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Department of Politics
Cornell College
600 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, Iowa 52314-1098
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Mount Vernon, Iowa
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Department of Politics, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa

  • Richard & Norma Small Distinguished Professor, 1996-1998 -- first to be so named
  • Professor of Political Science, 1985 -
  • Associate Professor of Political Science, 1979 - 1985
  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, 1972 - 1979

At Cornell I have had near total responsibility for the program in American government and politics. The previous, rather limited, American government curriculum has been abolished and replaced with one more modern and more relevant to the needs of our students. The general American government survey course is now complemented by four institutionally-focused and six policy-focused upper division courses. The institutionally-focused courses are: Campaigns & Elections, Congress & the Presidency, Constitutional Law:the American System, and Constitutional Law: Rights & Liberties. The policy-focused courses are Ethics and Public Policy; Race, Sex, and the Constitution; Environmental Politics; Urban Politics; Wilderness Politics, and U.S. Foreign Policy. I teach all but the ethics and foreign policy courses. In addition to my responsibilities for the American government program, I have also taught the introductory survey of political science. I created, and for 15 years administered, the department's Political Affairs Internship Program. I created, and continue to be active in organizing, the Cornell Wilderness Term, during which courses in biology, geology, literature, philosophy, and public policy are taught in and adjacent to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northern Minnesota. My courses are considered to be exceptionally rigorous, but they are among the more heavily enrolled at Cornell.

Department of Political Science, Duke University, Durham, N.C.

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Spring Semester, 1978

At Duke I taught the American government survey and an upper division policy course focused on energy and the environment.

Department of Politics, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

  • Assistant in Instruction, 1970 - 1971

As an instructional assistant at Princeton I taught mini-courses within upper division undergraduate courses in the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School. In this capacity I worked directly for Michael Danielson, Jameson Doig, and Gary Orfield in courses on urban government, social control, and legislative process. While at Princeton, I also taught courses on the politics of urban problems for the Princeton Upward Bound Program.


Professional Recognition:

  • Who's Who in America
  • Who's Who in the Midwest, multiple editions
  • Who's Who in Academia
  • Who's Who in the World
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers, multiple editions
  • Dictionary of International Biography, 27th edition
  • America's Best Teachers, multiple editions
  • Directory of American Scholars
  • International Who's Who of Professionals


  • University House Fellow, University of Iowa, 1982 - 1983
  • Presidential Fellow, Cornell College, 1989 - 1990 -- I was the college's first recipient of this award
  • Richard and Norma Small Distinguished Professor, Cornell College, 1996-1998 -- I was the college's first recipient of this award

Postgraduate - Princeton University:

  • Charles Grosvenor Osgood Fellow, 1969 - 1972, for excellence in graduate study
  • National Science Foundation Traineeship, 1968 - 1971
  • N.D.E.A. Fellow, 1971 - 1972

Undergraduate - Grinnell College:

  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, 1968
  • Nominated for Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1968
  • Nominated for Marshall Fellowship, 1968
  • Grinnell Honor Scholarship, 1965 - 1968

High School:

  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, 1964


Cornell is an undergraduate liberal arts college where the emphasis is--and ought to be--on teaching. Within that context I have endeavored to remain active in research and writing. I have focused my major attention on public lands politics, especially the politics of wilderness preservation.

Published results of this effort include:

