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2008-09-01

Academic Affairs reorganization to provide more support

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – A reorganization of the Wofford College academic affairs staff, including bolstering the study abroad and international programs as well as enhancing academic planning, will provide for more effective support for the college’s faculty and students.

In addition, personnel changes – both additions and promotions – have been announced in several other departments, including information management and institutional research; career services; and communications and marketing. New faculty appointments and lecturers for the fall semester also have been announced.

 

Dr. Boyce M. Lawton III
has been appointed vice president for academic administration and planning. Dr. Ana María Wiseman has been named dean of international programs, and Amy Lancaster has been promoted to assistant dean for international programs and academic administration. Sara Milani has joined the staff part-time as coordinator of international student services under Wiseman.

 

“Our recent reorganizing in academic affairs is designed to allow us to more effectively provide support and help for our faculty and students,” Dr. David S. Wood, dean of the college, says. “We must continue to be creative, flexible and forward-thinking in our academic programs while honoring our core commitment to a liberal education. The faculty is engaged in many important new initiatives and the college is now better positioned to sustain our momentum at the heart of the institution, the academic program.”

Wiseman will continue her involvement in all aspects of Wofford’s academic programs, having served as associate dean, and will join the President’s staff and will work with the college’s board of trustees. “Dr. Wiseman’s primary focus will continue to be providing leadership in our efforts to enhance and expand our travel programs, enrich our faculty development efforts in the international arena, and strengthen our Interim term,” Wood adds. “She is highly regarded internationally in the growing and important field of study abroad and we are fortunate to have her continued presence among us.”

Wiseman, who will continue to serve as an associate professor of foreign languages, received her degree in translation from the State University of Antwerp, Belgium, in Dutch, English, Spanish and French in 1979. She obtained the doctor of modern language (DML) in Spanish and French from Middlebury College in 1996. Wiseman’s teaching experience in Spanish, French and English includes courses in language, literature, theater and film, and translation and interpretation. Her professional activities reflect her interest in educational technology, and include papers and workshops on the instructional use of film, video and iPods. She is co-author of iSpeak Spanish Verbs, a program for iPods intended to help students understand and practice Spanish verb conjugations. Wiseman has been active in the governance of several study abroad organizations and has been elected by the membership to serve as chair of the Conference for the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES).

Lawton’s duties “will stretch across many areas, to include general academic administration, academic planning and new program development,” Wood says. “He will help us follow through with many of our current efforts and assist all of us as we seek to launch new initiatives. He will work closely with David Whisnant, vice president for technology, to spearhead efforts aimed at providing more instruction technology opportunities. Boyce brings into our office 20 years of diverse experience in higher education and he will be available to work with faculty on a myriad of ideas and opportunities.” Lawton also will join the President’s staff.

Lawton is entering his 12th year at Wofford, where he has previously served as associate dean for special programs, associate vice president information management and planning, director of institutional research and evaluation, Webmaster, and interim director of financial aid. While at Wofford, he has taught courses in the departments of mathematics and computer science. Lawton is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the South Carolina Honors College at the University of South Carolina with a major in applied mathematics. He earned the master of science degree in pure mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Ph.D. in higher education administration from USC. Prior to his work at Wofford, Lawton served as the department head of mathematics at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College, where he also coordinated the university transfer program. He was a co-principal investigator for the $6 million South Carolina Advanced Technical Education grant funded by the National Science Foundation to rework the engineering technology programs throughout the state. Lawton is married to Amy Young Lawton, who serves as a school psychologist at the McCarthy Teszler School. He and his wife have been featured by the National Dropout Prevention Center for their work with drama as a tool for at-risk secondary school students. The summer camp in Columbia, S.C., which received federal funding for 10 years, used drama to provide a positive experience of success. Lawton has two sons, Will and Drew, who both attend E.P. Todd Elementary School.

Lancaster will continue her work in the study abroad area, the coordination of first-year student advising and the Interim program. “She has developed additional credentials in cross-cultural competencies, and her growing experience will indeed strengthen our efforts in expanding our global initiatives,” Wood says.

