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Professors Emeriti

The Department of Political Science collectively takes great delight in honoring our esteemed Professors Emeriti. These professors have dedicated their life's work to educating generations of students who become world leaders.

Dr. Vicki Brittain

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Vicki Brittain retired from Texas State University after 40 years of service in 2020. Dr. Brittain joined Texas State University in 1980 as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in 1987. She was promoted to the rank of full professor in 2005. She received her J.D. from Washburn University in 1977 and worked as an associate at a law firm in Wichita, Kansas prior to coming to Texas State. She is an active member of the State Bar of Texas and served as an attorney member of the Paralegal standing committee.  

In the political science department, Dr. Brittain taught primarily in the M.A. in Legal Studies Program. Her primary research and teaching interests are in the areas of civil litigation and in the use of paralegals in the legal service delivery system. She co-authored The Paralegal Handbook which she co-authored as part of the West Legal Studies series. and her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Higher Education Management, the Journal of Public Affairs and The Legal Assistant Today, and Washburn Law Journal. During her time in the department Dr. Brittain won numerous awards including the “Favorite Professor Award” from Alfred H. Nolle Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Collegiate Honor Society the American Association of University Administrators’ B. Alan Watson Award for Excellence in Professional-Scholarly Presentation and CenTex American Society of Public Administration Educator of the Year Award.

During her time at Texas State, Dr. Brittain served the department, college and university in numerous administrative roles. She served as Director of the Legal Studies program in 1980-1989, as the Acting Chair of Criminal Justice in 1990-1992, and as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts from 2001-2003. From 2003-2014, she served as the Chair of Political Science and from 2015 to 2018, she served as Special Assistant to the President at Texas State University. She also served on numerous committees, search committees and task forces.


Dr. Brittain

Dr. Daniel Edward Farlow

Professor Emeritus

Daniel Edward Farlow (1927–1998), a native of Wyoming, earned his BS and MA from Sam Houston State University and completed all but dissertation requirements for a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Farlow joined the university faculty in 1959, where he taught political science until his retirement in 1992. The university designated him as a professor emeritus in 1995.

Farlow received a number of awards and fellowships over his scholarly career. Along with earning a University of Texas fellowship in 1957–58, he was awarded Danforth Foundation scholarship for the 1962–63 school year. Farlow was named a Piper Professor in 1975 and the university's Honors Professor of the Year in 1986. Farlow received recognition from Pi Gamma Mu (International Honor Society in Social Science) in 1988 for his chapter leadership.


To listen to Dr. Farlow being interviewed, please click here to visit the University Archive's Oral History.

Dr. Farlow

Dr. Charles Garofalo

Professor Emeritus

Charles Garofalo joined Texas State University in 1982 as Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs. Prior to coming to Texas State, his professional experience included serving on the staff of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity and serving as Director of the Urban Studies Program at the University of Southern California. He joined the Department of Political Science in 1986 as a lecturer, received tenure in 1994, and was promoted to full professor in 2000.  From 1991 to 1996, he directed the department’s Master of Public Administration program. During his time in the department, he created and taught numerous courses in the areas of public administration and American politics. Beyond authoring and co-authoring more than two dozen book chapters and scholarly articles, he co-authored five scholarly monographs on ethics and morality in public administration. In 2009 he was named Public Administration Educator of the Year by the Central Texas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). Dr. Garofalo served as Chair of Texas State’s Institutional Review Board for Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) from 2000 to 2003. From 2008 to 2011 he served on the Executive Committee of the ASPA Ethics Section. He has served as a consultant to a number of different organizations including the Federal Senior Executive Service, the ASPA, Vrije University (Amsterdam), and the University of Salamanca (Spain).

Dr. Garofalo

Dr. Robert F. Gorman

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Dr. Robert Gorman retired in August 2019 after 40 years of teaching, scholarship, and service at Texas State University. He joined the Department of Political Science in 1979 after having received his doctorate from the University of Oregon and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1991. In 2012, was named University Distinguished Professor. At various times in his years here, Dr. Gorman served in a variety of leadership roles including service as the director of M.A. Program in Political Science, director of the college’s International Studies Program and served in the faculty senate. He received the university’s Presidential Seminar Award in 1987, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities in 1993, and from 1992-2002 served as the university’s NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities.

A specialist in international law, refugee and humanitarian aid issues, and African politics, he is the author of more than two dozen articles and book chapters. His books include Political Conflict on the Horn of Africa (1981), Introduction to International Relations, Refugee Aid and Development, Historical Dictionary of Human Rights and Humanitarian Organizations, and What’s Wrong with Global Governance.

Dr. Robert Gorman

Dr. Richard B. Henderson

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Richard B. Henderson (1921–2003) was born in Washington, D.C. He received his BA degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1949, his MA from the University of Maryland in 1950, and his PhD from the University of Maryland in 1960. Henderson enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 during World War II, serving in Pacific Theater and earning four battle stars.

Henderson served as chairman of the university's social science (1963–65) and political science departments (1965–69). He taught a number of political science courses, including those focused on the functions of American government, political theory, and public policy.

Henderson chaired the committee which wrote the constitution of the Faculty Senate and established the university's Faculty Senate in 1968. Along with serving ten years in the Faculty Senate, he participated in a number of university-wide committees including the Faculty Advisory Committee and the Faculty Hearing Committee. Henderson won several regional awards for his book Maury Maverick: A Political Biography (1970).

