Leadership Faculty

Dr. Darl Champion

Darl Champion, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Justice Studies
Dr. Darl Champion
Darl Champion, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Justice Studies

B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; M.C.J., University of South Carolina; Ed.D., North Carolina State University

Bio:

Dr. Darl Champion, Sr. is a tenured professor within the School of Public Affairs. Dr. Champion earned his master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and a doctorate in adult education with a minor in public administration from North Carolina State University. At the undergraduate level he has taught courses in policing urban society, juvenile delinquency, criminal justice planning, terrorism and homeland security, organizational behavior in criminal justice organizations, police administration, interpersonal communications for criminal justice personnel, ethical foundations of criminal justice, and criminology. At Webster University he has taught graduate courses in administration of justice, police and society, security management and administration, and behavioral issues. In 1997 he was named the Outstanding Instructor at Fayetteville Technical Community College; in 1988 he was named the Margaret Lange Willis Outstanding Educator in North Carolina. In 2004 he was named Professor of the Year at Methodist University. He has presented numerous papers at professional conferences, and in 2002 co-authored a textbook entitled An Introduction to American Policing. He has been a peer reviewer for the journal Crime and Delinquency. Dr. Champion has been a long-term member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Science, the American Society of Criminology, American Society of Public Administration, and the American Society of Industrial Security. He served ten years as a member of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and is currently a member of the governing board of the Carolina’s Institute for Community Policing. In the local community he serves on the Public Safety Committee of Fayetteville MetroVisions.

Dr. Bill Watt

Bill Watt, Ph.D.

Chair, Applied Communication; Professor of Speech
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Dr. Bill Watt
Bill Watt, Ph.D.

Chair, Applied Communication; Professor of Speech

B.S., Manhattan Christian College; B.S., M.A., Ph.D.; Kansas State University

Bio:

Willis M. “Bill” Watt, Professor of Speech Communication and Chair of the Applied Communication Department at Methodist University.

His professional academic experiences include teaching and administrative duties such as vice president for academic affairs, academic dean, school dean, division director, and department chair at NCAA division I, II, and III as well as NCCAA universities and colleges.

Bill was selected by the Kansas Speech Communication Association as the Outstanding College Teacher of the Year (1996). He was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 1998.

Bill has presented over 50 scholarly papers on topics ranging from communication, leadership, theatre, and religion at state, regional, national, and international conferences with many of the papers being included in 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 intercollegiate debate and leadership. He has published many poems and short stories locally, nationally, and internationally.

Bill was ordained in the Christian ministry in 1976 by the Christian Church (Independent). He currently serves as a staff member/trainer for the Cumberland County Institute for Community Leadership and is a member of The Fayetteville Observer Community Advisory Board.

Research Interests:

  • Leadership theory and practice
  • Various aspects of communication to include nonverbal, gender, conflict management, intercultural, interpersonal, public speaking, business & professional speaking, persuasion, debate & argumentation, small group communication, organizational communication
  • Theatre (drama)
  • Religion and the arts
  • Religion and spirituality

Personal Interests:

  • Racquetball
  • Go
  • Chess
  • NASCAR
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Michael Wayland

Michael Wayland, M.A.

Associate Professor of Management
(910) 630-7331
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Michael Wayland
Michael Wayland, M.A.

Associate 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.

Research:

Negotiation, Mediation, Business Strategy

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Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
(910) 630-7488
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Dr. Andrew Ziegler, Jr.
Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Chair & Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership

B.S., Florida State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Florida

Bio:

Andrew Ziegler joined the full-time faculty of Methodist University in 1998. He helped design the MU Leadership Program in which students can receive a Minor in Leadership Studies or Church Leadership. Recently, he helped develop the Leadership Fellows Program.

In April 2014, Dr. Ziegler received the MU Cleveland Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 2017, he was named the Lura S. Tally 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, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  He was commissioned through ROTC at Florida State University.

His military awards include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Air Assault Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal.

One of his favorite Army assignments was teaching Political Science at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  His advanced degrees are in Political Science from the University of Florida.

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 adult daughters and three grandchildren.

Research Interest:

Leadership development

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