  • The Politics of Wilderness Preservation [author] (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1982). [reviews]
  • International Handbook of National Parks and Nature Reserves [editor and contributor] (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1990). [reviews]
  • Natural Resources, 3 volumes [editor with Mark S. Coyne and contributor] (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1998). [reviews]
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Issues, 3 volumes [editor and contributor] (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2000). [reviews]
  • The Politics of Wilderness Preservation, revised edition [author] (Fairbanks, Alaska: University of Alaska Press, 2008).
  • Global Resources, 3 volumes [editor and contributor] (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2009).
  • Wildland Wars: The Politics of Nature Protection in National Parks and Wilderness Areas [author] (forthcoming).
  • "Wilderness Preservation: the Impact of Inter-agency Competition," Cornell Report, December, 1983.
  • "Hidden Agendas in Wilderness Management," Parks and Recreation, May, 1985.
  • "Wilderness Preservation as a Bureaucratic Tool" in Phillip O. Foss (ed.): Federal Lands Policy (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1987).
  • "Park Service v. Forest Service: Exploring the Differences in Wilderness Management," Policy Studies Review, Winter, 1987.
  • "The Leopold Legacy and American Wilderness" in Thomas Tanner (ed.): Aldo Leopold: the Man and His Legacy (Soil Conservation Society of America, 1987).
  • "Agency Values in Wilderness Management" in John D. Hutcheson, Jr. (ed.): Outdoor Recreation Policy (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1990).
  • "Four Theses on Wilderness Management: From Aldo Leopold to the Wilderness Act--and Beyond" in David Lime (ed.): Managing America's Enduring Wilderness Resource (St. Paul: University of Minnesota, 1990).
  • "Congress or the Agencies: Who'll Rule Wilderness in the 21st Century?" in Patrick C. Reed (ed.): Preparing to Manage Wilderness in the 21st Century (Athens: University of Georgia, 1990).
  • "Conservation Movement" in Robert Paehlke (ed.): Conservation and Environmentalism: an Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Publishing, 1995).
  • "Sierra Club" in Robert Paehlke (ed.):Conservation and Environmentalism: an Encyclopedia (New York: Garland Publishing, 1995).
  • "The Gila Wilderness Area Is Designated" in Frank N. Magill (ed.): Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1995).
  • "Congress Creates Eastern Wilderness Areas" in Frank N. Magill (ed.): Great Events from History II: Ecology and the Environment (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1995).
  • "National Parks and Nature Reserves of the World" in The World Book Encyclopedia (Chicago: World Book Publishing, 1996).
  • "Wilderness Policy" in Charles Davis (ed.): Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1996).
  • "National Park Service is Created" in Frank N. Magill & Christina J. Moose (eds.) Great Events from History: North America, revised edition (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1997).
  • "Aldo Leopold" in David E. Alexander and Rhodes W. Fairbridge (eds.): Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999).
  • "John Muir" in David E. Alexander and Rhodes W. Fairbridge (eds.): Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999).
  • "Wilderness" in David E. Alexander and Rhodes W. Fairbridge (eds.): Encyclopedia of Environmental Science (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1999).
  • "Sex Discrimination" (including brief entries on "Frontiero v. Richardson," "Meritor Savings Bank, FSB v. Vinson," "Reed v. Reed," and "Sexual Harassment") in The Encyclopedia of Civil Rights in America (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1997).
  • "Wilderness and Wilderness Preservation" in Natural Resources (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1998).
  • "Wilderness Act of 1964" in Natural Resources (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1998).
  • "Reed v. Reed" in Carl L. Bankston III (ed.): Encyclopedia of Family Life (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1998).
  • "Kruger National Park" in The World Book Encyclopedia (Chicago: World Book Publishing, forthcoming.)
  • "Introduction" in Craig W. Allin (ed.): Environmental Issues (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2000).
  • "Conservation Policy" in Craig W. Allin (ed.): Environmental Issues (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2000).
  • "The Triumph of Politics over Wilderness Science," in David Cole & Stephen McCool (eds.): Wilderness Science in a Time of Change (Ogden, Utah: United States Forest Service, 2000). [text]
  • "Grand Canyon National Park," in America's Historic Sites (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2001).
  • "Wilderness Policy" in Charles Davis (ed.): Western Public Lands and Environmental Politics, 2 ed (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 2001).
  • "Clinton Creates Eighteen New National Monuments" in Great Events: 1900-2001, Revised Edition (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 2002).
  • An essay on wilderness fire policy appeared as:
    • "Fires Are Good for Yellowstone," Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 19, 1988.
    • "It Is, After All, Not a Theme Park," Chicago Tribune, October 1, 1988.
    • "Only Nature Can Create, and Maintain, a Wilderness," Atlanta Journal and Constitution, October 1, 1988.
    • "Yellowstone Is Not a Theme Park," Cornell Report, Summer 1989.
  • An essay on racism, sexism, and bicycling appeared as:
    • "'Motorists' Are the Bigots of the Highways," Des Moines Register, July 18, 1991.
    • "Bicyclists Treated Like Second-class Citizens," Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 19, 1991.
    • "Drivers Intolerant of Bicyclists Are the Bigots of the Highway," Chicago Tribune, September 2, 1991.
    • "Bicyclists: Victims of Highway Bigotry," Cornell Report, Summer 1992.
    • Reprinted in:
      • Ride On! Newsletter of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Washington, D.C., January 1992.
      • Newsletter of the Bicycle Coalition of the Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, Pa., date unknown.
  • "Line-Item Veto Is Victory for Rich in Battle with Poor," Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 14, 1996.
  • "House Action a Monumental Shame," Des Moines Register, October, 1997 - regarding the Antiquities Act
  • "Commentary: A Better Way to Nominate Presidential Candidates," Minneapolis Star Tribune, August 18, 1999.
  • "Time to Abolish Electoral College, Set Uniform Elections Standards," Cornell Report (Internet Exclusive), Fall 2000. [text] An abbreviated version appeared as "It's Past Time to Abolish the Electoral College," Cedar Rapids Gazette, November 19, 2000.
  • "Sandra Day O'Connor Is America's Most Powerful Woman," Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 29, 2003 [text].
  • The Environmental Protection Hustle by Bernard J. Frieden and Can Organizations Change? Environmental Protection, Citizen Participation, and the Corps of Engineers by Daniel A. Mazmanian and Jeanne Nienaber, Journal of Politics, May 1980.
  • The Pathless Way, John Muir and the American Wilderness by Michael P. Cohen, Pacific Historical Review, December 1984. [Text]
  • Managing American Wildlife: A History of the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies by Dian Olson Belanger, American Historical Review, April 1990.
  • Wild Animals and American Environmental Ethics by Lisa Mighetto, American Historical Review, December 1992.
  • The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Redefining America's Wilderness Heritage edited by Robert B. Keiter and Mark S. Boyce, Environmental Management, Volume 16, No. 6, November/December 1992.
  • The Fading of the Greens: the Decline of Environmental Politics in the West by Anna Bramwell, American Historical Review, June 1996, p. 810.
  • The Dawn of Conservation Diplomacy: U.S.-Canadian Wildlife Protection Treaties in the Progressive Era by Kurkpatrick Dorsey, American Historical Review, February 2001. [Text]
  • The Gringo's Hawk by Jon Marañón, pre-publication review for Kenneth Group Publishing, June 2001. [Text]

