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Wiseman named to Reeves Family Professorship

Friday, October 05, 2007

Second endowed professorship supported by Reeves Foundation 

wisemandmSPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College has announced a second endowed professorship created by the Reeves Foundation of Summit, N.J., to attract, reward and retain faculty known for excellence for their teaching and for leadership and creativity in developing programs in their fields of study.

Dr. Dennis Wiseman, professor of French, chair of the department of foreign languages, and director of program assessment at Wofford has been awarded the new professorship.  The professorship will support Wiseman, a professor in the humanities who teaches in the program of intercultural studies for business.

The Reeves Family Professorship was created by a gift directed to the college by Wofford trustee J.E. Reeves Jr., president and treasurer of the Reeves Foundation.  The $1 million gift carried with it a challenge for Wofford to raise an additional $2 million for professorships for outstanding faculty.  As a result, Wofford added a total of $3 million to its endowment for professorships.

Previous gifts from the Reeves family, long-time partners in the mission of the college, include the Reeves Tennis Center and the Reeves Family Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides support for nine students annually at Wofford.

The first Reeves Family Professorship was awarded in January 2007 to Dr. James Proctor, chair of the department of accounting and finance.

Wiseman earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Arizona in 1972, the M.A. in French from Arizona in 1974, and the Ph.D. in French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979, the same year he joined the faculty at Wofford.  He became chair of the department of foreign languages in 1992 and has been a full professor at Wofford since 1996.   For one year, 1997-98, he was resident director for a junior year abroad program sponsored by the Council on International Educational Exchange in Rennes, France.

Wiseman is highly regarded by his peers on the Wofford faculty.  As professor of French and as a faculty member in the program in intercultural studies in business, he is one of the most effective and popular teachers on the faculty.  He has served on the college’s most important committees, he has received grants to fund technological improvements in the foreign language lab and multimedia center, and he has led major efforts to review and renew curriculum across the entire college.  In 2006-07 he led the development of research to evaluate the effectiveness of the college’s programs, a move that was critical to the reaffirmation of accreditation for the institution.

In the spring of 2007, Wiseman was named Wofford’s director of program assessment.  In this capacity, he will oversee the ongoing evaluation of the effectiveness of all of Wofford’s programs.  He is also the faculty advisor to the student honor court, the group that administers the college’s honor code.

Recently retired dean of the college, Dr. Dan Maultsby, says, “Dr. Wiseman is one of Wofford’s most valuable faculty members.  He is truly a gifted teacher and a leader in curriculum development.  In addition, he made a major intellectual and administrative contribution to the college in leading the faculty and staff in program assessment.  I am delighted the college can recognize him as a Reeves Family Professorship.  He is most deserving.”

Maultsby also expressed appreciation to the Reeves family and other donors to the professorship for making this opportunity possible.