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Distinguished Faculty 2012
Hester, Nelson, Carter, Johnson and Hughes
Three professors recognized for teaching, research and service

FLORENCE – Three Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the past year at a faculty recognition banquet on April 19. 

Associate Professor of Psychology and Coordinator of the Master of Science Program in Applied Psychology Dr. Farrah Moore Hughes of Florence was given the Award of Excellence in Teaching; Chair of the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy, and Professor of English Dr. Christopher Dyer Johnson of Florence was presented the Award for Excellence in Research; and Associate Professor in the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy, and Co-director of the Swamp Fox Writing Project Dr. Matthew C. Nelson of Florence received the Award for Excellence in Service. Each award carries a cash prize.   

“For more than 40 years, Francis Marion’s professors have exemplified the very highest standards in teaching, scholarship and service,” said FMU President Fred Carter. “The efforts of Farrah, Chris and Matthew continue this tradition and highlight the extraordinary capabilities of the finest collegiate faculty in the state. I am very proud of them and their accomplishments.”  

Hughes received the B.A. in psychology with honors from Wake Forest University in her home state of North Carolina. She went on to receive the M.A. in psychology and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee. Hughes attended Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Rhode Island for her one-year residency. 

In 2005, Hughes joined FMU as a clinical psychologist in the office of counseling and testing. From 2005 -2011, Hughes was assistant professor of psychology and coordinator of the master of science program in applied psychology at FMU. During her tenure, Hughes has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses, including Human Sexuality, Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology, Child Behavior: Growth and Development and Marital and Family Therapy. 

Johnson received the B.A. in English from Villanova University and the M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware. Johnson joined the FMU faculty in 1996 as the chair of English, Modern Languages and Philosophy. Previously, he worked at Missouri Valley College as the dean of arts and humanities.

Johnson's research interests are principally in the area of eighteenth-century fiction. New Contexts for Eighteenth-Century British Fiction, “Hearts Resolved and Hands”: Essays in Honor of Jerry C. Beasley and a critical edition of Sarah Fielding's "The Lives of Cleopatra and Octavia" for Bucknell University Press are among his most noted published work. He has also published a number of articles and conference papers on various literary topics and composition pedagogy.

Nelson came to FMU in 2004 from the Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan. He received the B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Texas A&M University.  He received the Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan.

In his position as director of the Swamp Fox Writing Project, Nelson supports teachers in the Pee Dee region and assists students become stronger, confident, and skillful writers. A division of the National Writing Project, the Swamp Fox Writing Project, offers a variety of professional development programs for teachers, both at FMU and in local school districts. 

Director of the Terry and Gail Richardson Center for the Child and Chair of the Department of Psychology Dr. John R. Hester was presented the Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors. 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 Greenville, Hester earned the B.A. degree in psychology from Clemson University and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in school psychology from the University of South Carolina. He is a nationally certified school psychologist and has worked in private practice, consulting with individual clients and area school districts, for more than 20 years.

Since joining the FMU faculty in 1980, Hester has served on a number of committees including the University Accreditation, Academic Affairs, Graduate Advisory, Budget Advisory, University General Education Oversight, and the Center of Excellence Advisory, to name a few.


Last Published: May 21, 2012 1:15 PM
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