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					                               UNIVERSITY FACULTY RESUME
                                  Prepared January 8, 2009

I.        PERSONAL INFORMATION

Christopher M. Baxter
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tenure Track
Department of Management, Marketing and Political Science
225 Business Administration Building


II.       EDUCATION CREDENTIALS

 1994-2005                The University of Alabama, Graduate School.
                          Doctor of Philosophy conferred May 2005
                          Master of Arts conferred May 1997.

 1990 to                  University of Tennessee at Martin. B.S., Political Science.
 1994                     Graduated summa cum laude, 4.0 GPA

III.      EMPLOYMENT HISTORY AND TEACHING/ADVISING

          A. Employment History

 January 2002-present             Instructor of Political Science, term appointments (2002-2005)
                                  Assistant Professor of Political Science; tenure-track (2005-
                                  present)
                                  Department of Management, Marketing, and Political Science
                                  The University of Tennessee at Martin.

       Duties and Responsibilities:
       -Teach a full-time course load of four political science classes per semester
       -Serve as academic advisor for political science majors (avg. of approx. 25 advisees)
       -Serve as pre-law advisor to students of all academic majors
       -Perform regular service responsibilities (e.g., university and college committee assignments)


 2000-2001                        Served as Court Attendant to the Hon. Phillip N. Lisenby, Circuit
                                  Judge, Sixth Circuit of Alabama
                                  Tuscaloosa, Alabama

       Duties and Responsibilities:
       -Scheduling and clerical duties for a family court judge
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1997-1999                       Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science,
                                The University of Alabama
                                Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    Duties and Responsibilities:
    -Teach a single lower-division political science class each semester


       B. Teaching Accomplishments

       Courses Taught My regular teaching duties include teaching four political science
courses every fall and spring semester. Usually this load includes two sections of
introductory level courses (either POSC 210 or 220) and two upper-division courses.
Courses I regularly teach include the following:

      Political Science 210-20 American Government and Politics
      Political Science 333 The President and Congress
      Political Science 314 Intergovernmental Relations
      Political Science 353 Administrative Law
      Political Science 361 Introduction to Public Administration
      Political Science 362 Public Policy
      Political Science 363 Public Budgeting & Personnel Management
      General Studies 101 Freshman Studies/First Year Initiative (Each Fall semester,
       2002-08)

        I have periodically taught a Political Science Topics (480) class entitled “Judicial
Politics” in summer sessions, depending on demand. Due to a faculty shortage, I have taught
Political Science 303 (Scope and Methods of Political Science) in addition to my usual
course load each of the last two years. In 2002 I also taught sections of POSC 432
(Constitutional Law) and POSC 321 (International Relations).
        In the summers of 2007 and 2008, I taught POSC 210 as part of the Governor‟s
School for the Humanities Program.

       A copy of each course syllabus is included in the supporting materials.

         Evaluation of Teaching Effectiveness In accordance with University and College
policy, student evaluations have been conducted in all of my courses to date. Summary
statistics from these evaluations and selected student comments are included in the
supporting materials. I believe the results have consistently shown very positive feedback in
every assessed category, particularly the quality of instruction, my ability to stimulate student
interest, and my accessibility to the students.
         In April 2007, I was presented the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award for
the College of Business and Public Affairs.
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       C. Advising/Student Support

        Academic Advising I have continuously served as academic advisor to political
majors beginning with my initial term appointment in 2002. The number of advisees
assigned to me has fluctuated based on the number of full-time faculty in the political science
program. During the years in which there were three full-time faculty members, my advising
load was approximately 20 students. With the retirements of Dr. Mosch and Dr. Chesteen
and a simultaneous increase in the number of political science majors, the average number of
advisees has increased to approximately 30 students.
        In 2003 and 2004, I was presented the Excellence in Advising Award for the College
of Business and Public Affairs.
        I have served as the instructor of the political science section of General Studies 101
(First-Year Initiative) every fall semester since 2002. In this role I have taught the freshman
orientation for incoming political science majors and served as their academic advisor and
mentor throughout their first semester.

