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Dr. J. Michael Bitzer MichaelBitzer.jpg
Phone: (704) 637-4117
Office: ADM 334-C

  • Professor of Politics
  • 2011-12 Swink Professor for Excellence in Teaching
  • Pre-Law Advisor
  • B.A., Erskine College
  • M.A., Clemson University
  • Ph.D., School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Georgia
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  • Bitzer's Faculty Website

A faculty member at Catawba since 2002, Dr. Bitzer's teaching interests are in American politics, public administration, public policy, and the law, courts and judicial process area. His research interests are in Southern politics, North Carolina politics, campaigns & elections, law, and judicial politics.

Before working on his doctorate, Dr. Bitzer was a newspaper reporter and public affairs director at Clemson University. While at UGA, he was the one of five graduate student recipients of the university's Excellence in Teaching Award. He currently serves as an election and political analyst for several Charlotte television stations. In the 2011-2012 academic year, he will serve as the Swink Professor for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for classroom teaching at Catawba. Read more »


Dr. Gary FreezeGaryFreeze.jpg

Phone: (704) 637-4766
Office: ADM 334-A

  • Professor of History
  • B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Gary R. Freeze teaches American history at Catawba, including both Survey of American History classes, American Diplomatic History, American Civil War, American Business History, The South, North Carolina History, and several special topics courses.

A faculty member since 1994, his specialties include North Carolina history, the Civil War and the American South. He also consults regularly with regional historical societies and museums on matters of public history. He is very active in historical organizations across North Carolina. He has been an officer in the Historical Society of North Carolina, chair of the state historic highway marker program, and the collegiate advisor to the Tar Heel Junior Historians Association sponsored by the state Museum of History. In 2009, he was named the Swink Professor for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for classroom teaching at Catawba, and has been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award by the student body on numerous occasions. Read more »

Dr. Charles M. McAllisterCharlieMcAllister.jpg

Phone: (704) 637-4344
Office: ADM 334-B

  • Professor of History
  • B.A., King College
  • M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Post-Doctoral Study, Oxford University

A Catawba faculty member since 1986, Dr. McAllister teaches courses on Ancient Western World, Emerging Western World, History of Britain, Ancient Eastern Civilizations, and Historiography, along with several special topics courses.

In his own words: "An undergraduate career at a small liberal arts college convinced me of the absolute value of that experience for young students. In 2011, after graduate degrees at Virginia Tech (M.A.) and the University of Virginia (Ph.D.), I began my 25th year at the college as a professor of history and an advisor in the First Year Experience." Read more »



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Dr. Norris Feeney
Office: ADM 315
Phone: (704) 645-4598

  • Assistant Professor of Politics
  • B.A., Political Science, Kenyon College
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

"Anything that is cheesy, corny, or punny (or best a combination of these)" will make Dr. Norris Feeney laugh, he says. Concerning his academic discipline, he explains, "I enjoy reading and hearing arguments (or creating my own) that build towards an answer much more than reaching the conclusion or answer. Studying both Comparative and International Politics gives me perhaps the largest possible playground to explore in my discipline. The questions I like to explore touch on the deeper questions of the nature of man and why we interact with one another the way we do."

Dr. Daniel A. Ciceniadanielcicenia.jpg

Office: ADM 314
Phone: (704) 637-4740

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics
  • B.B.A., Marketing, Pace University
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Georgia
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Florida



Professor Emeritus

SandySilverburg.JPGDr. Sanford R. Silverburg
Phone: (704) 637-4397
Office: ADM 229-A

  • Professor Emeritus of Political Science
  • B.A., Siena College
  • M.A., Ph.D., The American University

Dr. Silverburg joined Catawba College in 1970, and has been active in professional opportunities as a political scientist; in 2011, he retired from full-time teaching at Catawba and was honored with the establishment of the Sanford R. Silverburg First Family Scholarship by many of his former students. He was one of twelve American faculty members to be selected by the American Center for Oriental Research in the Kingdom of Jordan for the 2004 program on "Teaching on Islam and Middle Eastern Culture."