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Orientation Faculty Mentors (OFMs)

Orientation Faculty Mentors (OFM) are some of Winthrop's best faculty members who volunteer their time to assist you with your transition to the university during Freshmen Orientation. OFMs pair up with Orientation Leaders and are available throughout the Orientation experience to both new students and their family members. We welcome you to get to know this wonderful group and ask any questions you may have.

If you are a current Winthrop faculty member and are interested in participating as an OFM, please email Callie Smith for more information.

 

2020 OFMs

 
Prof. CambellProf. Amanda Campbell

Academic College: College of Arts & Sciences
What should students call you? Professor or Mrs. Campbell
Hometown:
Upstate New York - The Catskills!
Favorite Class at WU to Teach: 
Critical Reading, Thinking, & Writing (CRTW) because it adds such value to our students’ college experience!
Favorite Thing about WU: 
My students are so kind, intelligent and motivated to be successful, empathetic humans. I likewise love our staff and faculty at Winthrop--we are a diverse community dedicated to your success!
Fun Fact: 
I have a 24 year old cat who is still thriving! He's hilarious and loves to cuddle! I'm also currently renovating a 1930s mill house and have learned how to use lots of power tools! :)

 

Dr. FullerDr. Sherell Fuller

Academic College: College of Education
What should students call you? Dr. Fuller
Hometown: 
Martinsville, Virginia
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
EDCO 101: This is an intro education class that all majors have to take. It focuses on cultural responsiveness, and I love talking about culture and our amazing differences/similarities with students. It is engaging, and I really get to see student personalities!
Favorite Thing about WU:
My favorite thing about Winthrop is the connection faculty/staff have with students. I get the opportunity to know my students in the classroom, in addition to supporting them in cocurricular endeavors.
Fun Fact:
I eat bubblegum like potato chips, one after the other. I have been swallowing gum since I was around 7 years old, and now it is a natural reflex to just chew, chew, and then it's gone!

 

Dr. GibsonDr. Philip Gibson

Academic College: College of Business Administration
What should students call you? Dr. Gibson
Hometown: 
Manchester, Jamaica
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
Personal Finance - I teach my students how to be financially independent.
Favorite Thing about WU:
We care about student success. I love seeing my students go on to start successful careers.
Fun Fact:
I like to travel to major cities and experience the food and culture.


Dr. GloverDr. Adam Glover

Academic College: College of Arts & Sciences
What should students call you? Adam or Dr. Glover
Hometown: 
Glasgow, Kentucky
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
Latin American Poetry - I love poetry, and I love the challenge of convincing students that they love it too!
Favorite Spot on Campus:
Dacus Library and the racquetball courts in the West Center
Fun Fact:
I teach Spanish, but I love dead languages (mostly Latin and Greek).

 

Dr. JacksonDr. Joanna Jackson

Academic College: College of Business Administration
What should students call you? Joanna
Hometown:
Everywhere! I am from all over the Midwest - mostly southern Ohio.
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
HCMT 200: Introduction to Health Care Management! It gives students a sneak peak behind the scenes of health care and raises the health literacy of every student who takes it.
Favorite Winthrop Tradition:
Haunted Ghost Tours in October! Don't ask "why"! The question should be "why not?" Winthrop has so much history - and you wonder what is up on that top floor of Tillman...
Fun Fact:
I have been in 3 different countries in one day - Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar! It was one of the best days of my life! It was a very full day, morning to night, I was completely immersed in 3 unique cultures. I was able to taste different foods, see different schools, and shop in all three place. I can't think of any thing cooler!

 

Dr. MoellmanDr. Nick Moellman

Academic College: College of Business Administration
What should students call you? Dr. Moellman
Hometown:
 Tulsa, Oklahoma
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
ECON 315 - Intermediate Microeconomics because I get to peel back the curtain a bit and show students the nuts and bolts of how economics really works.
Advice for New Students:
Take college seriously! Remember: you came here for a reason. Don't let anything get in the way of your success. Go to your professor's office hours, take the time to study, and try your hardest!
Fun Fact:
 I used to give tours of the US Capitol Building as a Congressional Intern.

