Our Faculty

Our Faculty


John C. Mero
John C. Mero, Assistant Professor of Political Science, came to Campbell in August 2008. He grew up in a small paper-mill town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. Professor Mero holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and an M.A. from the University of Vermont. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Science at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His fields of study are American governmental institutions and public administration. Throughout his career, Dr. Mero has blended these two interests in academia and the private sector. After earning his M.A., he worked as a survey associate conducting social policy research at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, New Jersey. More recently, he was a research associate at the Center for Community Alternatives, a non-profit agency in Syracuse focused on finding alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders. Dr. Mero spent extensive time in Bolivia conducting field research for his master’s thesis on state policies promoting the eradication of Chagas’ disease. He spent time in Chile in the early 1990s and witnessed the transition of power from General Pinochet to Patricio Aylwin and his democratic coalition government. Other research brought him to Peru, Argentina, and Mexico. Before joining Campbell, Dr. Mero served as a Visiting Professor of Political Science at High Point University and taught summer classes at Guilford College. He teaches American National Government, State and Local Government, Organizational Theory, Public Administration, and Public Policy.

Donald N. Schroeder
Donald N. Schroeder, Associate Professor of Political Science, has been at Campbell since 1978. A native of Illinois, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle and received the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Political Science from Duke University. Before coming to Campbell, Dr. Schroeder taught at Louisiana State University, St. Xavier College (Chicago), Oakton Community College (Illinois), and Lamar University (Texas). Professor Schroeder's primary fields of interest are political philosophy (particularly those of Aristotle and John Rawls) and constitutional law. During his tenure at Campbell he has taught American National Government, Ancient Political Thought, Medieval Political Thought, Modern European Political Thought, American Political Thought, Constitutional Development, and Constitutional Law. He is presently working on articles dealing with Aristotle's political philosophy. Dr. Schroeder serves as advisor to the Campbell chapters of the North Carolina Student Legislature and College Republicans. He is also a gourmet chef.

David W. Thornton
David W. Thornton, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Government Studies, has been at Campbell since August 1994. He was born in Texas and grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Thornton holds bachelors and masters degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of South Carolina. Before embarking on his graduate career, Professor Thornton was involved in the business world; his book Airbus Industrie: The Politics of an International Industrial Collaboration (1995) reflects his interests in both economics and world affairs. Dr. Thornton presently teaches American National Government, Comparative Government, International Relations, Economic History, and Foreign Policy; he also advises the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and the Campbell delegation of the Model United Nations. He presently resides near Willow Springs, North Carolina, with his wife Diane, son, and daughter.

Pam Burgett, Our Administrative Assistant, joined the department in May 2012. She was born in Redding, California and has presently lived in Coats, North Carolina for fourteen years. She has spent the previous eleven years working for Harnett County Schools at Coats Elementary where she has been a Teaching Assistant, Intervention Assistant and a School Bus Driver. Pam is married to Paul Burgett and they are parents of daughter Ayla, son Brendon and youngest daughter Cassandra.

Part-Time Faculty

Michael Slattery
Michael Slattery, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science, is a retired Naval Officer who has taught Government and History courses at Campbell University since 1995. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and the National War College of the National Defense University, Washington, DC. Captain Slattery has been featured in various books on military history including: SEALS in Vietnam by Eric Micheletti and The History of the U.S. Navy SEALs by David Jordan. He also participated in the production of a documentary video entitled Prepared to Serve, the U.S. Naval Academy during the Vietnam War. This award winning video outlined the combat experiences of Naval Academy graduates during the Vietnam War. The article that he co-authored with an Academy classmate for the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings describing the role of Navy SEALs during an attempted top secret rescue of two escaping American POWs from North Vietnam was instrumental in the formal recognition of those SEALs for heroism by the Secretary of the Navy after more than three decades of secrecy. His related article paying tribute to his Naval Academy classmate and SEAL Teammate who led and was killed during the mission was cited in remarks during the award ceremony in which the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented the Bronze Star with Combat “V” Distinguishing Device to the surviving family members. The event was covered by several national and local news media, including the Washington Post. Professor Slattery teaches National Government, Military History, The Political and Military History of the Cold War, and History of World Civilizations.