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Dr. Andrew H. Ziegler, Jr. (1998), Department Chair; Professor of Political Science; Director of the Tally Center for Leadership Development; B.S., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida.

Before joining the faculty of MU, Dr. Ziegler served 22 years with the US Army, as an Infantry officer in various command and staff positions in the US and overseas. One assignment was teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Currently, Dr. Ziegler is Chair of MU's Department of Government Studies. His advanced degrees are in Political Science from the University of Florida where he received his Master of Arts and his Doctorate. One of his specialties is teaching Leadership. He was a co-founder of the Lura S. Tally Center for Leadership Development.

Some of the courses he has taught over the years include: American Government, State and Local Government, Comparative Politics, European Politics, International Relations, American Foreign Policy, Research Methods, Law and Legal System, Political Theory, the Living Constitution, Principles of Leadership, Contemporary Issues in Leadership, and Theories and Techniques of Leadership.

His publications include a book coedited with Louis Cantori, titled Comparative Politics in the Post-Behavioral Era, an article published in the British Journal of Political Science, and a chapter in the Handbook of Global International Policy, edited by Stuart Nagel. Three other articles of his have been published in the Internet Journal, American Diplomacy.

He has served as the Executive Director of the Fayetteville Institute for Community Leadership and on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Political Science Association. He volunteers with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and with other community activities.

He and his wife, Kalli, have two daughters and two grandchildren. Their home is in Fayetteville, NC.

Office: T-103
Phone: (910) 630-7488

Dr. Willis M. Watt teaches a variety of courses including conflict management, listening, business and professional speaking, and various leadership courses. Bill earned his doctorate from Kansas State University in 1980. In 1996 Bill was selected by the Kansas Speech Communication Association as the Outstanding College Teacher of the Year. He was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 1998. Bill has presented over 50 scholarly papers at state, regional, national, and international conferences with many of the papers being included in subsequent conference proceedings. He has authored or co-authored five books in the field of speech communication and business/professional speaking, several monographs about theatre, and co-authored book chapters on leadership in place and intercollegiate debate. His writing includes a variety of award winning poems published locally, nationally, and internationally. Additionally, he has acted in video and film productions as well as several stage theatrical productions for university, community, and regional theatre outlets.

Dr. Watt is currently a copy and a review editor for the Journal of Leadership Education. Bill serves as a staff member of the Institute for Community Leadership. The institute provides a no-cost leadership development and training program to citizens of Cumberland County, North Carolina. Finally, Bill is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Independent). He has served as a teacher, youth minister, senior minister, and interim preacher in churches in Alabama, California, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and North Carolina.

Office: T-103
Phone: (910) 630-7191

Dr. J. David Turner has a Ph.D. in Communications from the College of Communications, an MA in Linguistics both from Ohio University in Athens, and a BA in theology from Abilene Christian University, Texas. He also has studied field linguistics with the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Duncanville, Texas,and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Dr. Turner has taught at: Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, Uni. of Central Florida in Orlando, Warner Southern College in Orlando, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Uni. Of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sichuan International Uni. in Chongqing, People’s Republic of China, and Ohio Uni. in Athens.

Dr. Turner has authored three books to date:

  • An Introduction to Liberation Theology, 1994, University Press of America, Lanham, MD:
  • Datewise, 1995, (Self-Published), Apopka Printing, Florida.
  • Structural Commentary, 1996, Edwin Mellon Press, New York.

Dr. Turner enjoys: surfing, tennis, basketball, golfing, softball, bicycling, playing guitar and bass, furniture making, carpentry, and working on his own vehicles. He was the starting catcher for the 1975 Class A state baseball championship team, and voted the most valuable player for the 1974-75 football team at Valley High School in Lucasville, Ohio.

Currently, Dr. Turner enjoys cell-church ministry, tinkering with investing strategies for national and international markets, organizing a new book on worldview, preparing the 3rd edition of a self-published Christian dating book, and teaching at Methodist University. Dr. Turner teaches Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Public Speaking, Business Communication, Conflict Management, and Leadership.

Office: T-223
Phone: (910) 630-7409

Mr. Michael Wayland (2007), Assistant Professor of Management


B.A., Providence College; M.A., Wayne State University.

Teaching Philosophy:

I strive to bridge the theory of business with the practice of business drawing upon my  20 years experience in the business world.


Negotiation, Mediation, Business Strategy

Phone: (910) 630-7331

Dr. Darl H. Champion, Sr. (1993)
Director, Master of Justice Administration Program
Professor of Justice Studies (2006)
B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.C.J., University of South Carolina; Ed.D., North Carolina State University.

Additional Information:

  • Member of MJA Graduate Faculty
  • Current Member of the Governing Board of the Carolina Institute of Community Policing
  • Member 1985-95 of North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission
  • Special Agent 1972-1975, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division

Office: T-304-B
Phone: (910) 630-7050