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Dr. Angela Shiflet 2009 S.C. Professor of Year

Dr. Angela Shiflet with computers
2009-11-19

Professor honored with national Carnegie Foundation/CASE selection

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Wofford College professor Dr. Angela Shiflet the 2009 South Carolina Professor of the Year. Shiflet was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States.

Shiflet is the Larry Hearn McCalla Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Wofford. She has been chair of the department of computer science since 1998. She also has been director of computational science since 2001.

“Dr. Shiflet’s devotion to Wofford students is legendary, and she is the epitome of all things excellent and good about the concept of ‘teacher,’” says Dr. David S. Wood, dean of the college. “Across our nation, and now the world, she is sharing what she has learned with others through the publication of her most recent textbook and through a myriad of papers, presentations, panels and conference. Her enthusiasm and capacity for work are impressive. As a result, our students are afforded remarkable opportunities for learning experiences beyond the classroom, both here and around the world.”

Supporting Shiflet’s nomination for the award, Dr. Robert M. Panoff, president and executive director of Shodor, a Durham, N.C.-based nonprofit organization serving students and educators by providing materials and instruction relating to computational science, wrote: “Dr. Shiflet is one of the great Renaissance women of our time. She is as expert in the fields of mathematics and computer science as she is in the interdisciplinary world of computation science and its applications across the curriculum. … Her recent book, ‘An Introduction to Computational Science,’ has quickly become the standard that is being used to measure this still-young field.” The book, co-authored by Shiflet’s husband, Dr. George Shiflet, also a Wofford professor, was published by Princeton University Press in 2006.

Shiflet has held 11 summer research positions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She received the Krell Institute Computational Engineering and Science Award in 2007 and was the Mathematics Association of America Southeastern Section Lecturer in 2007-08. She has received six funded grants involving computational science education and internships, has published numerous textbooks and articles, and has made 50 national and international presentations since 2000 on a variety of topics.

A graduate of Furman University, she received master’s degrees from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina, and her Ph.D. in mathematics from Vanderbilt University.

CASE and the Carnegie Foundation have been partners in offering the U.S. Professors of the Year awards program since 1981. TIAA-CREF, one of America's leading financial services organizations and higher education's premier retirement system, became the principal sponsor for the awards ceremony in 2000. Additional support for the program is received from a number of higher education associations, including Phi Beta Kappa, which sponsors an evening congressional reception.

This year, there are 38 state winners. CASE assembled two preliminary panels of judges to select finalists. The Carnegie Foundation then convened the third and final panel, which selected four national winners. CASE and Carnegie select state winners from top entries resulting from the judging process. They were selected from faculty members nominated by colleges and universities throughout the country.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 by Andrew Carnegie “to do all things necessary to encourage, uphold and dignify the profession of teaching.” The foundation is the only advanced-study center for teachers in the world and the third-oldest foundation in the nation. Its nonprofit research activities are conducted by a small group of distinguished scholars.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is the largest international association of education institutions, serving nearly 3,400 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in 59 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information, and standards in the fields of educational fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.

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