BackgroundYoung’s research has focused on how global or transnational problems such as climate change, nuclear weapons and mass migration challenge or expose the limitations of the modern international states system. Her dissertation concentrated specifically on climate change and how the principle of sovereignty undermines cooperative efforts to address the problem at an international level. She also has master’s degrees in international relations from Aberystwyth and in international security from the University of St. Andrews. She earned her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Wyoming. Prior to working on her Ph.D., Young served as a staff assistant and tour coordinator in the U.S. Senate for Sen. John Barrasso and was an adjunct instructor at Lonestar Community College in Texas. Her hobbies include reading, hiking and spending time with her dog. Arkansas circuit judge and pastor Wendell L. Griffen will speak at University of the Ozarks at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, in the Rogers Conference Center. The event was originally scheduled for February but was postponed because of illness. Griffen’s talk is titled, “Prophetic Hope, Religious Nationalism, and the Fate of Democracy in the 21st Century,” and is made possible by the Cecil and Ruth Boddie Farmer Guest Speaker Endowment. There is no charge for admission and the public is invited to attend. His lecture will be based in part on his 2017 book, “The Fierce Urgency of Prophetic Hope.” He will have books available for sale and to sign following the event. “My remarks will address the tensions within the U.S. and other societies presented by religious-based nationalism,” Griffen said. “Before the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, many observers viewed religious nationalism to challenge democratic values in societies such as Iran, Iraq, Israel, and Turkey. I will ponder aloud the implications for and challenges to democracy in the U.S. and abroad from the fact that white religious nationalism is a dominant factor in U.S. domestic and global policy, with special attention on the influence of white religious nationalism on social justice in the U.S. and abroad.”
BackgroundA circuit judge for the 5th Division in the Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas, Griffen also serves as pastor of New Millennium Church in Little Rock and CEO of Griffen Strategic Consulting, a consulting practice focused on cultural competency and inclusion. Griffen is a native of Delight, Ark., and a graduate of the University of Arkansas and the University of Arkansas School of Law. He is also a U.S. Army veteran, a 1975 graduate of the Defense Race Relations Institute, and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in work concerning race relations and equal opportunity. Since 1979, Griffen has actively devoted himself to law, public policy, and ministry. He was the first person of color to become an associate and later a partner in a major Arkansas law firm, Wright, Lindsey, and Jennings in Little Rock. For almost two years, he was Chairman of the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission by appointment of Gov. Bill Clinton. He pursued seminary extension studies through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and was ordained in May 1988 after being called to his first pastorate. From January 1996 to December 2008, he served as a judge on the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Then Griffen taught administrative law, constitutional law, criminal procedure, and a seminar he developed on law and cultural competency as a visiting professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law before being elected circuit judge. His writings about faith, social justice, public policy, cultural competency and inclusion can be found on his blogs: “Wendell Griffen on Cultural Competency” and “Justice Is a Verb!” Griffen is married to Dr. Patricia Griffen, a clinical psychologist in private practice, and they are parents of two adult sons. Four University of the Ozarks political science students had an opportunity to hone their legal research, analysis, debate and oral advocacy skills in a competitive environment this past weekend. The students competed in the American Moot Court Association’s South Texas Regional tournament, held Nov. 4 at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas. The two-person teams of Ozarks students Brittanie Gragg and Joel Cuevas and Adam Winter and Ben Hall participated against 30 teams from 12 other schools throughout the region. This is the first time students from Ozarks have competed in a moot court competition, according to Dr. Mark Scully, assistant professor of political science, “Taking part in this type of competition has opened up some of our students’ eyes to the possibility of law school, while helping them develop skills such as public speaking, research and debate,” he said. “There’s no substitute for this type of experience for students who are thinking about law school and we’re excited about having had this opportunity.” Scully said the students took the initiative in the university’s participation in the event. “It was a student-led effort and they did most of the prep work leading up to it,” Scully said. “I was very impressed with their sense of independence and responsibility throughout the process. We all learned a lot from this experience and it can only help us as we look forward to competing in more of these types of events in the future.” The political science department will present a talk by Manhattan Institute fellow Alex Armlovich on Monday, Oct. 16, as part of its annual lecture series. The lecture, which will begin at 4:30 p.m., will address minimum wage policy in the United States. The event will be held in the Boreham Business Building’s Baldor Auditorium and is open to the public. Armlovich’s articles have appeared in several publications, including the New York Daily News, New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Examiner, and City Journal. Previously, Armlovich interned with the offices of U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and with the deputy leader of the U.K. Labour Party. He holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Rochester. For more information about Armlovich’s visit, contact Mark Scully, assistant professor of political science, at email@example.com.
