Winthrop has selected Chemistry Professor Takita Felder Sumter as its first Provost’s Faculty Fellow.The Provost’s Faculty Fellows Program provides emerging and current faculty leaders with opportunities to develop and demonstrate administrative leadership. At the same time, fellows contribute full-time faculty perspectives to the work of the Office of the Provost, expanding the collaboration among faculty and administrators.Fellows’ work includes representing the Office of the Provost on special projects, such as The Winthrop Plan, Winthrop’s strategic plan for 2025, as well as supporting routine office operations.
Associate Professor of Anthropology Richard Chacon co-edited a new anthology that challenges many existing theories on the origins of social complexity by providing revolutionary new understandings of the rise of social inequality and socio-political evolution.The 481-page book, titled “Feast, Famine Or Fighting?: Multiple Pathways to Social Complexity,” was published this month by Springer Press.
Associate Professor Michael Matthews received the university's top teaching award: the James Pinckney Kinard and Lee Wicker Kinard Award for Excellence in Teaching.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.Matthews joined the Winthrop faculty in 2005 as an assistant professor of management and was promoted in 2009 to associate professor. He teaches healthcare management and management courses for the College of Business Administration and Human Experience courses for Winthrop’s general education program. He also develops and supervises student internships in the healthcare management field.
Jennifer Disney received the 2016 Professional Achievement Award from her undergraduate alma mater, formerly Western Maryland now McDaniel College. This award is presented to graduates who have gained national/international distinction in his/her chosen field or profession and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on the college.
Work by Professor of Political Science Stephen Smith was recently highlighted in a New Yorker article regarding the Charlotte protests.
Associate Professor of Management Barbara Burgess-Wilkerson was named the new Thompson Scholar on Aug. 16. She will spend the next year developing an emotional intelligence project to help prepare students for the workforce.Burgess-Wilkerson said her research will help millennials identify their areas of strength and weakness as they prepare for their professional lives.
Deana F. Morrow, chair and professor in social work, has been appointed to the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation.Morrow is one of only 11 social work educators from across the nation selected for a three-year appointment to the Commission in 2016.
Chris Johnson ‘99, Winthrop University's sustainability coordinator, recently received the Clean & Green Board Member of the Year Award.Rock Hill Clean & Green is a city-sponsored organization consisting of an 15-member all-volunteer board appointed by City Council.
Two Winthrop University fine arts professors--Laura Gardner and Laura Dufresne-- received $93,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities to lead 16 university educators in the exploration of the commonplace book, scrapbook, friendship album, and travel books in Asheville, North Carolina.During two weeks in July the scholars from across the country will research “Commonplace Books and Scrapbooks” as part of the grant. They will explore how commonplace books - early attempts to manage and make sense of information - helped record lives, ideas, notes and bits over time.
The Carowinds theme park named its new warm-up building the Bill Malambri Performing Arts Center due to his involvement in the park's popular Festival of Music program over the years.
Malambri is emeritus professor of music and emeritus director of bands at Winthrop.