School of Humanities and Social Sciences – The Citadel Today Mon, 26 Apr 2021 20:39:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 School of Humanities and Social Sciences – The Citadel Today 32 32 144096890 From The Citadel to University of Cambridge: a cadet’s future on the rise Tue, 27 Apr 2021 10:00:12 +0000 Cadet Najjar working in a labCadet Najjar working in a lab"Christian views criticism as an opportunity for improvement and always strives for perfection. He may be one of the most outstanding cadets I have ever met."]]> Cadet Najjar working in a labCadet Najjar working in a lab

Photo above: Cadet Christian Najjar doing research work at a lab at the University of Heidelberg in 2019

It is one of the oldest universities in the world, with origins dating back to 1209. Some of it’s most famous alumni include Charles Darwin, Oliver Cromwell, Stephen Rajiv Gandhi and Stephen Hawking.

University of Cambridge is commonly regarded as one of the most desired, but difficult to enter undergraduate and post-graduate institutions in the world. But that is exactly where Cadet Christian Najjar will head to continue his education after gradating from The Citadel in May 2021.

Najjar will work toward a one-year Masters in Population Health Science at Cambridge, then he will come back to the U.S. to begin his studies with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where he has already been accepted.

Cadet Chistian Najjar during a German study abroad program with The Citadel.

Najjar has two majors: Biology and German. He’s earned a 4.0 grade point average in all but one of his semesters at The Citadel, according to one of the college’s associate provosts for Academic Affairs.

“Using his fluency in German coupled with his extensive science background, Cadet Najjar has participated in research projects to include designing research protocols, interpreting findings for published work, and applying information for future studies, all of which provide a strong foundation for his continued studies in mental health and illness,” said Chris Fudge, associate provost for Academic Affairs and director of The Citadel Success Institute. “One of these studies took place in Germany where he worked hand-in-hand with German scientists creating and discovering new protocols for Zika virus research.” 

Cadet life comes with a bit of an extra challenge for Najjar, who was born with only one arm. He never let’s that get in the way, becoming known for his one-handed pushups and personal drive.

“Cadet Najjar is a self-starter who creates and develops research independent of others, but his collaborative nature matches well with his independence,” Fudge says. “Christian views criticism as an opportunity for improvement and always strives for perfection. He may be one of the most outstanding cadets I have ever met.”

Cadet Christian Najjar with his mother, Elizabeth Najjar

With new members, Charleston’s Equity, Inclusion and Racial Conciliation committee takes shape Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:30:32 +0000 Felice Knight, Ph.D., a Citadel professor, specializing in African American History and slavery, and serves on Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation team.]]>

Photo: Michael Better speaks at the press conference announcing a resolution to remove the Calhoun monument on June 17 (Courtesy: Sam Spence, Charleston City Paper)

Note: Felice Knight, Ph.D., is a history professor at The Citadel who specializes in African American History with an emphasis on slavery during the early national and antebellum periods. Additionally, Knight is director of The Citadel’s Universities Studying Slavery Committee and serves on The Citadel Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation team. Knight was recently appointed to the City of Charleston Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Conciliation, which was formed to review City policies, practices, budget and other matters related to addressing racism and racial inequities and to make recommendations to City Council on ways to promote racial justice and racial equity in the City.

As seen in Charleston City Paper, by Heath Ellison

Charleston leaders added seven new members to the city’s new Special Commission on Equity, Inclusion and Racial Conciliation in a unanimous vote Tuesday. The commission, headed by Councilmen William Dudley Gregorie and Jason Sakran, plans to look at structural racism within the city and will conduct an internal review of city departments.

Felice Knight, Ph.D.

Tracy Doran, Alvin Johnson, David Rivers, Michael Better, Crystal Rouse, Felice Knight and Daron Lee Calhoun were appointed to the commission. Gregorie told the City Paper that the committee chose this group to avoid “the usual faces” and to get a “good mix of age, ideas, cultures.”

Each commission member will focus on a specific subcommittee such as history, housing and economic empowerment.

Daron Lee Calhoun, programming and social justice initiative coordinator at Avery Research Center, was appointed as a commissioner of the city’s internal review. “We will definitely be looking at all the city departments and seeing how we can use the racial equity lens to bring true equity and inclusion to these departments,” he said.

