Robert E. Botsch, Professor of Political Science


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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