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Dr. David Kozak is currently Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Director of Leadership Erie at Gannon University.  He holds a Master’s in Political Science and Public Administration from Kent State University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh.  A career Air Force officer retiring in 1988 with the rank of Lt. Colonel, he is starting his forty-first year of teaching college level political science that includes the U.S. Air Force Academy (1972-1981), the National War College of Washington, DC (1981-88), Gannon University (1988-present), and a visiting professorship at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (2001-03) as well as adjunct positions in the Graduate Schools of Public Affairs at both the University of Colorado and the University of Pittsburgh.  A former American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow (1981-82) with Congressman Andy Jacobs (D-Ind) and Senator James Exon (D-NB), he has also served as Policy Analyst (1985) with the Secretary of the Air Force.

He is author, editor, and contributor to more than ten books on U.S. Government and Politics.  He has attended the national nominating conventions of both parties beginning in 1984 as academic in residence doing media commentary for C-Span, CNN, and the BBC.  He has lectured at the Chautauqua Institution for the past 25 years. He has co-taught several courses with then Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge and Congressman Phil English (R-PA).  He is past program chair (1988-2001) of The Center for the Study of the Presidency, featuring presentations by Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, and Bush (41).  He is past Faculty Director for The Washington Center programming at the 1996 and 2000 conventions and seminars on the Presidency in change (1994, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002).  His former students from the National War College have risen to the role of National Security Advisor to the President, Presidential candidate, Chairman of the joint Chiefs, Service Chiefs of Staff, and Ambassadors.  He is proudly married for 46 years to MaryAnne Mandeville Kozak, a recently retired Leadership professor. They have two sons and a daughter and two granddaughters.

Courses Taught

The American Presidency

Congress and the Legislative Process

Midterm Elections

Road to the White House

Intelligence Analysis

Homeland Security

Public Policy Analysis

Educational History

B.A. Political Science Gannon University, 1966

M.A. Political Science/Urban Affairs Kent State University, 1969

Post Masters Urban Affairs/Public Policy Wichita State, 1972

Ph.D. Political Science and Public Policy University of Pittsburgh, 1979

Graduate National War College, 1982

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Congressional Fellow American Political Science Association, 1981-82

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Russell sage Foundation National Nominating conventions Fellow, 1984-88