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Dr. Hans E. Schmeisser

History and Political Science
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Bowen 210
229. 391.5077



Dr. Hans E. Schmeisser is an Associate 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 Theory, 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 served (2011 – 2016) as the College’s Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, where he was responsible for the administration of campus-wide faculty development and conference programming. Working with students, he served as 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, and continues as Advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honors Society.

Currently, Dr. Schmeisser is completing his forthcoming work on Henry Clay in The Renewal of American Statesmanship, published through the University of Notre Dame Press. 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 has a passion for the great game of golf, is an avid fan of Star Wars, anything Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mercer University football (Go Bears!). Along with their son, Luke, now 5 years of age, and one-year-old daughter Abigail, Dr. Schmeisser and his wife Shelly continue to deepen their roots in the Tifton community.


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 political awareness events across campus, 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.

Office Hours for Fall 2016:

MWF…… 9:30-11:00
MW…….. 1:00-2:00, 3:15-4:00
TR……….. 3:15-4:00

…… or by appointment.