Robert E. Botsch, Professor of Political Science
e-mail: bobb@aiken.sc.edu

Education:

BS in Applied Mathematics and Physics, N.C. State U., 1968
MA and PhD in Political Science, U.N.C. Chapel Hill, 1975 and 1977

Teaching Experience:

Instructor, U.N.C. Chapel Hill, 1976-77
Assistant Professor, Illinois State University, 1977-78
Assistant, Associate, and Professor, USC Aiken, 1978-present

Teaching Areas:

American politics and institutions, southern politics, South Carolina politics, research methods, public opinion, the Vietnam War

Selected Scholarship:

We Shall Not Overcome, University of North Carolina Press, 1980.
Organizing the Breathless, University of Kentucky Press, 1993.
African-Americans and the Palmetto State, co-author, a social studies text for the S.C.
Department of Education, 1994.

Government's Role in the Future of S.C., monograph prepared for the S.C. Assembly
on the Future, co-chaired by the Governor and Lt. Governor of S.C., 1988.

Four textbook chapters: two on interest groups in S.C., one on African-Americans in
S.C., and one on human service delivery.

Over $130,000 in small grants, most of which went to students and equipment.

Honors and Awards:

USCA Teaching Excellence Award, 1987-8 and 1995-6
USC System Professor of the Year, 1987-8
CASE S.C. Professor of the Year and National Gold Medal Winner, 1987-8
USC Aiken Scholarly Activity Award, 1992-3
USC Aiken Service Award, 1989-90

Selected Service Activities:

Faculty Assembly Parliamentarian for several terms
Chair of Welfare Committee and co-author of Faculty Salary Plan
USCA Golf Coach, 1982-3
Advisor: Social and Behavioral Science Club, College Democrats, and College Republicans
Steering Committee for the Social Science Student Research Lab

Research Interests:

Creating a "WEB" based encyclopedia on African-Americans and S.C. with Carol Botsch
Internet based teaching

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