Nancy E. McGlen, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Nancy E. McGlen began her career at Niagara as an assistant professor in political science in September 1980 after teaching at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She was named an associate professor in 1982 and a full professor in 1988. She was the director of the social science program from 1988-1998 and also chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice from 1985-1988. In 1997, she was appointed acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and became dean in 1998. In this position, she helped to found the Women's Studies Program at Niagara University.
Dr. McGlen received her bachelor's degree from Ithaca College and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Rochester. She was a lecturer in the Department of Political sScience at the University of Rochester before going to SUNY Albany as an assistant professor of political science in 1973.
Dr. McGlen has written and spoken extensively on women in politics and the academic profession. She is the co-author of four books including, Women, Politics and American Society, 4th ed., and Women and Foreign Policy: The Insiders. She is also the author or co-author of over 30 chapters and book reviews. She has also written numerous articles on women for professional journals and delivered many papers at various political science conferences.
A past president of both the New York State and Northeast Political Science Associations, Dr. McGlen also served on the Council and Strategic Planning Committee of the American Political Science Association. She is currently chair of the Development Committee for the APSA. She is past co-treasurer and past secretary for the Women's Caucus for Political Science.
In the community, Dr. McGlen has been president of the Grand Island Business and Professional Women's Club and a member of the Committee for Women Run New York Celebration. She served as chair for the first and second Niagara County Institute for Public Leadership, a YWCA program to train women for political leadership. She is a board member for the YWCA of Niagara and the Niagara County Commission on the Status of Women. As the past co-chair of the Leadership Committee for the Niagara County Commission on the Status of Women, she was the co-author of the first report on the political status of women in Niagara County.
Dr. McGlen has been a speaker on women's issues for numerous clubs and organizations in the Buffalo/Niagara area, and has received awards for research, service and teaching from the College of Arts and Sciences at Niagara University, the Mentor of Distinction Award from the Women's Caucus for Political Science and Outstanding Alumni Award from Hannibal Central School. She received the 2001 Niagara Award from the YWCA of Niagara for her actions that have inspired women's growth, leadership and empowerment. She is listed in the 1996 and 2000 editions of Who's Who Among American Teachers. Dr. McGlen received the Bernice L. Poss Award on April 22, 2005, presented by the Western New York Network of Women Leaders in Higher Education in recognition of Dr. McGlen's noteworthy involvement in organizing and planning activities for the advancement of women professions; commitment to and participation in community services and programs for women; and professionalism, support for women colleagues, and compassion in her own daily conduct.
Dean McGlen's central teaching and advising philosophy centers around 10 fundamental guidelines for success:
- Set goals for yourself such as graduate school, law school, medical school, good grades or a good job; at the same time, keep in mind the common necessity for career change and develop a solid academic foundation that allows flexibility (minor/2nd major). Keep an open mind!
- Budget your time: Recognize that college is not high school! All that free time you are not is class is an illusion!
- Recognize that every semester counts!
- Every course is important. The first semester is especially critical. Remember the Satisfactory Academic Progress Chart.
- Every class counts so GO TO CLASS!!!!!
- A sure recipe for success: Read the textbook BEFORE class and do the assignments YOURSELF and ON TIME!
- Get to know your professors and your classmates. Make an appointment or drop by to talk - that's what your professor are there for!
- Take advantage of experiential opportunities!
- Get involved!
- Get help and talk to someone before it is too late!