  • "The Paradox of Democratic Elections," presented at All-College Convocation, Cornell College, February 4, 1982
  • "Abortion and the Law," a response to Dr. John Noonan, Professor of Law, Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, presented at the Conference on Medical Ethics, Cornell College, February 1982
  • "Wilderness Preservation: the Impact of Inter-Agency Competition," presented to the University House Seminar, University of Iowa, January 1983.
  • "Is There a Future for the American Wilderness?" presented at All-College Convocation, Cornell College, April 18, 1984
  • "An Assessment of the Election Returns," presented at All-College Convocation, Cornell College, November 1984
  • "Hidden Agendas in Wilderness Management," presented to the Department of Political Science, Colorado State University, December 1984.
  • "Park Service v. Forest Service: Exploring the Differences in Wilderness Management," presented at Annual Convention of the American Political Science Association, Washington, D.C., August 31, 1986.
  • "The Leopold Legacy and American Wilderness," presented at the Aldo Leopold Centennial Celebration, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, October 9, 1986; also presented at All-College Convocation, Cornell College, December 1986.
  • "Four Theses on Wilderness Management: From Aldo Leopold to the Wilderness Act--and Beyond," presented at "Managing America's Enduring Wilderness Resource: A Conference" sponsored by the University of Minnesota and the federal land management agencies, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 11-14, 1989.
  • "Congress or the Agencies: Who'll Rule Wilderness in the 21st Century?" presented at "Preparing to Manage Wilderness in the 21st Century" sponsored by the Society of American Foresters, Athens, Georgia, April 4-6, 1990.
  • "Frank Church: Lessons from a Master," presented at "Our Public Lands--Who Decides?" a symposium in honor of Senator Frank Church, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, October 3, 1990.
  • "Secrets of Yellowstone: Science and Politics in Wilderness Management," presented at All-College Convocation, Cornell College, January 1999.
  • "The Limitations of Textualism" -- A response to Antonin Scalia, Justice of the United States Supreme Court, on the occasion of the First Annual Earhart-Cornell Lecture on Liberal Arts and the Public Square, Cornell College, May 6, 1999.
  • "The Triumph of Politics over Wilderness Science," presented at "Wilderness Science in a Time of Change" in Missoula, Montana, May 24, 1999.
  • "A Walk on the Wild Side: How to Stay Alive (and Comfortable) in the Woods," Cornell College, March 8, 2000.
  • "What's Discrimination Got to Do with It?" -- A response to Walter E. Williams, John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, on the occasion of the Second Annual Earhart-Cornell Lecture on Liberal Arts and the Public Square, Cornell College, May 4, 2000. [Text]
  • "Our Mission on Planet Earth," Commencement Address, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, May 20, 2000. [Text]
  • "Remarks Honoring Richard P. Small on the Occasion of the Kresge Award," Elmcrest Country Club, Cedar Rapids, Iowa October 27, 2000. [Text]
  • "On the Enduring Tension between Religion & Politics" -- A response to Steven L. Carter, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, on the occasion of the Third Annual Earhart-Cornell Lecture on Liberal Arts and the Public Square, April 27, 2001. [Text]
  • "'Where Man …Does Not Remain": Native Americans and the Euro-American View of Wilderness" -- HAIG Lecture, Cornell College, March 18, 2004. [PowerPoint]
  • "Lessons from the Cornell Wilderness Term" -- presented at "Learning and Teaching across the Liberal Arts" in Lake Forest, Illinois, March 6, 2005. [Text]
  • "Teaching One Course at a Time: Lessons from the Cornell College Experience" -- Culver-Stockton College Faculty Planning Retreat, City Center Inn, Quincy, Illinois, January 11, 2008.



