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Citadel News Service
4 Feb 2014

Celebrating faculty excellence at The Citadel

Leadership, scholarship, teaching and service accomplishments applauded by Provost

From leading students in innovative research projects, to presenting at Oxford, to guiding students to Inner Mongolia, the most outstanding among The Citadel's faculty are being lauded for their leadership and accomplishments. There are two categories of Faculty Excellence Awards at the college. Four professors received the Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship Awards, and seven were chosen as Faculty Spotlight winners. The awards were presented at a special event in late Jan. at The Citadel.

"Our annual Faculty Excellence Awards provide an opportunity to highlight some of the many impressive accomplishments of The Citadel's dedicated faculty," said Sam Hines, provost and dean for The Citadel. "The awards panel looks for leadership in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service when selecting the winners. The faculty recognized have made truly significant contributions to the quality of the educational experience at The Citadel."

Excellence in teaching, scholarship and service awardees

Carl E. Betterton Associate Professor, School of Business Administration

Carl E. Betterton

Carl Betterton demonstrates a deep commitment to preparing students for their professional careers. In 2012, he led development of the Business School's Supply Chain/Logistics Career Pathway, which introduces students to career opportunities through academic study, extracurricular activities and internships. Betterton worked with Board members of APIC, the Association of Operations Management, to accomplish prerequisites for the establishment of a Citadel student chapter of that professional association. He also published three peer-reviewed articles, including two in the internationally renowned International Journal of Production Research, and presented his research at three scholarly conferences.

Joel M. Gramling Associate Professor of Biology

Students comment on Joel Gramling's enthusiasm, approachability, and knowledge in the field. His courses incorporate field trips, independent student experiments, and guest lecturers to introduce students to the unique ecology of the Lowcountry. Students are actively involved in his research, and he serves as both an academic and a research advisor to undergraduate and graduate students. Gramling operates the Citadel Herbarium, which is partly used by the South Carolina Exotic Pest Plant Council as a repository for invasive plant collections. In addition to co-authoring an article published in the journal Wetlands, in 2012 Gramling wrote three technical reports and gave three presentations to colleagues at professional conferences.

Keith N. Knapp Professor of History

Keith N. Knapp

Whether leading students to Inner Mongolia, presenting at conferences in China and Japan, or speaking to the BBC World Service, Keith Knapp brings energy and intellect to students and colleagues alike. His list of scholarly achievements is impressive: in 2012 alone he presented eight conference papers and published one journal article, two essays, two textbook chapters, a book review, a book note, and an encyclopedia entry. These accomplishments come on top of his service as chair of the History Department, president of the Early Medieval China Group, chair of the Southeast Early China Roundtable, and contributor to two steering committees of the American Academy of Religions.

Lauren A. Rule Maxwell Assistant Professor of English

Lauren Rule Maxwell

Scholarship, teaching, and service are closely intertwined for Lauren Rule Maxwell. Her book, Romantic Revisions in Novels from the Americas, was published in 2012, and she presented two conference papers, including one at the prestigious Modern Language Association Conference. For one graduate writing course, Lauren forged partnerships with the VA Medical Center and The Citadel Oral History Project to interview area veterans. Further reflecting her deep commitment to service learning, she helped organize cadet participation in Leadership Day 2012 volunteer activities. Maxwell spearheaded efforts to resurrect the MAT in English Education after NCTE placed the program on probation, and continued to serve as the Associate Director of Programs for the Lowcountry Writing Project.

Faculty Spotlight winners

Dennis J. Fallon Excellence in Service; Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Dennis J. Fallon

As a mentor to aspiring engineers and a widely recognized expert in his field, Dennis Fallon has created a legacy of service to The Citadel, the state, and his profession. He peer-reviewed papers for the National American Society of Engineering Education conference and was among 30 experts who selected the winner of the prestigious American Council of Engineering Consultants engineering award. In addition, Fallon was appointed by Governor Haley to serve on the State Board of the Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors. Fallon serves as faculty advisor to the Citadel chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers, mentoring some 100 cadet members, and helped establish The Citadel chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Seeking to serve the wider Charleston community, in 2012 this group worked with Burke High School students to compete in the First Robotics Competition.

