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2006

FMU announces addition of 28 new faculty members

FLORENCE, S.C. – Officials at Francis Marion University have announced the addition of 28 new faculty members for the 2006-2007 school year.

James D. Christian of Columbia has been appointed an instructor of speech communication. He received the B.A. degree in communication from the College of Charleston, the M.P.A. degree from the University of South Carolina/University of Charleston, and the M.A. degree in communication from USC. He has also completed coursework for the Ph.D. degree in mass communications from USC. He previously was a part-time faculty member in the Department of Mass Communication.

Kenneth E. Crocker of Perrysburg, Ohio, has been hired as a professor of marketing. He earned the B.T. degree in management and the M.A. degree in economics from Appalachian State University, and the Ph.D. degree in marketing from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Erin M. Eaton of Charleston joins the FMU faculty as an assistant professor of biology. She received the B.S. degree (cum laude) in biological sciences from the University of South Carolina, and the Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University.

Larry P. Engelhardt of Ames, Iowa, has been appointed an assistant professor of physics. He earned the B.A. degree in physics from Gustavus Adolphus College and the Ph.D. degree in condensed matter physics from Iowa State University.

Heather E. Epes of Carrboro, N.C., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of English and assistant director of the FMU Writing Center. She received the B.A. degree in English from Duke University and the M.A. degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has also completed all degree requirements for the Ph.D. degree in composition studies from UNC Chapel Hill.

Elena N. Eskridge-Kosmach of Cheraw has been appointed an assistant professor of history. She earned the B.A. degree in history and English and the Ph.D. degree in world history from Belarusian State University. She previously was a part-time faculty member in the Department of History.

Donna S. Estes of Effingham has been appointed an instructor of nursing. She received the B.B.A degree in business administration from Faulkner University, and the B.S.N. degree in nursing and the M.S.N. degree in nursing education from the University of South Alabama.

Nathan E. Flowers of Florence returns to FMU as an assistant reference librarian and instructor. He earned the B.S. degree in political science from Francis Marion University and the M.L.I.S. degree in library and information science from the University of South Carolina.

Charles Jeffcoat of Memphis, Tenn., has been appointed an assistant professor of graphic design. He earned the B.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of South Alabama and the M.F.A. degree in graphic design from the University of Memphis.

Daljit Kaur of Gastonia, N.C., has been named an assistant professor of education. She received the B.Sc. degree in bio science, the B.Ed. degree in education, and the B.A. and M.A. degrees in history from the University of Calcutta, the A.A.S. degree in information systems from Central Piedmont Community College, and the Ed.D. degree in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Christopher M. Kennedy of North Providence, R.I., has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of history. He received the B.S. degree in history (with honors) from Northern Michigan University, the M.A. degree in modern European history from Providence College, and the Ph.D. degree in modern European/Irish history from the National University of Ireland/University College Cork.

Joseph A. Kennedy of Plymouth, N.H., has been appointed an assistant professor of English. He earned the A.B. degree in English and American literature from Duke University, the Ed.M. degree in teaching and curriculum in English from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the A.M. degree in English and American literature and language from Harvard University. He is a candidate for the doctoral degree from Harvard’s History of American Civilization program.

Timothy K. Lance of Cornwall On Hudson, N.Y., comes to FMU as an assistant professor of mathematics. He received the B.S. degree from the State University of New York at Albany, the M.A. degree from Indiana University, and the Ph.D. degree from SUNY Albany.

Cheryl O. Lane of Central has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of education. She earned the B.A. degree in religion from Coker College, the I.M.A. degree in science education from the University of South Carolina, and the Ph.D. degree in curriculum and instruction from Clemson University.

Maria del Rosario Lara of Fayetteville, N.C., has been named an assistant professor of Spanish. She received the B.A. degree in sociology from Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, the M.A. degree in Spanish from the University of Texas at El Paso, and the Ph.D. degree in Spanish from Texas Tech University.

Nicholas W. Loudon of Lafayette, Ind., has joined the faculty as an instructor of physics. He received the B.S. degree in physics from Indiana State University and the M.A. degree in physics from Ball State University.

Latha M. Malaiyandi of Lexington Park, Md., has been appointed an assistant professor of biology. She earned the B.A. degree in molecular and cell biology/biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Ph.D. degree in molecular pharmacology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Ronald T. Murphy of Malden, Mass., has joined the faculty as an associate professor of psychology. He received the B.S. degree in psychology and biology (cum laude) from Tufts University and the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Hari K. Rajagopalan of Charlotte, N.C., comes to FMU as an assistant professor of management. He earned the B.E. degree in engineering from Anna University, the M.B.A. degree from Delhi University, and the M.S. degree in computer science and the Ph.D. degree in information technology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Danielle Rowell of Myrtle Beach has been hired as an instructor of political science. She earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees in political science from Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and is also a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in political science from Rockefeller.

Shawn Smolen-Morton of Turners Falls, Mass., has been appointed an assistant professor of English. He received the B.A. degree in comparative literature from the University of Illinois, and the Ph.D. degree in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts.

David C. Szurley of Clemson has been named an assistant professor of mathematics. He earned the B.S. degree in applied mathematics (cum laude) from Grand Valley State University, and the M.S. and Ph.D degrees in computational analysis from Clemson University.

Peter W. Tinsley of Clinton joins the faculty as an assistant professor of chemistry. He earned the B.A. degree in chemistry and mathematics from Pfeiffer College, the M.S. degree in inorganic chemistry from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee, Memphis.

Matthew W. Turner of Philadelphia, Pa., has been appointed an assistant professor of philosophy. He received the B.G.S. degree from the University of Michigan and the Ph.D. degree in philosophy from Temple University.

Sharon A. “Mandy” Watts of Oxford, Ohio, returns to FMU as an instructor of English. She earned the B.A. degree in English/technical writing (summa cum laude) from Francis Marion University and the M.A. degree in composition in rhetoric from Miami University of Ohio.

Amy R. Whicker of Florence has been appointed an assistant professor of computer science. She received the B.S. degree in accounting from Clemson University, the B.S. degree in computer science and mathematics from Francis Marion University, and the M.E. degree in computer science and engineering from the University of South Carolina. She is a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in computer science and engineering from USC. She previously was a part-time faculty member in the School of Business.

Valerie G. Williams of Florence has been named an instructor of mass communication. She received the B.S. degree in mass media arts from Hampton University and is currently completing degree requirements for the M.A. degree in media management from Webster University.

Nancy L. Zaice of Columbia has joined the faculty as an assistant professor of English. She earned the B.S. degree in elementary education from the University of Virginia, the M.A. degree in English literature from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the Ph.D. degree in English from the University of South Carolina.

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Last Published: January 3, 2007 3:31 PM
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