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Greathouse Settles in at UAM

Brooke Burger
Staff Writer

   Assistant professor Craig Greathouse joined the political science department in fall 2004. 

   Greathouse teaches courses in American National Government, Research Methods, Comparative Politics and International Relations. Chancellor Jack Lassiter appointed Greathouse to the Council of the Assessment of Academic Achievement in 2005. 

   Greathouse received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Akron in his hometown, Akron, Ohio. He earned his doctorate at Claremont Graduate University in California. Greathouse also carries the responsibility of grading the free response questions of 120,000-130,000 students as a table leader for Advanced Placement Government. 

   Prior to teaching at UAM, Greathouse taught in his hometown at the University of Akron and Central Michigan University. The competitive job market of political science led Greathouse to UAM. He said he enjoys the small class size, but was disappointed at the campus library's lack of resources. 

   "Dr. Greathouse is certainly an asset to the department," said Vanneise Collins, dean of the school of Social and Behavioral Sciences. "He has fully immersed himself in providing the best kind of courses for political science majors. We are very pleased to have him as a part of our team, and his interesting sense of humor is refreshing." 

   Greathouse said he enjoys teaching International Relations, which is a theoretical course that looks at modern diplomacy, alliances and treaties, power politics and international organizations. 

   "It's a blunt course that is fun to go through," he said. 

   In his spare time, Greathouse enjoys being a part of the control staff of the National Security Decision-Making Game. This program recreates international, real-world events. Scenario ideas come from current headlines and developing trends.  Each player assumes a role and a set of goals to accomplish during the game. The scenarios play out in real-time live action. 

   Greathouse hopes to bring this experience to the UAM campus with the help of Roy Cabaniss, professor of management and marketing. The Gaming Club will use board games and miniatures to recreate and simulate war. Miniatures, which are small figures, come in different war themes, such as the Napoleonic Wars or the American Revolutionary War. Greathouse said he would like to implement fantasy gaming in the club as well. This would include fantasy such as the "Lord of the Rings." The club will be open to the campus community, and membership is free. 

   "This will expose students to an activity that most have never seen or heard of," Greathouse said.  The gaming community hosts national and regional conventions; so, it is a hobby that allows contact with a lot of different types of people. 

   The Gaming Club is still in the planning stages, but interested persons can contact Greathouse at 460-1687 or greathouse@uamont.edu.

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