Chair, Political Science Department
Director, BW Community Research Institute
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Thomas Sutton
Fulbright Scholar Award to teach and research at University of Cape Coast, Ghana (2013)
Exemplary Teaching Award, United Methodist Church (2013)
Faculty Excellence Award, Baldwin Wallace University Student Senate (2012, 2009, 2004)
Volunteer Leadership Award, Baldwin Wallace Office of Annual Giving (2011)
Faculty Excellence Award, Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult & Continuing Education Honor Society (2009)
"James A. Garfield"; "Chester Arthur"; "William McKinley" entries for Presidents and the Constitution (forthcoming in 2014)
"Education Policy"; "Liberation Theology"; entries for the International Encyclopedia of Political Science (2011) (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press)
Recent Consulting and Research Projects
Serve as independent political analyst for WEWS Channel 5, providing periodic analysis of local and national political developments and events.
Conducted survey of residents and patrons of Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library to determine perceptions of quality of services and frequency of usage (spring 2013).
Coordinated survey of Parma residents conducted by LAS 200: Enduring Questions for an Intercultural Word Honors classes with Sociology colleague Dr. Jill Fleisher for the West Creek Conservancy (spring 2013).
Completed $75,000 market survey project for Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District that included phone surveys of 800 customers, 300 users of the NEORSD Call Center, and 200 surveys of residents of sewer districts in Buffalo, NY, Milwaukee, WI, and Philadelphia, PA. The project included coordinating and conducting eight focus groups of NEORSD residential and business customers, and interviews with local elected officials and staff of eight sewer districts across the U.S. (summer 2012 – winter 2013). Results used to design community relations and marketing strategic plan for NEORSD.
Wrote analysis report of phone survey interviews of auto dealers and installers of paint protection film for Lubrizol as part of a BW Center for Innovation and Growth Project (January – February, 2013).
Conducted phone survey of small businesses in downtown Cleveland and surrounding Cuyahoga County to collect data about reasons for locating in the downtown area for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (summer 2012).
Conducted third annual survey of customer households to gauge awareness of new marketing campaign for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District with partner Dr. Pierre David of the BW Division of Business Administration. Report resulted in shifted focus of campaign to role of NEORSD as a partner in keeping Lake Erie clean (fall 2011).
Provided regression analysis of donor data for United Way of Greater Cleveland (fall 2011) as a BW Center for Innovation and Growth consultant.
Conducted community survey of South Euclid, Ohio residents to determine perceptions about a proposed retail development for First Interstate Properties (May, 2011).
Developed and implemented public opinion poll of Northeast Ohio residents gauging awareness of new business marketing campaign for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance (March 2011).
Conducted public opinion poll gauging voter preferences in Cuyahoga County for candidates for county and state legislative office, as part of class project for POL 240: Introduction to Political Analysis (September 2010).
Conducted second annual survey of customer households to gauge awareness of new marketing campaign for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District with partner Professor Pierre David of the B-W Division of Business Administration (summer 2010). Report resulted in shifted focus of campaign to role of NEORSD as a partner in keeping Lake Erie clean.