  • "The tangled web of the action of numerous Congresses attempting to please developmental and preservation-minded constituencies is acutely analyzed.... Students of political and environmental history will welcome the author's observations. Recommended." -- Diane M. Brown, Library Journal, May 15, 1982
  • "Allin concentrates on wilderness preservation, accomplishing for the political history of that subject what Roderick Nash did for the intellectual history of wilderness in America.... a sober and lucid legislative and administrative history." -- Morgan Sherwood, Science, October 1, 1982
  • "An excellent text that presents a detailed and well-documented account of the political struggles to preserve American wilderness areas.... Replete with names, places, and dates, the book is well written and organized.... This book should appeal to a wide audience including political and natural scientists, environmentalists, historians, and resource managers. Strongly recommended for graduate, undergraduate, and general libraries." -- Choice, October, 1982
  • "This is an important and useful book and deserves reading by all concerned with American public land policy." -- John D. Foster, Natural Resources Journal, January, 1983
  • "Craig Allin's book documents the history of preservation politics in the United States, a history of conflict, destruction, and belated realization. It is the story of how policymakers have assessed wilderness and the cost of its destruction.... It is highly readable, well organized, and an important contribution to the literature on American wilderness. I found it fascinating." -- Michael J. Day, Current Geographical Publications, January, 1983
  • "Most important in Allin's discussion is the emphasis on shifting alliances in preservationist sentiment.... Allin's book is also valuable for the case studies it presents in the preservation of wilderness. Cases include the... River of No Return in Idaho, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in Minnesota, and the various wilderness areas of Alaska." -- Thomas G. Alexander, American Historical Review, June, 1983
  • "Allin offers a succinct and insightful chronicle of the greatest conservation battle in American history.... [Allin's effort is] supreme--and overwhelmingly successful...." -- Alfred Runte, Pacific Historical Review, February 1984
  • "The Politics of Wilderness Preservation explores the development of this new [preservation] ethic.... It is a theme which, until now, had never received scholarly attention. The well-written and exhaustively researched text reads like living history. One can almost become a part of the legislative processes of the past century, a tribute to Allin's sense of drama and expert thoroughness.... An engaging expose.... that informs rather than inflames." -- Craig Thompson, The Conservationist, September-October, 1983
  • "Craig Allin...has expertly discussed the origins and background of the Wilderness Act of 1964.... [W]ell researched...and valuable...." -- Frederick H. Schapsmeier, Annals of the American Academy
  • "Allin contributes significantly to our understanding.... The result is a refreshing and illuminating portrait.... Allin clarifies the relations between substantive and procedural issues in land-use policy by sorting out the day-to-day politics of passing major land use legislation. He provides remarkable insights.... In sum, Mr. Allin's book is a clearly written and well-balanced account of the politics of wilderness preservation. It will be of special importance to scholars interested in the history of the Alaskan land-use controversies during the 1970s." -- Crandall Bay, Journal of Forest History, October 1985


