Political Science Faculty Retirements


Professors emeriti Beau Grosscup and Donna Kemp both retired from the political science department at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Beau Grosscup received his Ph.D. in 1973 from the University of Massachusetts. He taught at Boston University, Ithaca College, the University of Redlands, Cornell University, UC Irvine, and UC Santa Barbara before beginning his appointment at CSU, Chico in 1988. In his tenure here, Professor Grosscup taught courses in International Relations, US Foreign Policy, the Politics of Terrorism, Political Economy of Post-Industrial Societies and The Status of Women in Global Patriarchy. In addition, he served as the President of the California Faculty Association where he was a tireless advocate for faculty rights and interests. Professor Grosscup has written several books on his areas of specialization: terrorism and the militarization of America. His works include The Explosion of Terrorism (which was been updated in three subsequent editions). His most recent book is Terrorism and Strategic Terror: The Politics and Ethics of Aerial Bombardment. Professor Grosscup has been interviewed on numerous national programs including MSNBC, NPR and the Bill O'Reilly Show. For 19 years, he co-hosted "The Peace and Social Justice Program," on KZFR community radio. On his radio program and in his public appearances, Professor Grosscup served as a provocative voice in the community and nation. With all of his accomplishments, he is nevertheless most proud of being the father of his son, Cooper Grant Grosscup.

In 1978, Donna Kemp received her Ph.D. in Political Science and her M.P.A. from the University of Idaho. Before coming to Chico, Dr. Kemp taught at CSU, Bakersfield, Winthrop University, SC, and part time at Boise State University, University of Idaho and College of Idaho. She also worked eight years for the state of Idaho as a manager and planner. She was a policy planner and coordinator of a state clearinghouse for grants for the budget and planning division of the Governor of the State of Idaho. She also served as a program manager in energy conservation in the Idaho Energy Office, and as a principal planner of state health planning for the Department of Health and Welfare in Idaho.

Professor Kemp began her career at CSU, Chico in 1985 and was the graduate advisor and Coordinator for the Masters in Public Administration for 29 years and for several years was also the Coordinator for the Masters in Political Science. As MPA Coordinator, she developed the program into a two-year professional degree program with all graduate level courses and developed options in health administration and local government management. In 1996 she led the program to professional accreditation. In 1989, Professor Kemp received a New Zealand Fulbright research fellowship at the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand for research involving deinstitutionalization. She also received an Australian Fulbright Travel Award in 1990 and a Canadian Studies Program Faculty Enrichment Award in 1990-91 and again in 2007-2008. She was named Outstanding Professor of the Year at CSU in 1995-1996, and Outstanding Professor of Political Science by the American Political Science Association in 1996. Professor Kemp received a Fulbright Fellowship to Kaunas Technological University, Kaunas, Lithuania in 1997 and a Fulbright Fellowship to the Baltics Eurofaculty of the University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia in 2004. In 2002, she was a Goodwill Ambassador for the California State University Systems, Global Partnerships to Zhongman University of Finance and Law, Wuhan, Hefei University of Technology, and Shanghai Donghua University, Peoples’ Republic of China. She has conducted professional training in New Zealand, Australia, Beijing, Peoples’ Republic of China, and at Northeastern Normal University, Changchun and Northeastern University, Shenyang, China 2002, and at the Executive Training Institute, Civil Service Commission of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand 1989. She became a Professor Emeritus at CSUC in 2010.

Professor Kemp’s research focus and projects are international mental health policy, American mental health policy, mental health in the workplace, employee assistance programs, psychological and emotional issues of AIDS in the workplace, telecommuting, collective bargaining and supplemental compensation and rights of persons with mental illness or mental retardation. She has memberships in many professional organizations and has published numerous papers and publications including six books such as Mental Health and the Workplace and International Handbook of Mental Health Policy, five book chapters, and 12 journal articles, and numerous books reviews and professional public administration publications. She has also presented over 50 papers at professional conferences. Professor Kemp was a certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) through the Association of Labour-Management Consultants on Alcoholism and was licensed as a marriage and family counselor in California and a counselor in Idaho. She practiced counseling in a regional mental health center, a private practice, a non-profit mental health clinic serving largely a court ordered child abuse and neglect case load, and as an associate of a private counseling facility with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) contracts. 

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