UMD, UWS Professors Discuss Teaching Impeachment Proceedings

Ryan Juntti
Updated: December 10, 2019 10:42 PM

The start of the impeachment inquiry in September timed up with the start of the school year. Therefore, WDIO News wanted to find out how the process is playing out in local political science classes.


Dr. Cindy Rugeley, UMD Associate Professor of Political Science, and Dr. Alisa Von Hagel, UW-Superior Associate Professor of Political Science, say the proceedings have been discussed, but say they haven't had to change their curriculums much because of it. 

Dr. Rugeley says the impeachment process has been discussed most in her classroom.

"It was such a historic event, and the first thing in a generation for these students, and so it was very interesting to them. They were very interested in the process," said Dr. Rugeley. "We talked about what the founders thought about impeachment, why we even have impeachment in the Constitution, why don't we just let the elections deal with it," she added.

Dr. Rugeley says impeaching the president is something she never thought she would be teaching her students about. That's the same for Dr. Von Hagel, who says her students have also been interested in the impeachment process.

"We have watched some of the hearings in classes, as they were occurring live, in order to sort of see not just what was happening in the hearing, but also just to see like how the process works," said Dr. Von Hagel.

Dr. Von Hagel says it has been difficult at times to integrate the proceedings into her classes as she says some of her students have grown tired of it.

"I think there's been so much, almost an oversaturation maybe of sorts of investigations, of hearings, of everything, all the scandals that people just don't want to talk about it," said Dr. Von Hagel.

Dr. Von Hagel also says she knows that interest with the general public is high because she held a panel and says a lot more people showed up than expected.


Ryan Juntti

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