Randolph College will recognize Vince Vecera, a political science professor, for earning tenure at a special ceremony in April.
Vecera earned his bachelor’s degree from Reed College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. His teaching covers a wide variety of topics in American politics, public law, political theory, and research methods.
“I love teaching courses that challenge students’ preconceptions about how politics works,” Vecera said. “My classroom is a place to discuss the big ideas and texts, but it’s also a place where we do simulations, debates, and games of all kinds. I want my students to come out of my classes with an interest in politics as it is lived and breathed, to become deeply engaged citizens of their communities and the world.”
In addition to his classroom duties, Vecera studies American politics and political theory. His primary focus is on politics of civil rights in the United States. In 2017, he and Danielle Currier, a Randolph sociology professor, co-authored a chapter in the book, Political Communications & Strategy: Consequences of the 2014 Midterm Elections (Akron Press). He has also served as a faculty coordinator for Randolph’s VFIC Ethics Bowl team.
Vecera was hired at Randolph in 2012 and his tenure was approved in 2018.