Dr. Alpert joined The Washington Center in 1993 as vice president for academic affairs, overseeing the national Liaison Advisory Board, academic internships, academic courses, academic seminars, and, for a period, student life and housing. Every four years, Gene continues the tradition he started in 1984, when The Washington Center offered its first on-site national political convention programs.
Prior to this position, Gene was an associate professor of political science at Texas Christian University, having served as department chair, director of the Washington Internship Program, the master of liberal arts program, and director of the self-study for SACS reaccreditation. He has been active in a number of professional associations, including serving as president of the National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE), as an alternate director of the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) where he was instrumental in writing the standards for internship programs, and as a member of the assessment and evaluation committee of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). In 1982, he was an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, working in the offices of the U.S. House and Senate leadership.
He has received awards of recognition in experiential education from the National Society for Experiential Education, the National Collegiate Honors Council, Furman University, and Loyola Marymount University, among others. He has written and is often interviewed and quoted on issues related to experiential education, national politics, and higher education trends.
Gene received his B.A. degree from the University of Rochester and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University, all in the field of political science. His international experience includes publishing papers on international politics, conducting site visits and research on interns abroad and international students in the U.S., and serving on the steering committee of the International Consortium for Experiential Education (ICEL).