  • "Allin's handbook provides a masterful survey of the parks and the systems whereby they came into being and are managed (or in some cases mismanaged) today.... Each patterned chapter covers the history of a nation's park system, describes major properties in the system, analyzes the administrative organizations responsible for the parks, assesses these organizations' effectiveness, and lists sources for further information. Numerous tables, maps, and charts enhance the text. Throughout "spaceship earth" there is an audience for this fine book in public and academic libraries." -- Wilson Library Bulletin
  • "There are at least 2,671 national parks and nature preserves in the world. This book does not describe them all, but does provide comparative descriptions of national parks and nature preserves in 25 countries. Each chapter is written by a different contributor, usually a native of the country, who describes that land's national parks and nature preserves. Each contributor uses the same outline: history, parks and reserves, and administration. There are two chapters on the US: one on national parks and one on wilderness areas. Numerous table. Simple maps illustrate the location of most, but not all, of the national parks and nature preserves described. Comprehensive chapter bibliographies; 15-page index. This book will be of most value to advanced undergraduates and graduates and research libraries." -- Choice
  • "This book fills an important gap in the national parks literature by providing a unique comparative exploration of global parks preservation. Each chapter is written to a common outline and addresses the history of park preservation in that country, the natural values associated with parks and preserves, and the legal and administrative structures charged with park protection." -- Recent Publications on Governmental Problems

Reviewing NATURAL RESOURCES (3 volumes):

  • "Along with 125 scholars from throughout the U.S., professors Coyne and Allin, affiliated with the University of Kentucky and Cornell College, respectively, have put together an interesting new reference work on natural resources. The editors have interpreted natural resources in the most comprehensive manner to include resource exploitation, environmentalism, geology, and biology. The work consists of 438 alphabetically arranged articles that range from 250 to 4,000 words in length. . . . The broad nature of this set makes it unique and it should prove to be popular with students doing term papers and the general public seeking information. Recommended for high-school, public, and academic libraries." -- Booklist (American Library Association), September 1, 1998
  • "The informative essays in Natural Resources survey and analyze [myriad natural resources] issues.... A sample of the topics covered demonstrates their importance in daily life as well as to government and corporate strategies.... Copious cross references link the many related articles and bibliographies appended to articles in turn link them to additional information sources.... By bringing together articles on natural resources and articles on issues about their use and management, Natural Resources will help students and interested citizens understand the complexities of the economic, environmental, and political issues related to natural resources."--Rettig on Reference, 1998
  • Named to the 1999 list of Outstanding Reference Sources for Small and Medium-sized Libraries by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).


  • "As information proliferates, it is increasingly important that sources which summarize and synthesize, like this unique set, be produced. It provides a fine starting point for more than 450 environmental issues, persons, events, and topics in the context of larger issues.... Recommended for academic, special, and public libraries."--Choice, September, 2000
  • "This work, along with Natural Resources (LJ 9/89), is an excellent overview of the natural world and its endangered resources. Recommended for all libraries."--Library Journal, May 1, 2000
  • "Addressed to nonspecialists, this user-friendly set will be a welcome reference tool."--School Library Journal, February, 2001 "This set provides a decent overview of the issues and will be useful to readers from high school and up.... Recommended for school and public libraries."--Booklist, June 1 & 15, 2000
  • Authoritative, yet brief, the encyclopedia is useful for the high school reader as a starting point for many topics connected to the environment.... Of the articles we read, high school students will find solid information without the inflammatory rhetoric that might be found on many Internet sites. Recommended."--Reference for Students, Reference Reviews, Gale Group, April, 2000


Completing my long-term book project, Wildland Wars: Politics of Nature Protection in National Parks and Wilderness Areas. In the course of this research I have traveled more than 60,000 miles and spent more than 500 hours interviewing federal land managers, legislators, academicians, and interest group representatives. In 1983 I became the only civilian graduate in the history of the Forest Service's Region 6 Wilderness Management School at Eagle Cap Wilderness, Oregon. This research has been assisted by a Mellon Foundation Fellowship through the University House Program at the University of Iowa, by Cornell College's first Presidential Fellowship, by a financial award accompanying my being named the first Richard and Norma Small Distinguished Professor, and by Cornell's ongoing faculty development programs.

