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History & Political Science Faculty

Dr. Kenneth HicksDr. Kenneth Hicks

Department Head and Professor
Baird Hall, Room 219L
918-343-7687
kennethhicks@rsu.edu

 

 

 

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Theory
    University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    Dissertation: ‘Boundaries: Human Nature and the Liberal-Communitarian Debate’
    1998
  • M.A., International Relations Theory
    University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
    Thesis: ‘The Language of Terror: The Rhetoric of U.S. Response to Dissident Terrorism'
    1990
  • B.S., Political Science
    West Georgia College (now State University of West Georgia), Carrollton, GA
    1986

Teaching Experience

Current:

  • International Relations
  • American Foreign Policy

Past:

  • The Media and Politics, Columbia College, Columbia, SC
  • American National Government, University of South Carolina (USC)
  • American Political Parties, USC
  • Introduction to Politics, USC
  • Introduction to Politics, USC
  • American Political Parties, USC
  • American National Government, USC
  • The Discipline of Political Science, USC
  • U.S. and World Politics, USC
  • American National Government, USC - Ft. Jackson
  • Comparative Politics, USC
  • American National Government, USC
  • The Discipline of Political Science, USC

Teaching Assistantships

  • The Media and Politics, under Dr. David Whiteman, USC
  • The Discipline of Political Science, under Dr. Laura Woliver, USC
  • American National Government, under Dr. Earl Black, USC
  • The Media and Politics, under Dr. David Whiteman, USC
  • The Politics of Nuclear War, under Dr. Peter Sederberg, USC

Professional Service

  • Member, Oklahoma Political Science Association’s Board of Directors.
  • Named president of the Oklahoma Political Science Association for 2005-2006.
  • Named program director for the Oklahoma Political Science Association for its November meetings at Rogers State University in November 2005.
  • Organized Research Grant for Fall 2005 Redevelopment of Online POLS 3053: International Relations.
  • Reviewed an American Government manuscript for Pearson Education’s Prentice-Hall Division, August 2005.
  • Reviewed an American Government manuscript for Prentice Hall entitled American Government: Pathways and Politics, February 2005.
  • Reviewed a prospectus for a proposed text in international relations for A. B. Longman Publishers, July 2004.
  • Reviewed two chapters of Karen O’Connor and Larry Sabato’s 2003 edition of American Politics: Essentials Version for A. B. Longman Publishers, May 2003.

Memberships

  • Oklahoma Political Science Association, 1999-present.
  • Oklahoma Sociological Association, 2003-2004.
  • American Political Science Association, 1992-1995, 1999-present.
  • Graduate Student Organization, 1990-1995.
  • Southern Political Science Association, 1992.

Committee Service

  • Member, Academic Council, Fall 2007-present
  • Chair, SBS Tenure Committee, Fall 2006
  • Chair, SBS ad hoc Committee on BS-SS Reorganization
  • Member, RSU Assessment Committee, Fall 2006-Spring 2007
  • Secretary, RSU Assessment Committee, Spring 2004-Spring 2005
  • Member, RSU Assessment Committee, Fall 2003-present.
  • Chair, SBS Search Committee for Justice Administration Faculty (resulted in the hiring of Dr. Monica Varner), Spring 2004.
  • Member, RSU’s NCA Self-Study Committee, Criterion 5 (with Dr. Gary Marchẻ), Spring 2003.
  • Chair, General Education Committee, Rogers State University, Fall 2002.
  • Chair, Library Committee, Rogers State University, Fall 2001-Spring 2002.
  • Member, Library Committee, Rogers State University, Fall 1999-2001.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Curriculum Committee, Fall 2001-Present.
  • Chair, Social Committee, Department of Social and Behavioral Science, RSU, Fall 2000.
  • Curriculum Committee, Department of Social and Behavioral Science, RSU, Fall 2000-present.
  • Chair, Ad Hoc Committee Regarding the Creation of an Orientation Course at RSU, Spring 2000.
  • Library Committee, Fall 1999-Spring 2000.
  • Student Enrollment and Management Committee, Fall 1999-Spring 2000.

Faculty Training/Workshops

  • Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Workshops, held 5/6/01 at OCU.
  • School of Liberal Arts Technology Workshop, held 8/11/00.
  • Workshop for Student Advising, led by Karen Hudgens and Brett Campbell, 6/15/00.
  • ECollege Online Training Seminar, 1/10-13/00.
  • University 101 Instructor Training/ The Teaching Experience, held at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, January 1999.
  • USC Graduate Student Seminar on Teaching College-Level Courses, August 1992.

Interviews

  • By Hannah Rosin of the Washington Post, on a profile of Senator-Elect Tom Coburn. Article printed…
  • By Christine Bielawski, for OETA’s Oklahoma News Report, on candidate spouses and newspaper endorsements. Program aired October 27, 2004.
  • By Lois Romano, "In Oklahoma, Bush’s Popularity Boosts Senate GOP Hopeful,” in the Washington Post, on October 26, 2004, p. A10.
  • By Cathy Tatum, for OETA’s Oklahoma News Report, on campaign finance. Aired October 25, 2004.
  • By Cathy Tatum, for OETA’s coverage of the Carson/Coburn Senate campaign, aired on the 6:30 broadcast of the Oklahoma News Report, October 15, 2004.
  • By Alexandra Starr, for "Democrats: A Hill Too Far,” in Businessweek, September 27, 2004.
  • By Robert Schlesinger, former Pentagon correspondent for the Boston Globe, for a Salon Internet magazine article, "Medicine Man,” September 14, 2004.

