Political scientist, educator enlisted for USAO Hall of Fame

Dr. Robert England, professor of political science at Oklahoma State University, returns to his alma mater to be inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame on Nov. 5. England will be one of three inductees during this year’s Alumni Homecoming. The annual reunion, scheduled from Nov. 4-6, is open to all USAO/OCLA/OCW alumni. Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290.

Political scientist, educator enlisted for USAO Hall of Fame



A co-author of five books and numerous journal articles, Dr. Robert England has distinguished himself as an educator, political scientist and a developer of fire leadership and management programs.


On Nov. 5, England will be inducted into the USAO Hall of Fame.


England will be honored along with fellow inductees Margaret McConnel Singer and Annette Dake as well as Young Alumni Award recipient Christopher Price during the Nov. 5 ceremony. The annual alumni reunion is open to all USAO/OCLA/OCW alumni.


Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290. An all-inclusive registration package is available for $70 per person, which includes all meals. Additional information is available online at Registration also is available online.


Graduating from USAO in 1974, England went on to the University of Oklahoma to earn a doctorate in political science in 1982. He accepted an assistant professor position at Oklahoma State University and was quickly appointed to head up the department's graduate student internship program.


While also maintaining visiting faculty status at OU, England rose through the ranks at Oklahoma State, gaining full professorship in 1990.


In 1997, he was named the graduate director of the political science department at OSU.


That same year, England co-created a new program at the university, a master’s of science in fire and emergency management administration, the first program of its kind in the United States, and served as director of the program for several years.


In 2004, he was the founding editor of the International Fire Service Journal of Fire Leadership and Management, the first refereed journal of its kind in the United States.


In 2009, the journal, along with other fire-related programs at OSU, won the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Program, United States Fire Administration; an award that honors programs that forever change the direction of fire and EMS management education.


England was the recipient of the June and Olive Benson Award for best dissertation; the USAO Young Alumni award; the Fred Jones Foundation Outstanding Teaching Award, the Phi Eta Sigma OSU Freshman Honor Society Outstanding Teaching Award, the Oklahoma Political Science Association’s Outstanding Oklahoma Political Scientist award and the Outstanding Teaching Award from the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha.


His books include Managing Urban America, Oklahoma Politics and Policies and Race, Class and Education.


His undergraduate mentor at USAO was Dr. Dexter Marble, who he describes as a “marvelous teacher.”  His mentor at OU was Dr. David Morgan, his frequent co-author and life-long friend.


“Bob England is one of the great students to graduate from USAO,” recalls Dr. Dex Marble, vice-president of academic affairs. “Not only did he excel in his studies, he also was secretary-general of the USAO Model United Nations, which hosted high school students from all over Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.  He was one of those students who made teaching a joy.”


England will be the 90th person in history to be named to the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame, since it was launched in 1972.