Francis Marion University English Professor Dr. Rebecca Flannagan has been re-elected by her peers to serve a third, one-year term as faculty chair.
Following others who were elected multiple years as chair, Flannagan is only the fourth faculty member to serve in that capacity since the shared governance system was restored in 2000. Prior to her tenure, Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice president for Administration (2000-2004); Dr. Ken Autrey (2004-2008), retired Professor of English; and Keith Best, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, (2008-2012) also were at the helm.
The fact that Flannagan was chosen to serve an additional term is no surprise to her colleagues who call her the university’s ambassador, who makes herself available to assist everyone from the administration, faculty and staff to even the students and the surrounding community. The weight of her responsibility has been somewhat different, Best says, and she has certainly met the challenge.
“Becky has had to deal with more programmatic growth at the university and the appointment of new chairs and deans. Even with that, she has been approachable and knowledgeable in dealing with all parties involved,” says Best. “Her strengths have been her ability to communicate the needs of the Francis Marion community and the enhancement of committee functionality.”
Flannagan came to FMU in 1995. She teaches American literature, poetry workshop, introduction to literature, as well as all varieties of freshman composition. She won the FMU Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and the Charlene Wages Shared Governance Award in 2008. She and her husband Roy have one son, Wickham.