FLORENCE, S.C. – William P. Fox, chairman and professor of mathematics, and William M. Ramsey, professor of English, have been named Francis Marion University Board of Trustees’ Research Scholars for 2006.
The Research Scholar designation signifies outstanding scholarly achievements and the promise of continued scholarly activity in the future.
“I am so pleased that these two outstanding faculty members are being honored as trustees’ research scholars,” said FMU president Fred Carter. “Both are distinguished colleagues and exceptional professors.”
The Research Scholar appointments are for three-year terms and are renewable. The two new appointees join Fred David, Lorraine de Montluzin (retired), John A. Britton, Larry J. McCumber, Benjamin Woods, Jeffrey Pompe, Jackson F. (Jeff) Lee Jr. and Jon W. Tuttle as the university’s 10 Research Scholars.
A native of Hampton, Va., Fox has been a professor of mathematics and chairman of the mathematics department at FMU since 1998. Before coming to FMU, he was a professor of mathematics at the United States Military Academy from 1982 to 1998, with a brief hiatus while serving as a branch chief/division chief at Combat Development Command at Fort Gordon, Ga., from 1986 to 1987.
Fox earned the B.S. degree in general engineering from West Point, the M.S. degree in operations research and systems analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering and operations research from Clemson University.
Upon graduation from USMA in 1973, he served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Signal Corps until he retired in 1998.
Fox’s area of expertise is operations research, and he is also considered one of the national leaders in the area of mathematical modeling. He has recently been involved in applied statistical research in the medical field with a team of orthopedic surgeons from the University of Miami.
Fox has published five books, and is working on several others. He has published more than 80 technical and educational journal articles. He also has served on numerous professional and university committees.
His professional memberships include the Mathematical Association of America, Alpha Pi Mu Industrial Engineering Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has also earned several teaching awards, including the FMU Faculty Research and Scholarship Award in 2004.
Ramsey, a native of Bethlehem, Pa., has taught English at FMU since 1988. Prior to that, he taught at Birmingham-Southern College, Chowan College, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Sullins College. He has taught courses in American literature, African-American literature, Southern literature, general education literature and composition.
He earned the A.B. degree from Bates College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in American literature from UNC.
Ramsey has written two books of poetry, “Ascend with Care” and “This Wine.” His poems also have appeared in such magazines as Christian Century, Commonweal, Southern Poetry Review, and others. He has written numerous poems, including more than 250 haiku and related forms, which have been published in a variety of literary and poetry reviews and anthologies. He also has authored nearly 40 scholarly articles and papers and has won several awards for his Asian verse.
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