Randall Smith, Ph.D, associate professor of political science, has a number of experiences under his belt that allow him to help students develop into political experts.
Smith earned his bachelor’s degree from Quincy University and his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Among his many accomplishments are facilitating discussions of U.S.-Israeli relations, researching and publishing on the topic of election advocacy, and publishing a work discussing presidential activity in the areas of war and diplomacy. His most recent work focuses on presidential use of international agreements; his current book project examines the question of whether the President evades Congressional oversight in foreign policy by use of the executive agreement.
Smith is a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society and the recipient of University and Dean’s Fellowships through the University of Illinois-Chicago in acknowledgment of the important contribution his dissertation made to the field.
His primary areas of research interest include American foreign policy, international relations and American inter-institutional relations.
“I first became interested in political science because of my father’s interest in history, which was enthusiastically nurtured by my mother,” Smith said. “This enthusiasm was continued into the classroom by my mentors, who really solidified my interest in politics. These teachers demonstrated what a good teacher can be and drove me to become a good teacher myself.”
Since starting at Franklin College in 2009, Smith has helped center the political science curriculum around engaged learning experiences, where students participate in Mock Trial or Model UN programs, conduct meaningful work on political campaigns, work at the Indiana Statehouse or complete undergraduate research.
“The political science program prides itself on individualized education,” he said. “My students know that while I hold them to a high standard, I will work closely with them to provide them with engaging experiences throughout their time at Franklin College and assist them in landing exciting learning opportunities.”
Smith said the department keeps in touch with alumni and counsels them on future job decisions and graduate school and law school applications. Of those graduates last year, 100 percent were fully employed or going to law school six months after graduation.
“My greatest professional achievements are best measured by where my former students end up employed,” he said. “Over the years it has been gratifying to talk with former students who work or go to school in Europe and Asia, or to speak with students who have achieved employment in high levels of local, state and federal government.”
Smith is available to discuss the Political Science Department and what a Franklin College liberal arts degree as a political science major or minor can do for you. Schedule a visit by contacting the Office of Admissions at (800) 852-0232.
Founded in 1834, Franklin College is a residential, liberal arts institution with a scenic, wooded campus, spanning 207 acres, including athletic fields and a 31-acre biology woodland. Students enjoy the comfort and safety of suburban living, while also experiencing the many opportunities Indianapolis has to offer with a short 20-minute drive to downtown. The college prepares students to think independently, to lead responsibly and to serve with integrity in their professions, their communities and the world. The college offers its more than 1,000 students Bachelor of Arts degrees in 51 majors from 25 academic disciplines, 42 minors, 11 pre-professional programs and five cooperative programs. In 1842, the college began admitting women, becoming the first coeducational institution in Indiana and the seventh in the nation. Franklin College maintains a voluntary association with the American Baptist Churches USA. For more information, visit www.FranklinCollege.edu. Find Franklin College on Facebook and follow @FranklinCollege on Twitter.