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Faculty Profiles


Adam Chamberlain

Professor Adam Chamberlain is in his fourth year at Coastal, having received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2010.  His main research interests are in party development, political behavior, and public opinion.  As the director of polling at the Dyer Institute, Professor Chamberlain is looking for students interested in helping with the development, implementation, and analysis of polls/surveys. 

Holley Tankersley

Dr. Holley Tankersley joined the CCU faculty in 2006.  She earned a M.P.P. in Social and Family Policy from Georgetown University in 2002, followed by a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia.  Dr. Tankersley’s research investigates the ways in which institutional structures impact public policymaking at the local, state, and national levels.  In her role as director of policy analysis for the Dyer Institute, Dr. Tankersley encourages students and faculty from across campus to contribute policy briefs and reports of interest to local and state citizens, and welcomes suggestions for policy analyses from citizens and policymakers alike.  

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Virginia Shoemaker Norris

Virginia Shoemaker Norris started working at Coastal Carolina University in 2013. Virginia earned a M.S.P. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2010. Virginia has worked in both community and economic development at the University of Kentucky's Appalachian Center, as well as the Center for Economic Development, Entrepreneurship and Technology at Eastern Kentucky University. As coordinator for the Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, Virginia is dedicated to creating opportunities for students to expand their education through the power of experience. She is responsible for creating, supporting, and implementing quality programming through the Dyer Institute for students of all majors and all levels of experience.