FLORENCE, S.C. – Jeffrey D. Camper, professor of biology, and Victor Scott Kaufman, associate professor of history, will be named Francis Marion University Board of Trustees’ Research Scholars for 2007 in a special ceremony to be held at the quarterly meeting of the board on Friday, Feb. 2.
The Research Scholar designation signifies outstanding scholarly achievements and the promise of continued scholarly activity in the future.
“I am so pleased that these two exceptional faculty members are being honored as Trustees’ Research Scholars,” said Ken Jackson, chair of the FMU board of trustees. “Both are distinguished professors.”
The Research Scholar appointments are for three-year terms and are renewable. The two new appointees join Fred David, Lorraine de Montluzin (retired), John A. Britton, Larry J. McCumber, Benjamin Woods, Jeffrey Pompe, Jackson F. (Jeff) Lee Jr., Jon W. Tuttle, William P. Fox and William M. Ramsey as the university’s 12 Research Scholars.
A native of Aurora, Ill., Camper has been a professor of biology at FMU since 1994. Before coming to FMU, he was a professor of biology at Austin College in Sherman, Texas, from 1991 to1994.
“Jeff Camper is a renowned herpetologist who not only excels in his field of research but also makes himself available throughout the community,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “I am proud that the university can recognize his extensive scholarship in this way.”
Camper earned the B.S. degree in zoology from Southern Illinois University, the M.S. degree in biology from Drake University, and the Ph.D. degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A & M University.
Camper’s area of expertise is the field of herpetology and evolutionary biology. In 2006, he was a Harry M. Lightsey, Jr. Visiting Scholar at Hobcaw Barony, and he received the 2004-2005 FMU Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.
Camper has published numerous articles and served on numerous professional and university committees.
His professional memberships include the American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists, the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the Herpetologist’s League, the National Center for Science Education, Sigma Xi, the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles and the South Carolina Academy of Science.
Kaufman, a native of Slidell, La., became an assistant professor of history at FMU in 2001 and an associate professor of history in 2005. Prior to that, he taught at the University of Washington, Southwest Missouri State University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and Ohio University.
“Scott has had four books published in the past seven years,” said Carter. “I think there is no scholar in the state who has eclipsed the achievements of Scott Kaufman in the six years he’s been here.”
He has taught many courses in the field of history to include historiography, the Korean War, the Modern World and the History of the United States in World Affairs. He earned the B.A. degree from Kansas State University, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio University.
Dr. Kaufman has published four books since 2000, including “Confronting Communism: U.S. and British Policies toward China,” “The Presidency of James Earl Carter Jr.,” “The Pig War: The United States, Britain, and the Balance of Power in the Pacific Northwest, 1846-72” and “Francis Marion: Swamp Fox of the Carolinas.” Dr. Kaufman has also published numerous articles in scholarly journals and has just finished a biography of former first lady Rosalynn Carter, which is scheduled to be published in fall 2007.