Barrington D. Ottmann Jr., was an adjunct professor at Carthage in 2009 and 2010, teaching courses in political science and criminal justice. He grew up in the Atlanta area, served in the U.S. Coast Guard, and worked as an air traffic controller before earning a B.A. in philosophy from the University of South Alabama in 1985. He earned an M.S. in public management and policy from Carnegie Mellon University in 1987, then earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996. He was a lecturer in political science at East Carolina University and a visiting assistant professor of public policy analysis at North Carolina before working three years as a human services evaluator/planner for the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services. Before coming to Carthage, he was a visiting assistant professor and lecturer in political science at Eastern Kentucky University, and held the same rank in the school of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University-Kokomo.