Joel Schwartz

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Retired UNC professor of political science and public policy

Professor Schwartz, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Public Policy, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, and University Professor of Distinguished Teaching at UNC-Chapel Hill, earned his B.A. degree at Harvard in 1960 and his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 1965.

A faculty member since 1965, Schwartz has received eight teaching awards, including a University Professor of Distinguished Teaching Award in 1998, the Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching in 1968 and 1974, a Bowman and Gordon Gray professorship in 1979 and the Nicholas Salgo Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983. Several senior classes voted him one of its favorite teachers.

He also has received the General Alumni Association's Faculty Service Award. In 1996 he received the Learning Disabilities Services Access Award for "supporting and encouraging the potential of LD students". 

From 1987-1994 he was the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning. He has worked also with the Outreach Program of the University Center for International Studies. Professor Schwartz delivered on August 15, 1999, the keynote speech at the Convocation for New Students.

Professor Schwartz studied at Moscow State University as an exchange student during the years 1963-64 and visited Russia several times since. He was a specialist in Soviet and Russian politics and political behavior and until May, 2000 taught Political Science 55, "The Demise of the Soviet Political System and the Politics of the New Russia"

His teaching and research interests focused on American social policy.

Professor Schwartz retired from full-time teaching at Carolina in December 2000. He was an adjunct professor in the Curriculum in Public Policy Analysis, teaching there as well as in the Honors Program until 2005.


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