  • Referee for Manuscripts and/or Grants:
    • Environmental Management Magazine, 1984 -
    • Longman Publishers, 1984-
    • Greenwood Press, 1986
    • National Endowment for the Humanities, 1986 -
    • Policy Studies Review, 1990 -
    • Policy Studies Journal, 1990 -
    • Southern Illinois University Press, 1991
    • University of Kansas Press, 1993
    • Conservation Letters, 2008 -
  • Radio Broadcasts:
    • Guest Commentator for Election Night Coverage, KHAK radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 1976 and November 1978.
    • "Jehovah's Witnesses and the Law," panel participant, 1982.
    • Guest Commentator for Iowa Caucus Coverage, WMT radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, February 1992.
    • Guest Commentator for Election Night Coverage, KCRG radio, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 2000.
  • Regional Issues Forum: "Four Perspectives: a Forum of Nuclear Issues," convener and moderator, sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities, Iowa Humanities Board, Iowa United Nations Association, Stanley Foundation, and United Methodist Church, October 31, 1982.
  • United States Forest Service: Region 6 Wilderness Management School, Eagle Cap Wilderness Area, Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, Oregon, August 1983. I am the only civilian graduate in the history of this program.
  • Atomic Energy Commission: Short Course on Energy, Radiation and the Environment, Department of Radiation Biophysics, University of Kansas, July 1974.
  • Joint Coe College/Cornell College Seminar: "The American Political Climate After the Elections," with James Polk, Pulitzer Prize winner, NBC News, and Dr. Thomas Sweeney, Coe College, 1976.
  • Maharishi International University: Curriculum Consultant to Department of Government, May 1984.
  • Member:
    • American Association of University Professors
    • American Political Science Association
    • Iowa Conference of Political Scientists
    • League of Conservation Voters
    • National Parks and Conservation Association
    • Natural Resources Defense Council
    • Nature Conservancy
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Policy Studies Organization
    • Sierra Club
    • Wilderness Society
    • Wilderness Watch


Lisbon-Mount Vernon Volunteer Ambulance Service, Mount Vernon, Iowa:

  • Member, 1973 - 1987
  • Training Officer, 1974 - 1975
  • Chief, 1976 - 1987 [see section on administration]
  • Board of Directors [representing the City of Mount Vernon], 1991 -
  • Board Secretary, 1991-1995
  • Board President, 1995-

State of Iowa, Department of Health:

  • Certified Emergency Medical Technician, 1974 - 1987
  • Certified Emergency Rescue Technician, 1979 - 1987

American Heart Association:

  • Instructor in Basic Life Support and Emergency Cardiac Care, 1975 - 1981

American National Red Cross:

  • Instructor in Advanced First Aid and Emergency Care, 1976 - 1979

City of Mount Vernon, Iowa:

  • Park Commissioner, 1975 - 1977
  • Mayor's Committee on Central Dispatch, 1983
  • Advisory Committee on Computerization, 1984 - 1985
  • Director, Lisbon-Mount Vernon Ambulance Service, 1991 - ; President, 1995-

City of Lisbon, Iowa:

  • Planning and Zoning Commission, member and secretary, 1979 - 1982

Iowa Democratic Party:

  • Chair, Platform Subcommittee on Energy and Environment
    • Linn County Convention, 1980
    • Second Congressional District Convention, 1980


  • Various presentations to groups of the League of Women Voters, the American Association of University Women, the American Association of University Professors, the Sierra Club, faculty, and students.

ADMINISTRATION -- Cornell College

Organizer of $1.5 Million Gift to Cornell College, 1990-1992

In the fall of 1990, in response to a $20 million challenge gift to Cornell College by alumni Richard and Norma Small, Professor Truman Jordan (chemistry) and I initiated and implemented a faculty fund drive. We received contributions from most members of the faculty and nearly all the tenured faculty. In the fall of 1992 we presented the Trustees with a check for $1,586,214 representing immediate and deferred gifts pledged to date.

Member, Strategic Planning Committee, 1988-1989

In 1988 Cornell College embarked for the first time on a process of strategic planning, examining its strengths and weaknesses, assessing national and international trends, and planning to meet its future with both eyes open. The committee, consisting of vice presidents of the college and six members of the faculty, reported to the Board of Trustees in January, 1989.

Co-Chair, Permanent Strategic Planning Committee, 1992 - 1994

In 1992--and partially in response to my lobbying efforts--the Strategic Planning Committee was resurrected in a new and improved form. It is a continuing body charged to concern itself with long term planning and the evolving mission of the college in a changing world. Dennis Moore, Dean of the College, and I were the charter co-chairs of the new committee.

Chair, Selection Committee for Cornell College Library Director, 1998 - 1999

Member, Joint Presidential Screening Committee, 1983 - 1984

In 1983 I was elected by the faculty as one of five representatives to participate on an equal basis with a subcommittee of the Board of Trustees in the selection of a new president for Cornell College. The Joint Committee screened 140 applicants and interviewed ten in executive session. It supervised extended campus visits for three, and finally selected David Marker. His selection was unanimously ratified by the full Board of Trustees.

