Meet the Faculty
Dr. April Kelly-Woessner
Associate Professor and Department Chair
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April Kelly-Woessner is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science at Elizabethtown College. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University, specializing in public opinion, mass behavior, and political psychology. Dr. Kelly-Woessner recently published a book (with Stanley Rothman and Matthew Woessner), The Still Divided Academy: How Competing Visions of Power, Politics, and Diversity Complicate the Mission of Higher Education (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011). Professor Kelly-Woessner has published a number of articles on politics in higher education, which have appeared in The Journal of Political Science Education, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Political Communication Report. With coauthor Matthew Woessner, she wrote "Left-Pipeline: Why Conservatives Don't Get Doctorates," which was published in Reforming the Political Correct University (AEI Press, 2008). Dr. Kelly-Woessner has also published articles and commentaries in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Society, Politics and Policy, and The American Enterprise.
Professor Kelly-Woessner's previous research on politics in the academy has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Science Magazine. Her opinion editorials have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and The Harrisburg Patriot.
Dr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Elizabethtown College since August 2007 and is a native of Turkey. She is also Director of the International Studies Minor. She received her Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in International Relations, European Politics, and American Politics. Her research interests include Turkish foreign policy, transatlantic security relations, NATO, peacebuilding operations, European Union enlargement and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), comparative political communication, and counter-terrorism.
She is the author of a number of scholarly articles in a number of academic journals and edited volumes. She also published short articles and op-eds for Prishtina Insight, Juristi, Enduring America, Atlantic Community, and Hürriyet Daily News, on transatlantic relations, Turkish foreign policy, and Balkan politics. Her Hürriyet Daily News op-ed was cited in NATO's online bibliography on the New Strategic Concept. She is currently preparing a special volume for Civil Wars journal as a guest editor, with Stefan Wolff. She is also co-authoring a book manuscript, Changing Balance of Power Dynamics within EU-NATO Security Relations: Comparing the Foreign Policies of the United States, France, and Turkey, with Colette Mazzucelli.
Dr. Dursun-Özkanca has extensive teaching experience internationally. She has taught at various universities in the US, Turkey, Poland, Ukraine, and Kosovo. She has received grants from the European Commission (multiple grants), the University of Texas at Austin (multiple fellowships), Deutscher Academischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD), the European Union Studies Association, and the Elizabethtown College (multiple grants). She currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Ethnopolitics and Public Communication Review.
Dr. Fletcher E. McClellan
Dean of Faculty and Professor of Political Science
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Dr. Fletcher McClellan is Dean of Faculty and Professor of Political Science. Before his appointment as Dean in 2010, he was Interim Provost and Dean of Faculty on two occasions, Associate Dean of Faculty, and President of the Faculty Assembly. He chaired the political science department in 2001-06 and 2008-10. His areas of scholarly interest are American political institutions, public administration, and public policy. He has delivered dozens of scholarly papers on a variety of topics, ranging from the modern US presidency to US policy toward Native Americans. Currently, he teaches the department's Senior Seminar. In addition, he promotes the scholarship of teaching and learning in the discipline, having authored a book chapter on the history of outcomes assessment in political science, conducted workshops on assessment, and served as outside evaluator for several institutions. He serves on the Executive Council of the Political Science Education section of the American Political Science Association and was program chair for the section at the 2010 APSA annual meeting.
Kyle C. Kopko received his Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University in 2010, with a specialization in judicial politics and constitutional law. Dr. Kopko serves as the Director of the Pre-Law Program at Elizabethtown College. His teaching and research interests include American politics, election law, constitutional law, judicial behavior, political psychology, and religion & politics. Dr. Kopko has published articles in Election Law Journal, Judicature, Political Behavior, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. Dr. Kopko also graduated with honors from Elizabethtown College in 2005.
Dr. Wayne A. Selcher
Professor of International Studies Emeritus
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Wayne A. Selcher graduated from Lebanon Valley College (B.A., Spanish) and the University of Florida (M.A., Latin American Studies and Ph.D., Political Science). From 1969 to May 2007 he taught at Elizabethtown College, where he was chair of the Department of Political Science from 1970 to 1996 and held an endowed chair as Professor of International Studies from 1984 to 2007. He retired in May 2007, but teaches occasionally as an adjunct professor and helps advance the College's international connections, especially with Latin America. His major academic interests are international relations, Latin American politics and foreign policy, American foreign policy, American values and culture in a comparative context, and Internet use in international studies teaching and research. He is the creator, editor, and maintainer of the WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources, part of the WWW Virtual Library system.
Dr. W. Wes McDonald
Professor of Political Science
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W. Wesley McDonald, Ph.D., who joined Elizabethtown's faculty in 1980, is professor of political science. He earned his bachelor's degree in the subject from Towson State University, his master's degree from Bowling Green State University, and his doctorate from Catholic University. In addition to authoring many scholarly articles on current affairs and political theory, McDonald penned the critically acclaimed "Russell Kirk and the Age of Ideology," which was published in 2004 by the University of Missouri Press. His major areas of academic interest include American conservative thought, American electoral politics and campaigns, classic films and politics, political novels, history of Western political ideas, and modern ideologies.