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1999

FMU ANNOUNCES NEW FACULTY MEMBERS

FLORENCE, S.C. – Officials at Francis Marion University have announced the addition of 19 new faculty members for the 1999-2000 school year.

Raymond B. Bagley of Emporia, Kan., has joined the faculty as an associate professor of computer science.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Pacific States University, a master’s degree from Pepperdine University, and a Ph.D. degree in computer science from Illinois Institute of Technology.  He has taught on the faculties of California State University at Fullerton, Chapman College in Orange, Calif., Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.Va., SUNY Geneseo, and most recently at Emporia State University.

Robert C. Bridger of Athens, Ga., has been appointed an assistant professor of psychology.  He received a B.S. degree from Coastal Carolina University, and M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees (both in educational psychology) from the University of Georgia.  He has been a graduate teaching assistant at Georgia for the past four years, earning the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in 1997.

Scott S. Brown of Albuquerque, N.M., comes to Francis Marion as an instructor of geography.   He earned the B.A. degree from the University of Texas and the M.S. degree from the Universidad de Costa Rica.  He is currently a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in geography at Louisiana State University.  He previously was an adjunct instructor at Austin (Texas) Community College, LSU, and Universidad Internacional de las Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Betty P. David of Florence, joins the FMU faculty as an instructor of accounting.  She received the B.S. degree in business administration and mathematics (magna cum laude) from Francis Marion in 1975 and the M.B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina.  She has also completed work toward her Ph.D. degree in accounting at USC.  On two occasions, she has been an instructor on the FMU faculty (1978-81 and 1987-91), and taught as an instructor and graduate assistant at USC.  Most recently, she was an office manager with ERA Leatherman Realty Inc. and Cover Foam Services Inc., both in Florence.

Natalie De Corvin of Jefferson City, Tenn., has been named an assistant professor of Spanish.  She earned the B.A. degree from the University of North Alabama and the M.A. degree from the University of Alabama, where she is also a candidate for the Ph.D. degree.  Recently, she taught at Carson-Newman College and worked with the Jefferson (Tenn.) County Board of Education.  Before that, she held a graduate assistantship at Alabama, and also has taught at three grade schools in Ontario, Canada.

Elizabeth (Betty) M. Gasque of Pawleys Island has been appointed an assistant professor of mathematics.  A 1969 graduate of Winthrop College, she earned the M.Ed. degree from Francis Marion in 1975 and is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree at USC.  A long-time educator in the Pee Dee, she previously taught at Townsend Junior High School and Latimer School in Latta, and Marion High School (from 1975 to 1991).  She was a member of the FMU faculty from 1992 to 1994 and most recently has been a mathematics consultant, a national instructor for Teachers Teaching with Technology, and on-camera host and consultant for “Math in the Middle…..,” an integrated middle school math project funded by the National Science Foundation.

Ken Griffin of Conway, Ark., has joined the FMU faculty as chairman of the Department of Computer Science and professor of computer science.  He received the B.S., M.B.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Louisiana Tech University.  He has been a member of the University of Central Arkansas faculty since 1983, and prior to that taught on the faculties at Valdosta State College, Georgia College, the University of West Florida, and Louisiana Tech.  He was spent one year as a part-time instructor at Pensacola (Fla.) Junior College.

James K. Harris of Florence has returned to the FMU faculty as an associate professor of computer science.  He received the B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in mathematics from the University of Alabama and the M.S. degree in computer science from USC.  He taught at Francis Marion from 1990 to 1998 before joining the UNC Pembroke faculty for the 1998-99 academic year.  He also previously taught at Coker College (1984-90) and Susquehanna University.

James E. Holsenback of Savannah, Ga., has been named an associate professor of business.  He earned the B.S. degree from Clemson University, and both the M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from USC.  He has been a member of the faculty at Savannah State University for the past six years, and prior to that spent one summer as a graduate teaching associate at USC.  He has worked for various industries in North Carolina, including Saratoga Mills, Crown Finishing, Guilford Laboratories, Dan River Webco Division, Alpha Industries, and Collins and Aikman.  He also worked for five years with Vanity Fair in Monroeville, Ala.

