Academic Programs

Social and Behavioral Sciences

The Humanities Faculty comprises elements of art, history, literature, music, philosophy, religion and theology into course presentation.  Humanities electives are focused on a recognition of the human condition that fosters a comprehensive awareness and perspective,  an understanding of the human capacity for reason and the history of experience, and evaluation of issues related to civic and ethical responsibilities and cultural sensitivities.

The Social Science Faculty draws together an interdisciplinary group of instructors working across the fields of anthropology, criminal justice, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.   Social science courses examine disciplines which are theoretically based and employ scientific methods to study human conditions. 

The Division of Humanities & Social Sciences finds its strength in the expertise and dedication of faculty committed to help students realize their potential and reach their goals.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division - Offers Degree Programs In:

  • Criminal Justice
  • History 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology
  • Theology

Chair: Pat Giacomini 

Faculty in the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Jeff Mueller

Carl Oblinger, Ph.D

John Phillips, D.P.A. Professor

Becker Library L-106
217-718-5338
jrphillips@ben.edu

John Phillips came to Benedictine University at Springfield in 1993 as Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Studies and Government. He has also held the offices of Provost, Dean of the College, and Acting President. A member of the Accreditation Review Council of the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, he also served the Commission as a Consultant Evaluator for several years.

Professor Phillips's published work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Productivity Review, Perspectives on Small City Planning and Policy-Making, Public Voices, and in several volumes of The Small City and Regional Community. Formerly a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Affairs, he is now Book Review Editor for Public Voices, a journal of the American Society for Public Administration.

Professor Phillips, who received his education in France and the United States, has traveled throughout much of Europe and Asia. His current research focuses on the administrative theories of  Mary Parker Follett, Frank J. Goodnow, and Woodrow Wilson.

Education

Diploma, The Language Institute, Châteauroux, France

B. A. in Government, Centre College

M. A. in Government, Western Kentucky University

Fields of Specialization: International Relations, Comparative Politics, and 19th Century European Intellectual History  

D.P.A., The University of Illinois - Springfield

Fields of Specializations: Organizational Behavior, History and Theory of Public Administration, and the history of management in Britian and the United States.

Honors

Awarded The Rose and H. Paul LaFata Endowed Chair, Springfield College in Illinois, 2003.       

Recognized for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science, by the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha -- The National Political Science Honor Society, Centennial Meeting of the APSA, Philadelphia, PA, 2003.

Most Inspirational Teacher Award, Office of the President, Western Illinois University, 2002.      

Elected, honoris causa, to Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, 1996.  

Selected to participate in the 1991 International Conference held in Bonn and Berlin on "A United Germany: Implications for the Future."

Scholar-in-Residence, Thiel College, 1983-1985. 

Elected to Pi Sigma Alpha, The National Political Science Honor Society, 1972.

Teaching Experience

GraduateLevel: Seminars in Organizational Behavior, Public Administration, Public Policy Analysis, State and Local Government, Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations, and European Intellectual History.    

UndergraduateLevel: Public Administration, Public Policy, American National Government,  State and Local Government, Social Problems, Urban Politics, Introduction to Sociology, Organizational Behavior.