Detailed Information for Michael Preda

Dr. Michael Preda 

Contact Information

michael.preda@mwsu.edu

My Websites

Interests

International Politics

American Foreign Policy

International Organizations

American Defense Policy

Comparative Politics: Western Europe

Comparative Politics: Eastern Europe

Comparative Politics: Middle East

American Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations

Organizational Behavior & Decision-Making


Course Information

  Semester Course #    Section Course Name Location Days / Times
Details Fall 2012 5853  101  Contemporary American Foreign Policy    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

Political Science 5853- GRADUATE

Contemporary American Foreign Policy

Fall 2012- LA 209 at 11:00 a.m. MWF

 

Professor:      Dr. Michael Preda

 

Office:                        Midwestern State University, O’Donohoe Bldg. 204

                        3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099

 

Office hours: M 10-11am; 1-3pm               TR   2-3:30pm

                        W 10-11am; 1-3pm              F     10-11am

 

Telephone:    940-397-4341                       Fax: 940-397-4865

 

E-mail:            michael.preda@mwsu.edu

 

Course

Description:   This course is a study of politics and problems in United States foreign relations since World War II.

 

Graduate

Mission:         Graduate students in this class will be evaluated separately from undergraduate students.  They will have additional research and writing assignments (see below).  Graduate students will be evaluated on the quality of their research efforts, written research papers, and oral presentations.  They are expected to provide in-depth analysis and synthesis of the subject matter.

 

Textbooks:     Rosati & Scott, Politics of United States Foreign Policy, 5th ed.  Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2011. ISBN 9780495797241. 

 

                        Snow, Cases in American Foreign Policy, 1st ed.  Boston: Pearson, 2013.  ISBN: 9780205567935.

 

Exam Policy: Students are expected to take the exams on time.  If illness prohibits a student from taking an exam on time, please contact Dr. Preda immediately.

 

Attendance:  Attendance is mandatory. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Course

Require-

ments:            Exam 1           100 points     Wed. Oct. 3

                        Exam 2           100 points     Mon. Nov. 5

                        Exam 3           100 points     Mon Dec. 10 @ 10:00 a.m.

                        Term Paper   100 points     due Mon. Nov. 26

                        2nd Term P.    100 points     due Fri. Dec. 7

                        Grad oral

                          pres.              50 points       as scheduled

 

                        Total               550 points

 

The grading system is as follows:

                        A         90-100            D         60-69

                        B         80-89              F          59 & below (No credit for course)

                        C         70-79

 

 

 

 

Part I: August 27- October 1:

   Rosati & Scott, Chapters 1-8

 

  October 1- EXAM 1

 

 

 

Part II: October 5-November 2:

   Rosati & Scott, Chapters 9-14; Snow, Chapters 1& 2

 

   November 5- EXAM 2

 

 

 

Part III: November 7- December 7:

   Snow, Chapters 3-12  

 

   Monday December 10 (10:30 a.m.) FINAL EXAM

 

 

 

Other important dates:

Monday September 3- Labor Day Holiday (no class)

Monday October 22- Last Day to Withdraw (W) from class-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday November 21- November 25- Thanksgiving Break-(no classes)

 

Details Fall 2012 5543  101  Government & Politics of Eastern Europe    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

Political Science 5543- GRADUATE

Government & Politics of Eastern Europe

Fall 2012- LA 209 at 9:00 a.m. MWF

 

Professor:      Dr. Michael Preda

 

Office:                        Midwestern State University, O’Donohoe Bldg. 204

                        3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099

 

Office hours: M 10-11am; 1-3pm               TR   2-3:30pm

                        W 10-11am; 1-3pm              F     10-11am

 

Telephone:    940-397-4341                       Fax: 940-397-4865

 

E-mail:            michael.preda@mwsu.edu

 

Course

Description:   This course is a comparative study of the political institutions and processes in the region of Eastern Europe.