Henderson retired in 1984 and received the university's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1987.


To listen to Dr. Henderson being interviewed, please click here to visit the University Archive's Oral History.

Dr. Henderson

Dr. Theodore T. Hindson

Professor Emeritus

Ted Hindson retired in January 2019 after 45 years of teaching, scholarship, and service at Texas State University. He joined the Department of Political Science in 1974 while in the process of completing his doctorate at the University of Notre Dame. Legendary for his service to the community, department, college, and university, at various points during his years at Texas State, he served as department chair, as a member of the faculty senate, as a member of the Texas State Alumni Association Board of Directors, as the department’s undergraduate advisor, and as a member (or chair) of more than sixty committees.

He taught classes on a wide range of topics running the gamut from Russian politics to constitutional law, from British politics to international relations, from the American presidency to eastern and central European government, and from international relations to baseball. He received numerous awards from Texas State’s chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honorary Society, was recognized by the Texas State Student Foundation in 2005 and was twice named Honors Professor of the Year.

Dr. Theodore Hindson

Dr. M. Kay Hofer

Professor Emeritus

Dr. M. Kay Hofer (1942-2020) joined Texas State University in 1987 as an assistant professor. Previously she held assistant professorships at Pan American University and Oklahoma State University. From 1974—1981, Dr. Hofer served as the Director at the State Health Planning and Development Agency in South Dakota. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1991 and to full Professor in 1999. From 1987-1991, she directed Texas State’s Masters of Public Administration Program. Dr. Hofer received her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her M.A. from the University of North Texas. She served on the NASPAA accreditation review board, was President of the Texas Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and was a member on numerous university committees. Dr. Hofer was awarded the prestigious Texas State Foundations of Excellence Teaching Award in both 2005 and 2006. She has authored numerous book chapters and her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including Social Science Quarterly, The American Journal of Political Science, and Policy Studies.

Dr. Martha Hofer

Dr. Willard Stouffer


Professor Emeritus

Dr. Willard B. Stouffer joined Texas State University’s Department of Political Science as an assistant professor in 1970 shortly after receiving his doctorate from Duke University.  Prior to pursuing his doctoral studies, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sokoto Nigeria from 1961-1963.  He was promoted to Full Professor in 1981. From 1985-1988, he served as the department’s chair, and from  1991 to 1992 served in that same capacity in  the Department of Health Administration. His books include Texas Politics: Making a Difference and State, The PSI Handbook for American and Texas Government,  and Local Politics: The Individual and the Governments. In 1990, Dr. Stouffer received the Texas State Alumni Association’s Teacher of the Year Award. He retired from the university in 2014. During his years at Texas State, he was active in public affairs, serving as both a member and chair of  the San Marcos Planning and Zoning Commission, a member and chair of the board of Texas Common Cause, and a member of the Lt. Governor's Ad Hoc Tax Reform Group. 

Dr. Willard Stouffer

Dr. Alfred Sullivan

Professor Emeritus

Dr. Alfred B. Sullivan (1928-2019) retired in May 2012 after 42 years at Texas State University. Dr Sullivan received his doctorate in political science from the University of Utah in 1967. He joined the faculty of Texas State’s Department of Political Science in 1970 as an associate professor and was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1972. At Texas State, he was founder of the Foreign Studies Committee, serving as its Chairman from 1972-1987. Dr. Sullivan was named an Outstanding Educator of America in 1972 and was recognized by Texas State as one of the university’s “Outstanding Professors” in 1973. During his years at Texas State, Dr. Sullivan taught a wide range of courses in the political science, including the Government and Politics of Asia, the Government and Politics of Europe, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Constitutional Law, Principles of American Government, Texas Politics and the American Presidency. His legendary wit caused him to be widely sought out as a speaker and emcee at public events.  Outside of the university, he managed several campaigns for both local and county elections. His books include Government in Texas and Texas Government Today. His career in academia was preceded by a long and distinguished career in the United States Navy in the course of which he served as Director of the Naval Leadership School and the personal pilot of General Mark Clark who served as commander of the United Nations forces in Korea in 1952. He retired from the Navy in 1967 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Dr. Alfred Sullivan

Dr. George Weinberger

Professor Emeritus

Dr. George M. Weinberger retired in May 2010 after 37 years of teaching, scholarship, and service in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University. A specialist in public sector information systems and public administration research methodology, Dr. Weinberger received his doctorate and master degrees in public administration from the University of Georgia and an undergraduate degree in political science from Temple University. He joined the faculty at Texas State to teach in the developing MPA program in 1973. Along with his many scholarly articles and consulting reports, Dr. Weinberger authored a two-volume reference work entitled Soviet Cybernetics Technology. This scholarly work presented a detailed account of the Soviet Union's computer history and, in the larger sense, cybernetic history. At the 2010 CENTEX ASPA Awards Banquet, a plaque was presented to him by Dr. Vicki Brittain, chair of the Department of Political Science, in behalf of the department recognizing his “significant contributions to the education of students pursuing careers in the public sector." At Dr. Weinberger's retirement reception, Dr. Brittain noted that "his generosity of spirit will not end with his retirement as he has set up a permanently endowed fund named the Weinberger Endowment in Public Administration," for Texas State undergraduate public administration majors who will be pursuing a graduate degree in public administration at Texas State.

Dr. Willard Stouffer