross-Discipline Study of Traditional and Nontraditional College Students
Published article, "Administrative Models in Profit and Non-Profit Child Care Agencies"
Recipient - Social Worker of the Year Award: Clinical Social Work Assn. of Savannah, 2015
Recipient - Distinguished Service Award, Pi Gamma Mu Award - 2014
Recipient - Helen's Haven Children's Advocacy Program Community Service Award 2009
Recipient -Southern Organization for Human Services President's Award - 2008
Executive Officer, Southern Organization for Human Services 2006-2008
Recipient of Brewton-Parker College's Outstanding College Professor Award 2003


I am honored to be nominated to serve another term as the First Vice President of Pi Gamma Mu. After serving on the board in different capacities, I realize that our organization is moving forward at an unprecedented pace.  New executive leadership, new ideas, and new technology are helping us to create an international honor society that can boast of an online social science journal, scholarship opportunities for students, and conventions that will allow students to come together to share chapter news, present their research, and participate in a new Leadership Program.  I can think of no better way to encourage our students to reach their potential than to offer them the opportunity to join Pi Gamma Mu and continue demonstrating their excellence in academic activities. As a faculty advisor, sponsor, Chancellor of the Southeast Region for Pi Gamma Mu, and First Vice President, I have seen students work hard to earn better grades so they could become a member of Pi Gamma Mu and be recognized for their achievements. They are eager to carry on Pi Gamma Mu's tradition of scholarship, research, leadership, and service. As the First Vice President I will advocate for our honor society to become recognized by our region's colleges and universities as the prestigious international organization it is and to encourage the growth of new chapters as well as to strengthen the chapters that currently exist.

for Second Vice President

Clara Small

Emeritus Professor of History
Salisbury University
Ph.D. – University of Delaware
M.A. – St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM
M.A., B.A. - North Carolina Central University

Pi Gamma Mu Service:

Organizer and co-advisor of MD Gamma chapter- 1983-2014, many times on the Pi Gamma Mu honor rolls
Former Chancellor of the North Eastern Region- 1992-2011
Panelist at many Pi Gamma Mu meetings and Triennials
Pi Gamma Mu Awards Committee member- 1996-2014
Chairperson of the Regional Chancellors


Former Co-advisor for Phi Alpha Theta, History honor society
Former Phi Alpha Theta Paper Prize Committee member, 1993-1999
Former advisor/organizer – Salisbury University branch of NAACP
Former advisor-  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Former advisor-Black Student Union (now Union of African American Students)
Former member of Speakers Bureau for the Delaware Humanities Forum
Former member of Scholar-in-Residence for the Delaware Humanities Forum
Former Discussion Scholar for the "Let's Talk About It" Series on Delmarva
Former Corresponding Secretary of the Princess Anne Chapter of The Links, Inc.
Former Historian and Member of the Thomas E. Polk, Sr. chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers; wrote and received a grant from the Community Foundation of Eastern Shore to conduct a week long Buffalo Soldier Youth Workshop for 3 years
Co-Founder of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts Brown Bag Lunch Discussion Series, through which the community is invited to hear SU faculty, staff,      students and community members share their research, experiences, their insights and interests on a variety of topics
Former member of the Board of Directors of Pemberton Hall
Former member of the Board of Directors of the Edward Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture
Member of the Consortium of Doctors (COD)

Honors and Awards:

Henry Luce Foundation Fellow, St. John's College (1971-1974)
Outstanding Educator of America, 1975
Outstanding Young Woman of America Award, 1977
NEH Fellow, Duke University, 1991
Honoree - Community Service Award from the Wicomico County Commission for Women, 1996
NEH Fellow, Chesapeake Regional Scholars Summer Seminar in African American Studies, University of Virginia, 1997
Commissioner, Commission to Coordinate the Study, Commemoration, and Impact of Slavery's History and Legacy in Maryland, 2001 to present
Recipient of Pi Gamma Mu's Faithful Service Award, 2005
Recipient of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents Award for Public Service, 2005
Recipient of the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore's Frank H. Morris      Humanitarian Award, 2005
Recipient of the Lower Eastern Shore Heritage Tee O'Conner Professional Award for the preservation Of Oral History and African American History and Culture, 2007
Recipient of the Sturgis One Room School Museum's Merit Award, 2008
Recipient of the Salisbury University Alumni Association's Service Award, 2010
Recipient of the State of Maryland Harriet Ross Tubman Life Time Achievement Award, 2011
Commissioner, Maryland Commission of African American History and Culture (2011-2015)