Member, Presidential Search and Screening Committee, 1993 - 1994

In 1993 I was elected by the faculty as one of five representatives to serve on the Presidential Search and Screening Committee, composed of trustees, faculty, alumni and students. I served as chair of the faculty contingent. During what proved to be two rounds of searching, the committee recruited candidates, screened applicants, conducted off-campus interviews, and supervised extended campus visits for five finalists. The committee's selection of Les Garner was unanimously ratified by the full Board of Trustees.

Member, Selection Committee for Dean of the College, 1986 - 1987

I was one of five members elected by the faculty to participate with the President of the College in the selection of a new Dean of the College.

Member, Selection Committee for Vice President for Institutional Advancement,
1994 - 1995

I was one of two members of the faculty appointed by the president to participate with him in the selection of a new Vice President for Institutional Advancement.

Chair, Faculty Salary Committee,
1977 - 1978, 1983 - 1984, 1990 - 1991, 1994 - 1995

Member, Faculty Salary Committee,
1977 - 1978, 1981 - 1984, 1985 - 1986, 1988 - 1991, 1994 - 1995, 2009-

The faculty established a committee to press for more adequate compensation in 1977. I was elected its first chair, and I am the only member of the faculty to serve in that capacity four times. As chair and member of the Salary Committee I have been called upon effectively to represent the needs of the faculty constituency in the process of budget making.

Chair, Faculty Committee on Administration,
1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2005

Member, Faculty Committee on Administration,
1980 -1986, 1988 - 1993, 1994 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2005, 2009-

Chair, Faculty Subcommittee on College Budget, 1985 - 1986

Member, Faculty Subcommittee on College Budget, 1983 - 1984, 1985 - 1986

The Committee on Administration is the faculty body charged with overseeing the administrative affairs of the college, engaging in negotiation over changes in the size of the teaching faculty, and advising the administration on long-range financial planning. In 1983 participation in the annual budget process was, for the most part, devolved to a three-person subcommittee on college budget of which I became a charter member. Later on this responsibility fell to a single member of the Administration Committee appointed by the chair. In 1994 members of the Faculty Salary Subcommittee undertook the primary responsibility for faculty oversight of the budget..

Chair, Faculty Committee on Committees, 1981 - 1983

Member, Faculty Committee on Committees, 1978 - 1983, 1984 - 1985

During my tenure on the Committee on Committees the committee took upon its shoulders the task of a complete revision of the Faculty Handbook. As a major participant in that project, I wrote substantial portions of the text which now serves as the foundation and standard for each new edition. During this same period the committee undertook a complete restructuring of the faculty committee system to enlarge and streamline the role of the faculty in college governance. As chair, I supervised the completion of that task and shepherded this politically sensitive document through to final approval by both faculty and administration.

Chair, Faculty Committee on Academic Affairs, 1986 - 1988

My role was to provide leadership and coordinate the work of three standing subcommittees which initiate changes in college-wide curricula and college- wide academic regulations and administer the application of these policies to students. Under my leadership the committee constructed an entirely new curriculum in the Department of Education and continued a full-scale review of the college's graduation requirements.

Chair, Department of Politics, 1979 - 1989, 1995 - 1997, 2003 - 2005, 2006 - 2008

As chair of the department, I have supervised the work of three full-time faculty, occasional part-time faculty, a faculty secretary, and seven part-time student assistants. I was responsible for developing and administering the departmental budget and scheduling departmental course offerings. I was the primary liaison between members of the department and the Dean and President of the College. In recent years I had had primary responsibility for four tenure-track faculty searches.

Director, Political Affairs Internship Program, 1972 - 1990

I initiated and developed the Political Affairs Internship Program for Cornell College. The program was conceived as a part of the curriculum of the Department of Politics. It has provided opportunities for scores of Cornellians share in the nation's political life. Valuable internship experiences have been arranged in every branch of the federal government and in relevant non-governmental settings like political campaigns, mass media, and interest groups. One result of this program is that Cornell has an unusual number of its recent politics graduates actually working in politics.

Planner-in-Residence, South Hall, 1981 - 1982

The formal title here is tongue-in-cheek, but the accomplishment is one of which I am proud. In 1981 and 1982 Cornell completely rebuilt the century-old structure in which the English and Politics departments make their homes. This half-million dollar project implemented a conception and floor plan of my own creation.

