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Wofford Faculty Promotions Announced

Thursday, July 11, 2002

SPARTANBURG, SC—Wofford College has announced the following faculty promotions for the Fall 2002 Semester:

Dr. Charles Bass has been named the Dr. and Mrs. Larry Hearn McCalla Professor
of Chemistry. A graduate of William Carey College, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee and did post-doctoral research at the Cancer Research Institute at Arizona State University and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He has received numerous awards from faculty, administration and students. He joined the Wofford College faculty in 1988.

Dr. Caroline Cunningham has been promoted to professor of French and Spanish in the Foreign Languages Department. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia and received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina. She also studied at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. She is a PBK guide and past president of the Wofford College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She is Wofford's Faculty Marshal. She studies the French-speaking world through research and travel.

Dr. Natalie Grinnell has been promoted to associate professor of English and communications studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in French and English from Tulane University and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. She is treasurer of the Wofford chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. She came to Wofford in 1997.

Dr. Kirsten Krick-Aigner has been promoted to associate professor of German in the Foreign Languages Department. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and received her master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to study post-war fiction in Vienna in the summer of 2001. She has been on Wofford’s faculty since 1997.

Dr. David Kusher has been promoted to associate professor of biology. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, he received his master’s degree from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (through San Francisco State University) and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to Wofford, Kusher was a National Institute of Health Immunology Research Fellow at Emory University, with continued research at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and All Children’s Hospital (Tampa & St. Petersburg, Florida). He is a freshman-sophomore advisor for humanity students.

John Lane has been promoted to associate professor of English. A Wofford College graduate, he received his M.F.A. from Bennington College. Lane is project director for the Hub City Writers Project and editor of Holocene Publications. He won the Southern Environmental Law Center’s 2001 Phillip K. Reid Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. His latest book, “Waist Deep in Black Water,” is due out in November.

Dr. Frank Machovec has been promoted to professor of economics. He is chairman of the Department of Economics. He is a graduate of Towson State University and received his master’s degree from the University of Denver and his Ph.D. from New York University. He is an expert on the Russian economy and has taught at the U.S. Air Force Academy and at West Point. He joined the Wofford faculty in 1988.

Dr. Stephen Michelman has been promoted to associate professor of philosophy. He graduated from Vassar College and received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has studied in Paris as a Chateaubriand Fellow and in Louvain, Belgium, as a Belgian-American Educational Foundation Fellow. Michelman is author of the "Historical Dictionary of Existentialism," forthcoming from Scarecrow Press. Before coming to Wofford in 1996, he taught at Vasser College and at SUNY Stony Brook.

Dr. Peter Schmunk has been promoted to professor in art history in the Department of Fine Arts. He is a graduate of the University of Washington and received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Ohio University. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts Study Grant for college and university teachers to support research on “The Influences of Music on 19th-Century European Painting.” He edited and contributed an essay to the recently published book "The Arts Entwined: Music and Painting in the Nineteenth Century." He joined the Wofford faculty in 1987.

Dr. Edward Welchel has been promoted to assistant professor of education. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, from which he also received his master's degree and doctorate of education. He has taught at Woodruff, Dorman and Boiling Springs high schools and was an adjunct professor at Converse College.