UNCW Students Pursuing New Minor in Campaign Management Get Real-World View of Campaigns from Political Experts

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

To enhance her students’ understanding of the issues voters must evaluate during this year’s elections, UNCW lecturer Angela Douglas recruited several speakers from diverse political backgrounds to attend two courses she teaches as part of a new campaign management minor offered by the Departments of Public & International Affairs and Communication Studies.

The guest speakers have included:

  • U.S. Rep. Walter B. Jones, a candidate for the 3rd Congressional District;
  • State Senator Michael Lee, a Republican, and Democrat Elizabeth Redenbaugh, both candidates for N.C. Senate District 9;
  • J. Wesley Casteen, Libertarian candidate for the 7th congressional district;
  • Jonathan Barfield, New Hanover County Commissioner and Democratic candidate for the 7th congressional district;
  • Dr. Bill Sederburg, UNCW Chancellor and former Michigan State Senator;
  • and several campaign strategists for both Democratic and Republican contenders.

“We are pleased that so many candidates and political experts have agreed to come to these classes and give our students a real-world view as to how political campaigning works,” said Earl Sheridan, chair of the Department of Public & International Affairs. “This is the kind of experience we hope to give students not only in these classes but across our Campaign Management minor.”

Representatives from the State Board of Elections office also participated in a class, where they presented a customized campaign treasurers’ training session. Students enrolled in the class are now certified to serve as campaign finance directors, treasurers or assistants on campaigns in North Carolina, Douglas said.

“I am happy that I’ve been able to provide my students with the opportunity to meet and talk with a diverse slate of notable political experts, candidates and academicians,” she added. “I am so thankful to all who agreed to share their expertise with the students. I anticipate that we will be able to increase these types of opportunities as the minor grows.”