Faculty Spotlight

J. David Alvis
Faculty

David Alvis is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wofford College. He received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York in Political Science and his master's in American Studies from the University of Dallas.  At Wofford, he teaches courses on American Politics including: The American Presidency, Constitutional Law, and Political Parties.  His publications include articles on the Electoral College, Progressivism and early twentieth century politics, and the Obama Presidency.  He has also published articles on John Ford’s The Searchers and is currently completing a piece on Michelangelo’s David.  With co-authors Jeremy Bailey and Flagg Taylor, he recently published the book The Contested Removal Power, 1789-2010.

Our Courses

Convenient Schedules for Busy Professionals

Ashland's master's in history and government courses are available in two formats, each designed to fit the schedule of those who work full-time.

Live Online Courses

Student at work in Live Online courseStudy with leading historians and political scientists in our live, interactive virtual classroom. Using a standard computer and a broadband internet connection, students and professors see, hear, and speak to each other in real-time.

Unlike typical “online” courses taught via recorded lectures and bulletin board posts, Live Online offers small class sizes, active discussions between students and faculty, and the ability to ask questions and get immediate answers just like a traditional classroom. Have a question? Ask it and get an immediate answer. Have an idea to add to the conversation? Join the discussion.

Like a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom, each Live Online course meets at a regularly scheduled time, generally in the afternoons or evenings, or on Saturday morning. Class sizes are small, capped at just 16 students. Even though you are studying from home, you have access to Ashland's full range of library resources, including a large catalog of online journals and academic resources.

Most importantly, Live Online doesn't require any special software or hardware. In all likelihood, you already have a computer that can run our webinar platform.

Take a look at a class discussion in action in this video:

Weeklong Summer Courses

During the summer months learn from our distinguished faculty while you work side-by-side with fellow social studies educators from around the world. Offered in weeklong sessions during June and July at our main campus in Ashland, Ohio, our convenient intensive summer courses let you focus on your studies free from the distractions of home.

While at Ashland, you are immersed in an academic community of scholars and fellow students who share a common interest in the study of the American experience. Learning takes place all across campus, from the classroom to the dining hall. Housing, meals, and complimentary airport shuttle service are available.

Our Weeklong Summer courses give you the opportunity to experience the interaction and exchange that comes with a traditional graduate school experience, all while continuing to maintain full-time employment.