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Dr. Rodney D. Decker

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Employment History

Political Science Dean

Southern Utah University


Southern Utah University


Southern Utah University's College of Humanities and Social Science

Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences



LDS Church



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Decker said after 44 years ... [cached]

Decker said after 44 years of working at SUU, he is honored and humbled to receive the recognition.

"It's very humbling to be selected," he said. "It's a great honor to be associated with the great names of those that took part in developing this university."
Benson said it meant a lot when Decker agreed to stay on an additional year at SUU as the provost before retiring.

The Salt Lake Tribune -- After Promises, Utah Schools Still Come Up Short [cached]

Blame it on the leadership vacuum at the state Capitol, says Rodney Decker, Southern Utah University's political science dean. "When someone is running for governor, there is no way that individual will support a tax increase of any kind," Decker said.Leavitt, who hasn't yet said whether he will run for an unprecedented fourth term as Utah's governor, and House Speaker Marty Stephens, who tentatively plans to run, both opposed the Senate's tax plan. "But there are times when you need to bite the bullet and provide services that will reap future benefits, or say we're not going to be competitive with other states," Decker said.State leaders "have no long-term vision for education.They hope our problems in education will be handled by doing nothing or will go away.That is an extremely dangerous strategy, one we will come to regret."

Rodney D. Decker, dean of ... [cached]

Rodney D. Decker, dean of Southern Utah University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of political science, disagrees with the senators' assessment of the prejudice against Romney's religion.Decker said he has not seen any evidence of the mainstream media using Romney's religion to target his candidacy.

He said the media will often focus on what they perceive as newsworthy and those things often tend to be negative rather than positive.He also added that negative topics are often what the public wants to hear.Thus negativity - such as stories focusing on those who question Romney's Christianity - sells.
Decker said, however, that he thinks there is more of an emphasis on a candidate's religion within the Republican Party as opposed to the Democratic Party, where it is not as much of an issue.
In general, Decker acknowledged the effects of religion on public policy but mentioned that the Founding Fathers saw a need to separate church and state.Yet he also said it is relevant to ask if a candidate for the nation's top political office will be driven entirely by religious beliefs or if he or she will be tolerant to different points of view.
Utah politics
Romney's religion is nothing new to most Utahns, the bulk of whom share his beliefs.Many of Utah's elected officials are members of the LDS church.
Decker said he thinks membership in the LDS church does have an effect on elections in Utah, especially at the local level.Although Decker does not believe there is any sort of organized directive from church headquarters in regard to voting for LDS candidates, he does think there are influences at the local level when voters are aware of a candidate's religion.
"I think it's unfortunate, but I think it's a reality," Decker said.
"At times they tend to associate Republicanism and Mormonism together," Decker said of some local leaders.
Again, Decker does not think this is a belief supported by official church policy but he said many local church leaders are also Republican.
In another of its letters to LDS congregations regarding political involvement, LDS leadership said that principles compatible with LDS beliefs could be found in all major political parties.Some Utahns viewed this as church leaders saying it is possible for Democrats to still be good members of the LDS church.
Decker said being a member of the LDS church may be helpful to Democratic candidates.But too often Utahns associate the positions of the national Democratic Party with the local Democrats, which can skew the local elections, he said.
Decker said he did not know if Matheson's religion helped the congressman or not, but Decker does not think it could have hurt him.
Decker credited Matheson's success to connecting with voters and addressing issues important to his constituency.

Mainstreet Business Journal - Home [cached]

The committee was chaired by Rod Decker, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Pending approval from the SUU ... [cached]

Pending approval from the SUU Board of Trustees next week, Rodney Decker, who has worked at SUU for the past 42 years, will assume the role of provost on an interim basis.

Decker, who has seen seven presidents and six provosts come and go during his time at SUU, said he was "very honored" to be considered for the interim provost position.
"I hope to provide a continuation of some of the exceptional leadership Abe has provided over the last five years," said Decker, who has served the past 23 as dean of the university's College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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