Associate Professor of Philosophy David Meeler has been designated the Dalton Endowed Chair of Environmental Sciences and Studies at Winthrop University.
Meeler is only the second faculty member to hold this position in its 13 years of existence. He is very knowledgeable about the university’s environmental programs, having served on the initial search for the chair and on its coordinating committee.
Siobhan Craft Brownson, an associate professor of English, will take on a new role this spring as director of the Master of Liberal Arts program at Winthrop.
Brownson joined the Winthrop English faculty in 1984 as a part-time lecturer and then became an instructor of English. After earning her Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina, she was hired at Winthrop in 2002 as assistant professor of English to teach literary theory and contemporary British literature.
Brownson earned her B.A. in English from Miami of Ohio and her M.A. in English from the University of Michigan. She began her teaching career at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she became an assistant professor of English.
At Winthrop, Brownson now serves as director of composition. She continues to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in literary theory and British literature as well as freshman and advanced composition. Her other teaching interests include 19th- and 20th-century British literature, and she has taught courses in British Romanticism, modern British poetry, the British novel, world literature, literature and film, and the short story.
Brownson’s research interests include the work of Thomas Hardy, Victorian Literature and the Victorian Periodical. Her forthcoming book, a collection of essays entitled “Thomas Hardy’s Short Stories – New Perspectives,” co-edited with Juliette Schaefer, will be published by Ashgate later this year and contains her essay analyzing Hardy’s Christmas stories in the Illustrated London News.
Professor of Music Ron Parks' visit to Barcelona's famous Park Güell inspired him to compose a new chamber music piece.
Also titled "Park Güell," the composition premiered on January 26 at the University of North Carolina and Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at Queens University.
Assistant Biology Professor Matt Stern was recently awarded a SC INBRE III Developmental Research Project (DRP) Target Faculty award to work with students to explore stem cell growth.
The $73,159 grant is for one year but can be renewed for two more years.
Stern and up to five students will spend time studying how cultured stem cells behave in two- and three-dimensional experimental microenvironments. They will use stem cells from fatty tissue and compare how growing the cells as a three-dimensional ball of cells changes key properties of the cells relative to growing the cells on a flat surface such as a Petri dish.
Distinguished Professor of English Jo Koster was the keynote speaker for the Dec. 19 Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremony.
Fine Arts Professor Marge Moody was among 10 featured artists who talked about their work Dec. 10 at FRONT Art Space Gallery in New York City.
Called Studio Conversations, the art exhibition and discussion showcased the artists as they revealed how they conceptualize and materialize the work on display.
The Studio Conversations exhibition will run through Jan. 14, 2016.
Associate Professor of History Eddie Lee '83 is the new president of the South Carolina Association of Regional Councils (SCARC), an organization comprised of the state’s 10 councils of government. The local council, which is based in Rock Hill and serves York, Chester, Lancaster and Union counties, is led by Winthrop Board of Trustees member Randy Imler ’87, ’00.
Winthrop University will honor Professor of Political Science Adolphus Belk with its top teaching award at the Dec. 19 Commencement ceremony in recognition of his dedication to his students and his commitment to his field of study.
President Dan Mahony will present Belk with the 2015 James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching during the 11 a.m. ceremony at the Winthrop Coliseum.
The Kinard Award is given annually to a faculty member who has demonstrated a dedication to teaching and is highly regarded on campus by faculty and students. Established by the Kinard family, it honors former Winthrop President James P. Kinard and his wife, Lee Wicker Kinard.
Laura Ullrich, Winthrop University associate professor of economics, was among the York County educators honored for their dedication to their students and their field during a Nov. 19 breakfast at the Baxter Hood Center.
The recognition came as part of the teachers of the year awards for educators at public, private and higher education institutions. The event is sponsored annually by the York County Regional Chamber of Commerce during American Education Week.
Assistant Biology Professor Matt Stern was awarded an INBRE III Target Faculty award this fall to work with students to explore stem cell growth.
Stern and up to five students will spend time studying how cultured stem cells behave in two- and three-dimensional experimental microenvironments.