Department of Political Science


Faculty in the Department of Political Science take the university’s outreach mission seriously.  Auburn’s Faculty Handbook defines outreach in the following manner:  “Outreach refers to the function of applying academic expertise to the direct benefit of external audiences in support of university and unit missions.  A faculty endeavor may be regarded as outreach scholarship…if all the following conditions are met: (1) there is a substantive link with significant human needs and societal problems, issues, or concerns; (2) there is a direct application of knowledge to significant human needs and societal problems, issues, or concerns; (3) there is utilization of the faculty member’s academic and professional expertise; (4) the ultimate purpose is for the public or common good; (5) new knowledge is generated for the discipline and/or the audience or clientele; and (6) there is a clear link/relationship between the program/activities and an appropriate academic unit’s mission”  (Section 3.6.1.C.). 

Department faculty bring “academic expertise to the direct benefit of external audiences” at the local, state, and national levels.  Recent outreach activities include the following:

  • Election Center Presentations and Workshops in Albuquerque, Auburn, Charlotte, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Sanibel Harbor, San Diego, and Savannah
  • Facilitation of community public safety meetings with the Institute for Community in Peace, Chicago
  • Draughon Seminars in State and Local History Speakers Bureau presentations in Athens, Auburn, Decatur, Florence, and Sylacauga
  • Teaching Constitutional Law and Ethics and Law in Health Care courses for Auburn’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
  • Facilitation of Lee County Humane Society Strategic Planning
  • Presentations to the Alabama Historical Commission on “Nonprofit Management Best Practices”

Last Updated: August 04, 2014