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Dr. Laura H. Barbas Rhoden

Associate Professor
Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Publishes new book

Dr. Laura H. Barbas Rhoden has published a new book in the Winter of 2015 titled "Eco-Digital Pedagogies: Why and How Teaching the Green Humanities Can Shape Change.? Green Humanities 1.1 (Winter 2015)." She was invited to give a talk in Heidelberg, Germany, to the Congress of the Association of German Hispanists in March 2015 on ecocritical perspectives on contemporary Latin American cinema.

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Dr. Anne J. Catlla

Assistant Professor
Mathematics

2014 Roger Milliken Award

Dr. Anne J. Catlla was awarded the 2014 Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science at Commencement Exercises. Catlla received her B.S. and M.S. from the University of Kansas and received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She came to Wofford in 2008 after serving as a visiting researcher at Macalester College and a National Science Foundation (NSF) VIGRE Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University. At Wofford, she was a Center for Innovation in Learning Fellow in 2012 and received a Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities Implementation Grant in 2010. She previously received NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Training and Cartwright Fellowships.She serves as an editorial board member and reviewer for SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, a reviewer for Physical Review E Journal, an editorial board member for DSWeb Dynamical Systems Magazine, and as an editorial board member for the Community of Ordinary Differential Equations Educators Digital Library. 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 seventh annual awarding of the honor. The award recognizes outstanding performance in the teaching of science. Full-time faculty in all science disciplines – biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology – are eligible. The recipient is selected by a three-person, off-campus committee composed of business and professional leaders in science from a list of nominees developed and approved by the college provost. The late Roger Milliken, chairman and CEO of Milliken & Co., based in Spartanburg, S.C., was the longest-serving member of the board of trustees of Wofford and is the only person to have been named trustee emeritus. He died Dec. 30, 2010. Science is a part of every student’s program at Wofford, and about 30 percent of the degrees awarded are to students majoring in one of the sciences. Wofford’s science programs and professors have been recognized nationally and internationally for innovation and excellence. The college has a well-respected pre-medical program, and many of Wofford’s graduates enter health care fields. More than 1,200 of the college’s more than 12,000 living alumni are involved in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and other health care fields. Professors and students are involved in research both at Wofford and other institutions and have made national and international presentations.

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Dr. Carol Brasington Wilson

Professor and Coordinator of Academic Advising
English

2014 Covington Award

Dr. Carol Brasington Wilson was presented the 2014 Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences at Commencement Exercises. Wilson, a native of Denmark, S.C., is a 1981 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wofford, earning a degree in English. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina. She returned to Wofford in 1984 to teach. She also served as faculty sponsor for the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society. In 2009, Wilson received the Excellence in Teaching Award from South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities Inc. 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. The Covington Award winner, selected by the president and academic dean of the college, receives $5,000 per year for three years; one recipient will be named each year. The money may be used at the recipient’s discretion for travel, study or other professional development.