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, a native of Turkey, is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the Department of Politics, Philosophy, and Legal Studies, and the Director of the International Studies Minor at Elizabethtown College. Dr. Dursun- Özkanca received her BA in Political Science and International Relations at Bosphorus Universirty in Istanbul, and MA and PhD in Government at University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include Turkish foreign policy, transatlantic security, European politics, the Balkans, and peacebuilding missions. She is the author of a number of scholarly articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as Civil Wars, European Security, Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding, Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, and Johns Hopkins University Bologna Center Journal of International, and various edited volumes. In 2012, Dursun-Ozkanca served as a guest editor of a European Security journal special issue, titled “The EU and Security Sector Reform Practices: Challenges of Implementation”; and as a guest co-editor of a Civil Wars journal special issue with Dr. Stefan Wolff, titled “Assessing Regional and International Organizations’ Interventions in Civil Wars: Capabilities and Context”. In summer 2013, she served as a LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and conducted fieldwork in Serbia and Bosnia on Turkish foreign policy in the Balkans. Her first co-authored book, External Interventions in Civil Wars: The Role and Impact of Regional and International Organisations, has been published by Routledge in July 2013. She also published a second edited book, The European Union as an Actor in Security Sector Reform: Current Practices and Challenges of Implementation with Routledge in September 2013.
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.