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Brian Smentkowski , Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor , Political Science and Sociology Department
  • Director, Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Brian Smentkowski is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence. His areas of expertise include American and comparative political institutions and behavior, public law and the judicial process, international law, social justice, and theories of teaching and learning. He is the author of over 70 published works and hundreds of presentations in both fields, and is a leading figure in faculty and educational development. He presently serves as Associate Editor of To Improve the Academy, and will assume Editor in Chief responsibilities for the journal in 2018.

His current research focuses on the origins and impact of threat in American political discourse in general, and perceptions of threat to religious liberty in particular. He is the co-author of Misreading the Bill of Rights, published in 2015 (Praeger/ABC-CLIO), and is currently working on a companion monograph, (Mis)understanding the Constitution, which continues a line of reasoning structured around the myths that define and distort political knowledge and discourse.

As Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence, he speaks regularly at professional meetings and college campuses on a wide range of topics including engaged learning, educational development, educational technology, global learning and social justice, and the scholarship of teaching, learning, and engagement. He has served as a leading member of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning’s Building SoTL Communities project, and as Faculty Leader for the POD Network’s Biennial Institute for New Faculty Developers. His interest in innovating instruction, active learning, and SoTL inspires both his teaching and faculty development efforts.



  • Ph.D.  - Political Science; University of Kentucky
  • M.A.  - Political Science; University of Kentucky
  • B.A.  - Political Science; Marshall University


  • ICPSR Summer Political Methodology Fellowship 1991 ICPSR/University of Michigan
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