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Reiners, Derek (PhD)

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science & Public Administration
Office: MOD1 0004
Phone: 239-745-4328
Email: dreiners@fgcu.edu

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Education

Ph.D. in Political Science, Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) 2006
M.A. in Political Science, University of Wyoming (Laramie, WY) 1998
B.A. in History and Ancient Studies, St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) 1994

Specialties

Public Policy
Policy Analysis
Quantitative Methods
Survey Research
Environmental Policy and Governance

Research and Teaching Interests

My area of expertise is public policy with a particular emphasis on environmental issues. Methodologically, I specialize in survey research and statistical analysis but also a wide variety of approaches and tools associated with public policy analysis.

Courses Offered

  • PAD 6353 Environmental Governance (Florida Gulf Coast University) (Graduate-level). Aims at providing a sophisticated understanding of current environmental problems, policymaking, and administrative process, as well as focusing on refining analytical skills therein.
  • PAD 4351 Environmental Governance (Florida Gulf Coast University) (Upper-level undergraduate). Essentially a survey course of domestic environmental problems and the institutions that developed to address them. There is also a focus on developing analytical sophistication in regards to these issues.
  • POS 3703 Intro to Political Science Research (Florida Gulf Coast University) (Upper-level undergraduate). This course offers a dense but practical, skills-based curriculum of primarily statistical techniques and applications used in political science.
  • PUP 4004: Policymaking and Administration (Florida Gulf Coast University) (Upper-level undergraduate). This course addresses policymaking and administrative concepts and institutions both abstractly and in practice via several major policy arenas, such as health policy.
  • PAD 6327: Program Planning and Evaluation (Florida Gulf Coast University) (Graduate-level). Focuses on the underlying rationale and methods of program planning and evaluation to prepare students for professional roles as administrators, planners, and change agents in public service organizations.
  • POS 2041: American National Government (Florida Gulf Coast University) (Intro-level undergraduate). Introduction to the basic theory, structure, and practice of American national government.
  • PAD 6365: Public Policy (Florida Gulf Coast University) (Graduate-level). Overview of the theory and practice of public policy. Topics include policy problem definition and tools for analysis of public policy.

Publications

  • Reiners, Derek S., William A. Reiners, Jeffrey A. Lockwood, and Steven Prager (2019). "The Usefulness of Ecological Concepts: Patterns among Practitioners." Ecosphere 10(4): DOI:10.1002/ecs2.2652
  • Reiners, William A., Greg. S. Pappas, Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Derek S. Reiners, and Steven Prager (2018). "Conceptual toolboxes for twenty-first-century ecologists." Ecosphere 9(2):1-14.
  • Reiners, William A., Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Derek S. Reiners, and Steven Prager (2017). "100 Years of Ecology: What Are Our Concepts and Are They Useful?" Ecological Monographs, 87(2):260-77.
  • Reiners, William A., Derek S. Reiners, and Jeffrey A. Lockwood (2016). "Differentiation of U.S. Ecologists into Professional Guilds Based on Professional Traits." Scientometrics, 106(1): 281-98.
  • Huston, Michael A., Aaron M. Ellison, David Frank, Stephen T. Jackson, Xichen Jiang, Matthew Lau, Jeffrey A. Lockwood, Steven D. Prager, Derek S. Reiners, William A. Reiners, Ernst-Deflef Schulze, John Vandermeer, and Patricia A. Werner (2016). "External Influences on Ecological Theory: Report on Organized Oral Session 80 at the 100th Anniversary Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, The Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, 97(3):311-316.
  • Reiners, William A., Derek S. Reiners, and Jeffrey A. Lockwood (2013). "Traits of a Good Ecologist: What Ecologists Think." Ecosphere, 4(7): 86.
  • Reiners, Derek S., Jeffrey A. Lockwood, and William A. Reiners (2013). "The Relationship between Environmental Advocacy, Values, and Science: A Survey of Ecological Scientists' Attitudes." Ecological Applications, 23(5): 1226-42.
  • Lockwood, Jeffrey A., Derek S. Reiners, and William A. Reiners (2013). "The Future of Ecology: A Collision of Expectations and Desires?" Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11(4): 188-93.
  • Lockwood, Jeffrey A., Derek S. Reiners, and William A. Reiners (2013). Authors' Reply to: A Response to Lockwood, Reiners, and Reiners, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11(10): 526.
  • Reiners, Derek S. (2012). "Institutional Effects on Decision Making on Public Lands: An Interagency Examination of Wildfire Management." Public Administration Review, 72(2): 177-86.
  • Reiners, Derek S. (2008). "Biological Correctness: Thomas Hobbes' Natural Ethics." Hobbes Studies, 21(1): 63-83.
  • Reiners, Derek S. (2007). Review of Lessons of Disaster: Change after Catastrophic Events, by Thomas A. Birkland. Perspectives on Politics, 5(2): 363-65.
  • Ahn, T.K., Marco Janssen, Derek S. Reiners, and Jeffrey Stake (2005). Learning to Play Nice: Strategy Evolution in the National Hockey League. Researchgate.net/publication/42765453.
  • Reiners, Derek S. (2001). "Stuck in the Pleistocene: Rationality and Evolved Social Roles." Politics and the Life Sciences, 20(2): 139-54.

