Senator James L. Seward '73, H'99 teaching “New York State Politics and Policy”

Senator Seward Joins Hartwick Faculty as Adjunct Professor

September 19, 2017

New York State Senator James L. Seward ’73, H’99 has joined the Hartwick College faculty as an adjunct professor of political science for the fall 2017 semester.

Seward will teach “New York State Politics and Policy” for 20 students. In the course, Senator Seward will draw on his decades-long experience representing our district in the New York State Senate to examine the policy-making process and politics of New York State government, with an emphasis on current policy debates and political developments.

He will keep regular office hours on campus once a week.

“When President Drugovich invited me to teach a course here at my alma mater, I couldn’t say YES fast enough,” said Senator Seward. “It was on the Hartwick College campus where my love for politics and public service truly blossomed, and I hope to inspire the same interest in today’s students. I also view teaching as a two-way street, and am truly looking forward to learning and exchanging ideas with the insightful young undergrads at Hartwick College.”

Seward is a familiar face on campus.

Last semester he delivered the 2017 Leslie G. Rude Memorial Lecture, entitled “Politics, Protests and PR: Public Service in the Age of Fake News, Alt-Left vs. Alt-Right, and Twitter Wars,” before which he met with political science faculty, and dined with select faculty and students.

He also makes it a point to address students in Hartwick’s Rural Health Nursing program each January.

“We are extremely pleased that alumnus and Senator Seward has agreed to teach a course on politics and policy, and share his expertise with our students this fall,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael G. Tannenbaum. “As is the case with most expert practitioners, Senator Seward will draw upon his extensive experience as a practicing New York politician to bring this subject alive for his students. While our students will not gain first-hand experience being a state senator, they nonetheless will learn deeply from Senator Seward’s insights and perspectives, and hopefully be inspired to start a career in public service themselves.”

A native of Otsego County, the Senator attended Oneonta public schools and graduated from Hartwick College with a B.A. in political science in 1973. He also studied at the Nelson Rockefeller Institute of SUNY-Albany. In 1999, Hartwick honored him with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Senator Seward, now serving his 16th term as a state senator, is chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Insurance and is a member of several other senate committees including education, higher education, agriculture and health. He has been a member of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction since it was founded and was recently named to the newly created Senate Select Committee on Technology and Innovation.

To learn more about Seward, visit his website.