        Pre-Law Advising Since the retirement of Dr. Theodore Mosch from full-time
teaching, I have assumed the duties of pre-law advisor for students of all colleges and
disciplines at the University. In this role I counsel law school-bound students of all majors in
all aspects of preparing for law school and a legal career; these activities include (but are not
limited to)
        -serving as the University‟s designated contact for the Law School Admissions
Council (LSAC), including serving as a custodian of Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
scores for U.T.M. students;
        -advising students on preparing for the LSAT;
        -advising students on submitting competitive applications to law schools;
        -maintaining a website to (a) recruit prospective pre-law students and (b) serve as a
resource for current law school-bound University students;
        -serving as faculty sponsor of the Pre-Law Club;
        -regularly scheduling speakers and events to aid pre-law students (including an annual
forum featuring the admissions deans of the two state law schools) and
        -serving as a custodian of materials from the LSAC, recruiting materials from the
nation‟s law schools, and all relevant pre-law advising materials.
        My role as pre-law advisor is informal, in that I do not replace students‟ academic
advisor; it is therefore impossible to assign a number of “advisees” that I might serve in a
year. However, to provide some frame of reference, the attendance at the annual forum of
law school admissions deans has an average attendance of approximately 30 students, and
every fall I informally and conservatively estimate that I hold periodic meetings with at least
ten seniors who are applying to law schools.

       A copy of my pre-law web pages and samples of my pre-law advising materials are
included in the supporting materials.
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       The following is a list of specific activities that are reflective of the scope of my pre-
law advising activities.

Fall 2006-present              Coordinated annual forum featuring admissions deans of the
                               University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee-
                               Knoxville‟s law schools

February 27, 2008              Co-chaired a presentation on “Graduate School and Law
                               School Opportunities” as part of the CBPA Career Day

Oct. 2006                      Conducted pre-law seminar as part of Honors‟ Programs
                               Graduate School Orientation

Oct. 5-8, 2006                 Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SAPLA)
                               Conference, Miami, FL

May 31, 2006                   Toured American Justice School of Law (Paducah, KY),
                               visited with Deans Hendrick and Turner re: partnerships with
                               UTM

March 2006                     Developed a web site designed to increase awareness of pre-
                               law services to prospective students, in response to
                               recommendations made at the CBPA Advisory Board Meeting

November 2004                  Pre-law group trip to Vanderbilt Law School

June 2004                      Regional meeting for pre-law advisors, Southern Illinois
                               School of Law

October 23, 2003               Visited Big Sandy School‟s Career Day, as pre-law advisor

November 14-16, 2002           Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors Annual Conference,
                               Atlanta, GA


IV.    SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY

        A. Publications

 “Interest Group Strategies in the State Judiciary.” 2009. Perspectives (National Social
Science Association Journal). Accepted for publication in 2009.

  “Interest Group Strategies in the State Judiciary.” National Social Sciences Association
Proceedings, Spring Convention, Las Vegas, NV, April 6-8, 2008, Volume 38, #2. Index
available online at http://www.nssa.us/perspectives/perspectives_38_2_LV.htm.
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 “Interest Group Activism in the State Judiciary.” Dissertation, the University of Alabama.
Defended March 21, 2005.

   “Amicus Curiae Activity in the State Judiciary: A Closer Look.” Submitted for review
for publication, Fall 2008.

       B. Presentations

 “PAC Contributions in Alabama Supreme Court Races.” Paper to be presented at the
National Social Science Association Spring Convention, Las Vegas, NV April 5-8, 2009.

 “The Rise of Political Marketing.” Paper presented at the 15th Annual Kentucky-
Tennessee Best Practices Conference, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Feb. 29,
2008.

 “Federalism and the Roberts Court: Will the New Conservative Court End States‟
Rights?” Presented to the 40th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Political Science
Association, April 7-8, 2006, Paris Landing State Park, Buchanan, Tennessee.




V.     FACULTY/TEACHING DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES

Oct.-Nov., 2008       Completed “How to Teach Online” ITC course to begin development
                      of POSC 210 and 220 online sections

Spring 2008           Revised course description of POSC 363 (Financing Public Policy)
                      to include a public personnel management component; title changed
                      to “Public Budgeting and Personnel Management”

March 6, 2008         West Tennessee Technology Symposium: attended 3 seminars
                      (Constructing Online Courses; iPods in Paris; Retrofitting the
                      Learning Environment)

January 11, 2008      ITC Training Seminar – Podcasting in the Classroom

Fall 2007             Certified by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
                      Program in “Human Research” (Basic Course and IRB Member
                      Course)

