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Dr. Laura H. Barbas Rhoden

Associate Professor
Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

2015 Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Laura H. Barbas Rhoden received the Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences during Wofford College's 2015 Commencement Exercises on May 17. Barbas Rhoden earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Georgia and her master of arts degree and Ph.D. from Tulane University. She has coordinated the Spanish section of the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures for eight years, and she teaches a broad range of courses. She has developed numerous collaborative courses that deal with community-based learning and service learning. She is the founder and collaborator of the Hispanic Alliance in Spartanburg and is vice president of the Hub City Food Co-op. She also has led the service teaching and working project in Arcadia Elementary School and serves as a volunteer interpreter in Spanish for various organizations in Spartanburg. On campus, Barbas Rhoden has created and nurtured numerous student community outreach programs including Wofford and Me, a program to increase college aspirations of first graders; the Spanish Academy at E.P. Todd Elementary School; and the Arcadia Volunteer Corps. She has published two books from the University Presses of the University of Florida and the Ohio University Press. At Wofford, she has served on numerous committees, including the Faculty Development Committee, the Interfaith Youth Core Working Group, the Committee on Post-Graduate Scholarships, the Student Affairs Committee and the Presidential Advisory Committee. The Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences is named in honor of Philip Stanhope Sheffield Covington, a beloved academic dean of Wofford College who served from 1953 to 1969. A graduate of Emory University, he joined the Wofford faculty in 1947 after earning a master’s degree at Duke University and teaching in public schools in Charleston, S.C. He was dean of students from 1950 to 1953 and served as acting president in 1957-58. In 1970 ill health forced him to give up his administrative duties, but he remained active as a professor of English until his retirement from the college in 1976. Wofford honored him with a doctor of literature degree in 1959 and with the title of dean emeritus. Covington was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Blue Key National Honor Society, Sigma Chi and Sigma Delta Psi.


Dr. Christine Dinkins

Associate Professor

Chapter published

Dr. Christine Dinkins' chapter on "socratic Pedagogy: Teaching Students to Think Like Nurses" is scheduled to be published in the spring of 2015 in "Expert Clinician to Novice Nurse Educator: Learning from First-Hand Narratives" through Springer Press.


Dr. Byron McCane

Albert C. Outler Professor

Featured in CNN series on 'Finding Jesus'

Dr. Byron McCane was featured in a six-part series on CNN, "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery." The series aired beginning March 1, 2015. McCane also was interviewed several times by CNN during promotion of the series.


Dr. John F. Moeller

Associate Professor

2015 Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science

Dr. John F. Moeller received the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science during the 2015 Wofford College Commencement Exercises held May 17. Moeller received his B.A. in animal physiology from the University of California, San Diego, and his Ph.D. in biology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His graduate work focused on the sensory physiology, anatomy and behavior of deep-water crustaceans of the Pacific Ocean. At Wofford, he teaches biology concepts and methods, cell and development, and human physiology. Before coming to Wofford, Moeller taught for six years at St. Andrews Presbyterian College and served as chair of the department for five years. While at St. Andrews, his research shifted to communication and behavior in various species of insects, especially wasps. His current research focuses on the stridulation of the wingless wasps, commonly known as velvet ants. The Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science, funded by a $1 million endowment, provides a $50,000 prize – an annual award of $5,000 for up to 10 years – for use in pursuing professional development. The recipient must remain on the Wofford faculty to continue receiving the annual disbursement. This was the 12th annual awarding of the honor. Earlier this year, Moeller was among 20 college professors from across the state recognized April 14, 2015, by the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (SCICU) consortium with the 2015 Excellence in Teaching awards are presented annually to one nominee from each of the state’s private colleges. Honorees received a $3,000 professional development stipend.


Dr. Ron Robinson

Perkins-Prothro Chaplain, Director of the Center for Global and Community Engagement, Professor

Invited to participate in Aspen Institute seminar

Dr. Ron Robinson was invited by the Aspen Institute in Colorado to participate in its signature Aspen Seminar on Leadership, Values and the Good Society on March 21-27, 2015.


George Singleton

John C. Cobb Chair, Professor

Inducted into Fellowship of Southern Writers

George W. Singleton was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers on April 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Singleton holds the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities at Wofford. The Southern author has written several collections of short stories and three novels. His latest book, “Between Wrecks,” his sixth book of short stories, was published in 2014.


Dr. Deno Trakas


Presents at conference

Dr. Deno Trakas was invited to present at at conference of writing center directors from South Carolina at Charleston Southern University in spring 2015. He presented on changes in the writing center over the past 35 years, noting that he actually began working in the writing lab at the University of South Carolina 37 years ago. "I was hired to teach three courses and run the writing lab at Wofford in 1980 after my predecessor was fired for throwing a typewriter out a window. I said that's changed ... now we throw computers."


Dr. Nancy M. Williams

Associate Professor

Publishes article

Dr. Nancy M. Williams' article "The Ethics of Care and Humane Meat: Why Care is Not Ambiguous about 'Humane' Meat," will be published in the 2015 summer issue of The Journal of Social Philosophy. She also will have her article "Meat Eating and Masculinity: A Foucauldian Analysis" appear in Just Food: Philosophy, Justice and Food (Jill Dieterle, ed., Rowman and Littlefield International 2015). Most recently, she was invited to submit her published article "Affected Ignorance and Animal Suffering: Why Our Failure to Debate Factory Farming Puts Us at Moral Risk" (The Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, August 2008, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp. 371-384) to an upcoming anthology, Applied Ethics: Classic and New Voices (Shari Collins, ed., Broadview Press 2015).