- Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1971
- M.A., University of Oklahoma, 1968
- B.S., Central Michigan University, 1965
- Certificate, Harvard Institute for Educational Leadership, 1995
Dr. Ringquist has taught political science at Central Michigan University since 1971 and retired in August of 2015. He had taught at a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania before coming to CMU. His Ph.D. is from the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation focused upon the Relationships of Political Violence to Economic, Social and Political Development in states formerly under French rule during several different time periods preceding and following their independence from France. His fields of graduate study included American Government & Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, Public Administration, with an outside field in Sociology.
Professor Ringquist has been active in the life of the Political Science Department and the University during his tenure at CMU. He served a total of 15 years as Department Chair in Political Science, served as Chair of the Academic Senate, on numerous governance committees and task forces as well as a term on the executive board of the faculty collective bargaining unit. Dr. Ringquist served as Dean of the College of Extended Learning for over six years in the mid and late 1990s and as a senior officer and Assistant Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations for a year and a half before returning to the faculty in the spring of 2002. He has taught courses on Research Methodology, African Politics, Constitutional Law, Elections, Political Parties, Legislative Process, Environments of Administration, Public Administration, etc. Currently he teaches courses on Public Policy Making, Strategic Leadership, Political Leadership, the Presidency, American Government & Politics, etc.
Professor Ringquist has published in books on The Presidency & Congress, International Terrorism, International Development, Lobbyists, etc., as well as making numerous presentations on Distance & Distributed Education, Adult Learning, Fiscal Stress in American States, Lobbying and Legislative Behavior, etc. He made major presentations at national and international conferences on Adult and Distance Learning and on Political Science topics. He remains sought out as a consultant for Distance and Distributed Learning programming at colleges and universities around the U.S.
Among his most cherished professional activities has been the teaching of adult-learners at College of Extended Learning sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. He also has been actively involved in creating courses in the College of Extended Learning’s MSA degree and working for an extended period of time as a member of the faculty team to evaluated prior learning experiences for non-traditional adult students.