Tenure and Promotion File, Teaching
Evidence Summary, for Jeremy Lewis,
organized as suggested by Faculty Manual E-2. Revised 1 Jan
Extensive website: http://fs.huntingdon.edu/jlewis/;
aliases JeremyLewis.org or political-science.org.
I was observed teaching by two faculty (Buckner
and Murphy) in November '04, one (Carlisle) in December '03, and three
(Harrell, Pollard and K. Williams) in October '00; I also provided videotape
of two class sessions in December 2002.
Innovations or unusual teaching responsibilities
Evidence: personnel file contains favorable evaluation of teaching
prior to tenure. Observers of a PSC 201 American Government class
session, October 2000, of interactive lecture and brief student presentations
plus interactive use of the Web, comprised Profs. Kenneth Williams and
John Harrell, and Dean William Pollard.
Evidence: VHS videotape of two sessions, introductory and
advanced levels, during last week of classes, December 2002.
PSC 201 American Government, Wednesday at 10:00, a free-form lecture
on the supreme court, transitional between the Monday set-piece lecture
on the principles, and the Friday final discussion session. The lecture
is a new synthesis by the instructor. Although Flowers Basement 1
is less than ideal for videotaping, the tape shows:
a lecture linking assessment of the supreme court (with overhead transparency)
to the four quadrants of American political ideology, and early theme of
This second point is made with Idealog, a web-based server that calculates
an index of student responses to dichotomous questions revealing their
political ideology. A graph shows the respondent's position in political
space, the students usually finding themselves moderate conservatives,
faculty moderate liberals, and other positions being libertarian or communitarian.
The third stage of the class is initiated by a student's reaction to a
guest speaker, a federal judge (African American, female). The student
feels she could not defend a guilty person. The instructor uses this
as a springboard to jump into the ethics of professionalism, the Anglo
American adversarial system versus the continental or Napoleonic system,
the assumption of innocence, the Scottish verdict of "Not Proven," and
the possibility of recusing oneself. This gives a taste of constitutional
After the session, students gather round with questions and the instructor
discusses with one of them the minor constitutional errors in the judge's
PSC 311 Voters, Parties & Elections, final conclusions lecture.
Held in Wilson Center 207, unfortunately without smart room for which the
class was designed. The audiovisual aid is the traditional blackboard.
This follows several student presentations of classic works and discussion
responding to them, not shown (to protect the privacy of students).
The lecture is a new synthesis by the instructor.
The lecture uses as a starting point the classic 1955 APSA Report on Responsible
Political Parties, which the instructor compares to the British system,
then factors in criticisms of the Report and changes in modern British
and American politics.
The instructor relates this to criticisms by major scholars in the classic
anthology just presented, Morris Fiorina and V.O. Key, of Harvard.
The instructor brings in some modern theory of the new electoral order,
based on a leading conference presentation by Byron Shafer of Oxford (attended
by the instructor.)
The new electoral order, rather than comprising a realignment or a dealignment,
is characterized by fickle electorate, weak parties, minor party insurgencies,
fund raising, television advertising, and valence rather than cleavage
The instructor links the classic readings and modern responses, to a set
of new ideas found throughout the course.
Other instructional activities
Student awards and successful student entry into specialized graduate
Successful implementation of student projects, programs and research
or creative endeavors.