Page 23

Melissa deckman Chair and Professor of Political Science

CURRENTLY READING: Jeffrey Dudas’s Raised Right: Fatherhood in Modern American Conservatism

What gives you the greatest satisfaction about teaching at WC? My greatest satisfaction is presenting students with the tools and skills they need for the future—not just in terms of their careers, which is really important, but also as future citizens. I especially love it when our political science alums end up working in politics and government and make a big difference in people’s lives. What is your favorite class to teach, and why? My favorite class to teach is Empirical Political Research. This is a class that covers data analysis, which many students find scary. But once students get their hands on data that are relevant to them, and are given the tools to answer their own questions about how political values and ideas relate to one another, they often leave the class more greatly informed, with useful and in-demand analytical skills. Describe your approach to teaching. I took students to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and they met with researchers whose work we read in class. Moreover, they learned how the researchers ended up with such careers, and learned about several fellowships and opportunities for recent grads. Making those connections for students interested in policy and politics is really rewarding and inspiring for students who may have an interest in such work but little idea on how to get started down that path.

Profile for Washington College Admissions

Washington College International Viewbook 2018-2019  

Washington College knows that when it comes to education, one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we have so many options for you to create you...

Washington College International Viewbook 2018-2019  

Washington College knows that when it comes to education, one size doesn’t fit all. That’s why we have so many options for you to create you...