Dr. Christine Pappas, assistant professor of political science at East Central University, has been named Oklahoma Political Science Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association. The award covers all four-year Oklahoma universities.

She was selected for the award on the basis of recommendations from former students and her teaching portfolio, including teaching evaluations.

Pappas has taught at ECU for four years and received ECU's Teaching Excellence Award in 2004. She is a faculty sponsor of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society, the Gay-Straight Alliance and Young Democrats.

She has attended and presented research at the American Political Science Association's Teaching and Learning Conference. In 2004, she and colleague Charles Peaden published "Running for Your Grade: A Six-Week Senatorial Campaign Simulation" in the journal Political Science. She is the author of several books and articles and has work forthcoming in the Oklahoma Women's Almanac, and a new book of history edited by former ECU history professor Dr. Davis Joyce.

The award was presented at the Oklahoma Political Science Association's annual meeting in Claremore. Pappas and students from her "Women in Politics" class prepared a paper for that conference titled "Women in Political Cartoons: 1964-1984."

Pappas will take the students from the class to the Southwest Political Science Association's annual meeting in San Antonio next April to present an expanded version of this research.