Calhoun singled out hiring and longterm systemic changes as something he wants to focus on. He hopes a full audit of the city’s departments will be conducted, similar to the racial bias audit of the Charleston Police Department. “It’s going to take money and we can’t just say we’re going to do this,” Calhoun added. “They have to be able to put something behind it.”

Crystal Rouse, who was elected to the subcommittee on youth and education, said she is excited to bring experience in education and anti-racism to the commission. “I look forward to working with fellow commission members and local citizens to continue the dismantling of systemic racism and racial inequities that have plagued our city and nation for centuries,” she said.

Sakran said there is no formal plan for the commission at this point.

In 2018, Charleston City Council passed a resolution issuing an official apology for its role in enabling chattel slavery by a 7-5 vote. The measure was spearheaded by Gregorie in partnership with the Sophia Institute’s Social Justice Racial Equity Collaborative. Earlier this year, the city voted unanimously to bring down a controversial monument to slavery advocate John C. Calhoun in Marion Square.

The racial conciliation commission was created June 4, soon after protests hit downtown May 30 over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Some organizers and leaders in the black community have voiced concern that the commission is just another panel instead of a move toward change and action.

“We do need more action, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Marcus McDonald, a local Black Lives Matter organizer.

McDonald said he can’t be too critical of the group before anything has happened, but he acknowledges he wants more transparency from the city on the commission. McDonald said he wished the commission was announced with each member’s power and responsibilities.

One of The Citadel’s most in-demand programs gains a new leader Tue, 21 Jul 2020 17:46:59 +0000 The newest faculty member is Larry Valero, Ph.D., who is now head of the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies.]]>

Intelligence and Security Studies now headed by Dr. Larry Valero

Protecting America is a relentless pursuit, requiring continually expanding teams of highly trained intelligence and security professionals.

For example, the Department of Homeland Security says it is fighting COVID-19 fraud on several fronts, including by transnational criminal organizations shipping prohibited medical supplies. 

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center says the areas where “foreign intelligence entities are hitting us the hardest and where we need to devote greater attention” include: critical infrastructure, key U.S. supply chains, the U.S. economy, American democratic institutions, and cyber and technical operations. 

And, when speaking at The Citadel during an Intelligence and Cyber Security conference, former Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said, “China and Russia are more aligned than at any point since the mid-1950s and the relationships is likely to strengthen,” a statement that appeared in the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Dan Coats, former Director of National Intelligence, speaking at the 2018 Intelligence and Cybersecurity Conference at The Citadel

The Citadel is helping meet the need through its burgeoning Intelligence and Security Studies undergraduate and master’s degrees, supported by a growing department. The newest faculty member is Larry Valero, Ph.D., who is now head of the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies.

“As a nation, we face challenges ranging from infectious diseases and other natural hazards, to terrorism, to peer-to-peer conflict on the global stage,” said Valero. “I am delighted to be a part of The Citadel and the talented Department of Intelligence and Security Studies team, educating the next generation of intelligence leaders who will analyze these threats effectively to provide for the security of the United States.”

Valero’s research and teaching interests focus upon U.S. intelligence and national security, strategy, and modern warfare. He holds a Ph.D. in International History from University of Cambridge, an M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London, and a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA

Valero currently serves as an American Council on Education faculty evaluator for military programs in the field of intelligence studies. He was the president for the Association for Intelligence Education from 2014-2019. Additionally, Valero was Scholar in Residence at the National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, Maryland and served on the faculty of the Department of International Security and Military Studies at the U.S. Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama. He was honored with the 2011 Outstanding Instructor Award by the International Association for Intelligence Education.

“Professional, educated, and principled intelligence and security experts are critical for the future safety of the United States, and we are confident in the training such future leaders will receive under the skilled direction of Dr. Larry Valero and the rest of the department,” said Brian Madison Jones, Ph.D., dean for The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences. “Larry’s distinguished pedigree, relevant scholarship, and practical experience in program development and funding will be critical assets as we advance our vision for our rapidly growing intelligence and security studies program.” 

Valero moves into the department head role following the retirement of the founder of The Citadel Intelligence and Security Studies programs and department, Carl Jensen, Ph.D. Jensen becomes a professor emeritus for the college as he retires from a career that, in addition to his leadership at The Citadel, included service in the Navy and 22 years of service in the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he was a field agent, supervisory special agent for the Behavior Science Unit, and lead instructor for the FBI National Academy’s terrorism course.

