Dilshod Achilov

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the International Studies minor, Dr. Achilov earned his B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Maine and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Arizona. His research and teaching specializations include comparative and international politics, research methods, democratization, civil society, and political Islam.  Dr. Achilov's research focuses on the politics of the Islamic world, with an emphasis on the Middle East politics, which has been published in peer-reviewed journals.  Being fluent in four languages, he was awarded multiple research grants and conducted field studies in the Middle East and Central Asia.  Email: ; phone: 439-4426.  Office: 316B Rogers-Stout Hall.

Andrew C. Battista

Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Chair and Coordinator of the Political Science major and minor programs  , Dr. Battista earned his B. A. from Miami University (Ohio) and his M.A. and Ph.D. (1984) Pennsylvania State University. His teaching areas include American national government and politics, political parties, interest groups, public policy, and American political development (twentieth century). He has published several articles in professional journals on the role of organized labor in American politics, and his book, The Revival of Labor Liberalism, was published in the Fall of 2007 by the University of Illinois Press. His current research focuses on the evolution of American liberalism over the course of the twentieth century. Dr. Battista serves as the Political Science Department's Co-Director of the Legislative Internship Program with the Tennessee General Assembly. Email: ; phone: 439-6628.  Office: 301A Rogers-Stout Hall.


John David Briley

Associate Professor of Political Science and  Director of the Masters of Public Administration Program,
Dr . Briley earned his B.A., the Master of Public Administration and the Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (1994). He also attended the University of Alabama and Middle Tennessee State University as an undergraduate. He teaches a broad range of U.S. politics courses, including Southern Politics, The Presidency, Congress and Public Policy, State and Local Government, Urban Government and Public Administration. In addition, he regularly teaches the Department's two introductory courses, Political Life and Introduction to American Government. He has done research on the politics of the Canadian-American Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and has delivered papers at state and regional professional associations. One of his recent research projects concerns the politics of the “No Child Left Behind Act.” He has a book published by Mercer University Press entitled “Career in Crisis: Paul “Bear” Bryant and the 1971 Season of Change” .  Dr. Briley has also served as a political analyst for the local CBS-affiliated television station. Email: ; phone: 439-6697.  Office: 305 Rogers-Stout Hall.


Michele L. Crumley

Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the International Affairs major , Dr. Crumley earned her B.A. from the University of Tennessee, Master of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Crumley’s teaching and research interests include comparative politics and international relations, with a special interest in political economy, land tenure, minority rights, and ethnic conflict. She has presented conference papers and published on agricultural institutions and the state in the transition economies of Hungary, Slovakia, and Russia. She has conducted field research in Russia, interned at the Sociological Research Center in St. Petersburg, and was awarded APSIA-Russian Foreign Ministry Exchange Scholar. She also led a study abroad course in Russia, accompanied students on a 6-country study tour in Europe, and organized undergraduate conference trips to Geneva, The Hague, and Puebla, Mexico. Email:  ;  phone 439-6629.  Office 301D Rogers-Stout Hall.

Colin Glennon

Colin R. Glennon

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Coordinator for the Legal Studies minor and pre-law advisor; Dr. Glennon earned a B.A. in Political Science and B.A. in History from the University of Missouri and his P h.D in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  His teaching interests are in the areas of American political institutions (courts, presidency, Congress, and the bureaucracy), American court structure, and Law and society.  Dr. Glennon's research interests focus on judicial behavior, the relationship between courts and other branches of government, and citizen perceptions of judicial legitimacy.  Email: phone: 439-6632.  Office: 301B Rogers-Stout Hall.

Kenneth J. Mijeski

Professor Emeritus (retired), Dr. Mijeski earned his B.A. from Florida State University and his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1971. His teaching interests lie in Latin American politics, Third World politics, U.S. Latin American policy, and global issues of peace, security and development. His research has considered various issues in Latin America and has led to a number of publications in addition to numerous scholarly presentations at regional, national and international professional conference.  Since the mid-1990s, his research has explored Ecuador's indigenous social and political movements.  Professor Mijeski has traveled widely throughout Mexico, Central and South America including twice co-directing summer study programs (Mexico and Peru) and one summer as a Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador, Chile, Uruguay and Colombia. He has served as president of the Tennessee Political Science Association (1990-1991) and is past-president of the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies (1999-2000).  

   Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) Faculty
 Ke Chen

Ke Chen

Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Dr. Ke Chen earned her B.A. in Urban Planning from Nanjing University (China), M.A.  in Regional Economics in Beijing Normal University (China), and Ph.D in Geography from the University of Cincinnati.  Her teaching interests are in the areas of urban planning, GIS, and quantitative analysis.  Dr. Chen's research interests focus on the urban development, urban finance, land use and growth, and GIS applications in social studies.  She is also interested in urban growth and public administration in China.  She has published articles in a number of journals including Geojournal, Public Financial Research, Journal of Housing Research, The Economic Development Quarterly, Industrial Geographer, and Journal of Applied Remote Sending.  Email:  ; phone: 439-6946.  Office: 317 Rogers-Stout Hall.  


Lon Felker

Professor of Public Administration , Dr. Felker holds doctorate and masters degrees in political science from Michigan State University.  He also received an A.B.in International Studies from the University of South Carolina.  Felker has taught at a number of institutions, including Central State University (Ohio), East Carolina University (North Carolina) and the University of Dayton (summer session, 1975).  he was a Marshall Scholarship holder to Germany in 1970-71, an I.C.P.S.R. summer fellow at the University of Michigan, and a Fulbright Lecturer to Peru (1986).  Dr. Felker has taught at East Tennessee State University since 1988.  His chief research interests are public administration, intergovernmental relations, and comparative and international public administration. Email: ; phone: 439-5789.  Office: 316A Rogers-Stout Hall.