 

Graduate

Mission:         Graduate students in this class will be evaluated separately from undergraduate students.  They will have additional research and writing assignments (listed below). Graduate students will be evaluated on the quality of their research efforts, written research papers and oral presentations.  They are expected to provide in-depth analysis and synthesis of the subject matter.

 

Textbooks:     Wolchik & Curry, Eds. Central & East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy. 2nd ed.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. ISBN: 9780842567344

 

                        Minton F. Goldman, Ed., Global Studies: Russia, The Eurasian Republics, and Central/Eastern Europe,(Government & Politics of Eastern Europe blue textbook). 11th Ed. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill/Create, 2012. ISBN: 9781121499508.                

 

Exam Policy: Students are expected to take the exams on time.  If illness prohibits a student from taking an exam on time, please contact Dr. Preda immediately.

 

Attendance:  Attendance is mandatory. 

 

 

 

 

Course

Require-

ments:            Exam 1           100 points     Mon. Oct. 1

                        Exam 2           100 points     Fri. Nov. 2

                        Exam 3           100 points     Mon Dec. 10 @ 8:00 a.m.

                        Term Paper   100 points     due Mon. Nov. 19

                        2nd Term P.    100 points     due Fri. Dec. 7

                        Grad oral

                         pres.    50 points      as scheduled

                        Total               550 points

 

The grading system is as follows:

                        A         90-100            D         60-69

                        B         80-89              F          59 & below (No credit for course)

                        C         70-79

 

I. August 27- September 28: Introduction, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary

   Blue             Central & Eastern Europe, 93-107

   WC              Ch. 1, 3-30

   WC              Ch. 2, 31-52

 

   Blue             Ch. 15, Poland, 166-179

   Blue             Ch. 8, Poland, 161-186

 

   Blue             Ch. 13, Czech Republic & Slovakia, 129-150

   WC              Ch. 9, Czech Republic & Slovakia, 187-212

 

   Blue             Ch. 14, Hungary, 151-165

   WC              Ch. 10, Hungary, 213-230

 

  October 1- EXAM 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. October 3- 31: Bulgaria, Former Yugoslavia, Romania & Albania

   Blue             Ch. 12, Bulgaria, 119-128

   WC              Ch. 12, Bulgaria, 251-276

 

   Blue             Ch. 17, Former Yugoslavia, 191-213

   WC              Ch. 13, Former Yugoslavia, 277-312

 

   Blue             Ch. 16, Romania, 180-190

   WC              Ch. 14, Romania, 313-334

 

   Blue             Ch. 11, Albania, 110-118

   WC              Ch. 16, Albania, 369-396

 

   November 2- EXAM 2

 

III. November 5- December 7: Major issues in Eastern Europe

   WC              Ch. 3, Re-creating the Market

   WC              Ch. 4, Ethnicity & Nationalism

   WC              Ch. 5, Women’s Participation in Politics

   WC              Ch. 6, EU Accession

   WC              Ch. 7, Security Issues, NATO & Beyond

   WC              Ch. 17, What Now?

 

   Monday December 10 (8:00 a.m.) FINAL EXAM

 

Other important dates:

Monday September 3- Labor Day Holiday (no class)

Monday October 22- Last Day to Withdraw (W) from class-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday November 21- November 25- Thanksgiving Break-(no classes)

 

Details Fall 2012 4853  101  Contemporary American Foreign Policy    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

Political Science 4853

Contemporary American Foreign Policy

Fall 2012- LA 209 at 11:00 a.m. MWF

 

Professor:      Dr. Michael Preda

 

Office:                        Midwestern State University, O’Donohoe Bldg. 204

                        3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099

 

Office hours: M 10-11am; 1-3pm               TR   2-3:30pm

                        W 10-11am; 1-3pm              F     10-11am

 

Telephone:    940-397-4341                       Fax: 940-397-4865

 

E-mail:            michael.preda@mwsu.edu

 

Course

Description:   This course is a study of politics and problems in United States foreign relations since World War II.

 

Textbooks:     Rosati & Scott, Politics of United States Foreign Policy, 5th ed.  Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage, 2011. ISBN 9780495797241. 

