2017 Faculty Excellence Awards

Dr. Paul Pope

Assistant Professor, Political Science

College of Arts & Sciences


Faculty Excellence Award



Dr. Paul Pope is recognized as an excellent instructor and campus leader who strives to make his classroom as innovative and impactful as possible to drive student success.


For this commitment, the assistant professor of political science is among three faculty members receiving a Faculty Excellence Award.


“Dr. Pope is an active and enthusiastic member of the department and never hesitates to step up to serve students and the MSUB community,” a colleague said. “He is innovative and continually working to improve curricula and programs to better serve our students.”


Paul has been teaching at MSUB for five years and is a tenure-track professional.


“I am heavily influenced by the ‘Finnish Model’ of education,” he said. “It’s a very innovative and highly successful way to teach and I find that students really seem to like the approach.”


Highlights from his extensive service includes a reelection to the Academic Senate in 2016, after serving in 2013. He is currently serving a second year as Secretary of the Senate.


When he isn’t teaching political science, Paul can be found mastering beer brewing and sharing that passion with others.


Through Extended Campus, Paul has been instrumental in creating popular courses like the MSUB Learn and Taste Craft Beer series and the establishment of a Certificate in Craft Brewing and Fermentation.


“I have also worked closely with Extended Campus to create a graduate Certifi cate in Nonprofi t Administration and Leadership and we are working with another campus group to create several nine-credit summer academic programs to prepare high school teachers to teach dual enrollment,” Paul said.


Scholarship is also important to Paul, who has been invited to review seven political science textbooks, as well as serving as a reviewer for a trio of international academic journals.