Lancaster is a 2001graduate of Wofford, receiving a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and the S.C. teaching certificate. While at Wofford, she studied in Havana, Cuba, and La Plata, Argentina. She has a master’s degree in Spanish from Middlebury College and studied in Madrid, Spain. Previously, she was a Spanish teacher at Ridge View High School in Columbia, S.C. She came to Wofford in 2004 as assistant director of programs abroad and a lecturer in Spanish. Lancaster’s duties at Wofford include study abroad advising, intercultural training, advising for off-campus study, coordination of Interim as well as freshman registration and advising. She also has taught several Spanish courses during the year as well as an intercultural communication class in Interim. She is a qualified intercultural development inventory administrator, a member of NAFSA (Association of International Educators), and has served as a reader for the Advanced Placement exams in Spanish.

Before coming to Wofford, Milani was at Clemson University as the associate director of international student programs in the Gantt Intercultural Center, where she worked with international student programming, advising, and intercultural and diversity training. Previously, she was associate director of study abroad and international student advising at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. She has a master’s degree in international studies from N.C. State University and a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Wake Forest University. She has been in the field of international education for more than 12 years. She also is an intercultural trainer and diversity education trainer at various institutions.

Robert L. Keasler, senior vice president of operations, and Dr. David Whisnant, vice president for information technology, announced changes in their departments. Jason Womick has been named assistant vice president of institutional research and information management. Jason Burr was named director of information management, and Brian Rawlinson was named director of network services.

Womick now is responsible for the direction and management of all institutional research and information management initiatives. He is Wofford’s chief institutional research and will manage the collection, analysis and dissemination of internal data as well as external data, such as national surveys and institutional external assessments. Womick also will be involved in the implementation of additional software, services and Web projects that relate to the informational needs of the college.

Womick is a 1994 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford, earning a BA and a BS in mathematics and computer science/mathematics. Before returning to Wofford in 2007, he was a secondary mathematics and computer science teacher, earning his master’s of education from the University of South Carolina. He then transitioned to a technology role in industry that included programming, report writing and implementing technology solutions. Since returning to Wofford, he has been involved in institutional research, report creation and Web programming.

Burr is both the chief architect for all college reporting and the chief Web programmer for college Web initiatives. He is responsible for the creation, management and delivery of accurate and timely informational reports to various groups within the college. He also is responsible for prioritizing, implementing and managing college Web programming initiatives.

Burr is a 2001 Wofford graduate from Greer, S.C.; he was on the Terrier football team. He began his career at Wofford as part of the information technology staff, working his way up to Banner/Web programmer and associate director of information management.

Rawlinson ’95 now will lead the information technology group responsible for the campus network and non-Banner-related servers. He also is responsible for the design and management of our technology-equipped classrooms, and for Information Technology’s role in projects involving new construction and renovation of existing buildings.

He has served in a variety of roles – technology trainer, audio-visual coordinator and operations manager – on Wofford’s information technology staff since December 1997. He received a degree in computer science from Wofford, going on to work for an audio-visual integration company, then as a software support technician before returning to Wofford. Here, he has overseen major IT projects, such as the implementation of the original campus LAN and telephone system, the integration of technology in numerous construction and renovations projects, and coordination of the college’s response to an extensive IT security audit.

In career services, Scott Cochran ’88 was named director and Jennifer Almond ’07 assistant director.

Cochran comes to Wofford from UPS Capital where he served as the vice president of marketing, technology and credit card services. This was a global role that included offices in the U.S., Shanghai, Taipei, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. Prior to joining UPS Capital in 2001, Cochran served in a variety of senior management roles in finance, operations, sales and marketing with GMAC Financial Services. In addition to his experience in the U.S., he served two years in Germany designing and implementing a pan-European marketing structure for GMAC Europe. He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wofford and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1995.

