Laura van Assendelft
Professor of political science Laura van Assendelft has been teaching at Mary Baldwin College since 1994. Currently serving as chair of the political science department, van Assendelft teaches American Government, State and Local Politics, U.S. Congress, U.S. Presidency, Women and Politics, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Political Behavior, and Senior Seminar in American Politics. Her research interests include state and local politics and women and politics. She has published numerous journal articles and several books, including Governors, Agenda Setting, and Divided Government, The Encyclopedia of Women in American Politics (co-edited with Jeffrey Shultz), and two editions of Women, Politics, and American Society (co-authored with Nancy McGlen, Karen O’Connor, and Wendy Gunther-Canada). She received her BA in political science (cum laude with honors in political science) from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee (1989) and her PhD in political science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia (1994). She was recognized by Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2004, 2005, and 2006. Outside of teaching and research, her interests include spending time with family, running, hiking, horseback riding, reading, and photography.
Professor of Political Science and International Relations Gordon L. Bowen has taught at MBC since 1983. After receiving his BA with honors from San Jose State University, he was awarded the MA and PhD degrees in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. The author of more than 50 academic publications, he also is a local OpEd columnist. Bowen’s teaching and research have focused on U.S. foreign policy throughout the 30+ years of his full-time college and university teaching. A chief focus has been American involvement with political problems of the underdeveloped nations of the Third World, and he has conducted field research both in Latin America and in the Middle East. In recent years, much of this work has concerned problems posed by terrorism and the challenges involved in creating effective counter-terrorism policies. To learn more about Prof. Bowen’s MBC courses, teaching methods, and published research, visit his website at: http://www.mbc.edu/faculty/gbowen/
Assistant professor Sarah H. Ludwig (Sally) practiced law with the firms of Smeltzer & Hart in Roanoke, Virginia, and Ludwig & Ludwig in Staunton, Virginia, before joining the Mary Baldwin faculty in 1992. Ludwig teaches Business Law I and II, Constitutional Law I and II, Mass Media Law and Ethics, and Judicial Process. She also serves as the Pre-legal advisor for Mary Baldwin students interested in law school or law related careers.
Ludwig received a BA from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Lynchburg, VA, and a MA in English from the University of Virginia. After teaching 11th and 12th grade English at Fairfax Hall School in Waynesboro for four years, she returned to school and received a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.
In addition to teaching part-time in the Residential College for Women, Ludwig also offers her courses as independent tutorials for Mary Baldwin Adult Degree Students. Her areas of special interest are First Amendment and Equal Protection law.
Since 1989, Dr. Mosher has served as the director of the Health Care Administration Program at Mary Baldwin College. He is also a professor of health care administration and political science. He has held similar positions at Avila College in Missouri and Ferrum College in Virginia. He received his PhD in government and international studies from the University of South Carolina where he also received his Master of Arts degree in international studies and his Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) in political science.
Dr. Mosher’s 30 year career as an academic has involved teaching, researching, writing, consulting, mentoring, and making presentations at international and national conferences. He has spent considerable time investigating the field of long term care. He has a special interest in strategic management as well as comparative and international health care. He has traveled widely, including looking at the health care systems of Canada, Australia, Norway, and the United Kingdom. He has received numerous grants, including two awards from the government of Quebec to analyze their health care system. He has also worked with a long term care facility in Nova Scotia to enhance its decision making system. He has completed four consultancies in the area of organizational behavior and development with the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents, the only children’s psychiatric hospital in Virginia.
The undergraduate program in health care administration that Dr. Mosher directs is one of only 35 such programs in the United States and Canada to be fully certified by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. The program is also the only one of its type to be endowed.
Dr. Mosher is an active member in a variety of professional organizations including the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, and he has served for 14 years on the Planning Committee of the Augusta Health Care, Inc., a top 50 hospital in the United States.
Quality in long term care is the major research interest of Dr. Mosher. This interest is international in scope. It speaks to a commitment to the integration of academic and practitioner worlds to the betterment of the people served in long term care settings.