Dr. John Farrenkopf, associate professor of government
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Dr. John Farrenkopf, associate professor of government at Wofford, was among the recipients recently of Excellence in Teaching awards presented in Columbia by South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Inc.
Farrenkopf joined the Wofford community in 2006, attracted to the opportunities to teach government and international relations courses at a liberal arts college in the South. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in history from Trinity College, his master’s in government from Georgetown University and his Ph.D. in foreign affairs with an emphasis in international politics from the University of Virginia. He has been awarded three Fulbright appointments overseas along with several other professional honors and recognitions.
Dr. David S. Wood, academic dean and senior vice president for academic affairs, says, “Dr. Farrenkopf possesses the special combination of skills, intellect and commitment that so often characterizes the outstanding professor. “It comes as no surprise to us that he is admired and loved by students and colleagues alike. He personifies the essence of teaching at a liberal arts college with his passionate dedication as a teacher, adviser and mentor.”
“Wofford is a great place to teach and my experience has been very positive here,” Farrankopf says. “I have the privilege of teaching many bright and industrious students. I have the opportunity to learn from colleagues from various departments who are experts in their fields, enjoy various enriching cultural experiences and guest lectures on campus, and benefit from the assistance of a talented administration and staff.”
Each of the 20 member institutions of the SCICU consortium selects one faculty member each year to receive the award, which includes a professional development stipend for the professor. Each recipient is chosen by his or her institution according to rigorous criteria. The most important characteristic of the nominees is their demonstration of the highest standards in teaching methods that encourage students to strive for excellence in their studies and pursuits.
SCICU was established in 1953 with the primary mission of promoting independent higher education in South Carolina. SCICU seeks to advance independent higher education through fundraising, scholarships, research, and by facilitating collaborative activities among the 20 member institutions, which educate nearly 33,000 students each year. For additional information about SCICU, contact Mike LeFever or Brenda Torrance at 803-799-7122, or visit www.scicu.org