Want to know more about our courses or about becoming a major? Our department has three academic advisors who are available to meet with students to talk about our wide variety of course offerings, major and minor programs, internships, and study abroad opportunities.

Students can make an advising appointment by visiting, calling Arts and Sciences Advising and Academic Services at 614-292-6961, or emailing Political Science Advisor offices are located in 2140 Derby Hall.

You can do the following without an appointment:

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Charles Smith

Coordinating Advisor 

Charles Smith earned both Bachelor and Master degrees from Ohio University.  He has taken extensive graduate courses in political science at Ohio State and has taught a wide range of courses in the Department of Political Science since 2001.  He developed and currently teaches PS 4139: Gun Politics.  In 2002, he was awarded The Henry R. Spencer Award for distinguished teaching.  A former high school teacher, Mr. Smith has been an advisor in the Department of Political Science since 2003.



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Jacki Della Rosa Carron

Academic Advisor          

Jacki Della Rosa Carron earned a BA in History from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (1992) and an MA in History at the Ohio State University (2005). Jacki joined the department in 2022 and assists undergraduate students with general academic advising and degree planning. Prior to this role, Jacki was a professional tutor at SASSO and spent more than twenty years in education, mostly teaching in secondary classrooms, but also in education policy and professional development. 




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Troy Markham

Academic Advisor/ Internship Coordinator 

Troy Markham earned a BA in Political Science and an MS in Plant Pathology from The Ohio State University. He previously taught biology at OSU and joined the Political Science department as an advisor in 2022. Troy assists undergraduate students with general advising and manages the political internship program within the department. He has also served as an elected member of city council in Bexley, Ohio since 2016.



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David Tauber

Academic Advisor

David received a B.A. in Anthropology and Religious Studies at Utah State University in 2016, and an M.S. in History from Utah State University in 2018. During that time, they worked with students as a graduate assistant and peer advisor. David joined the faculty in Fall of 2022, and assists undergraduates in the department of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, as well as the Political Science department.