Almond graduated from Wofford with a double major in English and biology. She was Phi Beta Kappa and was Wofford Scholar and Gibbs Scholar. She served as an residence assistant from 2004 through 2006 and studied abroad in Rome the first semester of her senior year. Between her junior and senior years, she interned at HR XCEL, a human resources outsourcing company. After graduation, she joined the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs and worked in a variety of management and customer service positions.

Kay Walton was named director of financial aid. Walton had served as assistant director of financial aid at Wofford since 2001. She had served as the director of financial aid at the University of South Carolina Upstate prior to coming to Wofford. Walton brings 20 years of experience in helping students obtain financial aid.

In the Office of Communications and Marketing, Mark S. Olencki ’75 was named college photographer and digital imaging manager, and Brett W. Borden was named assistant director of news services.

Olencki is a working photographer with more than three decades of experience in Spartanburg. His nature photography has appeared recently in Fourth Genre magazine and the National Geographic book Heart of a Nation. Excerpts from his photo journals appeared recently in The Chattahoochee Review. In 2000, Olencki was selected for a Spartanburg artists’ exchange program with the community of Winterthur, Switzerland, and exhibited his photographs in both cities. His photographs have been included in the permanent collection of the state of South Carolina as well as the private collections of many businesses and individuals. Olencki’s photographic work has been featured in several Hub City books, including Textile Town (2002), The Seasons of Harold Hatcher (2000, The Lawson’s Fork (2000), and New Southern Harmonies (1998), as well as two books produced for the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Spartanburg: International Flair, Southern Charm (1999) and Spartanburg: Portrait of the Good Life (1993). Before coming to Wofford, Olencki operated a photo/graphic design business in Spartanburg, Olencki Graphics Inc., and has been the book designer for 33 Hub City titles. He is a 1975 magna cum laude graduate of Wofford, one of the first graduates with a bachelor’s degree in studio art.

Borden has been a writer/editor since 1989, when he served as editor of Needle Arts magazine in Louisville, Ky. He wrote for Business First of Louisville, Louisville Magazine and the Courier Journal before moving to Florida in 1995. Borden covered several different sports for the Daytona Beach News-Journal before moving on to nascar.com. In 2000, Borden moved to Charlotte and started working for the Carolina Panthers, where he spent seven years as a writer. He also has been a freelance writer for espn.com for two years.

The following new faculty appointments have been made for the Fall Semester 2008:

Stefanie H. Baker, associate professor, biology
Anne Janeen Catlla, assistant professor, mathematics
Jenny Bem Johnson, assistant professor, accounting
John D. Miles, assistant professor, English
Jesse E. Moshure, technical director, theatre
Patricia C. Nuriel, assistant professor, foreign languages
Wesley Pech, assistant professor, economics
Kimberly Adell Rostan, assistant professor, English
Julia Sexeny, assistant professor, English
Joseph A. Spivey, assistant professor, mathematics

New part-time faculty:
Reed M. Chewning, lecturer, English
Mike Corbin, lecturer, fine arts
James Houck, lecturer, physics
Christina Jeffrey, lecturer, government
Roger Lutterall, lecturer, music
Ron Miller, lecturer, fine arts
Scott J. Neely, lecturer, philosophy
Marsha H. Redden, lecturer, psychology
Patrick N. Whitfill, lecturer, English
Kevin York-Simmons, lecturer, religion
Capt. Matthew Blackwelder, assistant professor, military science
1st Lt. Rosa Looney, assistant professor, military science
Capt. W. Simon Stricklen, assistant professor, military science

Robert C. Jeffrey was promoted to professor of government.

Deno P. Trakas was appointed to the Laura and Winston Hoy Endowed Professorship of Literature.

These faculty promotions to associate professor were announced:
A.K. Anderson, religion
Mark A. Ferguson, theatre
Stacey R. Hettes, biology
James R. (Jim) Neighbors, English

Given professor emeritus status were Linton R. Dunson Jr., government, and Vivian B. Fisher, English.