FLORENCE---James Ron Faulkenberry of Florence has been appointed dean of the School of Education at Francis Marion University.
Faulkenberry replaces Marjorie Pace who stepped down after three years to return to classroom teaching.
As dean, Faulkenberry will oversee undergraduate academic programs in early childhood education, elementary education and secondary education, and graduate programs in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, instructional accommodation and learning disabilities.
FMU’s School of Education has 16 faculty members and more than 360 majors.
“Ron Faulkenberry is an excellent choice to lead our academic programs in education,” said Provost Richard Chapman. “He is respected by his colleagues through his dedication and commitment to teaching. Under his leadership, we look forward to building even stronger relationships with the public schools systems of our state through our delivery of teacher education programs.”
A member of the FMU faculty since 1974, Faulkenberry holds the title of professor of health education, and he has served as coordinator of FMU’s health program. He received the 2002 Honor Award from the S.C. Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and he has twice received the Outstanding Contribution to Health Education Award from the S.C. Association for the Advancement of Health Education.
Faulkenberry has been a member of SCAHPERD since 1968 and is also a member of several other health education organizations. He is a certified health education specialist and has served as a consultant to several area school districts.
A native of Kershaw, he has been a teacher, coach and health educator in South Carolina public schools. He also has taught part-time at the University of South Carolina.
Faulkenberry attended Spartanburg Junior College before earning bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of South Carolina.
He has contributed to the literature in the field of health, physical education, recreation and dance through numerous articles in journals such as the Journal of South Carolina Medical Association, the Journal of School Health and the South Carolina Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He also has conducted numerous regional and national scholarly presentations.
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