About 315 cadets and evening undergraduates (non-cadets) are currently pursuing a B.A. in Intelligence and Security Studies and approximately 50 graduate students are pursuing an M.A. in Intelligence and Security Studies. For more information, or to apply, visit this website, or call (843) 953-6886.

Faculty heading into retirement with finesse after decades of leadership Tue, 09 Jun 2020 20:22:12 +0000 In all, 13 members of The Citadel faculty retired after the 2019-2020 academic year, but their contributions will continue to be felt on campus.]]>

In her almost three decades as a leader at The Citadel, it is unlikely that Dr. Conway Saylor ever envisioned herself dancing with her husband, Dr. Bart Saylor, on the front lawn of the college’s Krause Center building.

Conway Saylor, Ph.D., and her husband, Bart, at socially-distanced parade in honor of her retirement

But that is what they did — along with waving, laughing, cheering, and crying — as members of the campus community drove by the Saylors in decorated automobiles for a socially distanced retirement parade complete with music.

“We just had to find a way to make Dr. Saylor feel special after all she has done for The Citadel. COVID-19 didn’t stop us,” said Christina Soyden Arnold, one of Saylor’s co-workers in the Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics.

Saylor joined The Citadel in 1991 as professor of Psychology. She eventually became director of Service Learning for the Krause Center. In that role, she led the development of the college’s robust program that now garners 30,000 hours of volunteer service annually. Through her work building relationships and supporting more than 35 community partners, Saylor twice led The Citadel to earn the Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification.

Saylor with MLK Picture Award
Saylor at the 2019 MLK Picture Award

In addition to other awards and commendations, in 2019 Saylor was honored for uniting members of the community with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Picture Awards in Charleston.

“I guess I’m just one of the soldiers trying to get up every day and do my best to be part of the solutions.”

Conway Saylor, Ph.D.

Honoring all 2020 retiring faculty

In all, 13 members of The Citadel faculty retired after the 2019-2020 academic year. Though they spent their final months working remotely due to the pandemic, their departure was and will continue to be felt and their contributions, lasting.

“I am delighted to have an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions of our colleagues who are retiring,” said Sally Selden, Ph.D., provost and dean of The Citadel. “They have made impressive contributions to their academic disciplines while simultaneously teaching and supporting our cadets and students. By awarding these faculty members Emeritus status, The Citadel is conferring an honor to show our respect for a distinguished career. We are grateful for their many years of services and for their impact on The Citadel community.”

Baker School of Business

Mike Barth, Ph.D.

Mike Barth, Ph.D., joined the faculty in 2007. He taught business finance, personal finance, business analytics and risk management. Barth became chair of the Accounting & Finance Department in 2019. Prior to becoming an educator, Barth served in the U.S. Army for nine years, and in the Army Reserves for six years, and as a Senior Research Associate with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for five years.

Ron Green, Ph.D.

Ron Green, Ph.D., was hired as dean in 2007 and served in that position for six years. During his 13-year tenure at The Citadel, he taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in strategic management, health care management, operations management, and decision science. In addition, Green served as interim dean in 2017-18.

Al Katz, Ph.D.

Al Katz, Ph.D., served as a member of the college’s business faculty for 25 years. During his tenure, he developed several classes including professional selling, relationship marketing and professional development. After being named to fill the Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Chair in 2008, Katz received the Undergraduate Faculty of the Year Award and was appointed the adult advisor of the Honor Committee.

School of Engineering

Michael Woo, Ph.D.

Michael H. Woo, Ph.D., was a member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The Citadel since 1985. His specialty areas included stormwater systems design and management, and hydrology and hydraulics. He earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Clemson.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Carl Jensen, Ph.D.

Dr. Carl Jensen The Citadel

Carl Jensen, Ph.D., was the founding head of the Department of Intelligence and Security Studies. He served in the Navy for five years then enjoyed a 22-year a career in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a field agent, supervisory agent, and forensic examiner/cryptanalyst. Additionally, Jensen was the lead instructor for the FBI National Academy’s terrorism course for several years. He joined The Citadel in 2017. Jensen has authored and co-authored over 70 books, articles, book chapters, and reviews and earned numerous awards for research and as an educator.

