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Citadel News Service
10 May 2014

Porter named James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teacher

grimsleyaward14citadel_02174073The Class of 20014 has selected History Political Science Professor Jack Porter the James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award winner. Porter received the award during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets commencement May 10, 2014, in McAlister Field House.

The James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award is for outstanding performance in instruction and service to undergraduate students. The award was created in 1986 and named for Maj. Gen. James A. Grimsley, U.S. Army retired, who was president of the college from 1980 to 1989. Each year the senior class votes on the recipient.

Porter joined The Citadel in 2004. He is a New York native and a graduate of Colgate University and Columbia University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in Political Science with concentrations in International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Central-East Europe and Post-Soviet Area Studies.

Cadets who have studied International Politics, National Security, and Global Democracy under Porter say his passion for the study of politics resonates in his teaching. Understanding the complexities and nuances of International Relations, Porter believes, is a vital aspect of a cadet's education.

Porter serves as advisor to the Political Science Department's Model NATO delegation, which is held annually in Washington, D.C. Additionally, his classroom projects, research, and past civilian service in the Department of Defense permit him to communicate to students the significance of our nation's international interactions. Porter's activities and passion for the field of study combine to ensure that students understand the importance of becoming informed citizens of this nation.