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The Faces of the CIL

Dr. John Miles, Dean of the Center for Innovation and Learning

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Dean of the Center for Innovation and Learning, associate professor of English, SACSCOC liaison and director for institutional effectiveness, John Miles ends up in a lot of meetings. After finishing his Ph.D. in rhetoric and composition at the University of New Mexico, Miles began his career at Wofford as director of the Writing Center, working on Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives. His work in the CIL centers on helping new faculty members develop reflective teaching practices, as well as assisting current faculty members and groups to develop courses and assignments that align their values with their practices. In terms of research these days, Miles is interested in how ePortfolios shape student perceptions of writing and faculty perceptions of teaching. When he's not working, he cooks, coaches soccer, teaches yoga and somehow finds time to compete in triathlons.
Office hours by appointment

Dr. Dan Mathewson, Director of New Faculty Teaching Initiatives

mathewsondbDan Mathewson received his Ph.D. in religious studies with an outside concentration in comparative literature from Emory University. He was a Fellow at Emory’s Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry. He joined Wofford’s faculty as an adjunct instructor in 2004, was promoted to visiting assistant professor in 2005, and then received a tenure-track position in 2006. Currently, Mathewson is associate professor of religion and director of new faculty teaching initiatives at Wofford. He also is editor and website administrator for the Professional Wrestling Studies Association. His work for the CIL focuses on supporting new faculty members in their continued development of excellence in teaching. Mathewson’s own teaching revolves around contemporary American religious expression, religious identity formation and interfaith and intercultural engagement. His current research mainly explores the intersection of Southern culture, religious identity … and professional wrestling. His hobbies include cooking, podcast-binging, HBO Now-ing, Duke basketball and Toronto Maple Leaf fanaticism, bourbon connoisseurship, walking his dogs, training for half and full marathons (which he runs really slowly) and “marking out” at local professional wrestling shows.
Office hours by appointment