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Political Science Professor Tim Casey
“It’s exciting to be part of a growing, developing institution,” he said. “I’m honored to be part of it and particularly honored to be selected as Distinguished Faculty… because my peers here are so exceptional.”


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Tim Casey, 2014 Distinguished Faculty Member

Political Science Professor Tim Casey’s students are unsurprised that he was chosen as Colorado Mesa University’s 2014 Distinguished Faculty Member. “Casey is a wonderful professor,” said senior Adrienne Barlow. “He’s passionate and he cares about his students. He’s the reason I’m studying political science.”

Social sciences certainly are a passion project for Casey, who is drawn to political theory in particular. “I guess I’ve always been a social scientist at heart,” he said. “I’m interested in how people govern themselves. How do we make rules about our lives that provide order but still allow us freedom?”

Casey enjoys working with college students because in many cases they’re struggling with newfound freedom of their own. “These students have just left home for the first time. It’s the first opportunity that some of them have had to think about freedom and how we behave when no one is looking,” he said.

Distinguished Faculty are chosen based partly on their service. Since his arrival at Colorado Mesa University in 1996, Casey has been heavily involved in both the university and Grand Junction community. He has gained local and national notoriety as Director of the Natural Resource Center within CMU’s Redifer Institute, serves on the board of directors for the World Affairs Council of Western Colorado and works closely with School District 51. He has also been a leader within the faculty senate and a member of numerous CMU committees.

Casey is hard-pressed to pick a favorite course to teach, though he’s partial to those with students from a variety of academic backgrounds. He cultivates strong relationships with his students in and out of the classroom, maintaining ties with them long after graduation. “I love teaching,” he said, explaining that he chose to work at CMU because of the university’s principal focus on teaching.

“It’s exciting to be part of a growing, developing institution,” he said. “I’m honored to be part of it and particularly honored to be selected as Distinguished Faculty… because my peers here are so exceptional.”

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