Three Honored for Teaching, Service and Scholarship; de Montluzin recognized for governance work
FLORENCE---Four Francis Marion University faculty members were honored for outstanding individual work during the last year at Thursday night’s (April 13) faculty recognition banquet.
Travis W. Knowles of Florence was given the Award for Excellence in Teaching for 1999-2000, while Tom Roop of Florence was presented the Award for Excellence in Service and Xiaoqun (David) Xu of Columbia received the Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Each award carries a cash prize of $2,000.
E. Lorraine de Montluzin was recognized for her work in the area of shared governance. The Shared Governance Award, sponsored by the FMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors, is given to a faculty member who demonstrates commitment to the principles of shared governance
“Teaching, public service and the pursuit of knowledge are essential characteristics of a good faculty member,” said Fred Carter, president of FMU. “By establishing these new awards, we recognize the importance of each in our mission of educating students.”
Knowles, an instructor of biology at FMU since 1991, was cited for his outstanding classroom teaching, leading study travel courses to places like Costa Rica, the western United States and southern Appalachians, and for helping with honors program field trips in the United States. He also has led informal faculty-student book discussions since 1998.
A native of Meadows of Dan, Va., Knowles earned a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Wake Forest University where he also received a master’s degree in biology.
Roop, who holds the J. Lorin Mason Professor of Health Sciences professorship, has taught at FMU since 1972. He was cited for his service to the university, community and state. Known for his work as FMU’s pre-med adviser since 1973 and guiding students preparing for medical careers, Roop is active in the S.C. Academy of Science, the S.C. Junior Academy of
Science and the S.C. Middle/Elementary School Academy of Science. He serves on the Public Advisory Council for the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Health Professions and on the Advisory Committee for Sciences for Florence-Darlington Technical College. He also serves as a consultant and mentor for science programs in area public schools.
Roop serves on the board of directors of the American Red Cross, the Art’s Alive Committee, the Sierra Club and has helped raise funds for Ars Medica. He has served on dozens of university committees and has been active in recruiting students to the university and in its alumni activities.
A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Roop earned a bachelor’s degree at Denison University in Ohio, a master’s degree from Canisius College in New York and a doctorate from Florida State University.
Xu, an associate professor of history, has been a member of the FMU faculty since 1993, specializing in Asian studies. Cited for his scholarly achievements, Xu received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship to study in China last year. As a result of that experience, he has three publications forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, Greenwood Press and Columbia University Press. He has made numerous scholarly presentations about his work, including one at the Association for Asian Studies annual meeting in March in San Diego on “Prison Reform in Early 20th Century China, 1901-1937.”
A native of China, Xu earned a bachelor’s degree at Shanghai Teachers College, a master’s at East China Normal University, a master’s degree at the University of Akron in Ohio and a doctorate at Columbia University in New York.
De Montluzin, a professor of history, joined the FMU faculty in 1974. She received her Ph.D. (1974) and M.A. (1971) history degrees from Duke University and her bachelor's degree from Newcobm College of Tulane University (1970). She has been active in faculty governance throughout her career and serves in various capacities for both the FMU chapter and state conference of the AAUP, most recently as vice president of the South Carolina Conference.