James S. Leonard, Ph.D.

James S. Leonard, Ph.D., joined the English Department at The Citadel in 1983. He has served as a full professor since 1993, including a year as chair of the Faculty Council and ten years as department head. His specialties include American Literature and Critical Theory. He is particularly known for his work on Mark Twain — having served as Editor of the Mark Twain Circular (1987-2008), Managing Editor of The Mark Twain Annual (2004-present), and Managing Editor/Editor-at-Large of the Mark Twain Journal (2012-present). He has also served a two-year term as President of the Mark Twain Circle of America and has co-chaired the quadrennial State of Mark Twain Studies Conference.

Julie Lipovsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Julie Lipovsky, The Citadel

Julie Lipovsky, Ph.D., ABPP, retired at the end of the fall in 2019 after 26 years at The Citadel. A professor of Psychology, Lipovsky served as the first assistant provost for diversity at the college. Her legacy includes developing a Clinical-Counseling graduate program and having led the way for formalized LGBTQ support services. Additionally, Lipovsky served as the co-chair of the college’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Council, and established and directed a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) chapter at the college, teaching hundreds of campus constituents leadership skills to work successfully with diverse populations by creating more inclusive environments.

Bo Moore, Ph.D.

Winfred “Bo” Moore, Ph.D., retires after serving as dean for the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2008. After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Moore joined the faculty of The Citadel in 1976, rising through its ranks as a professor and department head, then finally as dean 12 years ago.

“Dean Moore’s leadership has been an immense asset to The Citadel. He was instrumental in launching initiatives that led to the development of a multitude of new programs including American Government & Public Policy, Oral History, Fine Arts, Overseas Studies, Diversity Education, and Intelligence & Security Studies,” Selden said.

P. Michael Politano, Ph.D.

P. Michael Politano, Ph.D., ABPP, joined The Citadel as a professor of Psychology in 1991. He is a certified school psychologist and a licensed clinical psychologist with Board Certification in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He directed The Citadel Graduate College Program in School Psychology and served as interim department head two times.

Swain School of Science and Mathematics

Charles Groetsch, Ph.D.

Charles Groetsch, Ph.D., joined The Citadel in 2006 as the founding dean of the School of Science and Mathematics, now called the Swain School of Science and Mathematics. During his career, he served as editor or co-editor of nine academic journals concentrated in mathematics. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and recipient of the Mathematical Association of America’s George Póyla Award.

Lyle McAfee, Ph.D.

Lyle McAfee, Ph.D., joined The Citadel as a professor of Chemistry in 1988. He taught general chemistry, in organic chemistry and scientific research.

John I. Moore Jr., Ph.D.

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John Moore, Ph.D., a former department head for the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, joined The Citadel in 1976 and taught for six years, leaving to work in software engineering and web technologies. He returned to the college in 2003, leading the department for a decade. Moore taught a variety of courses in mathematics and computer science including Data Structures and Algorithms, Compiler Design and Object-Oriented Design Patterns.

Citadel and College of Charleston partnering to help local English teachers Sat, 18 Apr 2020 02:37:57 +0000 A competitive new program, hosted by the two institutions, will help ten high school English teachers get a free start on their Master's degrees.]]>

May 8, 2020 Update: Licia Hendriks, Ph.D., has taken over the role of Director of Graduate Studies in English for The Citadel

A competitive new program, hosted by the two institutions, will help ten high school English teachers get a free start on their Master’s degrees.

The Master of Arts program in English at The Citadel and the College of Charleston are now accepting applications for the English Education Enrichment award.

Up to ten local teachers will be awarded free tuition to enroll in the introductory course in Graduate English Studies this fall. That course will be offered in a hybrid arrangement, supplementing periodic face-to-face meetings on The Citadel campus with online instruction.

“There are many reasons why high school English teachers would want begin work on their Masters degrees, and with this award we’re trying to make it even easier to get started,” said Jim Hutchisson, director of graduate studies in English at The Citadel. “Some will want to complete their MA in English, others will want to take the course for professional development. Regardless, all students will benefit from the opportunity to explore exactly what the English program can offer them.”

Whether you ultimately want to complete an MA in English, or simply complete advanced coursework for professional development, ENGL 511 will provide an intellectually-stimulating opportunity to explore the experience of graduate study in English in the company of others who share your passion for literature and writing. 

