The Commerce Journal


March 17, 2008

Political science faculty Embry, Elliot honored

Two Texas A&M; University-Commerce professors in the Department of Political Science have topped off distinguished careers with the titles of Professor Emeritus.

Dr. Charles Embry and wife Polly Detels and Dr. Charles Elliott and wife Paula Elliott were honored at a recent ceremony hosted by A&M-Commerce; President Keith McFarland.

“All of us have seen faculty go on to bigger and better things, but some have felt the calling to stay at this university, and this is true of Dr. Charles Embry and Dr. Charles Elliott,” McFarland said.

Embry joined the A&M-Commerce; faculty in 1969 and taught a large range of courses. From 1976 to 1989, he taught at the New Center for Learning and for four years was director.

From 1982 to ‘84, he was coordinator of the Master of Public Administration Program offered by the political science department.

A political theory scholar, Embry is an expert on Eric Voegelin, a political philosopher and political scientist.

Embry is the author or editor of three books - “Robert B. Heilman and Eric Voegelin: A Friendship in Letters, 1944-1984”; “Philosophy, Literature, and Politics: Essays Honoring Ellis Sandoz,”; and “The Philosopher and the Storyteller: Eric Voegelin and Twentieth-Century Literature,” published this year.

“I want to thank the university for the almost 40 years I’ve been here,” Embry said. “It’s been fun.”

Elliott came to A&M-Commerce; in 1973 and for 26 years was the university’s pre-law adviser. Many of the students whom he advised have gone on to successful legal careers.

Journalists seek Elliott out for interviews because of his knowledge of Texas politics. The professor is the co-author of two books, “World of Texas Politics” and “Texas Government Today.”

He is active in politics and has served his party as precinct chair, county chairman for three terms, and was on the State Executive Committee. In 2000, Elliott ran for state representative.

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