Dr. John R. Todd

Professor of Political Science

Dr. John R. Todd
School of Humanities
Muirhead 101
(248) 218-2128


  • J.D., Georgetown University
  • B.A., University of Michigan

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the American Legal System
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • National Government
  • Substantive Criminal Law
  • American Constitutional Law
  • Business Law
  • Senior Seminar: Legal Research
  • U.S. in the Modern World

Honors and Affiliations

  • Member, Michigan Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Federalist Society
  • Twice named “Rochester College Faculty Member of the Year”

Professional and Academic Experiences

  • Professor of Law and Political Science, Rochester College, 1979-present
  • Ad Hoc Legal Advisor to the President of Rochester College
  • Writer of the Constitution of the City of Rochester Hills, 1983
  • Featured in the Vietnam War Documentary “Our Vietnam Generation,” 2009
  • Honored as the Outstanding Disabled Veteran of The Year by the Disabled American Veterans


I believe that I am among the most blessed of people. As a young man, I was shot down twice in Vietnam, and I have survived two cancers. For the last 35 years, I have had the joy of being a part of RC and her students. I have been married to my wife Joyce for 40 years and am the proud father of two happily married daughters and the grandfather of Drew, who is an RC student. As a result of a combat injury, I am blind, but with the help of students, staff, and other faculty, I am able to do my job. To others’ amazement, I am also able to build things–decks, gazebos, even kitchen cabinets–a hobby I greatly enjoy.

I am a member of the Rochester Church of Christ, where I occasionally teach adult classes. I have also preached at various local churches. One of my great joys is to speak in our college chapel assemblies, usually once a semester.


  • “Restorative Justice and the Vietnam War.” Christian Scholars’ Conference, Lipscomb University, Nashville, 2012.