Derek Jokisch of Gainesville, Fla., has been appointed an assistant professor of physics.  He earned the B.S. degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois (Champaign) and the M.S. degree in health physics from the University of Florida, where he also is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in health physics.  A former Department of Energy Nuclear Engineering/Health Physics Fellow, he has been involved with varied research at Florida.

Lynne S. Mann of Florence has joined the Francis Marion faculty as an instructor of Nursing.  She received the B.S. degree in nursing from the University of Virginia and master of nursing degree from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.  She was a staff nurse/charge nurse at McLeod Regional Medical Center from 1979 to 1986.  She also worked with Pee Dee Orthopedic Associates in Florence and the Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst, N.C.  She later moved to Australia and worked as a research assistant from 1996 to 1997.  She also was a guest lecturer at the University of Technology in the graduate school of nursing.   Previously, she worked at two hospitals in Virginia and with the health care system of the State of Virginia.

William H. Richardson of Summerville, another FMU alumnus, has been named an assistant professor of mathematics.  He earned the B.S. degree in math from Francis Marion in 1975 and then went on to earn the M.S. degree in mathematical sciences from Clemson and is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in biometry from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  He previously taught at FMU from 1985 to 1995, and has worked with the Institute of Psychiatry at MUSC and as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston.  He is a former teacher at Dillon High School and also worked with Vulcraft Inc. in Florence.

Chad M. Rohrbacher of Baton Rouge, La., has been appointed an assistant professor of English.  A 1994 cum laude graduate of Bowling Green State University, he received the M.F.A. degree from Louisiana State University last year.  He has been an instructor and graduate teaching assistant at LSU and a part-time instructor at St. Jean Vianney.  He has written four screenplays and his poetry have been included in numerous publications.

Timothy E. Shannon of Olmsted Township, Ohio, has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of biology.  He earned the Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular biology from Ohio University in 1998, after earlier receiving both the B.S. and M.S. degrees from Western Kentucky University.  He taught at both institutions, as well as conducting post-doctoral research at Case Western Reserve University.

Stephen C. Svonavec of College Station, Texas, has been named an instructor of history.  He received the B.A. degree from Seton Hall University and the M.A. degree from Texas A&M University, where he is also a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in American political and military history.  He has been a graduate assistant and assistant lecturer at Texas A&M and a visiting instructor at Purdue University.

Bennie D. Waller of University, Miss., has been appointed as an assistant professor of business.  A 1990 graduate of Longwood College, he earned the M.B.A. degree from UNC Wilmington and the Ph.D. degree in finance from the University of Mississippi.  He comes to FMU from Ole Miss where he had been a visiting assistant professor, a graduate instructor, and a graduate research assistant.  He also was an instructor at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington and a graduate research assistant at UNCW from 1991 to 1993.

Melinda Weinstein of Darlington, a part-time instructor in the FMU English Department last year, has been named an assistant professor of English.   She received the B.A. degree (magna cum laude) from Boston University and the Ph.D. degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz.  Before coming to Francis Marion, she previously taught at UNC Pembroke and UC Santa Cruz.

Richard D. West of West Point, N.Y., joins the faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics.  He comes to Florence from the United States Military Academy, where he taught from 1977 to 1981 and from 1989 through the past academic year.  He earned the B.S. degree from West Point, the M.S. degree from the University of Colorado, and the Ph.D. degree in mathematics education from New York University.

Elizabeth A. Zahnd of Champaign, Ill., has been named an assistant professor of French.  She recently earned her Ph.D. degree in French from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She received the B.A. degree from Baylor University and the M.A. degree from Middlebury College School in Paris, France.  She also took classes as a graduate exchange student at the Universite Laval in Ste. Foy, Quebec, Canada.  She has taught as a teaching assistant at Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), a lectrice d’Anglais at the Universite Laval, and served as a tutor at the Waco (Texas) Community Center.  She also worked as an assistant in the Bilingual Office at Middlebury College School.

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