 

Dr. PattersonDr. Tracy Patterson

Academic College: College of Visual & Performing Arts
What should students call you? Dr. Patterson
Hometown:
 Tonkawa, Oklahoma
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
Music Theory I - I enjoy teaching lecture courses, especially those for freshmen. It's always fun to teach a concept that students have never studied.
Favorite Spot on Campus:
McBryde Hall because it reminds me of the Great Hall in Hogwarts
Fun Fact:
 I am obsessed with fantasy football.

 

Dr. TarabarDr. Danko Tarabar

Academic College: College of Business Administration
What should students call you? Danko
Hometown:
Belgrade, Serbia
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
ECON 215, Introductory Microeconomics, because it’s the first economics class most students take. It’s exciting to be a part of this initial process of discovery.
Favorite Winthrop Tradition:
 The Blue Line after Convocation is one of Winthrop’s beautiful traditions. It always makes our students feel so welcome.
Fun Fact:
I lived in 4 different countries without ever having moved.

 

Dr. VawterDr. David Vawter

Academic College: College of Education
What should students call you? Coach
Hometown:
 Ashland, Oregon
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
Two classes - Classroom Management for teachers because it is applicable to their futures and Tennis because I get to be outside
Advice for New Students:
 Build relationships with the professors, build strong relationships with other students, and get involved in clubs and organizations. To be a successful student, manage your time well.
Fun Fact:
I was Benny Beaver, the Oregon State University mascot, for one year in college.

 

Dr. WertsDr. Scott Werts

Academic College: College of Arts & Sciences
What should students call you? Dr. Werts or just Werts
Hometown: 
Newburg, Maryland
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
Subarctic Landscapes! I take students to the subarctic of Canada, and we completely immerse ourselves in the landscape and do amazing science in an isolated area. I love to see the students grow during the experience.
Favorite Thing about WU:
There is such a huge diversity of students that we all learn an awful lot from each other. We also make some very competent professionals heading out into the working world and graduate school.
Fun Fact:
I've had lightning run through the ground and knock me down. Twice.

 

Dr. WilliamsDr. Ginger Williams

Academic College: College of Arts & Sciences
What should students call you? Dr. Williams
Hometown:
 Jacksonville, Florida
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
PEAC 200: Introduction to Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Studies because this course gets at how human beings can deal with the world and each other in meaningful ways
Favorite Thing about WU:
The relationships across campus and the commitment to student success
Fun Fact:
 I can ride a unicycle!

 

Thank you to those who have served as OFMs in previous summers!

2019 OFMs

  • Prof. Amanda Campbell, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Sherell Fuller, College of Education
  • Dr. Adam Glover, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Prof. Leah Kendall, University College
  • Dr. Michael Lipscomb, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Jeff McEvoy, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. Nicholas Moellman, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. Tracy Patterson, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. David Schary, College of Education
  • Dr. Danko Tarabar, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. Scott Werts, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Ginger Williams, College of Arts & Sciences

2018 OFMs

  • Dr. Jimmy Cheng, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. Sherell Fuller, College of Education
  • Dr. Philip Gibson, College of Business Administration
  • Prof. Jeannine Hogue, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. Michael Lipscomb, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Jeff McEvoy, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. Devon Ralston, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. David Schary, College of Education
  • Dr. Kristi Schoepfer, College of Education
  • Prof. Meg Schriffen, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. David Vawter, College of Education
  • Dr. Scott Werts, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Ginger Williams, College of Arts & Sciences

2017 OFMs

  • Dr. Casey Cothran, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Prof. Karen Derksen, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. Philip Gibson, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. Jeff McEvoy, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. Devon Ralston, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. David Schary, College of Education
  • Dr. David Vawter, College of Education
  • Dr. Scott Werts, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Prof. Annie-Laurie Wheat, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. Ginger Williams, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Kristen Wonderlich, College of Visual & Performing Arts

Last Updated: 5/11/20