Winthrop University: Orientation Faculty Mentors (OFMs)
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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 orientation@winthrop.edu for more information.

 

2022 OFMs

Dr. Philip 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: Financial Literacy

Advice for New Students to Succeed Academically: Do not procrastinate! Figure out a system that works for you, and stick to it.

Favorite Winthrop Tradition: I love being an Orientation Faculty Mentor! It gives me a chance to meet our incoming class of students.

Education: BS in Finance from Prairie View A&M University; PhD in Financial Planning from  Texas Tech University

Fun Fact: I have done a Spartan race!

Conversation Starters: tennis, music, money


Dr. Adam 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: I enjoy teaching Latin American Poetry. It's fun to help students see that they do love poetry after all!

Favorite Thing about Winthrop: I love being in class with our students. It's exhilarating to see new perspectives and to learn interesting things from interesting people.

How I chose my major when I was in college: I loved Spanish, and I loved Philosophy. I knew that's what I wanted to study from the beginning, and I never really considered anything else.

Education: BA in Spanish and Philosophy from Georgetown College; PhD in Hispanic Studies from the University of Kentucky

Fun Fact: I teach Spanish, but I love dead languages (especially Latin and Greek)!

Conversation Starters: Anything from Bach to bacteria and back again - just name a topic! If I know something about it, I'll share. If I don't, I'll learn!

 

Dr. Joanna JacksonDr. Joanna Jackson

Academic College: College of Business Administration

What should students call you? Dr. J

Hometown: I am from all over the Midwest (and Midwest-adjacent) - Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky

Favorite Class at WU to Teach: I love HCMT 200 (Introduction to Healthcare Management)! It counts as a social science so I get students from all across campus. Students also increase their health literacy which I know will help improve not only their health outcomes but those of their family and friends. It is fun and rewarding - who can ask for more?

Favorite Spot on Campus: I love Scholar's Walk! It is so nice to see students smiling, studying, and having fun! It gives me life!

How I chose my major when I was in college: I knew I wanted to be in healthcare but I wasn't sure what area. I got sick my sophomore year and was hospitalized for 2 weeks. I fell in love with my nurses. The nurses more than any other health profession helped me get better, and I wanted to do that for others. I changed my major as soon as I was discharged.

Education: BS in Nursing from Midway College; MS in Nursing Administration from Xavier University; PhD in Health Policy & Management from Indiana University School of Public Health

Fun Fact: I binge watch TV like it is my job! I am most productive when a show is on in the background!

Conversation Starters: Dr. Who, Real Housewives (of any city)

 

Dr. Stacy MartinDr. Stacy Martin

Academic College: College of Education

What should students call you? Dr. Martin

Hometown: Sumter, South Carolina

Favorite Class at WU to Teach: I love teaching ACAD 101 (Principles of the Learning Academy). This course allows me to teach and get to know students outside the College of Education. I also enjoy helping students navigate and adjust to the challenges of college life.

Favorite Spot on Campus: I love walking and sitting under the oak trees along the front of campus – so peaceful and relaxing.  I encourage everyone to find their “happy place” on campus.

How I chose my major when I was in college: I originally thought I wanted to be an accountant. I loved math and thought it would be a good fit; however, a few life experiences helped me realize I did not want to be sitting at a desk all day and I needed a career that would have a positive impact on others. One of my high school teachers made such a difference in my life that I chose to be a teacher. I have a passion for working with students and I love what I am doing each day. In the courses I teach, I challenge my students to find their “why” in what they choose.  Life is too short to not be happy with your career.

Education: BS in Elementary Education from the University of South Carolina; MEd in Education Administration the University of South Carolina; PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of South Carolina

Fun Fact: I climbed to the top of St. Peter's Basilica - literally the top of the dome! What an amazing view of Rome!

Conversation Starters: college sports, golf, track and field, I love to cook!

 

 

 

Dr. Nick 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: I enjoy teaching ECON 315 (Microeconomics Analysis) because I get to show students the actual methodology used to do economics, peeling back the curtain a bit and showing students the nuts and bolts of how economics really works.

Favorite Spot on Campus: I love the sidewalk lined by huge oak trees that runs along the front of campus and in front of Tillman Hall. Walking through those trees is incredibly peaceful and makes me feel like I've stepped 200 years back in time!

How I chose my major when I was in college: I started college as a Journalism major, with the goal of never taking another math class in my life. I decided that I really liked the framework of economics provided to analyze the world, so I declared that as a second major. I eventually graduated with dual degrees in Economics and Letters (humanities), which I kept because I loved writing and literature, as well as a math minor to prepare for graduate school.

