Speakers Bureau

As a service to colleges, universities and service organizations, the Speakers Bureau of the Robertson School of Government offers seasoned authorities to address key problems and issues. If you would like to book a professor to lecture or give a presentation at your upcoming event, please contact Nathalie Jeter.

  • Spencer B. Meredith, III.
    - Comparative Democratization
    - Middle Eastern Politics
    - Conflict Resolution

  • Jeffry Morrison, Ph.D.
    - Political Philosophy and U.S. Founding Era

  • Gary E. Roberts, Ph.D.
    - Public Administration and Organizational   Leadership

  • James D. Slack, Ph.D.
    - Workplace Diversity and Discrimination
    - Life Policy and Death Policy

Philip C. Bom, Ph.D.

Dr. Philip Bom's books—Academocracy (1975), Trudeau's Canada (1977) and The Coming Century of Commonism: The Beauty and the Beast of Global Governance (1992)—reflect his special interests in the political economy and international affairs and point to his lecture and public speaking interests on:

  • Globalization and Governance: The United Nations and Global issues
  • International Human Rights: Ideology and Agendas
  • Political and Economic Hemispheric Integration of the Americas
  • Democracy, Christianity, and the Rule of Law

Bom has served as an advisor to members of the Canadian Parliament in addition to holding faculty positions at the University of Dubuque, Gordon College, and St. Stephen's University. He holds the Ph.D. from the Free University of Amsterdam and the AB from Calvin College.

James A. Davids, J.D.

Before serving President George W. Bush as the deputy director and counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice's Task Force on the Faith-Based & Community Initiative, James Davids was a founding member of Hoogendoorn, Talbot, Davids, Godfrey & Milligan law firm in Chicago. His private practice focused on cases ranging from medical malpractice and federal regulatory actions to First Amendment and civil rights disputes. Additionally as legislative counsel for the Christian Legal Society, he represents religious liberty interests on Capitol Hill. As one of the nation's leading authorities on religious liberty, Davids enjoys speaking on:

  • The Christian Worldview of the Founding Fathers
  • The Faith-Based Initiative: Its Past and Future
  • Freedom of Religion: In What Form Will It Survive the Current Attacks?

As a student at the Duke University School of Law, he served as a member of the editorial board of the Duke Law Journal. He holds the B.A. from Calvin College.

Charles W. Dunn, Ph.D.

The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership (2006); The Conservative Tradition in America (2003); Faith, Freedom, and the Future: Religion in American Political Culture (2003); and The Scarlet Thread of Scandal: Morality and the American Presidency (2000) are some of Dr. Charles Dunn's books. He has held teaching and/or administrative positions at Florida State University, the University of Illinois, Clemson University and Grove City College. His lecture topics include:

  • The Seven Laws of Presidential Leadership
  • The Future of American Conservatism
  • The Future of Religion in American Political Culture

As an analyst of American politics, Dunn has appeared on such programs as NBC's Today Show, ABC World News Tonight and The O'Reilly Factor in addition to being quoted in a variety of publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, and the International Herald Tribune. Appointed by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Dunn served four terms as chairman. He has lectured throughout the world.

Robert M. Dyer, Ph.D., PT

As a member of the Virginia Beach City Council, Dr. Robert Dyer offers significant practical political experience along with his professional training, including a B.A. in Physical Therapy from Fairleigh Dickinson University , an M.A. in Public Administration from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Regent University. Among the subjects Dyer likes to address are:

  • Health Care Delivery and Policy: Problems and Prospects
  • Making Local Government Responsive
  • Developing Effective Organizational Leadership

In the field of physical therapy, Dyer has served as the chief physical therapist for the Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., and rehabilitation coordinator for Department of Physical Therapy at the Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. Dyer is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Joseph N. Kickasola, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph Kickasola, who served as an Egyptological and Biblical consultant for Jeffrey Katzenberg's The Prince of Egypt (DreamWorks, 1996-1998), teaches courses on International Relations, Islamic Politics, Middle East Politics, Qur'anic Law and Biblical Law. His academic credentials include a Ph.D. in Egyptian hieroglyphics & Coptic from Brandeis University and the M.A. in Divinity from Westminster Seminary. Among his special speaking interests are the following:

  • What Political Reforms Are Possible in the Islamic Middle East?
  • What is the Best Way to Resolve the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
  • What is the Biblical Basis of Civil Government?

Kickasola is the only professor at Regent University to hold joint appointments in three schools: the Schools of Government, Law and Divinity. He is now completing a book titled Islamic Political Theology.

Mary Manjikian, Ph.D.

Dr. Mary Manjikian has written articles on failed states and cyberwarfare, and has appeared on CBN TV as an analyst discussing Russian-U.S. relations and women in politics. She has also served as a press attaché at the American embassy in Bulgaria and taught Media and Politics at the Joint Forces Staff college. She is available to speak on:

  • The Politics of the Internet
  • Women in international Politics
  • Contemporary Russian Politics

Manjikian has taught at the College of William and Mary and abroad in Bulgaria. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College, M.Phil. from Oxford University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Spencer B. Meredith, III, Ph.D.

In addition to his teaching experience on the Middle East and Islamic political thought, Dr. Meredith’s research on religious conflict resolution and democratization developed out of his service as a US State Department Public Diplomacy guest lecturer in East and South Asia, as well as a Fulbright Scholarship to the Republic of Georgia. He has also led academic trips in China and South Africa focusing on diplomacy and development issues. His publications have included areas of compliance with international nuclear safety agreements and political stability in the former Soviet Union, social network analysis, unilateral peacemaking, and most recently, comparative analysis of democratization in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Current areas of expertise :

  • The "Arab Spring"
  • US Foreign Policy options in the Middle East
  • Viability of Christian communities in predominantly Muslim countries
Jeffry Morrison, Ph.D.

Dr. Jeffry Morrison's books titled The Founders on God and Government (2004), and John Witherspoon and the Founding of the American Republic (2005), and his book for the Johns Hopkins University Press on the political philosophy of George Washington undergird his Speakers Bureau topics on:

  • Church and State in American Political Thought
  • John Witherspoon and the American Founding
  • George Washington as Constitutionalist

Besides his position at Regent University, Morrison has also taught at Princeton University, the federal government's James Madison Foundation, Georgetown University and the U.S. Air Force Academy. He earned the M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University.

Gary E. Roberts, Ph.D.

As an expert in the fields of human resource management, organizational theory, organizational behavior, public budgeting and principles of public administration, Dr. Gary Roberts has research projects underway on (1) the influence of religion and spirituality on occupational stress, (2) the impact of the religious-friendly workplace, and (3) organizational policies to promote employee work-life balance and mental health policy. Before coming to Regent University, Roberts held tenured positions at Fairleigh Dickinson University and the University of Memphis. His graduate training was at the University of Pittsburgh. Roberts' Speakers Bureau topics are:
  • The Religion-Friendly Workplace: Prospects and Problems
  • The Influence of Religious Commitment on Workplace Performance
  • Workplace Spiritual Intelligence: Growth by Modeling Biblical Principles

In addition to authoring over 30 journal articles and book chapters on various human resource and public management issues, Roberts has served (1) as the book review editor for the Review of Public Personnel Administration, (2) on the editorial review boards of flagship public human resource journals, and (3) as an active journal manuscript reviewer.