Two professors from the Department of Politics and Government have recently been recognized for their excellence.
Professor Noha Shawki
Shawki has been selected as the 2018–2019 Outstanding College Teacher (Social Sciences) in recognition of her dedication to students and Illinois State University.
Shawki has been one of the most outstanding, energetic, and engaged teachers of the department since her arrival in 2007. Shawki has created new courses and incorporated new methodologies into courses that were in the curriculum. A strong proponent of developing and delivering experiential learning, Shawki embarked with a dozen students to the “World Water Walk” in Sweden in fall 2016.
In 2017 she organized an independent study project on fair trade, and worked and traveled with students to Costa Rica. The fair trade program was so successful that it has now been expanded and is scheduled to be offered again in spring 2019. Shawki has been awarded the department’s Hibbert R. Roberts Excellence in Teaching Award and the Pi Sigma Alpha Teaching Award on several occasions, the Kenneth and Mary Ann Shaw Teaching Award, as well as a Faculty/Staff Internationalization Award.
Assistant Professor Kerri Milita
Milita has been selected as a recipient of the Research Initiative Award for 2019 in recognition of the quality of her research accomplishments and potential for future accomplishments.
Milita joined the faculty at Illinois State University after completing her Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2014.
She is an expert in American politics with a research focus on electoral behavior and congressional politics and policies. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and one book chapter in such prominent journals of the discipline as Electoral Studies, Political Behavior, Public Policy and Administration, and Journal of Politics. Milita also successfully acquired two grants from the prestigious National Science Foundation.
Her current research focuses on elite rhetoric and public response and the effects of personality traits on behavior and public opinion.
Many congratulations to Professors Milita and Shawki.