Joe received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1977 and accepted a position here in the Department of Political Science at Kansas State University. He was a member of the department until his retirement in 2012. His research and teaching focused on American government and more specifically, the U.S. Congress. During his 34-year tenure in the department he educated thousands of students. His contributions to teaching were recognized in 1989 when he was awarded the College of Arts & Sciences William L. Stamey Teaching Award. His research was published in some of the top journals in the discipline.
Joe will be remembered as a fantastic colleague to his peers and a dedicated teacher.