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Co-Directors

Dr. Raymond Scheele 
Co-director 
Professor of Political Science 

Ray Scheele, Political Sci

Raymond H. Scheele joined the Ball State University faculty in 1975, specializing in campaigns and elections, political parties, public administration and state and local government. In addition to his academic experience, he has more than two decades of service as a consultant specializing in public personnel management. He has served as a member of the national training committee of the American Society for Public Administration and, along with Sally Jo Vasicko, designed the Executive Management Training Program, for which they received the National Award for Innovative Programming from the National Association of Schools for Continuing Education in1986. He has served two terms as president of the Indiana Society for Public Administration.

His expertise has been called upon by numerous media outlets, including the BBC, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Louisville Courier Journal, San Diego Union Leader, USA Today, Washington Post, and newspaper and media outlets throughout Indiana. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government from Valparaiso University in 1965 and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Missouri in 1972. Prior to joining Ball State’s faculty he was on the faculty of the Political Science Department at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the author or co-author of two dozen scholarly papers, several published articles as well as two books, including Larry Conrad of Indiana:  A Biography. He is currently working on a book detailing the 20th Century history of Indiana’s political parties.

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Dr. Sally Jo Vasicko
Co-director
Professor of Political Science

Sally Jo Vasicko, Political Sci

Sally Jo Vasicko came to Ball State University in 1973. In 1987, the United States Senate confirmed her nomination by President Reagan to the U.S. Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences. She also served as White House Liaison to U.S. Secretaries of Labor Elizabeth Dole and Lynn Martin, as well as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training. During 1996 and 1997 she served as the project director of the Lynn Martin Task Force at Mitsubishi Motors in Normal, Ill.

Her research and teaching areas include American government, judicial process, constitutional law, and public policy. At Ball State, she has served as the chair of the Department of Political Science and assistant dean of University College. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science and history from the University of Puget Sound and her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University.

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Phone: 765-285-5875