Congratulations to Dr. Alison Dagnes for her promotion to the rank of full Professor, effective Fall 2013!

Shippensburg chapter received a top honor from NASSPA. For more, click here.

Congratulations to the Shippensburg University Theta Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha for winning the 2011/2012 Chapter of the Year Award!  For more, click here.

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Contact Information

Political Science Department
Shippensburg University
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1718

Laurie Stader
Department Administrator

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Curtis R. Berry, Ph.D.

Curtis BerryProfessor
Grove Hall 407

(717) 477-1340 

OFFICE HOURS Spring 2015

Mon. 3:30 - 4:30
Tue. 12:45 - 1:45 / 3:30 - 4:15
Wed.  3:30 - 4:30
Thu. 12:45-1:45 / 3:30 - 4:15

Friday by appointment


PLS 300 Advanced American Government
 Tue/Thu 11:00-12:15
 Heiges 230
PLS 502 Human Resource Management (3/17-5/25)
 Thu 6:00-9:30
 Grove 205


courses taught: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
research interests: public sector labor/management relations
 public sector labor law
 human resources management
 state government
 administrative law for public managers
 issues associated with the rise of the administrative state
DEGREES: Ph.D., Syracuse University /Maxwell School (Public Administration), 1990
 M.S., Shippensburg University (Public Administration), 1980
 B.S., Shippensburg University (Admin. of Justice and Gov't Admin.), 1979





Teaching in the Political Science Department here at Shippensburg University was a dream of mine from my undergraduate days here at the University. I have a long association with the Department going back to my undergraduate days as a “Work Study” student employee of the Department and later as a Graduate Assistant while pursuing my Master’s Degree in Public Administration. I was privileged to return to the Department in August of 1988 as an Assistant Professor and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 1993. In August of 2000 I was promoted to Professor of Political Science at the University.

In the Political Science Department my responsibilities consist primarily of regularly teaching the following undergraduate and graduate courses: PLS 100 -- U.S. Government and Politics; PLS 231-- State and Local Government; PLS 300-- Advanced American Government and Public Policy; PLS 502 -- Human Resource Management; and PLS 511-- State Government. I occasionally teach a variety of other courses, including at the undergraduate level PLS 271-- Introduction to Public Administration; PLS 291 -- Contemporary Issues; PLS 372 -- Public Personnel Administration; PLS 381-- Principles of Labor Relations; and PLS 392 -- Selected Topics. At the graduate level I from time to time teach PLS 521-- Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations in the Public Sector and PLS 591-- Selected Topics in Public Administration: “Public Administration and Law”.

Beyond teaching, I have been actively involved in the Shippensburg University Chapter of the Association of Pennsylvania College and University Faculties (APSCUF), the exclusive bargaining representative for faculty here at Shippensburg and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. I have held a number of APSCUF Offices, including service as a “ Delegate” to APSCUF’s Legislative Assembly, a member of the Statewide Grievance Committee, Statewide Retirement Committee, and the Negotiations Team which will negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement to replace the present contract which expires on August 30, 2007. Locally, I have served as APSCUF/SU President; President-Elect, Past President and Acting Vice President. Presently I serve as the Faculty Grievance Chairperson for the campus, responsible preparing and presenting faculty concerns and formal grievances to the Shippensburg University Administration. – Beyond APSCUF I have been actively involved in University Service. Presently I am an elected member to the University Forum. Additionally I have been on a variety of search committees both within the Political Science Department and serving the larger campus. During 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 I served as a member of the Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 I was elected by the faculty here to represent them on the Presidential Search Committee responsible for recommending a successor to former university president, Dr. Anthony Ceddia.

Outside the University I have or currently serve on several governing boards of directors or trustees. These include the Mennonite Publishing Network, where I serve as a member and Board Secretary. I also held seats on the Boards of Directors Menno Haven Retirement Home & Village, Inc. and Menno Haven - Penn Hall Retirement Community, Inc. From November 1995 to June of 2003 I served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, including serving as Board Vice Chairperson during 2002-2003. I am also actively involved, along with my wife Linda and three children (Chris, Alicia and Ben), at Mercersburg Mennonite Church near Chambersburg, PA.