FLORENCE – Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 17.
Bill D. Whitmire of Florence was given the Award of Excellence in Teaching; T. Alissa Warters of Florence was presented the Award for Excellence in Service; and Victor Scott Kaufman of Florence received the Award for Excellence in Research. Each award carries a cash prize.
”Bill, Scott and Alissa rank among the very best professors in the state of South Carolina,” said Fred Carter, president of FMU. “Their work, in the areas of teaching, research and service, has garnered the respect of colleagues and students alike. I am filled with admiration for their accomplishments and profoundly grateful for their service and friendship.”
An associate professor of mathematics, Whitmire has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1997. He is also coordinator of secondary education certification for mathematics programs. Whitmire has created courses for continuing education in-service teachers including geometry for the middle school teacher, methods for the middle school teacher, using Sketchpad in the middle school, statistics and data analysis and working with manipulatives. He has made numerous presentations at local, state and national conferences in the area of mathematics and technology.
A native of Greenwood, he earned the B.A. degree in chemistry and mathematics from Lander College, and the M.A. degree in mathematics education from the University of Kentucky. He also earned the Ed.S. and Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Georgia.
Warters, a native of Rock Hill is an assistant professor of political science. She has been a member of the FMU faculty since 2004. Warters received the B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. She received the Ph.D. degree in political science from the University of Tennessee.
Her primary research and teaching interests are the American presidency and public law. She was recently recognized for her role as co-chair of the United Nations Symposium. Warters has given numerous professional presentations on various topics. Her work has been published in several scholarly journals and magazines, all of which focus on the president of the United States and civil liberties.
Her professional memberships include the American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, South Carolina Political Science Association and Popular Culture and American Culture Association in the South.
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.
He has taught many courses in the field of history including 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.
Kaufman has published five 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,” “Francis Marion: Swamp Fox of the Carolinas” and a biography of former first lady Rosalynn Carter.
Kaufman has also published numerous articles in scholarly journals. Kaufman was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture in Ireland.
His research interests include U.S. diplomatic, Latin American and U.S. military histories and the history of Japan.
Rebecca H. Flannagan, an assistant professor of English, also was presented the Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. She has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1995. This award is given to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to the principles of shared governance between the faculty, administration and the board of trustees. A native of Hardinsburg, Ky., she earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees from Western Kentucky University and the Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. At FMU, she is co-director of the Swamp Fox Writing Project, assistant coordinator for freshman English and has served on a number of university committees. She has published numerous poems, reviews and articles. She is editor of Postcript, the publication of the Philological Association of the Carolinas.