 

                        Snow, Cases in American Foreign Policy, 1st ed.  Boston: Pearson, 2013.  ISBN: 9780205567935.

 

Exam Policy: Students are expected to take the exams on time.  If illness prohibits a student from taking an exam on time, please contact Dr. Preda immediately.

 

Attendance:  Attendance is mandatory. 

Course

Require-

ments:            Exam 1           100 points     Wed. Oct. 3

                        Exam 2           100 points     Mon. Nov. 5

                        Exam 3           100 points     Mon Dec. 10 @ 10:00 a.m.

                        Term Paper   100 points     due Mon. Nov. 26

                                                Total               400 points

 

The grading system is as follows:

                        A         90-100            D         60-69

                        B         80-89              F          59 & below (No credit for course)

                        C         70-79

 

 

 

 

Part I: August 27- October 1:

   Rosati & Scott, Chapters 1-8

 

  October 1- EXAM 1

 

 

 

Part II: October 5-November 2:

   Rosati & Scott, Chapters 9-14; Snow, Chapters 1& 2

 

   November 5- EXAM 2

 

 

 

Part III: November 7- December 7:

   Snow, Chapters 3-12  

 

   Monday December 10 (10:30 a.m.) FINAL EXAM

 

 

 

Other important dates:

Monday September 3- Labor Day Holiday (no class)

Monday October 22- Last Day to Withdraw (W) from class-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday November 21- November 25- Thanksgiving Break-(no classes)

 

Details Fall 2012 3543  101  Government & Politics of Eastern Europe    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

Political Science 3543

Government & Politics of Eastern Europe

Fall 2012- LA 209 at 9:00 a.m. MWF

 

Professor:      Dr. Michael Preda

 

Office:                        Midwestern State University, O’Donohoe Bldg. 204

                        3410 Taft Blvd., Wichita Falls, TX 76308-2099

 

Office hours: M 10-11am; 1-3pm               TR   2-3:30pm

                        W 10-11am; 1-3pm              F     10-11am

 

Telephone:    940-397-4341                       Fax: 940-397-4865

 

E-mail:            michael.preda@mwsu.edu

 

Course

Description:   This course is a comparative study of the political institutions and processes in the region of Eastern Europe.

 

Textbooks:     Wolchik & Curry, Eds. Central & East European Politics: From Communism to Democracy. 2nd ed.  Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011. ISBN: 9780842567344

 

                        Minton F. Goldman, Ed., Global Studies: Russia, The Eurasian Republics, and Central/Eastern Europe,(Government & Politics of Eastern Europe blue textbook). 11th Ed. Dubuque, IA: McGraw-Hill/Create, 2012. ISBN: 9781121499508.                

 

Exam Policy: Students are expected to take the exams on time.  If illness prohibits a student from taking an exam on time, please contact Dr. Preda immediately.

 

Attendance:  Attendance is mandatory. 

Course

Require-

ments:            Exam 1           100 points     Mon. Oct. 1

                        Exam 2           100 points     Fri. Nov. 2

                        Exam 3           100 points     Mon Dec. 10 @ 8:00 a.m.

                        Term Paper   100 points     due Mon. Nov. 19

                                                Total               400 points

 

The grading system is as follows:

                        A         90-100            D         60-69

                        B         80-89              F          59 & below (No credit for course)

                        C         70-79

I. August 27- September 28: Introduction, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary

   Blue             Central & Eastern Europe, 93-107

   WC              Ch. 1, 3-30

   WC              Ch. 2, 31-52

 

   Blue             Ch. 15, Poland, 166-179

   Blue             Ch. 8, Poland, 161-186

 

   Blue             Ch. 13, Czech Republic & Slovakia, 129-150

   WC              Ch. 9, Czech Republic & Slovakia, 187-212

 

   Blue             Ch. 14, Hungary, 151-165

   WC              Ch. 10, Hungary, 213-230

 

  October 1- EXAM 1

 