Rebecca Keeler

Assistant Professor of Public Law and Public Administration, Dr. Keeler earned her B.A in business administration from Florida Atlantic University, J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, and Ph.D in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.  Her teaching and research interests include applied ethics, changing public/private institutional relationships, administrative law, public policy, and public administration theory.  She has presented conference papers on public service ethics, privatization, and U.S. policy and AIDS.  She practiced law for nearly 17 years in local government, and was certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in city, county and local government law (now in Emeritus status).  During her legal practice and doctoral studies, she developed and presented ethics training to public officials, administrators, and professional associations.  Email: ; phone: 439-4764.  Office: 301C Rogers-Stout Hall.

Michael Marchioni

Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies,  Dr. Marchioni earned his MA from Louisiana State University in Cultural Geography and Anthropology and his PhD from the University of Cincinnati in Urban Economic Geography and Regional Economics.  He has taught at ETSU for over 30 years in the fields of Cultural Geography, Planning and Urban Studies, taking on the responsibility of shaping the undergraduate and graduate planning programs.  While in the Department of Economics, Finance and Urban Studies, he chaired at least 80 thesis and capstone committees and assisted in many others.  Dr. Marchioni was named recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association (TAPA) and was the first director of the State of Franklin Section of TAPA, as well as a member of the organization’s executive board.  He was recipient of the 2003-2004 Outstanding Service Award and the 2004-2005 Outstanding Teacher Award.  His research interests include urban and regional planning, housing, urban economic development, flood plain management, culture trait geography, and consumer behavior.  Email: ; phone: 439-5362. Office: 219 Rogers-Stout Hall.

Paul Trogen

Associate Professor of Public Finance , Dr. Trogen earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida State University.  He first earned a BA in Political Science at the University of St. Thomas and used those skills to secure two state jobs and win an election to local public office. Then, to expand his career opportunities, he earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from Minnesota State University at Mankato. His areas of interest include public budgeting, public finance, political economy and organizational behavior. Paul has published articles in Southeastern Political Review, International Journal of Economic Development, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, and Journal of Financial and Economic Practice.  He has published chapters in the Handbook of Comparative and Development Public Administration 2 nd Ed., Handbook of Public Sector Economics, and Handbook of Bureaucracy 2 nd Ed.  Email: ; phone: 439-5374. Office: 230 Rogers-Stout Hall.

Adjunct Faculty  

Adam Dickson

Instructor of Political Science , Adam earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carson-Newman College and his Master of Public Administration degree from East Tennessee State University.  He is responsible for the development/instruction of the course, Black American Political Thought.  Adam is also heavily involved in the community, serving as Vice-President of the local Boys and Girls Club, chair of the Martin Luther King Steering Committee, and recently being appointed to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.  Email:

Donald "Jeff" Lokey

Instructor in Political Science,
Mr. Lokey earned his B. S. Degree from ETSU and holds a masters degree in Organizational Management from Tusculum College. His teaching experience includes Principles of Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Policy, Strategy and Ethics, and Principles of Marketing. He has been an adjunct faculty member at ETSU since 1997 and teaches Political Life. Email: ;  phone: 439-4217.

Joe Martin

Joe Martin

Instructor in City Management, MPA Program, Mr. Martin earned both his Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public administration,  ETSU, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of  Public Administration degree at Valdosta State University at Valdosta, Georgia.  He is a former town manager and current Executive Director of the Woodfin Sanitary Water and Sewer District in Asheville, North Carolina.  He has been an adjunct instructor at ETSU for the past five years and has taught City Management, Intergovernmental Relations and Administrative Law. Email: ; phone: 439-4217.

Steve Neilson, AICP

Instructor in Urban Planning, MPA Program,
Steve earned a master degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University.  he currently works as the Development Coordinator for the city of Johnson City.  He has over 22 years of professional planning experience working in state and local government in Florida, Maine, and Tennessee.  Email:

Patricia "Trish" Patterson, J.D.

Instructor MPA, Non-profit Management Concentration, Trish Patterson earned her B.S. and J.D. degrees from UT Knoxville. She served as the Executive Director for Hands On! Regional Museum for 5 years, and currently works as the Development Director for Holston Conference Camp & Retreat Ministries. She has served on the Board of Directors for Neighborhood Reconciliation Services, Buffalo Mountain Camp, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, and has participated in leadership positions with a variety of not-for-profit organizations.  Ms. Patterson currently teaches Not-for-Profit Resource Development. Email:

Kathi Horne

Kathi Horne - Executive Aide
email: ; phone: 439-4217     Fax: 439-4348
Office: 301 Rogers-Stout Hall

    In Memoriam
Joe Corso

Joseph W. Corso

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Internship Coordinator for the Master of Public Administration Program, Dr. Corso was awarded the B.S. Degree from Loyola University.  He earned his M.A. from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D from the University of Missouri in 1973.  His teaching interests and activities were in the area of political theory, including classical, modern and American thought.  He taught and developed the courses Idea of the City and the Politics of Southern Appalachia.  He published "Two Models of Authority in Education" (1980), "The Importance of Political Theory for Court Administrators" (1980) and "Perspectives in Court Administration:  Three Views From the Field" (1980).  He served on the Johnson City Board of Education 1989 to 1993 and was elected in 2010 to a four year term on the Washington County Commission.