FDU Distinguished Faculty Award for Service Presented to Peter J. Woolley
TEANECK, N.J. (Sept. 24, 2009) — Fairleigh Dickinson University honored Peter J. Woolley, professor of political science, with its Distinguished Faculty Award for Service at the University’s annual Academic Convocation on Sept. 23.
“Through your spirited efforts on behalf of students, colleagues and the entire University community, you regularly reach the summit of service to FDU,” said Kenneth Greene, provost of FDU’s College at Florham, in presenting the award.
Woolley, a specialist in comparative politics, is a frequent commentator in broadcast and print media and executive director of PublicMind, the University’s independent survey research organization. The award citation notes that PublicMind, which Woolley helped found in 2000, has significantly raised FDU’s profile and that of its faculty.
PublicMind launches scores of research projects and generates dozens of press releases annually on a range of political, social and cultural topics that are cited by hundreds of newspapers, broadcast media and Web sites nationally and even overseas. Its monthly Web page views (at http://publicmind.fdu.edu/) have topped 40,000.
During two decades at FDU, Woolley has served on or led dozens of committees, chaired a multidisciplinary department of social sciences and history, and mentored hundreds of students. His assignments have run the gamut from adviser to the judo club and reviver of a dormant political science honor society, to University planning and budgets, rank and tenure, and numerous search committees. For years, he represented his colleagues on the Academic Senate.
“To many students at the College at Florham, however, he has been the teacher or faculty adviser who brought out their best by combining high standards with an engaging and informal manner,” Greene said.
Woolley has written two books on Japanese foreign policy and co-edited “American Politics: Core Argument and Current Controversy” (Prentice Hall, 2002). He has academic degrees from St. Joseph’s University (A.B., 1981) and the University of Pittsburgh (M.A., 1983, and Ph.D., 1989). In 2007, Woolley won the University’s Distinguished Faculty Award for Research and Scholarship.
Woolley is a resident of Madison, N.J.