Melusky, Joseph A. 1952-

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Melusky, Joseph A. 1952-
(Joseph Anthony Melusky)


Born June 2, 1952, in Pottsville, PA; son of George and Eleanor Melusky; married Marie Belecanech, March 28, 1976; children: Michael, Jessica.Education: West Chester State College, B.A.;University of Delaware, M.A., Ph.D., 1983.


Home—709 Brentwood Dr., Duncansville, PA 16635. Office—Saint Francis University, Loretto, PA 15940.


Writer and educator. West Chester State College, West Chester, PA, instructor, 1979;University of Delaware, lecturer, 1979-80; Saint FrancisUniversity, Loretto, PA, member of political sciencefaculty, 1980—, president of faculty senate, 1985-87, department chair, 1992—, dean of general education, 1993-94, interim vice-president for academic affairs, 2005-2006. Visiting scholar or research scholar at University of Michigan, 1987, University of Delaware, 1987-88, 1995, and Widener University, 1995; judge of student debate competitions; participant in conferences and workshops; public speaker; guest on media programs. Institute for Experiential Education, member of advisory board, 1996—; Pennsylvania Humanities Council, member of governing board, 1996-2002, chair of Development and Government Relations Committee, 1999-2000; Center for the Study of the Presidency, member. Member of Blair County Democratic Committee, 1985-90; East Hollidaysburg District of Blair Township, PA, judge of elections, 1998—; coach of Hollidaysburg area youth baseball, basketball, and soccer teams.


American Political Science Association, National Society for Internships and Experiential Education, Northeastern Political Science Association (director of employment services, 1985—; executive director, 1994-98; vice-president, 2004-2005; program chair, 2005), Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors, Pennsylvania Political Science Association (former editor; president 2003-2005), Saint Thomas More Society, Pi Gamma Mu, Pi Sigma Alpha, Phi Alpha Theta.


Service award, Northeastern Political Science Association, 1997.


The Constitution: Our Written Legacy, Krieger Publishing (Malabar, FL), 1991.

To Preserve These Rights: The Bill of Rights, 1791-1991, Pennsylvania Humanities Council (Philadelphia, PA), 1991.

(Compiler, with Whitman H. Ridgway) The Bill of Rights: Our Written Legacy, Krieger Publishing (Malabar, FL), 1993.

The American Political System: An Owner's Manual,McGraw-Hill (Boston, MA), 2000.

(With Keith A. Pesto) Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Rights and Liberties under the Law, American Bibliographical Center-Clio Press (Santa Barbara, CA), 2003.

The Contemporary Constitution: Modern Interpretations,Krieger Publishing (Malabra, FL), 2006.

Contributor to reference books. Contributor of articles and reviews to periodicals, including Social Science Perspectives Journal, Teaching Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Experiential Education, Teaching Methods, and Pennsylvania Political Scientist.



Choice, September, 2003, M.A. Foley, review of Cruel and Unusual Punishment: Rights and Liberties under the Law.

Reference and User Services Quarterly, fall, 2003, Cheryl Rae Nyberg, review of Cruel and Unusual Punishment, p. 77.

Voice of Youth Advocates, October, 2003, Cindy Lombardo, review of Cruel and Unusual Punishment.