Political Science Department

Political Science Professor Wins NWU's Top Teaching Award

A Nebraska Wesleyan political science professor has been honored with the university’s top teaching award.

Kelly Clancy, assistant professor of political science, has been awarded the Margaret J. Prouty Faculty Teaching Award. The award recognizes and rewards faculty for the pursuit of excellence in teaching and who has made a distinct difference in the intellectual lives of students. 

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Window to the World: After an Array of Experiences, Boren Scholar Headed to Latvia

Chance Kennicutt came to Nebraska Wesleyan intending to major in business. He thought law school might be in his future but wasn’t certain. But a class taught in an Old Main classroom became his window to the world. 

He vividly recalls his first semester when he was enrolled in Kelly Bauer’s comparative politics class.  

“Dr. Bauer’s course opened my eyes to a whole new world,” he fondly remembers.

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Fulbright Scholarship to Send Political Science, Modern Language Major to Spain

It all started with a class: Cultures of Spain.

“Understanding Spain’s political history and cultural dynamics really helped me understand how colonial Spain has shaped Latin America,” said NWU senior Toree Hempstead.

That one class piqued her interest and eventually led to a semester abroad in Argentina, and a return trip there in March to work on a translation project with her Spanish professor, Cathy Nelson.

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Three NWU Students Accepted into JET Program

Three Nebraska Wesleyan University students will spend the next year in Japan. 

Felicia Phares, Kate Richerson and Grant Jackman, all of Lincoln, have each been accepted to the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. Now in its 31styear, the JET Program promotes a grassroots international exchange between Japan and other nations. Those accepted into the prestigious program teach English in Japanese schools or work in Japanese communities on international exchange activities. 

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Revolution 1968: Class Examines Turbulence of Past and Present

The year 1968 was one of turbulence, protests, and revolutions. 

Fifty years later, Assistant Professor of Political Science Kelly Clancy asked, “how can events of that year help us understand the turbulence experienced today?” The issue became Clancy’s topic for her fall Archway Seminar for first-year students. 

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Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership to Address Changing the Narrative on Adolescents

A Nebraska Wesleyan University alumnus and Rhodes Scholar is returning to her alma mater. Trang Ho Morton, a planning specialist at the Fund to End Violence Against Children, will be joined by her husband, Matthew Morton, research fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, to present this year’s Curtis Lecture on Public Leadership.

Their lecture, “Changing the Narrative on Adolescents: U.S. and International Perspectives,” will be held on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in Olin B Lecture Hall.

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Student's Experience at World Religions Conference Leads to Valuable Classroom Lessons

Nebraska Wesleyan University junior Sarah Hunter grew up devoted in her faith. She was actively involved in an Omaha church were her uncle pastored.

“Growing up, I interacted with like-minded individuals sharing common beliefs,” the political science major recalled.

One of her first college classes was an Archway Seminar for first-year students that explored religious sects. Hunter realized an abundance of spiritual diversity and shared her desire to learn more with religion professor Rita Lester.

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Gilman Scholarship Sends Political Science Major to Poland

Chance Kennicutt came to Nebraska Wesleyan to study business.

But a political science class piqued a new interest and led to thoughts about potential careers in national security.

Now Kennicutt, a junior from Sutherland, Neb., is headed to Poland for the 2017-2018 academic year where he will attend the University of Wroclaw and study the country’s political shifts.

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Professors, Student Recognized for Diversity Advocacy

Two Nebraska Wesleyan professors and a student have been honored with the university’s Advocate for Diversity Award.

Kelly Clancy, assistant professor of political science, John Spilker, assistant professor of music and gender studies, and Flor de Maria Garcia-Garza, a junior business and psychology major, were each recognized for their work in raising awareness for issues of diversity and inclusion on campus.

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Students Travel to Scotland to Study World's Youngest Voters

Voting is an enormous responsibility at the age of 18. Imagine being granted the right at 16.

In 2015, Scotland lowered its voting age to 16-years-old — the youngest voters across the globe.

“Sixteen and 17-year-olds are not too far from our age,” said Nebraska Wesleyan University senior political science major Evan Mathers.

Mathers and fellow political science major Ryan Klute were intrigued. What impact do 16-year-old voters have on elections? Does it evoke controversy? How do older generations feel about the change in voting age and its possible impact?

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