Dr. Francis Schortgen
Dr. Francis Schortgen
Title: Associate Professor and Department Chair, Political Science and International Studies
Teaches: International Studies, Political Science
Having grown up in the waning years of the Cold War, I developed an early fascination with American foreign policy. This fascination translated eventually into an interest in political science and history, before branching out into Asian studies and business administration. What eventually drew me to the teaching profession was the recognition that it would allow me to combine a wide range of diverse intellectual interests in my teaching, as well as give me an opportunity to share my own insights with and contribute to the intellectual development and maturity of future leaders.
The professional accomplishment I am most proud of thus far has been the fact that in July 2012, based on my prior presentations at the "China Goes Global" conferences at Harvard University (2008-2011), I had the privilege of being one of 60 scholars around the world invited by "Henry Stewart Talks" to contribute to a new series on "Doing Business In China".
My teaching philosophy is anchored around a set of three key principles. First, I aim to create an environment to foster an appreciation for independent and out-of-the-box thinking. To that end, I constantly challenge students to engage in frank exchanges of ideas, and debate and critically evaluate different viewpoints. Second, I make critical inquiry, reflection and analysis crucial pillars of my pedagogical repertoire. Finally, I adopt a mentoring role to help students develop their own full potential, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Most of my research to date is focused on Chinese business internationalization. Since 2008, I have annually been presenting my research at Harvard University and have published these conference papers as book chapters or journal articles. In terms of curriculum development, I am currently working with Dr. Michael Grossman on a national security and intelligence analysis major that we hope to have approved for fall 2013.
Favorite Part of the Job
Aside from the satisfaction gained from knowing that I contribute to the education of future generations of leaders and responsible global citizens, the most satisfying part of my job is to engage students in substantive exchanges of ideas and intellectual discussions spanning beyond the classroom.
I like the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center (KHIC) for the layout of the classrooms and the simple fact that it houses the library, which I use extensively.
Politics and political economy of East Asia, US-China relations, China and democratization, energy politics, US foreign policy issues, emerging market dynamics, globalization of Chinese enterprises, Chinese political economy
Regularly Taught Courses
POL 120: World Politics
POL 245: Comparative Politics
POL 180: Introduction to Geography
POL 340: International Political Economy
POL 345: European Politics
POL 346: Asian Politics
B.A., Political Science and History, Miami University
M.A., Asia-Pacific Studies, University of San Francisco
M.B.A., Business Administration, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Ph.D., Political Science, Miami University
If You Could Teach Another Class
I am very eager to teach a course on global competition or global business strategy.
Favorite Quote or Motto
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill
Surprising News About Yourself
I speak four languages fluently (Luxembourgish, French, German and English), have basic-intermediate skills in Chinese and elementary skills in Japanese and Korean. I have extensive international experience, including having lived in Hong Kong (1 year), Singapore (1.5 years) and South Korea (2.5 years) in addition to Luxembourg (19 years) and the United States (13 years so far).
If You Weren’t a Professor
I would probably be working in the business consulting field, as I did between 2001-2004.
Places to Visit or Things to Do
I’d like to visit North Korea at some point. I actually got very close to having that chance during my consulting years in Seoul, South Korea.
Hobbies and Interests
Chess, martial arts, fitness/exercise, Asian cultures and history