In ENGL 511, students will explore literary texts, scholarship and criticism at the graduate level. Taking one classic American novel as an object of study, students will delve into, discuss, and practice dominant critical and theoretical approaches in the field, from psychoanalysis to postcolonial critique to deconstruction, and everything in between. Through readings, discussions, and guest speakers, ENGL 511 will also introduce students to the ways in which graduate study in English can help prepare them for advancement within their teaching careers, as well as introduce them to various other occupations and careers.

In-person class will meet 6 – 8:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

  • Aug. 27
  • Sept. 10
  • Sept. 24
  • Oct. 8
  • Oct. 22
  • Nov. 12
  • Dec. 3. 

Applications, which can be found here, are due June 15.

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New Dean named for The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:00:46 +0000 Dr. Brian Madison Jones of Johnson C. Smith University to lead SHHS, the largest academic unit of the five schools comprising the college.]]>

Dr. Brian Madison Jones of Johnson C. Smith University to lead SHHS

There will be a new dean leading The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest academic unit of the five schools comprising the college. The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College announced today that Brian Madison Jones, Ph.D., the current dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Johnson C. Smith University, came out on top in The Citadel’s search process.

“We searched for a dean who would be a collaborative leader and an advocate for faculty, cadets, students and staff, while fully embracing The Citadel culture and core values of honor, duty and respect,” said Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, provost and dean for The Citadel. “Dr. Jones, a seasoned leader, has a demonstrated commitment to supporting a diverse and passionate faculty and a spirit of academic innovation.”

Jones joined Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in 2007, serving as a professor before rising to the rank of Dean of the College of Arts and Letters there. He also serves on JCSU’s president’s administrative team and oversees more than 30 faculty members in four different departments. Jones holds a Ph.D. in History from Kansas State University, a Master of Arts in History from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in history form Appalachian State University.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences Jones will lead is comprised of the following departments: English, Fine Arts, and Communications; History; Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Political Science; Criminal Justice; Intelligence and Security Studies; and Psychology. The school enrolls approximately 951 undergraduates in its degree programs, and 210 graduate students in seven masters programs and an Ed.S. program offered through The Citadel Graduate College. Every cadet is required to take numerous English and History courses under the SHSS umbrella as part of the general education curriculum

Jones will be responsible for the daily operations of the school and supporting a range of educational activities with the 72 tenured and tenure-track faculty. Among the professions most pursued by the school’s majors are business, the armed forces, law & law enforcement, education, and public service in a variety of local, state, and federal agencies.

Dean Winfred “Bo” Moore to retire

Leading and directing the growth of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2008 is Winfred “Bo” Moore, Jr., Ph.D. Moore retires at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. His leadership impacted every cadet attending The Citadel over more than four decades.

“Dean Moore’s leadership has been an immense asset to The Citadel. He was instrumental in launching initiatives that led to the development of a multitude of new programs including American Government & Public Policy, Oral History, Fine Arts, Overseas Studies, Diversity Education, and Intelligence & Security Studies. Dean Moore also successfully led the planning of a new building to replace Capers Hall, which will house and advance the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He will be greatly missed.”

After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Moore joined the faculty of The Citadel in 1976, rising through its ranks as a professor and department head, then finally as dean 12 years ago.

“Of all of the memorable sentences spoken by John F. Kennedy, my favorite is: ‘We love our country, not for what it was—though it has always been great—not for what it is—though of this we are deeply proud—but for what it someday can and, through the efforts of us all, someday will be.’ Those sentiments, in my mind, apply not only to our country but also to the faculty, staff, and students of The Citadel’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences,” Moore said regarding his retirement. “Moments of transition such as these always contain heightened potential for generating and taking advantage of new ideas for advancing on to new educational frontiers. Under the leadership of our new dean, I am confident that the SHSS will.”

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All Aboard for Neil Simon’s Classic Comedy: Biloxi Blues Wed, 26 Feb 2020 11:00:26 +0000 Play held on Citadel campus by professional theater company being directed by noted NYC acting coach/alumnus Combining 1940s nostalgia, an appreciation for military service, and coming-of-age comedy, Neil Simon’s classic]]>

Play held on Citadel campus by professional theater company being directed by noted NYC acting coach/alumnus

Combining 1940s nostalgia, an appreciation for military service, and coming-of-age comedy, Neil Simon’s classic play Biloxi Blues will be performed on The Citadel campus as a collaborative full-scale production with South of Broadway Theatre Company (SOBTC) on March 20 and 21, 2020.