Did You Know? African Americans on Delmarva, Vol. 1 (2014).
"Men of Color, To Arms!" Manumitted Slaves and Free Blacks from the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland Who Served in the Civil War, co-authored with Rev. David Briddell. (2010)
Reality Check: Brief Biographies of African American on the Delmarva Peninsula (1998, and was placed in schools and libraries throughout the lower Eastern Shore.)
"Abolitionists, Free Blacks, and Runaway Slaves Surviving Slavery on Maryland's Eastern Shore," in A History of African Americans in Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore, 1997.

Special Projects:

Research on the history of African Americans on the Delmarva Peninsula, using oral history and official documents (local and state).


I was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu in 1968 at North Carolina Central University.   That represents nearly 50 years of association with this august society.   Pi Gamma Mu has and always will have a special place in my heart.  The seven ideals of Pi Gamma Mu are the same ideals I have incorporated into my life and my professional activities.   Pi Gamma Mu is a vehicle by which I encourage my students to become better students and citizens and it is still the best means by which to honor excellence in the social sciences. 
It has been my absolute pleasure to have served as Chancellor of the North Eastern region from 1992 to 2011.  Being a former Chancellor of the North Eastern Region, and presently serving as 2nd Vice-President and Chair of the Scholarship and Award Committees, have all afforded me the opportunity to visit many campuses in order to conduct site visits, to perform induction ceremonies, to meet administrators, faculty, students and some of their spouses, parents/guardians, etc., at inductions and to be of service to their chapters.  Being an officer and involvement with Pi Gamma Mu is a labor of love.  Therefore, I would like to thank each of you for your support in the past and I hope that level of cooperation continues in the future.

for Secretary-Treasurer

Mari Plikuhn

Associate Professor of Sociology
University of Evansville
Ph.D., Purdue University
M.S., Purdue University
M.S., Purdue University Calumet
B.A., Purdue University Calumet

Pi Gamma Mu Service:

Member since 2010
Governor of Indiana since 2014
Faculty Advisor of Indiana Alpha 2010-present, with chapter meriting Roll of Distinction placement during chapter sponsorship

Current University Service:

Faculty member since 2010
Grand Marshal of the University
Associate Director, Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence
Chair, Curriculum Committee
Senator for the Social Science, Faculty Senate
Chair, Ceremonies Committee
Member, Fiscal Affairs Committee
Assessment Coordinator for Sociology, Department of Law, Politics, and Society
Member, Gender and Women's Studies Advisory Committee
Member, Student Success Team

Honors and Awards:

Sadelle and Sydney Berger Annual Award for Service, University of Evansville, 2016
US Professor of the Year Nominee, CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, 2014, 2015
Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Alumni Association, University of Evansville 2012
Chi Omega Professor of the Year, University of Evansville, 2012

Select Publications:

Published article, "Inquiry into the Independent Reading Development of First-Generation College Graduates with Advanced Degrees" (with Knoester, 2016)
Published article, ""A Foot in Two Worlds: First-Generation College Graduates, Academic Success, and Family Relationships" (with Knoester, 2015)
Published article, "Influence of Siblings on Out-of-School Reading Practices" (with Knoester, 2015)
Published article, "'Sixty-Five Isn't What It Used to Be': Changes and Trends in Perceptions of Older Adults" (with Niehaus and Reeves, 2014)
Published encyclopedia article, "Arranged Marriages" (with Berry, 2014)
Published encyclopedia article, "Fertility" (with Malik, 2014)
Published encyclopedia article, "Demographic Changes: Zero Population Growth and Birth Rates" (with Plogher, 2014)