II. October 3- 31: Bulgaria, Former Yugoslavia, Romania & Albania

   Blue             Ch. 12, Bulgaria, 119-128

   WC              Ch. 12, Bulgaria, 251-276

 

   Blue             Ch. 17, Former Yugoslavia, 191-213

   WC              Ch. 13, Former Yugoslavia, 277-312

 

   Blue             Ch. 16, Romania, 180-190

   WC              Ch. 14, Romania, 313-334

 

   Blue             Ch. 11, Albania, 110-118

   WC              Ch. 16, Albania, 369-396

 

   November 2- EXAM 2

 

III. November 5- December 7: Major issues in Eastern Europe

   WC              Ch. 3, Re-creating the Market

   WC              Ch. 4, Ethnicity & Nationalism

   WC              Ch. 5, Women’s Participation in Politics

   WC              Ch. 6, EU Accession

   WC              Ch. 7, Security Issues, NATO & Beyond

   WC              Ch. 17, What Now?

 

   Monday December 10 (8:00 a.m.) FINAL EXAM

 

Other important dates:

Monday September 3- Labor Day Holiday (no class)

Monday October 22- Last Day to Withdraw (W) from class-4:00 p.m.

Wednesday November 21- November 25- Thanksgiving Break-(no classes)

Details Fall 2012 1333  104  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200

Political Science 1333 -American Government I

9:30 a.m. TR- Fall 2012

 

Professor:       Dr. Michael Preda

Office:             O’Donohoe Bldg., room 204

Telephone:     940-397-4341

Fax:                  940-397-4865

e-mail:             michael.preda@mwsu.edu

 

Course

Description:    This is a study of the American national and Texas governmental systems.  The

                        course focuses on the American experiment in federalism and democracy;

                        origin and development of the U.S. Constitution; federal-state relations; the

                        individual as a citizen; political parties and electoral campaigns.

 

Course

Objectives:     This course is intended to further student development in the following

departmental learning objectives.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles of American and

Texas governments.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills towards political inquiry.

 

Textbooks:      Neal Tannahill, THINK-American Government, 2012 ed.  Boston: Pearson, 2013.

                       

Gary Keith & Stefan Haag, Texas Politics and Government, 4th ed.  Boston: Longman, 2012.

 

Both of the textbooks are sold as a package:

 

Exam policy:   Students are expected to take the exams on time.  If illness prohibits a student

                        from taking an exam on time, please contact Dr. Preda immediately.

 

Attendance:   Attendance is mandatory.  Each student is permitted 2 absences during the

                        semester.  Students exceeding 2 absences should expect to be dropped from

                        class.

 

Disability

Policy:             Any student with a disability that may limit demonstrating fully his/her

                        abilities should contact Dr. Preda immediately at the beginning of the semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheating &

Plagiarism:      Cheating and plagiarism are very serious matters.  The University’s minimum

                        penalty for cheating or plagiarism is a failure of assignment.  Cheating or

                        plagiarism can lead to expulsion from the university.  If you have any questions

                        about original work, please see the Student Handbook, Code of Student

                        Conduct, section 10.

 

Course

Requirements:           Exam 1………..100 points

                                    Exam 2………..100 points

                                    Exam 3………..100 points

                                                Total  300 points

 

SCHEDULE

 

Aug. 28- Sep. 25

THINK book:

Ch. 1    A Changing America

Ch. 2    Constitution

Ch. 3    Federal System

Ch. 9    Interest Groups

Exam 1- Thursday September 27

 

Oct. 2-30

THINK book:

Ch. 6    Public Opinion

Ch. 7    Political Participation

Ch. 10  Political Parties

Ch. 11  Campaigns & Elections

Exam 2- Thursday November 1

 

Nov. 6- Dec. 6

THINK book:

Ch. 8    News Media

Texas book:

Ch. 1    Ideas, People & Economics in Texas

Ch. 2    Texas Constitution

Ch. 3    Voting & Participating in Texas

Exam 3 (Final Exam) Tuesday December 11 (8:00 a.m.)