Member, Appeals Board, 1977 - 1978, 1984 - 1985

The Appeals Board was created in 1977 to adjudicate appeals arising from disciplinary sanctions against students. As one of the Board's charter members, I was primarily responsible for drafting the procedures under which board functioned.

Other Administrative Responsibilities at Cornell:

  • Pre-Law Advisor & Chair of Pre-Law Committee, 1986 -
  • President, Delta Chapter of Iowa, Phi Beta Kappa, 1984 - 1986, 2004 - 2006
  • Vice-President, Delta Chapter of Iowa, Phi Beta Kappa, 2002 - 2004
  • Member, Delta Chapter of Iowa, Phi Beta Kappa, 1972 -
  • Director for Campus Visits by Presidential Candidates, 1980 & 1984
  • Faculty Liaison, Washington Center Program, 1984 - 1989
  • Program Advisor, Washington Semester Program, 1974 - 1982
  • Program Advisor, A. C. M. Urban Studies Program, 1975 - 1982
  • Faculty Advisor, new students and politics majors, 1972 -
  • Member, Faculty Committee on Curriculum, 1973 - 1977
  • Member, Joint Trustee-Faculty Committee on Academic Affairs, 1974
  • Member, American Studies Program Committee, 1978 - 1983
  • Chair and/or Member, numerous faculty and administration search committees, 1973 -
  • Faculty Representative for the Udall Scholarship Program, 1999 -
  • Member, Women's Studies Committee, 1996 -
  • Member, Ethnic Studies Committee, 2000 -
  • Member, Environmental Studies Committee, 1975 -

ADMINISTRATION -- Other than Cornell College

Chief Administrative Officer, Lisbon-Mt. Vernon Ambulance Service, 1976-87

The Lisbon - Mt. Vernon Ambulance Service has served a small-town and rural population of about 6000 since 1974. I was a charter member of the service and served as its chief administrative officer since for more than a decade. Under my direction the service acquired more than $100,000 in vehicles and equipment, adopted an annual budget procedure of my design, and received certification from the Iowa Department of Health to provide advanced emergency medical services. I had the primary responsibility for the day to day operations of the service and for the preparation and administration of an annual budget exceeding $40,000. I reported to a Board of Directors that met quarterly.

Board of Directors, Lisbon-MT Vernon Ambulance Service, 1991 -

  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Lisbon-MT Vernon Ambulance Service, 1992 - 1995
  • President, Board of Directors, Lisbon-MT Vernon Ambulance Service, 1995 -

Campaign Director, Nick Berry for State Senate Committee, Linn County, Iowa, 1978

I directed the campaign of Mount Vernon Mayor, Nicholas O. Berry for the Iowa State Senate. We lost a close race. My counterpart was later named U.S. Ambassador to Malta by President Bush.

Pollster, George McGovern for President Committee, Mercer County, New Jersey, 1972

While a graduate student at Princeton University, I organized volunteers, wrote the survey protocols, programmed the data analysis, and shared in tactical decision-making based on the results. Two fellow graduate students appropriated my work, moved to Minnesota, and opened a campaign consulting firm.

Co-Director, Coe College/Cornell College Poll, Linn County, Iowa, 1976

During the 1976 campaign Tom Sweeney of Coe College and I organized a scientific poll of Linn County voters as a class exercise. Our results were widely reported in the local media.

Founding Member, Joint Internship Committee of the Iowa General Assembly,
1974 - 1980

In 1974 the Iowa General Assembly sought to regularize state legislative internships for college students. I was a charter member of the group of academic and legislators who undertook that task. After a structure was put in place, I served for a number of years as one of two private college representatives on the supervisory committee.



  • Ph.D. Princeton University, Department of Politics, 1976
  • M.A. Princeton University, Department of Politics, 1970
  • Major Field: American Government and Politics
  • Minor Fields: International Relations and Political Philosophy
  • Doctoral Dissertation: Private Power and Public Policy: the Impact of Organized Interests on the Wilderness Issue in American Politics


  • B.A. Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, 1968
  • Major Field: Political Science
  • Minor Fields: History and Economics


  • Date of Birth: October 3, 1946
  • Place of Birth: Two Harbors, Minnesota, USA
  • Citizenship: U.S.A.
  • State of Health: Excellent
  • Marital Status: Married to Elizabeth A. Sparks, October 8, 1977
  • Children: None
  • Interests: backpacking, bicycling, camping, canoeing, movies, photography, politics, sports
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