I am honored to have been nominated as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Science. For the past 7 years, I have served as the Indiana Alpha Chapter Faculty Advisor, having reactivated the chapter after a nearly 40-year hiatus. In 2014, I was honored to be asked to serve as Governor of Indiana, overseeing chapter development in the state and seeking to make connections between state chapters. Seeing first-hand the commitment and dedication of Pi Gamma Mu leadership in creating opportunities, experiences, and connections for our student members worldwide has inspired me to serve our honor society in a greater capacity. As Secretary-Treasurer of Pi Gamma Mu, I hope to assist the international board of trustees in strengthening the structural and fiscal future of our honor society.

for Chancellor of Southeastern Region

Allison G. S. Knox

Assistant Professor, General Education, American Military University and American Public University
Contributing Editor, Emergency and Disaster Digest
Online part time Facilitator, Emergency Management & Homeland Security, Eastern Kentucky University
M.A., International Relations – American Military University
M.A., History – American Military University
M.A., National Security Studies – American Military University
M.A., Emergency Management – American Military University
Graduate Certificate, Homeland Security – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.A., Political Science – Central Connecticut State University
Emergency Medical Technician – Basic, (certified in Virginia)

Additional Education:
PhD Student 2012-2016, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Public Administration and Policy)
Master of Public Health, American Military University, (expected graduation: November, 2018).

Additional Training:
Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue
Water Safety Instruction, American Red Cross

Pi Gamma Mu Service

Chancellor, Southeast Region (2014-current)
Co-Chair, Leadership Program, Triennial Convention Kansas City, MS, (2017)
Chapter Sponsor and Faculty Advisor, West Virginia Iota Chapter (2011-current)

Chapter Awards
From Pi Gamma Mu: 2012, 2015, 2016 Roll of Distinction; 2014 Outstanding New Chapter Award;
2014 and 2016 Chapter Star
From American Military University: Office of Student Life: 2013 Chapter of the Year Award; Gold Standing in the Chapter Standards Program: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016

Personal Awards
Scholarship Medal for Chapter Service: 2013
Award for Work as Chapter Sponsor and Faculty Advisor from the Chapter: 2012

Past Work Experience

Legislative Correspondent and Front Office Coordinator, Congressman Christopher Shays, United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC
Patient Care Assistant, Emergency Department, (level one trauma center) Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut
Adjunct, Political Science – American Military University and American Public University

Volunteer Experience

  • Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia, National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, (NAEMT)
  • Participates in "EMS on the Hill" in Washington, DC meeting with members of congress and their staff about issues affecting Emergency Medical Technicians, NAEMT
  • Rescue Task Force Committee, member, International Public Safety Association
  • Tactical Emergency Medical Services Committee, member, International Public Safety Association
  • Peer Review Committee, member, International Public Safety Association
  • Faculty Advisor, Political Science Scholars (student club) American Military University
  • Water Safety Instructor, Warrenton Aquatic and Recreation Facility, Warrenton, Virginia
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company, Rixeyville, Virginia
  • Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue Team, Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company
  • Key Volunteer Network, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, CA (2004-2006)
  • LINKS Mentor, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (2004-2006)

Research Interests

Emergency management policy, emergency medical services policy, emergency management, homeland security and federalism.


