Dr. Raymond B. Wrabley Jr., University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown professor of political science, has been named the chair of the college’s Social Science Division. His appointment was effective July 1. He succeeds Dr. James Alexander, professor of political science.
Dr. Wrabley joined the Pitt-Johnstown faculty in 1987 as a visiting professor. He was promoted to the rank of assistant professor in 1988 and associate professor in 1994. He received his BA and MA from Virginia Tech and his PhD from Arizona State University. Dr. Wrabley attended the United States Coast Guard Academy from 1976-1980.
As a member of the Pitt-Johnstown faculty, Dr. Wrabley served as a member of the Faculty Senate Council, Pitt-Johnstown President Search Committee, president of the Pitt-Johnstown Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, chair of the College-wide Status Committee, Faculty Senate Ad Hoc Committee Assessing the General Education Curriculum, Peer Review Committees, and various campus search committees.
Dr. Wrabley has written numerous articles in national publications including the Natural Resources Journal (forthcoming), Journal of Land Resources and Environmental Law, The Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, Encyclopedia of Interest Groups and Lobbyists in the United States, Public Land and Resources Law Review, Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, and The Encyclopedia of Third Parties in America. He also published book chapters, book reviews, and published commentary.
He has presented lectures around the community on elections, global warming, and the presidency. He serves as a political analyst with WJAC-TV (NBC affiliate) and other local and national media, including interviews by NBC Nightly News, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Economist, CNN, National Public Radio, RTE Radio (Ireland), Radio Canada, the BBC, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Harrisburg Patriot-News, WTAJ-TV (CBS affiliate), and WWCP-TV (FOX affiliate).
He currently is Pitt-Johnstown’s NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative and chairman of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries of Conemaugh Valley.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is located in the Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania and is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. The University offers a high-quality educational experience in a supportive living-learning environment designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century. Pitt-Johnstown is recognized by U.S.News & World Report as a “Best Baccalaureate College” (2010), by the Princeton Review as a “Best Northeastern College” (2010), and by G.I. Jobs as a “Military Friendly School.” Additionally, Pitt-Johnstown has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
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