Wittenberg University

12/05/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 12/05/2019 16:36

Hagen Center Names Hasecke

Ed Hasecke, professor of political science and Wittenberg class of 1997, has been named the interim director of the Susan Hirt Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement.

Hasecke has collaborated with the Hagen Center on numerous community-centered projects, including partnering with the Springfield City Schools to conduct a multi-year study of afterschool tutoring in Clark County and serving on the Board of Directors for the Community Alliance for Youth (an initiative of the Hagen Center funded by a federal grant). Recently, he created, fielded, and analyzed a survey of parents in Springfield about their use and satisfaction with different out-of-school programs. Additionally, he and Hagen-sponsored summer interns created the Engage Springfield dashboard and website (, a project funded by the Hagen Center and 10 sponsoring community groups.

'Dr. Hasecke's work with the Hagen Center has been broad and deep,' said Michelle Mattson, provost and professor of German at Wittenberg. 'He has been heavily involved in Hagen Center programs, including serving on the strategic planning committee, conducting community service reflection sessions, and most recently serving as the Director of the Research Institute. I am grateful to Ed for his willingness to take on these extra duties.'

Hasecke, who currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Community Health Assessment conducted by the Clark County Combined Health District, is no stranger to serving the community. He has served on the Board of Leadership Clark County, where he has headed a session for the Academy every year since 2008, and has served on the Hollandia Botanical Garden Board and Snyder Park Planning Group, which worked on a plan to reimagine the space that was formerly the golf course.

Earning his Ph.D. in 2002 from The Ohio State University, Hasecke has been published in The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, American Politics Research, and Political Psychology on such topics as the effect of term limits on the composition of state legislatures, the effect of party loyalty on legislative success, and the factors that influenced the choice of Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary, to a history on transportation policy in the United States. He has also presented more than 20 conference papers at both national and regional political science meetings. His current research interests have turned toward Springfield and the role that metrics can play in measuring community well-being.

Hasecke and spouse, Cathy Speers Hasecke, also class of 1997, reside in Springfield and have three children, Emily, Ben, and Will.