It has been an absolute pleasure to serve on the Board and I am delighted to have been nominated to serve on the Board for the next three years. As Chancellor of the Southeast Region I will continue to promote conversations between chapters to help strengthen the Southeast Region and will work to help other chapters grow promoting scholarship in the social sciences.

for Chancellor of North/Northwestern Region

J. L. Kemp

Professor of Psychology
McKendree University
C.E.O., JLK Professional Development, O'Fallon IL
Psy. D., Indiana State University
B.A., McKendree College
A.A., Belleville Area College, IL

Pi Gamma Mu Service:

Chancellor of North/Northwestern Region and Trustee of the Board: 2014-Present
Chapter Sponsor of Illinois Pi at McKendree University 2006- Present
Member since 2005

2009     Technos International Week, Tokyo Japan
2006     Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
2005     Who's Who Among America's Teachers
2005     Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences
2005     Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society of McKendree College
2003     Norman Grandy Faculty Award – Outstanding Professor of the Year, McKendree College
1996     Who's Who Among America's Teachers
1994     Indiana Council for Continuing Education Student of the Year
1994     Education Excellence Award in College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana State University
1990     Psi Chi, Indiana State University
1989     Imogene Okes Award, Indiana State University
1988     Summa Cum Laude, McKendree College
Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
1986     Phi Theta Kappa, Belleville Area College

Dr. J. L. Kemp is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois and is the C.E.O. of JLK Professional Development in O'Fallon, IL. She is the first tenured/only African American Professor at McKendree and has been a trailblazer in other areas within her discipline. She received her Doctor of Psychology degree in 1996 from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN which was entitled: Adolescent Sexual Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge: A Comparison of Teenage Parents and Their Nonparent Peers. Dr. Kemp received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988 from McKendree College, Lebanon, IL, and her Associate of Arts degree in 1986 from Belleville Area College, Belleville, IL. Also, she has received many honors and awards, to name a few: Technos International Week, Tokyo, Japan; Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Norman Grandy Faculty Award for Outstanding Professor of the Year, and several more.

Dr. Kemp's research interest, Enhancing student learning by accommodating your pedagogical style: a Vygotskian approach, has afforded her the opportunity to present in many exciting places: twice in Rome, Italy; once in Granada, Spain; West Palm Beach, FL; St. Petersburg, FL; and Washington, D.C. She has also presented in at least 40 more cities within the United States of America during her tenure at McK U. Also, Dr. Kemp organized JLK Professional Development in July 2009 to provide training for teachers to deal more effectively with disruptive behaviors in their classroom from a psychological perspective. Since that time, her workshops have expanded to include topics such as: Bullying, Effective Writing, Classroom Management, ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Behaviors, and several more. In addition, she was on panel to discuss Early Childhood Education at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, March 2012 and is now a member of the Oxford Round Table.

Dr. Kemp states very clearly that none of the above could have been possible without "God's grace and mercy, the love of her family, and the loyalty of her friends."

"Everything in my life is possible because I understand the importance of rising above your circumstances."


I am honored to have been nominated to serve again as the Chancellor for the North/Northwestern Region of the Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society.  For the past 8 years, I have served as the Illinois Pi Chapter Sponsor.  I have been so very pleased to serve you as Chancellor and as a Chapter Sponsor.  I have enjoyed every moment and the members of the Illinois Pi Chapter and their families look forward to our yearly banquets.  It has been a wonderful experience helping our Chapter to grow from around 100 members to over 1500.  As Chancellor of the North/Northwestern Region of Pi Gamma Mu, I look forward to working with other chapters to continue to promote the scholarly study of the social sciences.

for Chancellor of Northeastern Region

Katherine Im

Collegiate Associate Professor
Program Chair, Gerontology & Social Sciences
University of Maryland University College
Adelphi, MD
Ph.D. Candidate in Gerontology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
M.A. Clinical/Community Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park
B.A.  Psychobiology and English, Wellesley College

Pi Gamma Mu Service:

Faculty Sponsor of Maryland Theta Chapter at University of Maryland University College 2008 – Present
Roll of Distinction Award, Pi Gamma Mu, 2014 and 2015
Roll of Merit Award, Pi Gamma Mu, 2012
Joseph B. James Chapter Incentive Award, 2011
Triennial Host Chapter, Washington DC, 2011
Faculty Chapter Organizer:
Social Science Essay Contest, 2008-present
Student Travel Grant, 2011- present
Facebook Administrator, 2011- present


