Westminster College Political Science Professor to Present Henderson Lecture Oct. 3

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. James Rhoads, Westminster College professor of political science, will present the 2012-2013 Henderson Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. in the Witherspoon Maple Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.  The event is free to the public.

"Science and the Single Case: Studying the ‘Political Type'" focuses on understanding how political attitudes are constructed by using Q Methodology. Q Methodology was invented by the British physicist/psychologist William Stephenson, and is a means by which the human subjectivity can be systematically studied - from poetry and public opinion to public administration and strategic planning.

Rhoads, who joined the Westminster faculty in 1992, earned an undergraduate degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. from Kent State University. He teaches courses in American politics, political psychology, and popular culture. He has published numerous articles, most of which use Q Methodology to explore the subjectivity associated with topics as diverse as political attitudes, sports fandom, and audience reaction to popular film.

Rhoads has made well over 30 presentations at national and international academic conferences. He is past president of The International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity, and holds membership in other professional organizations. He also serves on the editorial board of the journals Operant Subjectivity: The International Journal of Q Methodology and The Journal of Human Subjectivity.

The Henderson Lecture was founded by the late Dr. Joseph R. Henderson and his wife, Elizabeth, to encourage and recognize original and continuing research and scholarship among Westminster College faculty, and to afford the opportunity for faculty to share their learning with the academic community.  Dr. Henderson was a professor of education emeritus at Westminster, having served as chair of the Department of Education and as director of the Graduate Program.

Each year, Westminster faculty members may nominate themselves or others to receive the lectureship, which includes a stipend to support a specific research project.  A faculty committee chooses the winner.

Contact Rhoads at (724) 946-7255 or email for more information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 377 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.


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Dr. James Rhoads, professor of political science