Dr. Nicholas David James Baldwin, F.R.S.A.
Dean and Director of Operations, Wroxton College of Fairleigh Dickinson University
Dr Baldwin obtained a B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Special Politics from the University of Hull in 1979 and was later awarded his Doctorate from the University of Exeter for which he focused on the Contemporary House of Lords. While at Exeter he began lecturing on national and international politics at the University, as well as at the Polytechnic in Plymouth (as the University of Plymouth was then known) and to groups such as the Devon and Cornwall Police, the Royal Marines, the Royal Navy and the W.E.A. At the same time he also worked as a research assistant in Industrial Relations.
He served as Special Assistant to a group of Members of the House of Lords in the early 1980s, and in the 1983 General Election was a Candidate for election to the House of Commons.
In the summer of 1984 he was appointed Lecturer and Tutor in British Government and Politics at Wroxton College. In August the following year he was appointed Head of the College – the chief academic, administrative and financial officer with responsibilities for the organization, development, management and operation of the College. It is a position he has held since then. In addition, he has continued to carry a full teaching load as Lecturer and Tutor in British Government and Politics.
An authority on Parliament, Dr Baldwin is a member of the prestigious Study of Parliament Group and an Associate of the Centre for Legislative Studies. Among a large number of journal articles, other articles, reviews, etc., his publications include:
- Beyond Settlement: Making peace last after civil conflict (with VE Shields) (FDU Press/Associated University Presses, USA, 2008),
- Mastering British Politics (with FN Forman) (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007, 1999 and 1996),
- Parliament in the Twenty-First Century (Politico’s/Methuen, 2005),
- Executive Leadership and Legislative Assemblies (Routledge, 2005),
- Legislatures and Executives: An Investigation into the Relationship at the Heart of Government (Frank Cass, 2004),
- Second Chambers (with D Shell) (Frank Cass, 2001), and contributions to The House of Lords: its Parliamentary and Judicial Roles (Hart, 1999),
- The Law and Parliament (Butterworths, 1998),
- The House of Lords at Work (OUP, 1993), Parliament & Pressure Politics (OUP, 1990) and
- Parliament in the 1980s (Basil Blackwell, 1985)
He is currently compiling and editing a book entitled Does Size Matter?, an investigation into the legislatures of small states, and working on a book on The House of Lords.
Dr Baldwin is a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Legislative Studies and of The Study of Parliament Group. In addition he has been appointed a series editor with responsibility for developing & soliciting manuscripts for Fairleigh Dickinson University Press,/Associated University Presses. He is also a member of the External Award Boards for both the Professional Certificate in Public Sector Delivery and the Certificate of Managerial Skills and is a Faculty Advisor to the Corporate Communications Institute.
Dr Baldwin has lectured widely in Great Britain and abroad and has also been responsible for organizing a large number of national and international conferences on political, business, criminal justice, public administration, communications and health-care matters, including between British MPs/Peers and American Congressmen. In addition, Dr Baldwin has organized more than 60 Undergraduate Conferences on ‘Parliament Today’, ‘Britain and the European Union’, and ‘The Politics of Northern Ireland’ held in the British Houses of Parliament, the institutions of the European Union in Brussels and in Stormont (NI).
In 2000 Dr Baldwin was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.).
Keith Parsons joined the faculty at Wroxton in the fall of 1994 as a lecturer in English, following a period with the National Youth Theatre and a distinguished career in the English schools system. Also a lecturer in the School of Continuing Studies, The University of Birmingham and at The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon, Parsons is co-editor of an illustrated volume on Shakespeare in Performance, published by Salamander Books in 1995; author of educational material for The Birmingham Royal Ballet; and a contributor to courses organized by The Royal Opera House and a variety of schools and educational authorities throughout the country. He is currently researching the ballet versions of Shakespeare’s plays.