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Oct 22:  Last day for “W” 4:00 p.m.

Nov 21-25: Thanksgiving Break- no classes

 

Details Fall 2012 1333  106  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200

Political Science 1333 -American Government I

12:30 p.m. TR- Fall 2012

 

Professor:       Dr. Michael Preda

Office:             O’Donohoe Bldg., room 204

Telephone:     940-397-4341

Fax:                  940-397-4865

e-mail:             michael.preda@mwsu.edu

 

Course

Description:    This is a study of the American national and Texas governmental systems.  The

                        course focuses on the American experiment in federalism and democracy;

                        origin and development of the U.S. Constitution; federal-state relations; the

                        individual as a citizen; political parties and electoral campaigns.

 

Course

Objectives:     This course is intended to further student development in the following

departmental learning objectives.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental principles of American and

Texas governments.

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills towards political inquiry.

 

Textbooks:      Neal Tannahill, THINK-American Government, 2012 ed.  Boston: Pearson, 2013.

                       

Gary Keith & Stefan Haag, Texas Politics and Government, 4th ed.  Boston: Longman, 2012.

 

Both of the textbooks are sold as a package:

 

Exam policy:   Students are expected to take the exams on time.  If illness prohibits a student

                        from taking an exam on time, please contact Dr. Preda immediately.

 

Attendance:   Attendance is mandatory.  Each student is permitted 2 absences during the

                        semester.  Students exceeding 2 absences should expect to be dropped from

                        class.

 

Disability

Policy:             Any student with a disability that may limit demonstrating fully his/her

                        abilities should contact Dr. Preda immediately at the beginning of the semester.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheating &

Plagiarism:      Cheating and plagiarism are very serious matters.  The University’s minimum

                        penalty for cheating or plagiarism is a failure of assignment.  Cheating or

                        plagiarism can lead to expulsion from the university.  If you have any questions

                        about original work, please see the Student Handbook, Code of Student

                        Conduct, section 10.

 

Course

Requirements:           Exam 1………..100 points

                                    Exam 2………..100 points

                                    Exam 3………..100 points

                                                Total  300 points

 

SCHEDULE

 

Aug. 28- Sep. 25

THINK book:

Ch. 1    A Changing America

Ch. 2    Constitution

Ch. 3    Federal System

Ch. 9    Interest Groups

Exam 1- Thursday September 27

 

Oct. 2-30

THINK book:

Ch. 6    Public Opinion

Ch. 7    Political Participation

Ch. 10  Political Parties

Ch. 11  Campaigns & Elections

Exam 2- Thursday November 1

 

Nov. 6- Dec. 6

THINK book:

Ch. 8    News Media

Texas book:

Ch. 1    Ideas, People & Economics in Texas

Ch. 2    Texas Constitution

Ch. 3    Voting & Participating in Texas

Exam 3 (Final Exam) Thursday December 13 (10:30 a.m.)

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Oct 22:  Last day for “W” 4:00 p.m.

Nov 21-25: Thanksgiving Break- no classes

 

Details Fall 2011 5653  101  International Relations    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

9:00 a.m.  MWF

Details Fall 2011 3653  101  International Relations    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

9:00 a.m. MWF

Details Fall 2011 1333  104  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200
Details Fall 2011 1333  106  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200

12:30pm TR

Details Fall 2011 1333  106  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200

12:30pm TR

Details Summer I 2011 1433  302  American Government     200

Summer I 2011- 12:20-2:20 p.m. MTWTH

Details Summer I 2011 1333  301  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200

 Summer I 2011- 8:00-10:00 a.m. MTWTH

Details Spring 2011 6023  201  Seminar: Nationalism    Bea Wood Hall 226

Wednesdays: 5:30-8:20 p.m.

