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Jett, Terri

Associate Professor - Political Science
Political Science


Jordan Hall - 347B
on sabbatical Fall 2013


Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Political and historical experiences of African Americans in the Black Belt, Rural Community Development efforts, American racial ande ethnic politics, Gender and Women's politics

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)


Jett, T. – Agenda Setting and Decision Making of African American County Officials: The Case of Wilcox County, Alabama – July, 2004 – Edwin Mellen Press

Jett, T. – “The Justice that Justice Denied: The Problematic Case of the Black Farmers Civil Rights Settlement with the Department of Agriculture” – paper in progress  - accepted presentation at 2011 Annual American Political Science Association Meeting, Seattle, WA

Jett T. – “Dissenting Black Woman’s Politics at a Liberal Arts Institution,” – paper in progress for book “Tenuous Veneers: Women of Color in the Academy – Narratives of Distress and Success in the Tenure Process

Jett, T.  - “Political Humor and Civic Engagement” – currently under revision

Jett T. - “Rollin on the River: The Gees Bend Ferry Project” – book proposal and manuscript in progress

2011 – currently monthly columnist (2nd Friday) for Indianapolis Star – topics to date: Living wage, locally grown food, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bayard Rustin influence, water safety

Jett, T. -  “Essays on Slave Women in Resistance and Revolt” – work in progress

Presenter – “Diversity in the Age of Austerity: A Case Study” – “Feminism and Austerity Conference, Nottingham, England – September 2012 – With Drs. Terri Carney,  Tamara Leech, David Moscowitz and Ann Savage – paper currently under consideration for publication



Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)

Courses taught include:

Introduction to U.S. Politics, State and Local Government and Politics, Public Policy, Racial and Ethnic Politics, Black Political Thought, Politics though Film, Senior Seminar on Political Humor, The Politics of Alice Walker, GHS, First Year Seminar


Personal Hobbies
Reading, swimming, bike riding, 



B.A - Ethnic Studies and Masters Public Administration (M.P.A.) - C.S.U. - Hayward

Ph.D. - Public Policy and Public Administration with specializations in Rural Sociology, Program Evaluation and Black Political Thought - Auburn University 

2012-13 - LAS Teacher of the Year, 2008 Women of Distinction, 2002 Faculty Commencement Speaker, Butler University; 1998 Outstanding Minority Graduate Student of the Year, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University; 1998 Inductee Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Administration) Honor Society, Auburn University; 1995 Graduate Student of the Year, Auburn University, Black Faculty and Staff; 1995 Inductee Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science) Honor Society,Auburn University

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
American Political Science Association; American Society for Public Administration; Southern Rural Sociology Association; Faculty Consultant, Advanced Placement Program of the Educational Testing Service; Wilcox County Family Resource Council; Panel Member, Boren Fellowship Program, U.S. Department of Defense