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Dr. Kenneth J. Banks

Associate Professor
History

Participates in 'Slave Narratives' seminar

Dr. Kenneth J. Banks was one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “Slave Narratives” in June 2016. The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, English and related fields will use the slave narratives, as well as other assigned secondary reading, to comprehend the lived experiences of slaves in the transition from bondage to freedom. From a pool of 66 highly competitive nominations, 27 faculty members were selected to participate in the seminar at Yale University.

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Dr. Erin R. Corrales-Diaz

Visiting Professor
Art and Art History

NEH Summer Scholar

Dr. Erin R. Corrales-Diaz was selected as an NEH Summer Scholar in 2016 from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She participated in an institute titled “Visual Culture of the American Civil War and its Aftermath” at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York (CUNY) and will be directed by Donna Thompson Ray.

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Dr. Karen H. Goodchild

Associate Professor, Chair
Art History

Publishes article, finalizes book proposal

Dr. Karen H. Goodchild published an article, "Source and Meanings: Bronzino's Wandering Eye," in the winter of 2016. She also finalized a book proposal and wrote an essay that will be included in the book, "The Verdant Earth in Early Modern Italian Art," to be published in the winter of 2018 by the University of Amsterdam Press. The essay is titled "Naturalism and Antiquity in Vasari's Verzure." Another article, "The Sausage King: Andrea del Sarto's Portrait of Il Lasca," will be published in the fall of 2017; she wrote the article in preparation for a talk in April 2016 at the University of Amsterdam. She also spoke in 2016 in Boston at the Renaissance Society of America Conference on "Il Tremolare delle Foglie: 16th c."

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Dr. Kimberly A. Hall

Assistant Professor
English

NEH Summer Scholar

Dr. Kimberly A. Hall was selected as an NEH Summer Scholar in 2016 from a national applicant pool to attend one of 23 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. She participated in an institute titled “The History of Political Economy” at Duke University.

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Dr. Sally A. Hitchmough

Professor
English

2016 Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Sally A. Hitchmough received the 2016 Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences. Hitchmough earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Sheffield in England, her master’s M.A. and her Ph.D. both from the University of Southern California. Her areas of specialization are 19th century British literature, feminist theory and post-colonial theory. At Wofford, Hitchmough also co-directs the Gender Studies Program as well as the annual Conference on Gender, which draws students and scholars from the region. She is known for her insightful work on college committees and task forces as well as for her nurturing with first-year students as well as with majors in English. 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.

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Dr. Charlotte A. Knotts-Zides

Professor, Chair
Mathematics

2016 Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science

Dr. Charlotte A. Knotts-Zides was awarded the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science during the 2016 Commencement Exercises held on May 15, 2016. Knotts-Zides received her B.S. in mathematics from Guilford College, and both her master of science and her doctoral degrees in mathematics from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Prior to her arrival at Wofford in 1994, Knotts-Zides held internships with Siemens in Munich, Germany, and was a research fellow with the National Science Foundation Research Experience of Undergraduates. She teaches at all levels of the curriculum in mathematics. She is noted for collaborative work in living-learning communities and for her very creative Interim projects that include tai chi and Chinese medicine, yoga and Indian philosophy, and family history and digital scrapbooking. Knotts-Zides is governor of the Mathematics Association of America – Southeastern Section and has held numerous positions in that organization. Over her career, she has won numerous professional awards, including the Distinguished Service Award of the Mathematical Association of America – Southeastern Section. 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.

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Dr. Peter L. Schmunk

Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Garrison Professor
Humanities

2016 SCICU Excellence in Teaching Award

Dr. Peter L. Schmunk received the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, presented by the South Carolina Independent College and Universities (SCICU) in May 2016. The award honors his effective leadership and mentorship inside and outside of the classroom. Schmunk teaches in the Department of Art and Art History. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music from the University of Washington, then a Ph.D. in comparative arts from Ohio University.

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George W. Singleton

John C. Cobb Professor
Humanities

Receives John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence

George W. Singleton received the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence on March 12, 2016. Past winners of the award, presented by Centenary College in Shreveport, La., include Eudora Welty and Tim O'Brien. Singleton has published seven collections of short stories, two novels and a writing advice book. In 2015, he was inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Although born in Anaheim, Calif., Singleton has lived in South Carolina for most of his life, graduating from Furman University in 1980. He received an MFA degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The majority of his stories revolve around the South. He began teaching at Wofford in 2013 and teaches courses such as Grit Lit, Short Story Workshop and Personal Essay. He says he particularly enjoys working with students in the Short Story Workshop because the class writes fiction. Since publishing “Calloustown” in November 2015, Singleton has gone on a book tour throughout the Southeast and continues to work on new short stories. Although he has no publications planned, he normally tries to write and revise a few hours every day. When visiting Centenary College to accept the award, he served as the guest lecturer for five classes. The John William Corrington Award honors a Centenary alumnus and English major, Bill Corrington, who worked as a novelist, poet, attorney and television-show writer. It is presented annually by the Centenary English Department to an established writer who has earned the critical esteem of readers. The award takes the form of a bronze medal, which was initially casted by the artist Clyde Connell, a regional self-taught abstract sculptor and artist.