Biloxi Blues tells the story of young Army recruit Eugene Morris Jerome as he travels from Brooklyn to Biloxi, Mississippi for boot camp during World War II. On his quest to find love, achieve fame, and attain his manhood,

Last performed at the military college in 1988, the new production is directed by Citadel alumnus Bob Luke ‘76. Luke runs a successful acting studio in New York City and has enjoyed an illustrious career as an on-set acting coach for Hollywood movies including Ransom, Racing Stripes, and Enchanted.

Who’s who in the production?

  • The lead role of Eugene will be played by local actor Evan Fondren whose recent work includes The Righteous Gemstones, Titus Andronicus, and Macbeth.
  • The role of Eugene’s drill instructor, Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey, will be played by former Army drill instructor and Citadel Director of Cadet Activities Arthur Rich, SFC/USA (Retired).
  • Citadel cadet Erich McPhail, a History major/Fine Arts minor, will play recruit Roy Selridge; other members of the platoon will be played by local actors Brandon Lee Bullock  (Joseph Wykowski), Chase Graham (Don Carney), and Trey Thompson (Arnold Epstein.)
  • SOBTC actress and model Caroline Scruggs will play the role of Daisy and the role of Rowena will be played by Madelyn Smallwood. 
  • Additional cast members include Citadel cadet Jesse Quimby, a Physics/Math major with a Fine Arts minor, Leslie Lemus, and Kendra Wilcher.

This production of Biloxi Blues is the result of a new partnership between SOBTC and The Citadel’s Fine Arts Department to provide community performances that support each organization’s mission and core values.  A special opening night ticketed reception will be held at Quarters One, the campus home of Citadel President General and Mrs. Walters, with Director Bob Luke and alumni cast members from the 1988 campus production among the honored guests.

“For nearly two decades, we have worked to uplift our community through the performing arts,” said SOBTC Founding Artistic Director Mary Gould. “We are grateful to The Citadel for the opportunity to take that mission beyond the four walls of our beloved theatre in Park Circle to the wider Charleston audience.”

“There are many parallels between the arts and the military; staging on both of these fronts requires dedication to detail, a diverse team, and a clear directive. The Citadel recognizes that partnerships like ours with SOBTC foster innovative ways to develop the communication skills of our cadets as well as connect with the greater Charleston community, said Tiffany Silverman, Director of Fine Arts at The Citadel.

There will be two shows at Mark Clark Hall on The Citadel campus: Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $20 for student general admission, with $35 tickets available at the door. A special opening night ticket with reserved seating and a reception from 5-7 pm at the home of The Citadel’s President is $50. Tickets are available at

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Welcoming new faculty and recognizing promotions Thu, 08 Aug 2019 15:15:45 +0000 Dr.-Sally-Selden-provost-and-dean-of-The-CitadelDr.-Sally-Selden-provost-and-dean-of-The-CitadelAs the academic year begins, The Citadel is welcoming new faculty to its ranks and celebrating the promotions of current faculty members, with a new provost in the lead. ]]> Dr.-Sally-Selden-provost-and-dean-of-The-CitadelDr.-Sally-Selden-provost-and-dean-of-The-Citadel

Photo above: Dr. Sally Selden, provost and dean of The Citadel

As the academic year begins, The Citadel is welcoming new faculty to its ranks and celebrating the promotions of current faculty members, with a new provost in the lead.

“I want to warmly congratulate our 17 faculty colleagues who were granted tenure and who were promoted,” said Sally Selden, Ph.D., provost and dean of The Citadel. “These are important professional milestones, which acknowledge their distinguishing scholarship, commitment to teaching, and service to The Citadel and the larger community.”

The 2019-2020 academic year is Selden’s first as provost for The Citadel. She joined the college over the summer, moving her family to Charleston from Lynchburg University in Virginia where she served in numerous leadership roles for 18 years.

Selden helped finalize faculty additions at The Citadel including nine tenured or tenure-track professors, two visiting assistant professors, four instructors, one visiting instructor and 10 new ROTC military science professors and experts.

