STAFF REPORTS – Dr. Jacob E. Butler Jr., chairman and professor of Political Science in the Division of Religion, Humanities and Social Sciences at Morris College, has been appointed interim academic dean according to a news release from the college. In his new appointment, Butler will supervise all academic programs, all full-time and part-time faculty members, as well as all academic support instructional programs.
Butler was educated in the public schools of Charleston County and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from South Carolina State University and Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in political science from Atlanta University.
Prior to joining the faculty at Morris College in 2000, Butler taught political science at Alabama A&M University, Kennesaw State University and Trident Technical College in Charleston.
Affiliated with the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, the Southern Conference for African-American Studies Inc., the S.C. Political Science Association and the S.C. African-American Heritage Commission, Butler’s research and writings have been featured in a variety of professional forums. His book, “Political and Social Thought Within the African American Intellectual Experience,” was published in 2016. He is also a two-time recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award by the S.C. Council of Independent Colleges and Universities.
In the arena of community affairs, Butler does regular political analysis and commentary on various media throughout the state. As a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., he has been recipient of the Creative Research Scholar, the Dedicated Brother and Man of the Year Awards from the aforementioned organization.