In honor of the annual anniversary to celebrate the signing of the U.S. Constitution, the political science faculty at University of the Ozarks are sponsoring a new Constitution Day Essay Contest for Ozarks students.
Constitution Day, Sept. 17, commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 brave men on Sept. 17, 1787. The day also recognizes those who have become U.S. citizens.
The 2015 Constitution Day Essay Contest will be launched on Thursday, Sept. 17. The deadline to submit the essays is Nov. 11. The winners will be announced on Jan. 18.
"This year the political science faculty are proud to sponsor a new initiative that we hope will contribute to the educational culture of our campus community and an appreciation for the Constitution and our shared political life," said Dr. Mark Scully, assistant professor of political science. "We will hold a campus wide essay contest that challenges students to think about how the Constitution shapes the American way of life. The top three essays will receive monetary prizes. We hope that this is a great opportunity for any student interested in our political history as well as our contemporary world to delve deeper into the many 'Blessings of Liberty' that the Constitution has secured for so many generations."
The author of the winning essay will receive a $500 cash prize. Second place will receive $300 and third place $100. This year's essays will be scored by a panel of three judges: U of O President Richard Dunsworth, J.D.; Arkansas 5th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney David Gibbons, J.D.; and Hillsdale College Assistant Professor of Political Science Adam Carrington, Ph.D.
The essay contest is open to all U of O students. The essays should be between 2,500 and 3,500 words.
For more information, please view the instructions using the link below or contact Professor Scully at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ext. 1496.
Growing up in Washington, D.C., it was probably inevitable that Dr. Mark Scully would develop an interest in politics. That interest has evolved into a passion.
Dr. Mark Scully, a new assistant professor of political science at Ozarks, has conducted considerable research on the connection between the American president and political parties.
Dr. Scully is a new assistant professor of political science at University of the Ozarks. He arrived on campus in July, fresh off of completing his Ph.D. from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Dr. Scully has a particular scholarly passion for examining the connection between the American president and political parties. His dissertation at Baylor was titled, "The Path to Party Unity: Popular Presidential Leadership and Principled Consensus."
"I've always found it very interesting how political parties can take different viewpoints and motivations and channel it into a shared effort," Dr. Scully said. "I find it fascinating to look at how political institutions affect the behavior of people in politics. The role that the president plays in political parties and helping to create a whole out of the different parts is significant."
Dr. Scully received a B.A. in philosophy from St. John's College, a small liberal arts college in New Mexico. He understands the importance of political science within a liberal arts education.
"A liberal arts education helps us think about what it means to be a member of your community, and how to live well within your community," Dr. Scully said. "That includes questions such as, how to rule others and how to be ruled. Those are the types of things that are at the heart of political science."
He often tries to engage students' interests in class by exploring a problem.
"Whether it's a current debate or ancient political philosophy, the study of political science is animated by fundamental problems. Thinking about those problems provides insight about who we are," he said. "For instance, we might look at the Declaration of Independence and ask, is America dedicated to democracy or the rights and liberties of individuals? Those are the types of problems that can lead to great discussion and ultimately to knowledge."
Dr. Scully's research includes American political institutions like the presidency and political parties, as well as constitutional law and American political thought.
Dr. Scully, his wife Angela, and their young children enjoy exploring the Ozark Mountains in their free time.
University of the Ozarks senior Cameron Coker with spend part of his summer working as an intern for Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor in Washington, D.C.
Senior history major Cameron Coker will spend the summer working as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office of Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor
Coker, a history major from Russellville, Ark., will be one of 12 interns assigned to Sen. Pryor's D.C. office.
"I will spend six weeks living in the nation's capital and working in the senator's office," Coker said. "My duties will include giving capital tours to guests, researching legislation, preparing press memos and any other errands they decide to give me."
Coker said he is excited about the networking opportunities the internship with offer him, not only with Sen. Pryor but other congressmen and their staffs as well. He feels prepared to make a contribution to Sen. Pryor's team.
"I was the president of the Ozarks Young Democrats last year, and I co-host the [Democrat Discussion] radio show, which forces to me to keep my head in the game and stay on top of what is happening in Washington and at the state level as well," Coker explained. "Both have helped prepare me for what I'll be doing in the internship, because some of it will be researching legislation and talking about politics to other people."
As a May 2014 graduate, Coker is using this internship to jump-start his career. While still finalizing his immediate plans, he knows that law school and a legal career are in his future.
"I've been accepted to a few places, but I'm still I'm making my final decision about where I'll be going to law school," Coker said. "But after law school, I'd like to practice on a local level first, working for social advocacy groups. I hope my legal education will help me get into politics eventually. I'd like to either run for office or work on campaigns for others."