Dr. Hans E. Schmeisser
History and Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science; Director of The Center for Teaching and Learning
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 3 years of age, Dr. Schmeisser and his wife Shelly continue to deepen their roots in the Tifton community.