Conference Presentations

  • Life Discovery – Doing Science Biology Education Conference (LDC), sponsored by Ecological Society of America, Gainesville, FL (March 2019). "Ecologists rate the usefulness of ecological concepts."
  • Ecological Society of America 100th Meeting, Baltimore (August 2015). "Ecology's concepts: How are they used and valued?" Abstract SS 6. (p. 75). (co-preparator with Reiners, W.A., J.A. Lockwood, and S.D. Prager).
  • Ecological Society of America 100th Meeting, Baltimore (August 2015). "Do valuations of ecological concepts by contemporary ecologists vary with geography?" Abstract OOS 80-6. (co-preparator with Reiners, W.A., J.A. Lockwood, and S.D. Prager).
  • Ecological Society of America 98th Meeting, Minneapolis (August 2013). "Ecological camps: how preferences and professional traits shape our field." Abstract OOS 11-9. (co-preparator with Reiners, W.A., A. Bowen, and J.A. Lockwood).
  • Ecological Society of America 97th Annual Meeting, Portland, OR (August, 2012). "Traits of a good ecologist: what do contemporary ecologists think?" Abstract OOS-5-7. (co-preparator with Reiners. W.A. and J. A. Lockwood).
  • Ecological Society of America 97th Annual Meeting, Portland, OR (August, 2012). "Personal beliefs and motivations of contemporary U.S. ecologists: Uncovering patterns and associations." Abstract OPS 1-3. (co-preparator with Reiners. Reiners, W.A. and J. A. Lockwood).
  • Southern Political Science Association, New Orleans (January, 2011). "Conservative and Liberal Cognitive Strategies in Willingness to Punish."
  • Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago (April, 2010). "The Importance of Deservedness: Are Policy Preferences Rooted in Schematic Stereotypes of Potentially Impacted Groups?"
  • International Society of Political Psychology, Dublin, Ireland (July 2009). "Different Values or Simply Different Schemas? The Link between Prototypes and Policy Preferences."
  • American Political Science Association, Boston (August, 2008). "Have We Over-Pluralized the Decision-Making Process on Public Lands? The Case of Wildfire Policy in the US Forest Service."
  • American Political Science Association, Washington D.C. (August, 2003). "Biological Correctness: Thomas Hobbes' Natural Ethics."
  • Association for Politics and the Life Sciences, Washington D.C., (August, 2000). "Stuck in the Pleistocene: Rationality and Evolved Social Roles."
  • American Sociological Association, Washington D.C., (August, 1999). "Evolutionary Psychology and Social Roles."