Awards

  • Stratton Taylor Library Patron of the Year for 2004.
  • Phi Theta Kappa, Lambda Upsilon Chapter, nomination for Teacher of the Year, April 25, 2003.
  • Phi Theta Kappa, Lambda Upsilon Chapter, nomination for Teacher of the Year Award, March 8, 2002.

Publications

  • Book Review (2004) of Theda Skocpol (2003), Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life. Published in Oklahoma Politics 13, pp. 121-123.
  • Book Review (2002) of Stanley Berard (2001), Southern Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, published in Oklahoma Politics 11, (November 2002: 85-88).
  • "Metaphors We Kill By: The Legacy of U.S. Antiterrorist Rhetoric,” The Political Chronicle 3, (1991: 21-30).
  • Manuscripts Pending
  • "Liberal Academic Bias: Evaluation of  a Political Movement,” tentatively accepted for publication in the 2007 edition of Oklahoma Politics, the journal of the Oklahoma Political Science Association.
  • Conference Presentations/ Oral Presentations                                       
  • Roundtable Discussant, "The 2006 Midterm Elections.” Presented at the Oklahoma Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, November 17, 2006 at Oklahoma City Community College.
  • "Liberal Academic Bias: Evaluating a Political Movement.” Presented at the American Association of the Behavioral and Social Science’s Annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV on Thursday, February 16, 2006
  • Book Review: Chris Mooney (2005), The Republican War on Science, Presented at the Stratton Taylor Library’s "Friends of the Library” series, November 30, 2005
  • Presentation, "Liberal Academic Bias,” at the Oklahoma Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, held on the Claremore campus November 3-4, 2005.
  • Book Review, Thomas Frank, What’s the Matter With Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. Presented at the RSU Stratton Taylor Library’s "Friends of the Library” series, March 9, 2005.
  • Book Review: Bernard Goldberg, Arrogance: Rescuing American from the Media Elite. Presented at the RSU Stratton Taylor Library’s "Friends of the Library” series, Wednesday, May 5, 2004.
  • Book Review, Al Franken, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them. Presented at the RSU Thunderbird Library’s "Friends of the Library” series, November 5, 2003.
  • Roundtable Discussion, Media Bias. Presented at the Oklahoma Sociological Association’s Annual Meetings, October 31, 2003.
  • Book Review: Eric Alterman, What Liberal Media? Presented at the RSU Thunderbird Library’s "Friends of the Library” series, April 10, 2003.
  • "The Anatomy of Spin: Causes, Consequences and Cures,” Presented at the Oklahoma Political Science Association’s 2002 Meeting at Cameron University in Lawton, OK, November 15-16.
  • Chair, "Political Challenges in the United States: Understanding Terrorism,” Panel at the Oklahoma Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, November 15-16, 2001
  • Book Review, David Murray, Joel Schwartz, and S. Robert Lichter, It Ain’t Necessarily So: How Media Make and Unmake the Scientific Picture of Reality, Presented at the RSU Thunderbird Library’s "Friends of the Library” series, October 3, 2001
  • Chair, "Citizenship and Community," Panel at the Oklahoma Political Science Association's Annual Meetings at Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, OK, November 17, 2000.
  • "Why are We in Kosovo?” Roundtable Discussion, moderated by Dr. Donald Puchala, Chairman of the Walker Institute of International Studies, USC, April 9, 1999.
  • "Toward a Theory of Individualism.” Delivered at the South Carolina Political Science Association Conference, held at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, February 25, 1996.
  • "Liberalism and the ‘Tin Man’ Problem: Moral Education and the Question of Metaphysics.” Delivered at the South Carolina Political Science Association Conference, held at The Citadel, Charleston, SC, March 11, 1995.
  • "Pathologies of the Self.” Delivered at the South Carolina Political Science Association Conference, held at Winthrop College, Rock Hill, SC, March 14, 1993
  • "Vive La Difference? Gender Equality and the Question of Difference.” Delivered at the Southern Political Science Association Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 6, 1992.
  • "The Pragmatic Vision: Beyond the Communitarian Critique of Liberalism. Delivered at the South Carolina Political Science Association Conference, held at Furman University, Greenville, SC, March 14, 1992.

Conference Attendance

  • Oklahoma Political Science Association’s Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma City, OK, November 16-17, 2006.
  • Program Director, Oklahoma Political Science Association’s Annual Meetings, Rogers State University, Claremore Oklahoma, November 3-4, 2005
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK, November 4-5, 2004
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Meetings, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, November 6-7, 2003.
  • Oklahoma Sociological Association Annual Meetings, Rogers State University, Claremore, OK, October 31, 2003.
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Cameron University, Lawton, OK, November 15-16, 2002
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, November 15-16, 2001.
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK, November 16-17, 2000.
  • American Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C., Aug. 31-Sept. 3, 2000.
  • Oklahoma Political Science Association, Redlands Community College, Nov. 11-12, 1999.
  • American Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C. Aug. 31-Sept 3, 1993
  • South Carolina Political Science Association Annual Meeting, March 14, 1993.
  • Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, November 6-7, 1992.
  • South Carolina Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Furman University, Greenville, SC, March 13-14, 1992.