Troy University taps faculty members for new position

Posted: Friday, 15 August 2008

TROY – Troy University has named three long-time faculty members to new posts within its College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Bob Saunders will lead the Department of History and Political Science on the Dothan Campus. Dr. Saunders had previously been interim chair of the department on the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Saunders joined the TROY faculty in 1997 as an assistant professor of history. He earned his doctorate in 1994 at Auburn University after completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Salisbury State University. He has previously served on the faculties of Auburn University Montgomery, Auburn University and Salisbury State University.

Dr. Steve Cooper was named chair of the English Department on the Troy Campus. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Cooper was professor of English and joined the TROY faculty in 1985. He completed his doctorate at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1985 and earned his master’s degree in English there in 1979. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Delaware.

Dr. Jim Rinehart has been appointed interim associate dean of Arts and Sciences for the Troy Campus and Global Campus. Dr. Rinehart previously served as chair of the Department of Political Science on the Troy Campus.

Dr. Rinehart joined the TROY faculty in 1995 as director of the graduate program in international relations at the United States Army’s John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at TROY’s Fort Bragg, N.C. site. He earned his doctorate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1993, where he completed a master’s in 1991. He earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Florida. His expertise includes terrorism, counterterrorism, U.S. foreign policy, religion in world politics and national security.

“Each of these individuals has a proven record of leadership within their respective disciplines and departments,” said Dr. Bill Richardson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “They are all respected both in the classroom and by their colleagues and will make important contributions to the University in their new roles.”