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Welcome from the Faculty


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Phone: (704) 637-4117
Office: ADM 334-C

  • CHAIR, Department of Politics
  • 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
  • Bitzer's Blog
  • 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 »



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

  • Associate 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."



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."