Dr. Stephen Robar
Associate Professor of Political Science and Enviromental Studies
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Ph. D. Political Science/Environmental Policy, Northern Arizona University 1999
M.P.A. Public Administration, Northern Arizona University 1995
B. A. Political Science, State University of New York at New Paltz 1993
Dr. Robar's teaching is focused in the areas of environmental policy and politics, U.S. political and policy processes, and the judicial system.
His classes include: Environmental Politics and Policy, Introduction to Environmental Studies, Developing a Sense of Place, Public Policy Process, Introduction to Public Administration, Congress and the Presidency, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Law and the Courts, Constitutional Law, Political Science Fiction, and Political Film and Television.
He is currently Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and is the Pre-Law advisor on campus. He also directs the "Perspectives
on Environment" seminar series. Dr. Robar is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Bradford
Business District Authority, and is active in both the McKean County Concerned Citizens Association and the Olean
Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Dr. Robar has had three books published: an anthology entitled Managing Common Pool Groundwater Resources: An International Perspective, which he co-edited and which examines global groundwater management regimes, and Managing Environmental Policy: A Casebook, which he also co-edited and contributed to. He is the author of Frances Clara Folsom Cleveland, a book on the life of First Lady Frances Cleveland, published in 2002. He is currently working on articles entitled "Conservative Environmentalism is not an Oxymoron" and “The Interdisciplinary Ontology of Environmental Studies.”
What is your most rewarding aspect of teaching at Pitt-Bradford?The caliber of the faculty you get to work with. They are incredible teachers and great scholars.
What do students like best about your classes?Students like the fact that my classes are engaging and challenging. I respect my students and always want to hear their opinions and what they have to say. I believe that the students get a lot out of my classes because of this type of environment as well as the fact that they get to learn from other students as well.
What makes teaching at Pitt-Bradford unique?The unique part of Pitt-Bradford, again, goes back to the caliber of the faculty working here. The collegial members get to work closely with their students and take every opportunity to do so. This is hard to find in other colleges.
What are some of the challenges of teaching here at Pitt-Bradford?Each year it seems that students are less prepared for college. A general education is not as prevalent in our culture anymore, and I relate that to students being told they just need to get an education to get a job. An education opens many doors.
What are your teaching methods?I have high expectations of my students, and I give them a great deal of challenging work. But I am fair and flexible with all of my students. I believe I have the knack for blending my management experience with my teaching skills, which creates good discipline and close working relationships.
Why or how did you come to teach at Pitt-Bradford?I chose to come to Pitt-Bradford because I knew a teacher here who told me all of the great things about the campus. I was excited about the fact that I would get to work one-on-one with the students in a smaller classroom setting. Moving here was also a homecoming of sorts because I am originally from the east coast, and my family lived in this area.
Why should a student choose to attend Pitt-Bradford?There are a few different reasons. The quality of learning a student can receive here along with the great comfort of the campus itself. There is a great deal of culture here that students will get a lot out of. A student will value the small classes and close contact they can have with faculty. Students can also make long-lasting relationships while attending Pitt-Bradford. There is no better environment with this kind of value.