The Political Science Department salutes its emeritus faculty with the following biographies and testimonials. If you would like to contribute to the Political Science Department's endowment honoring our retired colleagues, please click on "Give Now".
Once endowed, the JMU Political Science Department Endowment Honoring Retired Professors will provide funds to support the work of faculty in the Department of Political Science in a project-oriented manner. These projects will enhance the teaching and research of departmental faculty working with undergraduate and graduate students in political science, public policy and administration, and international affairs. This endowment will finance activities central to the development of new courses, innovative teaching strategies in existing courses, and research on local, state, national, and international issues.
We aspire to raise $50,000 or more by December 2014. You can join us in honoring the careers of Kay Knickrehm, Tony Eksterowicz, and Doug Skelley by making your gift today here. Donations also can be made by mail (download form) or by calling (800) 296-6162. Be sure to reference fund #24320.
Dr. Kay Knickrehm joined the JMU Political Science Department in 1978 with a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Her research fields have been comparative politics, with a particular focus on development studies. She has taught courses on global politics, cross national research skills and political development. From 1992 to 1996, and from 2005 to 2008, Dr. Knickrehm served as the chair of the Political Science Department. She retired in 2009. More.
Read Dr. Knickrehm's reflections on her time at JMU here.
Dr. Douglas Skelley has been at JMU since 1980, the year he received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. A scholar of public administration, Dr. Skelley has published research on Japanese management practices, organizational development, quality circles and the federal service. Dr. Skelley has been one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the public policy and administration programs in the Department of Political Science. He will retire in 2010. More.
Read Dr. Skelley's look back at 30 years at JMU here.
Dr. Anthony Eksterowicz joined JMU in 1985. The previous year, he had completed his dissertation on arms control, at the University of Delaware. At JMU, Dr. Eksterowicz's research interest turned increasingly towards the U.S. presidency, a field in which he published extensively. Dr. Eksterowicz has been one of the editors of the journal White House Studies. In 2004, he was the Arts and Letters Madison Scholar. More.Read Dr. Eksterowicz's reflections on JMU here.