Dean of Faculty

Dr. Ed Wingenbach is vice president and dean of faculty. He serves on the president’s administrative council and will have tenure in the Department of Politics and Government. The vice president and dean of faculty is the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible for the leadership of the faculty and the management and development of the academic program.

Wingenbach formerly was associate provost for academic affairs and a professor in the political science department at the University of Redlands in California. He also has served as chair of the faculty assembly and held a number of academic and administrative roles since 2000.

As associate provost, Wingenbach led efforts to internationalize the University of Redlands, advance sponsored research success, extend community-based learning across the curriculum, and improve the use of data to increase student success. He has worked closely with faculty and administration to coordinate the assessment of student learning outcomes, manage academic program reviews, and encourage the use of assessment findings. He also led the university’s ongoing work to maintain accreditation.

His research interests include contemporary political theory, democratic theory and the scholarship of teaching and learning. His articles have appeared in some of the top journals of political science. In 2001, Wingenbach’s article “Preference Aggregation, Functional Pathologies and Democracy: A Social Choice Defense of Participatory Democracy” was recognized with the award for Best Paper Published in the Journal of Politics. Wingenbach is the author of Institutionalizing Agonistic Democracy, published in the Ashgate series “Rethinking Political and International Theory.” In 2006, he received the University of Redlands Award for Outstanding Service.

His previous teaching experience includes posts at San Diego State University and the University of South Carolina, where he received the Mortar Board Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998.

Wingenbach earned his bachelor’s degree in politics and political philosophy and religion from Lake Forest College, where he currently serves on the Alumni Board. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in government and international studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Physical Address: 300 W. Seward St. Ripon, WI
Mailing Address: PO Box 248 Ripon, WI 54971-0248
Email: adminfo@ripon.edu
Phone: 800-947-4766
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