Alpha Kappa Delta – International Honor Society, Sociology (2017)
Student Leadership Award – Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (2015)
Golden Key – International Honor Society, Academics, Leadership and Service (2011)
Omicron Delta Kappa – National Honor Society, Leadership (2011)
Sigma Phi Omega - National Honor and Professional Society, Gerontology (2010)

Board Member, Maryland Consortium for Adjunct Professional Development (MCAPD)
Faculty Sponsor, Sigma Phi Omega honor society (2012 – present)
Chair, Faculty Grievance Committee
UMUC Master Faculty Website Committee
Member, Dean's Faculty Communication Task Force
Member, Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Award Selection Committee
Member, Academic Policies and Procedures Task Force
Member, Faculty Promotions Committee
Member, Student Committee, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
Executive Board Member, Supporting the Arts in Relay, Ltd. (2005-2012)
Volunteer, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (2002 – present)


I am profoundly honored to have been nominated to serve as a regional chancellor for this wonderful society. Having served nearly a decade as a chapter sponsor for the University of Maryland University College, I have seen our chapter grow to over one thousand lifetime members, and in that time I have witnessed firsthand how Pi Gamma Mu and its ideals can touch the lives of individual students. In the case of UMUC, Pi Gamma Mu has been a unifying goal for many of our military and distance ed learners who often feel that they are learning "in a bubble." Membership in Pi Gamma Mu serves as a constant reminder and touchstone of the overarching importance of the social sciences and interdisciplinary thinking in our lives.

If elected, I look forward to building on the example of previous chancellors in spreading the mission of Pi Gamma Mu across the region. I look forward to the opportunity to work with individual academic institutions as well as the international leadership group. Most of all, I hope to be able to be of service to an organization whose ideals have had such a positive impact on me, both personally and professionally.  

for Chancellor of South/Southwestern Region

Charles Hartwig

Professor Emeritus of Political Science
Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Ph.D. - University of Kentucky
M.A.  - University of Kentucky
B.A.  - Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Other: University of Minnesota; exchange student, Universität Hamburg (Germany)

Pi Gamma Mu Service:

Sponsor or Co-Sponsor of Arkansas Beta chapter at Arkansas State University for some 30 years
Governor of Arkansas Province 1975-2008
Chancellor, South/Southwestern Region, (and Board of Trustees member), 2008 -2017
PGM site inspector for new proposed chapters in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah
Chair, Committee of Readers (selection committee for student papers), 2011 Triennial Convention in Washington, DC, AND, the 2014 Triennial Convention in Charleston, SC


Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia, 1965-67
Hospital Administrator, rural church-related hospital in Kenya, 1969-70
Assistant Professor, Slippery Rock State College [PA], 1971-73
Political Science Dept. faculty member (Asst. to full Professor), Arkansas State University, 1973-2012
Fulbright Professor, Cuttington University College [Liberia, West Africa], 1985-86
Model UN sponsor/organizer/instructor, 39 years
Political Science Department Chair at Arkansas State University (ASU), 10 years
Numerous articles, book chapters, reviews, etc. published—mostly on African topics
Past President [and other positions], Arkansas Political Science Association
Faculty Professional Service award, ASU, 1997-98
Lion of the Year awards, Jonesboro University Heights Lions Club, 1996-97, 2006-07, and 2011-12.
Melvin Jones Diamond Fellow [2nd award], Lions International, 2012
Francis Asbury Award for fostering United Methodist Ministries in Higher Education.  North Arkansas Conference, 1999.


After serving my third term as a Chancellor, I am honored to be re-nominated for the Chancellorship of my region, and look forward, if reelected, to working with the other PGM officers at the international, regional, state, and campus levels to promote the goals of our honor society.  As discipline-specific honor societies have proliferated, the integrative and interdisciplinary nature of Pi Gamma Mu can be increasingly helpful in reminding us that we (including alumni) are all part of a larger picture.  The social sciences will continue to play a key role in helping us meet the challenges—from local to global—of the 21st century.




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