Oct. 5-8, 2006        Attended Southern Association of Pre-law Advisors Conference,
                      Miami, FL

June 2006             ITC Workshop – Blackboard Assignment Tool
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Fall 2005-Spring     Instructor for Honors 111-2, “Humanity in A Global and Social
2006                 Perspective: The American South”, a multidisciplinary, team-taught
                     course; taught a five-week session and periodically lead discussion
                     groups throughout the year (lecture materials available in
                     supplemental materials)

Fall 2004-Spring     Instructor for Honors 111-2, “Humanity in A Global and Social
2005                 Perspective: „We vs. They‟” a multidisciplinary, team-taught course;
                     taught a five-week session and periodically lead discussion groups
                     throughout the year (lecture materials available in supplemental
                     materials)

Summer 2004          Developed new Topics (POSC 480) course, “Judicial Politics”

November 14-16,      Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SAPLA) Annual
2002                 Conference, Atlanta, GA

May 1, 2002          Freshman Experience Faculty Advisor Training

February 13, 2002    FERPA Training


VI.    SERVICE

       A. Service to the Profession

       B. Service to the University of Tennessee

Fall 2008             Coordinated the development of political science learning objectives
                      and the development of a learning assessment program in preparation
                      for SACS accreditation visit

February 2008         Judge - 5th Annual UTM Interdisciplinary Student Writing
                      Conference

2007-present          University Faculty Development Committee

2007-present          Dean‟s Assessment Committee, College of Business & Public Affairs

2007-present          Faculty Advisor, Political Science Club

2007-08               Member, U.T.M. Institutional Review Board; Certified by the
                      Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program in
                      “Human Research” (Basic Course and IRB Member Course)
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2006-present          Coordinator of Tennessee Legislative Internship Program (recruiting,
                      selecting, and coordinating UTM students interning with the
                      Tennessee General Assembly)

March 2006            Developed a web site designed to increase awareness of pre-law
                      services to prospective students, in response to recommendations
                      made at the Advisory Board Meeting

2005-present          Freshman Studies College Coordinator, College of Business & Public
                      Affairs

2005-present          Departmental Undergraduate Committee,
                      Department of Management, Marketing and Political Science (Chair,
                      2006-present)

2005-07               Undergraduate Committee, College of Business & Public Affairs
                      Departmental Committee (Chair, 2006-present)

2004-2007             U.T.M. Honors Council, At-Large Representative

2003-present          Housing Residency Appeals Committee

2003-present          Faculty mentor for University Scholars specialized study projects:
                         -Jamie Smith, 2007-09
                         -George Norton, 2005-07
                         -Anastasia Umanets, 2005-07
                         -Jennifer Ogg, 2004-05
                      Faculty second reader for University Scholars specialized study
                      projects:
                         -Amber Becton, 2004-06
                         -Rachel Albritton, 2006-07

2003                  Faculty Participant, SOAR Panel for Parents of Incoming Freshmen

2002-present          Freshman Studies/First-Year Initiative Faculty Mentor, political
                      science majors‟ section

2002-present          Faculty Advisor, Pre-Law Club

2002-present          Regular participant, U.T.M. Senior Days and SOAR sessions

2002-present          Faculty mentor for public administration interns


       C. Service to the Public Involving Professional Skills

November 4, 2008      WUTM‟s election night radio commentator
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September 18, 2005   Addressed the American Civics and Culture Program, visiting
                     delegation from Shandong University Law School, China, on the
                     topic of interest groups in the courts


 VII.   PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES AND OTHER RELEVANT ACTIVITIES

 2007                -Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of
                     Business & Public Affairs
                     -Excellence in Service Award, College of Business & Public
                     Affairs

 2007-present        Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity (Treasurer, 2007-
                     present)

 2007-present        Member, National Social Science Association

 2006-present        Member, Tennessee Political Science Association

 2006-present        Member, Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors (SAPLA)

 2004                Excellence in Advising Award, College of Business & Public
                     Affairs

 2003                Excellence in Advising Award, College of Business & Public
                     Affairs

 March 2003          Named Teacher of the Month by the Kappa Alpha Order

 2001-present        Member, Southern Political Science Association

 1999                Lex A. Fikes Memorial Award for Service, Department of Political
                     Science, University of Alabama

				
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