Chair, Political Science Department
Professor of Political Science
Dr. Thomas Sutton
Awards and Recognitions
2009 Faculty Excellence Award, Baldwin Wallace University Student Senate
2009 Faculty Excellence Award, Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult and Continuing Education Honor Society
2007 Gund Student-Faculty research grant to support statewide poll measuring Ohioan's opinions about school funding policy
2005 Gigax summer research grant to support publication of book chapter on DeRolph v. Ohio
2004 Faculty Excellence Award, Baldwin Wallace University Student Senate
2000 Gund Student-Faculty research grant to support mail survey of school superintendents concerning education administration and proficiency testing reforms in Ohio
"Education Policy and Liberation Theology" entries for the International Encyclopedia of Political Science (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press,) (forthcoming in 2011.)
"Important Supreme Court Cases of the Gilded Age," The Historical Dictionary of the Gilded Age, edited by Leonard Schlup and James G. Ryan (2003). Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
"State Administration of Primary and Secondary Education," The Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, edited by Jack Rabin (2003). New York, NY: Marcel Dekker.
"Engaging Students in Campaigns on and off Campus." Panel presentation at 'Civic Engagement' conference at California University of Pennsylvania, November 13, 2009.
"Civic and Campaign Involvement: Making Campaigns Come Alive for Students.: Panel presentation at the 2010 annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois, April 23-24, 2010.
"Learning and 'Usefulness': Tensions in Assessing Departmental Objectives and Student Performance." Paper presented at the 2007 Teaching and Learning Conference of the American Political Science Association, Charlotte, North Carolina.
"Analyzing the 2006 Midterm Elections." Roundtable discussion at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists, University Heights, Ohio.
"Using Simulations in Political Science Classes." Paper presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists, Columbus, Ohio.
"Are We Bowling Alone? An Experiential Analysis of Social Capital and Civic Engagement: On the Road." Paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois.
"A Model for Analyzing Institutional Dynamics in Public Policy Development." Paper presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, Illinois.
Consulting and Research Projects
Serve as independent political analyst for WEWS Channel 5, providing periodic analysis of local and national political developments and events.
Revision of 14th edition of Teaching Manual/Test Bank for Basics of American Politics (2010) by Gary Wasserman. (New York: Pearson Publishing.)
Co-directed survey of 'green jobs' status and future growth in Ohio as a CRI contract with the Center for Community Solutions (fall 2009).
Led consulting team for Community Research Institute in feasibility study of merger of East Cleveland Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library (spring 2010).
Revised and wrote Full and Brief editions of the 2009 Instructor's Manual for Government by the People (Magleby & Light 2009, New York: Pearson Longman Publishing.)
Served with Dr. Melanie Blumberg (California University of Pennsylvania) as outside reviewer for the Department of Political Science at John Carroll University (spring 2009).
Conducted review of district social studies curriculum for the Cuyahoga Heights Schools (spring 2009).
Conducted survey of customer households for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District with partner Professor Pierre David of the BW Division of Business Administration (spring 2009).
Conducted regional survey and focus groups to measure attitudes about living in downtown Cleveland for the Downtown Cleveland Alliance with Community Research Institute (formerly the PIRC) co-director Dr. Mark Mattern (summer 2008).
Content editing of AP government review text, Government in America (Edwards 2008, New York: Pearson Longman Publishing.)
Evaluation of Emerging Entrepreneurs Program of the Presidents' Council Foundation (Cleveland, Ohio), September, 2007 (PIRC project with co-director Mark Mattern).
State-wide poll of Ohio residents measuring opinions about school funding and education policy in Ohio (May 16, 2007).
Revision of 13th edition of Teaching Manual/Test Bank for Basics of American Politics (2007) by Gary Wasserman. (New York: Longman Publishing.)
Revision of Test Bank for New American Democracy, 5th edition (2007) by Morris Fiorina et al. (New York: Longman Publishing.)
Additional Professional Experience
Founding Director, START - Support To At-Risk Teens Programs, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Association, 1990 - 1995
Operations Manager, Cleveland Health Care for the Homeless Project,
Federation for Community Planning, 1989 - 1990
Seminarian, Paulist Fathers, 1987 - 1989
Curriculum Specialist, Program Administrator, Program Instructor: The Close Up Foundation, 1982 - 1987