Political Science Professor to Speak on Sabbatical Work at Faires Faculty Forum

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Dr. Shannon Smithey, Westminster College associate professor of political science, will present "Crime and Public Support for Democracy in Latin American and Africa" at Faires Faculty Forum Wednesday, April 4, at 11:40 a.m. in McKelvey Campus Center's Sebastian Mueller Theater.

Based on her sabbatical inquiry, Smithey will discuss emerging democracies, where popular support for democratic government often hinges on the ability of the state to provide protection from criminal victimization, a crucial question of government capacity.

Smithey, who has been with Westminster since 2003, earned undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University and master's degree and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

Contact Smithey at (724) 946-6247 or email for additional information.

Faculty Forum was established in 1990 by Dr. Barbara Faires, Westminster professor of mathematics emerita, during her term as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Faculty members from all disciplines volunteer to present lectures on their current research, artistic productions, and/or scholarship of teaching and learning.  Each forum presents new ideas with innovative lecture techniques.

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, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 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.

Dr. Shannon Smithey