Details Spring 2011 1433  205  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200

9:30am/ Tuesdays & Thursdays

Details Spring 2011 1433  206  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200

12:30-1:50 p.m. /Tuesdays & Thursdays

Details Fall 2010 5533  101  Government & Politics of Western Europe    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

11:00 a.m. MWF

Details Fall 2010 5173  101  Organizational Behavior    O'Donohoe Hall 110

9:30 a.m. TR

Details Fall 2010 4853  101  Contemporary American Foreign Policy    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

9:00 a.m. MWF

Details Fall 2010 4173  101  Organizational Behavior    O'Donohoe Hall 110

9:30 a.m. TR

Details Fall 2010 3533  101  Government & Politics of Western Europe    Prothro-Yeager Hall 209

11:00 a.m. MWF

Details Fall 2010 1333  105  American Government    Prothro-Yeager Hall 200

12:30 p.m. TR




Employment Background

Institution Position Start Date / End Date
 Texas A&M-Commerce (formerly East Texas State Univer.)  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Political Science  1969  1970
 University of Oklahoma  Graduate Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Political Science  1971  1972
 McMurry College (Abilene, Texas)  Assistant Professor of Political Science  1972  1976
 Midwestern State University  Assistant Professor of Political Science  1976  1980
 Midwestern State University  Associate Professor of Political Science  1980  1986
 Midwestern State University  Graduate Program Coordinator, Political Science  1980  1998
 Midwestern State University  Professor of Political Science  1986  current
 Midwestern State University  Interim Div Dir, Div of Pol Sci, Pub Admin & Crim Justice  1989  1990
 Midwestern State University  Division Director of Political Science, Pub Admin & Crim Jus  1990  1998



Research and Publications

"Are Our Students Values 'Postmodern?'" Norwine, Ketcham, Preda and Bruner, The Lutheran Educator, 47:4,(2007) pp. 102-111.

"Personal Identity:  Postmodern or Transmodern? A Study of College and University Undergraduates at the Turn of the Millenium."  Jim Norwine, Allen Ketcham, Michael Preda, and Michael S. Bruner, in Paul C. Vitz & Susan M. Felch (Eds.), The Self: Beyond the Postmodern Crisis (pp. 203-224). Wilmington, DE: ISI Books, 2006. (Chapter in a book)

"Economic Impact of Government Agencies on Wichita and Clay Counties, Texas." Midwestern Business and Economic Review, 35, Spring, 2005, 1-5 (Co-authored with Louis J. Rodriguez).

Nationalism:  A Multidisciplinary Annotated Bibliography (Thomas Spira, ed).  Gulf Breeze, FL: Academic International Press, 2001. (3 entries co-authored with Michael S. Bruner).

"Violence Begins at Home: A Study of Abuse in Texas Families," (Co-authored with Robert J. Grant and J. David Martin), National Social Science Journal, 8:1 (Spring, 1994), pp. 152-168.

 

 

 

"The Meaning of Meaning in a Post-Meaning Age," (Co-authored with Bruner, Ketcham and Norwine). International Social Science Journal, Spring, 1994, [The ISSJ is published  in Paris, France by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in six language editions: English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and Russian.]

Domestic Violence in Texas: A Study of Statewide Spouse Abuse.  (a monograph, co-authored with Robert J. Grant and J. David Martin).  Wichita Falls, TX: Midwestern State University Bureau of Business and Government Research, 1990.

Domestic Violence in Texas: A Study of Rural Spouse Abuse.  ( a monograph, co-authored with Robert J. Grant and J. David Martin). Wichita Falls, TX: Midwestern State University Bureau of Business and Government Research, 1990.

Domestic Violence in Texas: A Study of Statewide and Rural Spouse Abuse.  (a monograph, co-authored with Robert J. Grant and J. David Martin). Wichita Falls, TX:  Midwestern State University Bureau of Business and Government Research, 1990.

"Latin American Debt Adjustment and the International Monetary Fund," Social Science Perspectives Journal, Spring, 1990.

"Developments in International Politics," in International Politics: A Foreign Affairs Special Anthology. (Michael A. Preda, ed)  New York: Foreign Affairs, 1989, pp.1-18.