Gerardo M. Acay, Ph.D

Professor Emeretus, Political Science/Public Administration
(660) 831- 4160
Baity Hall 122

Acay holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of the Philippines and continued his studies at the University of Missouri where he received a Master of Arts degree and a doctorate degree, both in political science.  His teaching fields include political theory and philosophy, international relations, public policy, comparative government, introduction to political systems and the American political system.

He received the John McCallum Excellence in Teaching award in May 1998 and the Governors Award for Excellence in teaching in December 1998 in Jefferson City.

He was listed in “Who’s Who among American teachers in 1994 and was a Milligan fellow in philosophy in Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a Rockefeller foundation fellow and international cooperative administration and national economic council fellow at the University of the Philippines.

He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the New York State political Science Association (on and off).  He has presented many papers at professional society conferences and annual meetings.  He is presently completing a manuscript in International Relations.


Marshall, Mo. (Dec. 6, 2012) — Dr. Gerardo M. Acay Missouri Valley College professor of political science and public administration has been selected to present his paper, “The Rational Man Model in Social and Political Studies: A Plea for Relevance” at the 8th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences in Prague, Czech Republic.

This interdisciplinary conference has a history of bringing together academic, government, and practice-based scholars. Past participants have included international lecturers, researchers, teachers, leaders, and practitioners from a variety of professional disciplines who share a common concern for examining the nature of interdisciplinary practices that arise in the study of ‘real world’ applications. Papers range across various facets of the social sciences including global, civic, political, social, community, educational, and environmental studies.

“I’m delighted for this opportunity,” said Dr. Acay. “The opportunity to compete and present papers at national conferences, and in this case at an international conference, the ensuing discussions, conversations and criticisms such occasions afford are consistently invaluable to an academic. These define what I try to do here at MVC. It is, in fact, my raison d’etre.”

Dr. Acay will present his paper in the civic and political studies discussion at the conference, which will take place July 30-August 1, 2013 at Charles University in Prague.

“Dr. Acay is not only an excellent educator, but this is proof that he is also well respected in his field and within the greater higher education community,” said Dr. Sharon Weiser vice president of academic affairs. “I am proud to have him as a member of our faculty and look forward to the work that he will do in the future.” Dr. Acay has a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines; an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a member of the American Political Science Association and the New York State Political Science Association.

He has been awarded the Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the John McCallum Excellence in Teaching Award, Who’s Who Among America's Teachers, the Milligan Fellow (Philosophy), and the Rockefeller Foundation Fellow (Philosophy/Political Science) by the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.

In 2011 Dr. Acay was selected to present one of his papers at the International Studies Association’s Midwest Conference held in St. Louis, Mo.

Prior to coming to MVC in 1990, Dr. Acay taught at Phillips University, Stephens College, and the University of the Phillippines.