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Southeast Conference on Public Administration

Shannon Vaughan, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, was elected Vice-President/President-elect of the Southeast Conference on Public Administration (SECoPA) on Friday, October 6th during the annual meeting in Hollywood Beach, FL.  Since 2007, Dr. Vaughan has regularly presented her research at SECoPA (a conference that brings together academics and practitioners who are active in the field of public administration), and has served on the Board of Directors since October 2015.


At the 2017 meeting, Dr. Vaughan’s research, Cross-Sector Collaboration: How the Blurring of the Lines between Sectors affects Social Capital, was part of a panel on Social Capital and Collaborative Governance. One of our MPA students, Hannah Benward also presented her research – Navigating the Evolution of a Network: Case Study of a Nonprofit Serving Immigrants and Refugees – as part of that panel.

Presenters for the Social Capital and Collaborative Governance Panel

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From Left: Dr. Shannon Vaughan, Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University; Hannah Benward, MPA Student, Western Kentucky University


PS450- Cultural and Public Diplomacy

PS450- Cultural and Public Diplomacy: Internationalization via the Soliya Connect Program (CRN – 46493)

3.0 credit hours in political science or international affairs, Asian Religions and Culture, Arabic and Communication electives

Second Biterm Course

  • Take a unique course in cross-cultural education via a United Nations-affiliated organization that enables college students from around the world to explore and engage one another on what they find to be the most pressing global and social challenges. Participants are from the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and South Asia.  Internationalize your education!


Contact Dr. Kiasatpour >  soleiman.kiasatpour@wku.edu  ASAP, get enrolled by instructor on Topnet; register with Soliya, Second Bi-term; eight 2-hour webcam sessions, once a week from week of October 15 through December 8.  Student chooses times/day of webcam sessions. Typically sessions are early morning to mid-morning once a week.

No Lost Generation

Interested in working with refugees? No Lost Generation WKU, will be holding its first meeting of the semester on Thursday, September 7th at 5:30pm in DSU 2086. NLG-WKU is part of a national student initiative supported by the Department of State with the purpose of addressing the needs of young refugees through advocacy, fundraising, and volunteering. Some of our events last year included a panel discussion with local leaders, a virtual reality event depicting a refugee camp in Jordan, and a pasta dinner fundraiser for the International Center.
For more information, visit our Facebook page or email us at nolostgenerationwku@gmail.com.

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all of our returning students, and a special welcome to students joining the WKU Political Science Department! We are thrilled to have you. As we kick off the school year there are a few important dates to remember:

Monday, August 28: Majors and Minors in the department are invited to our Department Orientation. Information on opportunities within the department as well as related student organizations will be provided, as well as further information on advising sessions. This event will take place from 2:30-4:30 in the Grise Hall Auditorium (GH 235). THIS IS ALSO THE LAST DAY TO ADD/DROP CLASSES

Wednesday, October 11: Last day to drop a class with a W. 

A few important resources we would like to remind you of as the year begins: 

For more important updates from the Political Science Department, be sure to check us out on social media! Did you have a great time with a summer internship? Share your experience and don’t forget to tag us! IMG_1419.jpg