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Boeckelman Named WIU CAS Associate Dean

September 14, 2023

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MACOMB/MOLINE, IL - - Western Illinois University Political Science Professor Keith Boeckelman has been named the new interim associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS). Boeckelman replaces James Schmidt, who was recently named the interim dean of CAS.

In 1998, Boeckelman was hired as an assistant professor of political science. Before his appointment, he served as WIU's Political Science Department chair from 2020-2022. He also served as interim chair for the History Department from 2019-2021.

"I am excited to work with Dean Schmidt and our outstanding faculty and staff to promote and sustain the College of Arts and Sciences," Boeckelman said. " I value the liberal arts curriculum and hope to help nurture and grow our many excellent academic programs, as well as support the college's role in providing a top-notch general education to all WIU students."

Boeckelman received his bachelor's degree in economics and political science from Drake University. He went on to complete his doctorate degree in political science in 1990, specializing in public policy and administration, at the University of Illinois.

Before his graduate studies, Boeckelman served in the Illinois House of Representatives as a staffer/analyst. In addition to Western, he also taught at Texas A&M University, Louisiana State University and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

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