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Although recently retired from Central as professor emeritus of political science after 27 years, Dr. James Waite didn’t leave the teaching profession behind. He is currently serving as an adjunct professor at Utah State University and has plans to continue teaching next summer in Sweden.
Dr. Waite’s visit to Utah marks a homecoming for him. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, and went on to earn a doctorate from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. A Fulbright Scholarship enabled him to pursue additional graduate study at the University of Stockholm in Sweden.
His career in higher education followed a lengthy stint as an intelligence officer for the United States Naval Reserve, where he retired as commander. He joined the faculty at Central in 1972 as an assistant professor of political science, and later was promoted to full professor. He served for 12 years as department chair.
In addition to teaching, Dr. Waite served as an exchange professor to Vaxjo University in Vaxjo, Sweden, and in 1989 was the director of the Missouri/London Program.
Long after his naval service, Dr. Waite continued to explore his interest in military intelligence. In 1980, he wrote the Navy’s Intelligence Analyst Handbook. His research on military intelligence and other topics has appeared in a variety of professional journals.
Dr. Waite and his wife, Susan, have five children, Peter, Andrew, Phillip, Jamie and Paul.