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Peter J. Woolley, professor of comparative politics and chair of the department of social sciences and history at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J., will spend the fall semester in Lafayette’s administration as an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow.

Woolley began working this week under the mentoring team of provost June Schlueter, associate provost David Johnson, and president Arthur Rothkopf ’55. His work primarily will be within academic administration in matters related to the office of the provost.

Woolley’s arrival is timely as Lafayette concludes its Threshold 2000 initiative and enters a new strategic planning phase, notes Schlueter. He likely will accompany Schlueter and Johnson at faculty and committee meetings.

“It will be both a learning and contributing experience for him,” says Schlueter. “As the semester proceeds and projects are developed, it will be good to have him right across the hall.”

“This is a very active office,” she adds. “I think he’ll learn a lot from being part of it on a day-to-day basis, but it’s also a tremendous help to me to have somebody else on board, even though it’s only for a short time.”

Woolley graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, Pa. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. Last year he was listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He received Fairleigh Dickinson’s Educational Opportunity Fund Outstanding Faculty Member Award in 1993 and 2000. He won the Pan-Hellenic Outstanding Teacher Award in 1999 and the Edward S. Miller Prize for the best historical article in the Naval War College Review in 1997.

Woolley is the author of Japan’s Navy: Politics and Paradox, 1971-2001 (Lynne-Rienner Publishers, 2000), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on U.S. and Japanese defense policies. He also is co-editor of the 1998 and 2002 editions of American Politics: Core Argument and Current Controversy (Prentice-Hall Publishers, 1998) and book review editor for The Journal of Conflict Studies, based at the University of New Brunswick, Canada.

In addition to several educational achievements and experiences in France, Woolley participated in a Fulbright/Hays Group Project in Japan, “The Economic and Cultural Transformation of Post-War Japan,” in 1990. He also was part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, “Early Modern Maritime History,” based at John Carter Brown Library, Providence, R.I., July-August 1993. He was an advanced research scholar at the Center for Naval Warfare Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I., in 1994-1995.

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