Education: BA in Economics and a BA in Letters from the University of Oklahoma; MS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin (Madison); MS in Economics from the University of Kentucky; PhD in Economics from the University of Kentucky

Fun Fact: I used to give tours of the US Capitol Building as a Congressional Intern. I also collect currency from around the world.

Conversation Starters: economics, superheroes, guitars, bourbon, fantasy novels

 

 

Dr. Danko TarabarDr. Danko Tarabar

Academic College: College of Business Administration
What should students call you? Danko
Hometown:
Belgrade, Serbia
Favorite Class at WU to Teach:
I enjoy teaching ECON 215 (Principles of Microeconomics) because it’s the first economics class most students take, and it's the gateway to the wonderful world of economics. It’s exciting to be a part of this initial process of discovery.

Advice for New Students to Succeed Academically: Don't miss class! Talk to your professors early and often! Have fun!

How I chose my major when I was in college: I considered two main factors: the subject and the professors. I knew economics was for me when I realized so much of our world could be understood through the economic way of thinking. My professors made the subject come to life and made it interesting. It was that very first semester of my freshman year that I knew economics was the right major for me.

Education: BA in Economics and Mathematics from Beloit College; PhD in Economics from West Virginia University

Fun Fact: I lived in 4 different countries without ever having moved.

Conversation Starters: Anything! college life, being a student at Winthrop, video games, why economics is the best

 

DavidName:  David Vawter
Title: Teaching Fellows Programming Coordinator, Associate Professor - Middle Level, Social Studies
Education:  Ph.D., University of Virginia; M.Ed., University of North Carolina-Charlotte; B.S., Oregon State University
Office:  304-A Withers/W.T.S. Building
Phone:  803/323-4881
E-mail:  vawterd@winthrop.edu

Brandon

Name:  Brandon Ranallo-Benavidez
Title:  Assistant Professor of Political Science
Education: Ph.D., Public Administration & Policy, American University
MPA, Public Administration, American University
BA, Political Science, University of Oklahoma
Office:  334 Bancroft Hall
Phone:  803/323-4685 
E-mail:  benavidezb@winthrop.edu  
Web:  https://benavidezb.youcanbook.me/ 
Area(s):  Public Administration; Public Policy; American Government; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Queer (LGBTQ+) Studies; Social Marginalization & Community Empowerment


KristanName:  Kristen Wunderlich
Title:  Associate Professor of Music
Education:  D.M.A., Performance (Vocal Pedagogy), University of North Texas
M.M., Performance (Vocal Pedagogy), University of North Texas
B.A., Music and English, Luther College
Office:  311 Conservatory of Music   
Phone:  803/323-4510
E-mail:  wonderlichk@winthrop.edu  
Area(s):  Vocal Pedagogy, Art Song literature, HMXP 102, ACAD 101

 

LarryName:  Larry Stevens
Title:  Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Education: 
Office:  125 Thurmond Building   
Phone:  803/323-4835
E-mail:  stevensl@winthrop.edu  
Area(s):  Teaching Areas: Management and Entrepreneurship Director of Winthrop University's Small Business Development Center



OthaName:  O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight
Title:  Assistant Professor
Education:  Ph.D., Women's and Gender History; U.S. History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., African-American History and U.S. History, North Carolina Central University
B.A., History, North Carolina Central University
B.A., African and Afro-American Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Office:  370 Bancroft Hall   
Phone:  803/323-3701
E-mail:  dmcknightoj@winthrop.edu  
Web:   
Area(s):  African American History, Women's and Gender History, United States History, Twentieth Century, South, Social Movements, Labor, Oral History 

 

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

2021 OFMs

  • Dr. Jennifer Disney
  • Dr. Sherell Fuller
  • Dr. Philip Gibson
  • Dr. Adam Glover
  • Dr.Joanna Jackson
  • Dr. Stacy Martin
  • Professor Kent Miller
  • Dr. Nick Moellman
  • Dr. April Mustian
  • Dr. Danko Tarabar

2020 OFMs

  • Prof. Amanda Campbell, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Sherell Fuller, College of Education
  • Dr. Philip Gibson, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. Adam Glover, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Joanna Jackson, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. Nicholas Moellman, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. Tracy Patterson, College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • Dr. Danko Tarabar, College of Business Administration
  • Dr. David Vawter, College of Education
  • Dr. Scott Werts, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Dr. Ginger Williams, College of Arts & Sciences

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: 7/13/22