The Southern Conference recently named its All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team, with two representatives each from all 10 member institutions being recognized by the league. The recipients share the common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life and the local community. Faculty members selected have demonstrated strong contributions to teaching, research and/or service, while staff members are being recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success. Selected for Wofford were Dr. Daniel B. Mathewson, associate professor of religion, and Curt McPhail, executive director of the Career Center professional and entrepreneurial development center.
Each member of the All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team receives a plaque and will be honored at a home basketball game at his or her institution. McPhail is a 1996 Wofford graduate and was the college’s 2012 Young Alumnus of the Year. He also is a two-time winner of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Before coming to Wofford, he was with the Northside Development Corp., which focuses on the nearby Northside neighborhood. McPhail is the founder of globalbike, an international nonprofit that uses the transformative power of bicycles to connect women and resources. In recent years, he has led his team in special career services outreach to student-athletes at Wofford.
Mathewson’s teaching generally centers on new religious movements, American evangelicalism, religious extremism, religion and pop culture, and religion and law. He also currently serves as director of new faculty teaching initiatives in the Center for Innovative Learning. He is keenly interested in the intersection of religion, sports (in particular, professional wrestling) and Southern culture. He recently co-founded the Professional Wrestling Studies Association and was elected editor of the public scholarship e-magazine PWSA Ringside. He also helped launch the Professional Wrestling Studies Journal, the first peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to this topic.