Elmira College Honors Distinguished Legacy: Dr. Jim Twombly Conferred Professor Emeritus Status

The Elmira College Board of Trustees has conferred the status of Professor Emeritus to Dr. Jim Twombly, who recently retired after serving for 18 years as a Professor of Political Science.

Emeritus status is given to retirees in recognition of their dedication to the College and outstanding contributions to their discipline.

“In his time as Professor, Dr. Twombly connected with his students and challenged them to excel,” said Dr. Patricia Ireland, Provost. “At the same time, he was dedicated to Elmira College and the campus community, helping steer policies and procedures and bringing creative ideas to engage students. Additionally, he was an active scholar and prolific writer, publishing books, articles, and chapters, and presenting his scholarly work at nearly forty academic and political conferences.”

Twombly began his career at EC in 2005 as a visiting professor and then was hired as Associate Professor in 2006. He received tenure in 2012 and was promoted to Professor in 2017.

"Not only was it a privilege to have Dr. Twombly as my academic advisor and professor, but also as my mentor," shared EC alumna Alli Woodard '18. "He reignited my passion for politics and challenged me to seek opportunities to expand my knowledge inside and outside the classroom. I am eternally grateful for his support and guidance, as it has made a lasting impact well beyond my time at Elmira College."

Outside of the classroom, Twombly served on the Faculty Development Committee, advised the Elmira College Democrats club, and co-advised the Pi Gamma Mu Social Science honor society. Since 2012, Twombly has been involved with the New York State Political Science Association and is serving his fourth term as Vice President. He also served as a Political Analyst for WENY-TV News with a weekly on-air segment called “Politics In 2.”

Elmira College Honors Distinguished Legacy: Dr. Jim Twombly Conferred Professor Emeritus Status

Twombly’s academic accomplishments include six published books and several co-authored peer-reviewed publications. His most recent book, Directing the Whirlwind: Deconstruction, Distrust, and the Future of American Democracy was co-authored with Dr. Lisa K. Parshall, Professor of Political Science at Daemen University in Amherst, New York. It is a continuation of the work Twombly and Parshall started in their 2020 work, Directing the Whirlwind: The Trump Presidency and the Deconstruction of the Administrative State.

Twombly is remaining active in retirement. He is about to submit a manuscript for a second edition of his book, Political Scandal and American Pop Culture while working on two other book projects.

“Jim created a lasting impact that will last for generations. We wish him well as he enjoys retirement and embarks on new projects,” said Ireland.

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