Michael J. Fekula Excellence in Service and Teaching; Associate Professor of Business Administration and Director of Academic Leadership Programs

Michael J. Fekula

Michael "Mick" Fekula has spent the past five years helping develop the Krause Center's vision of leadership into concrete teaching programs. As part of the mission of teaching principled leadership, in 2012 he played a major role in developing the Sophomore Seminar in Principled Leadership, the Junior Ethics Enrichment Experience, and the Senior Leadership Integration Seminar. Additionally, Fekula led development of the Master of Arts in Social Science with a Focus on Leadership Program. He also served as program chair for the Fifth Annual Principled Leadership Symposium in 2012.

James M. Hutchisson Excellence in Scholarship and Service; Professor of English

James M. Hutchisson

In 2012, Jim Hutchisson's Edgar Allan Poe: Selected Poetry and Tales appeared in print. Providing historical and literary context for Poe's writing, Hutchisson's anthology has been hailed as a work that "brilliantly represents the best scholarly material on Poe." Among his many service positions, he chaired the Faculty Tenure and Promotion Committee, leading the revision of General Order 4 and the implementation of a new electronic submission process. In service to the wider community, Hutchisson reviewed book manuscripts for several presses and brought his knowledge of the Charleston Renaissance to the public through Piccolo Spoleto, South Carolina Educational Radio, and Charleston magazine.

Scott Lucas Excellence in Scholarship and Service; Professor of English

Scott Lucas

It's not often that a member of the South Carolina Unorganized Militia is asked to deliver a keynote address at Oxford University, but Scott Lucas achieved this distinction in 2012. He also published two articles, two encyclopedia entries, and one book review; and presented two additional conference papers. Lucas's service record is equally impressive. Since 1999, he has served as The Citadel's primary advisor to pre-law students and co-advisor to the Inn of Court Pre-Law Society. In 2012, Lucas served as chair of two college-wide committees, served on the Executive Board of the Southern Association of Pre-Law Advisors, and helped organize the annual meeting of the national Sixteenth-Century Society.

Jack J. Porter Excellence in Teaching and Service; Associate Professor of Political Science

Jack J. Porter

Jack Porter is known as a knowledgeable and rigorous teacher who is not only well-grounded in the fields he teaches but also well-respected by his students. As the academic advisor for the Citadel's Model NATO program, Jack accompanied five students to the 27th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., at which The Citadel represented Spain. Additionally, he participated in a NATO and the U.S. roundtable for the State Department Young Leaders Conference held at The Citadel. Jack also served on two major committees, Sabbaticals and Tenure & Promotion, as academic advisor to India Company, and traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, for research.

David L. Preston Excellence in Teaching and Service;Associate Professor of History and Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies

David L. Preston

Beginning in 2012, David Preston co-organized a successful symposium commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812. This event brought together six leading scholars to discuss military, diplomatic, and cultural aspects of the war. Preston reviewed a number of manuscripts for academic presses and published six book reviews, including one in the prestigious Reviews in American History. Preston has received consistently high student evaluations for his teaching. He uses photographs from research trips to illustrate lectures and bring his findings into the classroom. With period music, he explores the cultural significance of historical events. He brings in contemporary uniforms to discuss the history and culture of the eighteenth-century British Army and the experiences of soldiers in the American Civil War.

Lori Hicklin Williams Excellence in Scholarship; Associate Professor of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science

Lori Hicklin Williams

Lori Williams combines the virtues of an excellent teacher, an active scholar, and a colleague committed to service. She co-authored, in 2012, two peer-reviewed articles, one peer-reviewed abstract, and a revised edition of a textbook. She presented at three national and regional conferences and served as reviewer for a scholarly journal in her field. Williams is highly regarded by her students. Her commitment to them extends beyond the classroom, and includes sending students to professional meetings, holding special study sessions for the PRAXIS exam, and advising undergraduate and MAT students. She also instructs noon fitness classes for Citadel faculty and staff, and volunteers for the Special Olympics.

This instalment of the annual awards is based on accomplishments completed during 2012, which were compiled and presented in detailed profiles to the faculty awards committee members who each spent months reviewing the documents. Excellence in Teaching, Scholarship and Service awardees each receive $2,500. Faculty spotlight winners receive $250 per person.

The president of The Citadel, Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, is seen photographed with each winner.

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