Texas Tech University

eLearning Faculty/Staff

Melda Ozsut, Ph.D.

Director – Online & Regional Site Education

Melda Ozsut received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Texas in 2018. Since then, she has been working at Texas Tech University. Melda is an International Relations and Comparative Politics scholar, who studies oil-rich countries and conflict. Her work has appeared in Social Science Quarterly and Democracy and Security. Melda also taught several face-to-face and online courses such as Political Analysis, Conflict and the Middle East, Introduction to International Relations, and American Politics.

Dr. Melda Ozsut

Sara Norman, Ph.D.

Assistant Director – Online Instruction

Sara Norman is the Assistant Director for Online Instruction for the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas (2007) and her Ph.D. in Political Science at Texas Tech University (2013). She is the Instructor of Record for online POLS 1301 and 2306 courses. Dr. Norman also teaches undergraduate courses in Criminal Process and Moot Court.

Dr. Sara Norman

Rebecca Larsen, MPA, MSW 

Regional Site Manager

Rebecca Larsen is the Regional Site Manager for the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University in Waco. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso, her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and her Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs. She has a background in criminal justice social work, research, and policy advocacy. Her other previous work includes political campaign consulting, nonprofit management, support for the City of Austin's budget department, teaching undergraduate government courses, and crisis intervention for sexual assault survivors.

Rebecca Larson

She teaches undergraduate courses in public policy and administration, and she has been published by the Institute of Urban Policy Research and Analysis and the National Association of Social Workers. She also coordinates the political science department at Texas Tech's Waco campus.

Matthew Ellison, Ph.D. 

Online Faculty

Matthew Ellison is an instructor in both face-to-face course settings as well as in the online education program for the Department of Political Science. Matthew Ellison received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in October of 2019. His research interests focus primarily on American political behavior including topics relating to voting behavior, political attitudes and participatory behavior, and racial and ethnic attitudes. His research interests also include American campaigns and elections and Southern politics.

Matthew Ellison

Ms. Teresa Kennard 

Course Administrator- Online Education

Teresa Kennard is the Online Education Course Administrator for the Political Science at Texas Tech University. She received her BS in Political Science from Texas Tech University (2014). Ms. Kennard has been with the Political Science Department since Spring semester of 2016. Her job responsibilities primarily include overseeing and managing the POLS online courses, as well as graphic design for course development. She is also in direct communication with current and prospective online students for POLS 1301, 2306, 3368, and all other courses being developed for online, regarding any technical or other course related questions.

Teresa Kennard


Pols Worldwide eLearning Faculty/Staff

Department of Political Science

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    Dept. of Political Science, Texas Tech University, 113 Holden Hall, Boston & Akron Streets, Lubbock, TX 79409-1015 Fax: 806.742.0850
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