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Dr. Douglas Rivero

Dr. Douglas Rivero
Seminole Campus
UP 337-A
Chair, Social & Behavioral Sci
(727) 394-6948

Hello SPC Students!

Please do not hesitate to visit me during office hours!

I am here to help you grow personally and academically. I truly enjoy teaching SLS and Political Science courses. My overall goal in these courses is to help students develop their critical thinking, writing and communication skills while helping them understand the importance and benefit of civic engagement. I also enjoy helping students locate internships and career opportunities. 

As Chair of the SBS Department here at Seminole & eCampus, my duties include academic and administrative functions, overseeing adjunct teaching, and promoting key SBS projects. These include Civic Engagement and Model United Nations (MUN). In fact, the SPC MUN team has won many national and international awards and it is a pleasure to work with dedicated students and faculty on this great program.

In terms of my academic background, my research is focused on US environmental policy as well as US foreign policy, specifically the Cold War and the exploitative policies towards Latin America and the Middle East.


Educational Background: 
Grad Certificate- Community College Leadership, UCF (Dec 2019)
PhD-Political Science, FIU (May 2009)
MA- Political Science, FIU (Dec 2004)
BA- Environmental Studies, FIU (Dec 2001)

Career Background:
5 Years as Political Science Department Chair at Bethune-Cookman University (2009-2015)
2 Years as a Senior Academic Advisor at Florida International University (2007-2009)
4 Years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Florida International University (2003-2007)
2 Years as an AmeriCorps/Florida State Parks Environmental Team Leader (2000-2002)

In addition, I currently teach graduate education courses for the College of Community Innovation at the University of Central Florida. I have also taught as an adjunct at Florida International University, Bethune Cookman University and Hillsborough Community College. Thus, I have a wide diverse range of teaching experiences with various student populations.

Honor Societies:

Pi Sigma Alpha- The National Political Science Honor Society
Sigma Iota Rho- Honor Society for International Studies


Florida Political Science Association
Southern Political Science Association
International Studies Association
ISA- Global South Caucus
ACLU of Hillsborough County
Sierra Club

Some Fav Quotes: 

“But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.” ~Rachel Carson

"Every aspect of our lives is, in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in." ~ Frances Moore Lappe

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.'” ~Isaac Asimov

"Since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed." ~UNESCO Preamble

“I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth; I am a citizen of the world.” ~Eugene Debs

In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. ~Ernst Fischer


Beach, nature, parks, museums, traveling and kickboxing. Love Star Wars, X-Men and V for Vendetta, especially the politics involved. I enjoy the majority of these hobbies with my furry daughter (miniature pinscher), my sweet human daughter and my amazing wife.