Meet Your Faculty Mentor: Prof. Alison Howard

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An often-cited political science professor whose expert opinion has been sought by the New York Times, Boston Globe, and National Public Radio, inspiring students to succeed in meaningful careers is what Alison Howard, Chair of Dominican University of California’s Department of Political Science and Co-Chair of the Division of Public Affairs, enjoys the most about her work.

Advice, Encouragement, Support – Before and After Graduation

Her patient and approachable personality is dedicated to making sure her students not only learn in the classroom, but also gain the tools needed to remain active and engaged citizens. With gentle nudges and sage advice, Professor Howard connects students with internships and hands-on opportunities both on and off campus. She writes enthusiastic letters of recommendation and follows the careers of students for years.
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Former students appreciate this genuine and encouraging interest. When political strategist Kat Skiles ’09 was named to Fortune magazine’s “40 under 40,” list she immediately contacted Professor Howard. “No way would I be where I am without you. Deeply grateful,” Kat wrote.

Upon arrival at the Vanderbilt University School of Law, Samantha Hunt ’18 emailed Professor Howard to thank her Dominican professors and mentors for preparing her for the moment and the momentous occasion. “I think the political science and international studies department carried a bulk of the weight in preparing me for law school,” Samantha said.

Hands-on, Transferrable Skills for School, Career

From designing an exit poll study to examine examining national voting to developing strategies to boost voter registration, Professor Howard is never short of creative and interesting ways to involve her students with the most pressing issues of the day.

It is through these hands-on activities that students gain the necessary analytical and communication skills to compete successfully in the job market, apply for graduate and professional programs, and learn to be able to adapt throughout their lives to the ever-changing interdependent world.

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