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December Update

Dr. Meena Mohanty presents her research at the 2014 Summer Research Fellowship Poster Presentation.

As we approach the end of the Fall 2014 semester, the students and faculty of the Department of Government have been busy.  Here are some of the activities from the past month.

EKU Mock Trial Continues to Excel

Every fall we are proud to see the EKU Mocklets win individual and team prizes at tournaments around the country, and the 2014 season has not broken that tradition.  This year the Mock Trial team won 4 top-ten awards –with 5th place finishes at the Illinois State and the DC Invitational, 7th place at the Arch Invitational in St. Louis, and 2nd place at the Spartan Throwdown in Cleveland, Ohio.  The Mocklets competed against teams from across the United States, including a victory and a draw against American Mock Trial Association reigning champions Florida State.  The team also received individual awards for Best Attorney (Josh Lang and Daniel Bevins) and Outstanding Witness (Matthew Boggs, Dalton Stanley, and Troy Cox).  For more information about the team, see the EKU Mock Trial page.

Student Engagement

Intro to American Government students in Dr. Leland Coxe’s classes held a civic engagement fair in the Noel Studio.  In the fair, students researched a number of public interests -including distracted driving, suicide prevention, recycling, historic preservation, gun laws, domestic violence, human trafficing, and much more.  After learning about these topics, the students provided the information to the public to develop more informed views on them.


Faculty Research and Development

The faculty have been busy, too.  Dr. Anne Cizmar traveled to the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching at Miami University of Ohio.  The Lilly Conference is an annual international conference that brings teachers together from around the country to learn and develop better methods of teaching for higher education, and is one of the premier pedagogy conferences in the United States.

Dr. Dan Bennett presented a paper at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion where he looked at differing views on religious freedom among Christian conservative legal advocates, finding that while many such organizations have similar goals, they often do not have similar ways of seeing the world, which leads to schisms between the organizations, which in turn affects their advocacy, rendering these organizations less unified and coherent than other legal advocacy groups.

In the paralegal program, Dr. Meena Mohanty last year received a grant to research the knowledge and views of Kentucky judges on law-enforcement control of the state forensic labs.  After researching the national standards on crime lab oversight, Dr. Mohanty is now collecting data through a survey of Kentucky judges to determine their views on the national standards and their views towards evidence collected and processed by law-enforcement labs rather than independent labs. 

 Finally, in the MPA program, Dr. LeAnn Beaty and Dr. Will Hatcher attended the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Dr. Beaty sat on panels discussing the challenges of small programs and, with Dr. Hatcher, on how to design and implement online education programs for public administration that meet the standards of excellence set by NASPAA –including assessment, development of faculty, and how to develop a sense of community for online students.


Faculty Service

The faculty also help in the community.  Dr. Linda Gosnell serves on the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline for the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, and attended the Fall Leadership Conference for Committees.  At the meeting, she was part of discussions on how to better extend legal services to more Americans, including how expanded use of paralegals and licensed legal technicians could expand routine services, and also how Internet sources could supplement current legal services.


We look forward to seeing what our students and faculty do in the coming Spring Semester!

Published on December 04, 2014

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