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Dr. Hans E. Schmeisser

History and Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science; Director of The Center for Teaching and Learning

Bowen 210
229. 391.5077



Dr. Hans E. Schmeisser is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Liberal Arts, and has served at ABAC since 2009.

While earning his Ph.D. from the University of Florida (UF) in American Political Institutions, Political Theory, and Research Methodology; Dr. Schmeisser worked as the Manning J. Dauer Fellow under the guidance of Dr. Lawrence C. Dodd. Before UF, Dr. Schmeisser graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University in 2002, where he was a founding Brother in Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Zeta-Omega chapter.

Currently, Dr. Schmeisser teaches a variety of courses in American Government & Political Development, Political Theory, State and Local Politics, Constitutional Law, and Political Communication within the College’s baccalaureate curriculum. He also works as a faculty member in the ABAC Honors Program.

Beyond the classroom, Dr. Schmeisser serves the College as the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, where he is responsible for the administration of campus-wide faculty development and conference programming. Working with students, he is the Advisor for Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK), which was recognized as a 5-Star Chapter in 2014 & 2015 – the most elite status possible for a PTK chapter. Departmentally, Dr. Schmeisser has been acting Secretary since 2009, as well as Advisor for the Political Science Club.

Currently, Dr. Schmeisser is completing his forthcoming work on Henry Clay in The Renewal of American Statesmanship, published through the University Press of Kentucky. Written with Dr. Joseph Njoroge, his latest publication The Dynamics of Georgia Politics: Institutions and Elected Officials is now undergoing revision for a new and expanded edition.

In recognition of outstanding contribution to the ABAC student body, Dr. Schmeisser was awarded the Impact Award by the Student Government Association in 2010. In 2015, Dr. Schmeisser was presented the Donaldson Award for Faculty Excellence. The highest recognition that can be earned by a Faculty member at ABAC, the award is given, “In Recognition of Superior Instruction and Dedication to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.”

In the Tifton community, Dr. Schmeisser is a member of Kiwanis Club and attends St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, where he teaches Sunday School.

Dr. Schmeisser is an avid fan of Star Wars, anything Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mercer University football (Go Bears!). Along with their first son, Luke, now 4 years of age, Dr. Schmeisser and his wife Shelly continue to deepen their roots in the Tifton community.


ABAC Center for Teaching and Learning


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The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) serves the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College faculty and staff in the creation of vibrant learning environments.

Located in Carlton Rm. 202, CTL offers a variety of faculty development opportunities including workshops, seminars, and colloquia that seek to advance the College’s teaching and learning goals.

For 2014, CTL is assisting faculty members in the development of their craft through the Center’s “Engaged Faculty Colloquium.” Designed to foster faculty excellence and the advancement of student achievement, this year’s Colloquium Series provides a scholarly forum to consider pedagogical methodology, original research, institutional effectiveness, and professional development.

Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society


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ABAC’s Omega-Delta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is recognized as a “5-Star Chapter,” the highest level of excellence that can be earned in our national Honor Society. Given in 2014, this award was earned through a series of activities that encompassed academic, philanthropic, and social programs ranging from on-campus service to a trip to Disney World for our International PTK Conference.

With a history of excellence, ABAC’s Omega Delta chapter has previously attended the 2013 regional conference hosted by Georgia Military Academy in Milledgeville. There, the group was awarded the Distinguished Issue Award for their Honors in Action Project: Food Fight. This award not only demonstrates an excellence in academic research of the topic but also highlights the student’s accomplishments in leadership roles and leadership development activities dealing with service learning and collaboration. The ABAC project encompassed a large range of activities including, the largest among them, the hosting of a hunger awareness dinner that brought attention to food waste in the United States. In addition to this award, the chapter also received a plaque that represents their accomplishment and shows their rise in status among PTK chapters.

These activities and others highlight the academic excellence of ABAC’s highest achieving students.

Departmental Activities and Political Science Club


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About the Department:
The History and Political Science department at ABAC is committed to providing students with a comprehensive education in the development of political systems and modern cultures around the world and the framework that has dictated the actions of the United States for the past 250 years.

Chair – Dr. Joseph G. Njoroge
Secretary – Dr. Hans E. Schmeisser

About the Club:
Political Science Club seeks to engage students with real world politics. Through our field trips, round-table debate series, and social activities; the club brings together students and faculty that are interested in becoming active in the political process. Each year, the club coordinates “Constitution Day” events, and travels to Atlanta for “ABAC on the Capitol.”

ABAC Honors Program


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The Honors Program is designed to help intellectually talented and strongly motivated students gain the most rewarding college experience possible. Challenging courses and engaging professors place honors students on a path toward academic and professional success.

Admission to the program is competitive and is gained through invitation from the Honors Program director.

Course Information

All Course information for students is published via ABAC’s D2L.