FLORENCE – FMU President Luther F. Carter welcomed new and returning members of the faculty at a ceremony held Tuesday, Aug. 25.
He began his address by commending the campus community for its hard work in the midst of a series of state funding reductions in the previous academic year. Carter also assured the faculty that the security of their positions would be a priority of the university in the current year.
“I believe that it’s my responsibility to be innovative enough to absorb cuts without jeopardizing your jobs or salaries,” Carter said. “I will make you a promise. If we are ever obligated to furlough or layoff an employee for economic reasons, I’ll be the first to go.”
In his address, Carter also praised the enrollment management and admissions staff, led by Kenneth Kitts, FMU associate provost for academic affairs and enrollment management, and James Schlimmer, FMU director of admissions, for the extraordinary recruitment efforts that have resulted in a projected student enrollment increase of more than 7 percent. University officials project a record high overall enrollment of 4,231 students for the fall. This year’s freshman class of 784 students represents a 15 percent increase from last year. Carter credited a significant portion of the 7 percent rise in student enrollment over last year to the quality of FMU faculty and academic programs.
To accommodate this growth, FMU Provost Richard Chapman and department chairpersons introduced 10 new faculty members for the 2009-2010 school year.
“Francis Marion’s success in attracting and retaining students can be attributed to our exceptional faculty, our outstanding academic programs, and the diversity and intellectual excitement of our academic community,” Carter said.
In conclusion, he praised faculty for establishing what he calls one of the most effective systems of shared governance in the state.
“The climate of good humor, trust and respect that characterizes relationships throughout this university is illustrative of the entire faculty governance process,” Carter said. “It’s almost a decade old now, and it grows stronger and more progressive each year.”
Among the new faces on campus this fall are:
Jacqueline G. Campbell of Clearwater, Fla., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of history. She earned the A.A. degree from St. Petersburg College, the B.A. degree in history from the University of South Florida and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Duke University.
Marie H. DeVincenzo of Salt Lake City, Utah, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of marketing. She earned the B.S. degree in environment and behavior, the M.S. degree in family ecology and the Ph.D. degree in business administration from the University of Utah.
Paolo A. Gualdi of Athens, Ga., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of music. He earned the M.M. degree in piano performance from Carnegie Mellon University, the D.M.A. degree in piano performance.
Erica Hernandez of Winter Park, Fla., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of psychology. She earned the B.A. in psychology from Rice University and the M.A. and the Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Jessica Labbé of Greensboro, N.C., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of English. She earned one B.A. degree in women’s studies and one in literature and the M.A. degree in creative writing from Florida State University. She earned the Ph.D. degree in 20th Century American Literature from the University of South Carolina.
Shannon W. Levitzke of Winterville, Ga., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of English. She earned the B.A. and the M.A. degrees in English from Auburn University and is pursuing the Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia.
John P. Ludlam of Fayetteville, Ark., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of biology. He earned the B.S. degree in biology from Gordan College and the Ph.D. degree in biology from the University of Arkansas.
1st Lt. Emily Lynds of Conway has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of military science. She earned the B.A. degree in elementary education from Montana State University.
Nicholas Newman of Auburn, Ala., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics. He earned the B.S. degree in mathematics from Troy State University and the M.S. and the Ph.D. degrees in discrete mathematics from Auburn University.
Michele L. Shamlin of Florence has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of education. She earned the B.S. degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston, the M.Ed. in elementary education from FMU and the Ph.D. in elementary education from the University of South Carolina.
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Lorianne S. Turner of Moncks Corner has joined the faculty as a biology instructor.
J. Antonio Falvino Valero of Conway has been named assistant men’s soccer coach.
Tiffany D. Tucker of Florence has been named assistant women’s basketball coach.