Trey Orndorff, 2014
DSC employee since 2011
Degrees and schools where awarded: B.S. in Political Science and Honors, Northern Kentucky University; M.A. in Political Science, Miami University (OH); Ph.D. in Political Science (specialization in presidential politics and new media) from Miami University (OH).
Career/Professional honors: Association of Florida Colleges Professor of the Year Runner-Up 2014; 2013 Dr. John J. Guthrie, Jr. Award for Research and Professional Development; Publications: “Collaborative Note Taking: the Impact of Cloud Computing on Classroom Performance,” International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (forthcoming); Two chapters in “American Political Culture,” one on political communications and another on social media.
Outside interests: I love two things: deep biographies and immersive video games.
What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College? I struggled through graduate school while eating noodles and somehow finding the time to get married.
What professional projects are you working on right now? I am working on a paper for the Florida Political Science Association on religion and presidential politics. I am also working on an iPad proposal here at DSC for QUANTA students. It is also rumored that I am writing a novel between the hours of 1 - 2 am.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience? Dr. Rebecca Block and Dr. Michael Flota.
What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career? It may sound crazy, but my basketball coach always told us to shoot for the moon. If you didn’t make it you could always land among the stars was his reasoning. As a result it is indeed my goal to be the best professor in the United States.
In life? May it be written on my tombstone: "Father, Husband, Educator” In that order.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten? Right before I got married my grandfather pulled me aside and told me seriously that there was one secret to a successful marriage: do whatever puts her first. He told my wife the same thing: do whatever puts him first. The advice is hard. Nobody wants to prioritize someone else’s needs, but amazing things happen in a marriage and in life when you can put the needs of others above your own.
One thing people are surprised to find out about me is: I worked for Christian Student Fellowship growing up. As I got a little older I was a volunteer music minister at a number of churches in Northern Kentucky and southern Ohio. I originally planned to be a music minister. It was only a fluke that I didn’t do it and instead became the political scientist I am today.
Last book read: I just finished two. Walter Isaacson’s new book “The Innovators” and Burn’s “The Lion and the Fox” (the first half of a biography on Franklin D. Roosevelt).
If they could bottle your personality what would the label read? Loud, crazy, brass. Keep away from open flames.
Who are the four people in the history of the world you most admire? Thomas Jefferson for his humanistic optimism and reasoning, George Washington for giving up power, the Apostle Paul for his daring and faith, my namesake Harold N. Orndorff (I) for his steely nerve and unrelenting pursuit of perfection.
The Daytona State of Mind to me means the opportunity to provide excellence in education to those who might not otherwise experience it.