Political Science

Political Science students participate in a crisis simulation

The Political Science Program offers the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degrees in the following areas of study.

Distinguished Political Science graduates work in a variety of careers to include diplomatic, government, and professional occupations such as intelligence analysts, journalists, lawyers, military officers, non-profit agency managers, and others.

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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

Research Interest:

Leadership development

Bio:

Andrew Ziegler joined the full-time faculty of Methodist University in 1998. In 1995, he helped to 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 Methodist University 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 for 22 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.  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.  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 daughters and two grandchildren.

(910) 630-7488
Trustees 103