A new, but very familiar face will soon be joining the political science department of UM-Flint's College of Arts and Sciences. In the fall semester, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling will be the instructor for POL 324: Seminar in Applied Politics – Institutional & Leadership Practices.
Mayor Walling comes to the university as a fourth-generation Flint native, the son of public school educators, a Rhodes scholar, a dedicated community activist, and a successful politician whose arenas range from Washington D.C. to our own city hall. His experiences allow him to approach universal political themes while focusing on his unique experiences in Flint's government.
The course will explore the practical challenges facing those in positions of governance. Although taught by Walling, it will be broadly applicable to issues confronting legislators, chief executives, and other government officials.
Students from all majors across campus are encouraged to enroll in this course, as it will benefit any career involving political or public administration, business, social work, or community engagement. Enrollment will also be beneficial to those interested in learning how the Flint city government works. Topics of discussion will include elections, leadership, communication, current policy, and specifically the process for creating Flint's Master Plan. Classes will be held on Thursdays from 5:30-8:15 p.m.
For more information, contact the Political Science department by calling 810.762.3470 or visiting their website.
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