Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.
Chair, Political Science
Professor of Political Science
Director, Lura S. Tally Center for Leadership Development
Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
B.S., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida
Andrew Ziegler joined the full-time faculty of Methodist University in 1998. He chairs the Department of Political Science and also directs the Lura S. Tally Center for Leadership Development.
In 1995, he helped to design the MU Leadership Program in which students can receive a Minor in Leadership Studies and a Minor in Church Leadership. Recently, he helped to develop the Leadership Fellows Program, which is part of the MU Journey.
In April 2014, Dr. Ziegler received the Methodist University Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2017, he was named the Lura S. Tally Endowed Professor of Leadership. His two favorite courses are LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership and PSC 4600 Political Science Senior Seminar.
Before coming to Methodist, Dr. Ziegler served as an Infantry officer in the United States Army for 22 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. During his career he was assigned to various command and staff positions in the United States and overseas. He was commissioned through ROTC at Florida State University.
His military awards and decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Army Commendation Medal.
One of his favorite Army assignments was teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. His advanced degrees are in Political Science from the University of Florida, where he received his Masters and PhD.
Dr. Ziegler has also taught graduate seminars in International Relations as an adjunct professor on Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base.
His publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals, a book chapter, and a co-edited book on comparative politics. He has also presented papers and served on panels at various academic conferences.
Currently, Dr. Ziegler serves on the board for Fayetteville’s Institute for Community Leadership and volunteers with the Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance. Previously, he served on the Executive Council of the North Carolina Political Science Association.
Dr. Ziegler enjoys traveling, jogging, and dancing, and he is President of the Cape Fear Ballroom Dancers.
He and his wife, Kalli, have been married for over 40 years, and they reside in Fayetteville, NC. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.