“Our incoming class of new faculty represent a distinctive group of scholars and educators who are deeply committed to academic excellence,” Selden said. “Their expertise and diverse perspectives will enhance our programs and student experience.”

Finance lab at The Citadel
Finance lab at The Citadel

New tenured or tenure-track faculty include:

Christopher R. Bellon
Ph.D., East Tennessee State University
Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Human Performance

Jan Goldman
B.A., B.S., University of Texas at Austin; M.P.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.A.L.S., Georgetown University; M.Ed, Ed.D., George Washington University
Professor of Intelligence and Securities Studies

Ryan K. Giles
B.S., Rice University; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Felice Knight
B.A., Furman University; B.A., Rhodes University; M.A., College of Charleston; Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Assistant Professor of History

Thad Le-Vasicek
B.S., Ph.D., University of Arkansas
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Nandan H. Shetty
B.E., Dartmouth College; M.S., Ph.D., Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering

Stavros Triantafyllidis
B.S. University of the Aegean, M.S. University of Miami, Ph.D. University of Florida
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

Nathan Washuta
B.S., Ph.D., University of Maryland
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Susan L. Wright
B.S., M.B.A., Clarkson University; Ph.D., Carleton University
Associate Professor of Business

Visiting faculty and full-time adjunct/director/instructor

John Altick
M.A., Ph.D., University of California Irvine
Visiting Instructor of Political Science and Leadership Studies

George Grieve
B.S., University of South Carolina Aiken; M.S., Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia
Visiting Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance

Crystal A. Hank
M.S., Ph.D., Radford University
Professor of Practice of Psychology

Michael Patrick Hendrix
B.A., Coastal Carolina University; M.A., Winthrop University; M.A., The Citadel; Ph.D., University of Stellenbosch
Instructor of Intelligence and Securities Studies

Soo Joung Kim
B.A., Chung-Ang University; M.A.Ed., Korea University, State University of New York at Buffalo; PhD., University of Maine
Visiting Assistant Professor of Education

Cory Nance
M.S., Georgia Southern University
Visiting Assistant Professor of Cyber and Computer Sciences

James A. Righter
Ph.D., Clemson University
Instructor of Mechanical Engineering

Arpit Sharma
B.S., North Maharashtra University; M.B.A., Northwest Missouri State University
Adjunct Instructor of Business

Shawn Smartwood
B.S., University of South Carolina; M.B.A., The Citadel; Project Management Professional
Adjunct Instructor of Business

Citadel ROTC cadets 2019

ROTC facuty

LT Bilal Awad, USN
Assistant Professor of Naval Science

Command Senior Chief Jazmin Davis, USN

SFC Shawn Eidson, USA
Assistant Professor of Military Science

CDR Martin Griggs, USN
Executive Officer

SSgt Todd Hart, USMC
Assistant Marine Officer Instructor

LT Christopher Kenison, USN
Assistant Professor of Naval Science

Kevin Medert, USA
Instructor, Military Science

SGM Willie Murphy, USA
Senior Instructor, Military Science

Capt Heather Varner, USAF
Aerospace Science

MAJ Jason (Jay) Velasco, USA
Assistant Professor of Military Science

Citadel faculty gathering 2017

Faculty Promotions

Nancy Aguirre, Associate Professor and Tenure

Daniel Bornstein, Associate Professor and Tenure
Heath and Human Performance

Simon Ghanat, Associate Professor and Tenure
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Ronald Hayne, Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Jason Howison, Associate Professor and Tenure
Mechanical Engineering

Lyle McAfee, Professor

Lauren Rule Maxwell, Professor

Gregary Mazarro, Tenure
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dimitra Michalaka, Associate Professor and Tenure
Civil & Environmental Engineering

William Money, Tenure
Baker School of Business

Robert Rabb, Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Silvia Roca-Martinez, Associate Professor and Tenure

Scott Segrest, Associate Professor and Tenure
Political Science

Alison Smith, Associate Professor and Tenure
Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures

Russel Sobel, Tenure
Baker School of Business

Breeanne Swart, Associate Professor and Tenure

Mary Katherine Watson, Tenure
Civil & Environmental Engineering

Notes from the Amazon Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:11:02 +0000 The Citadel's zipline group in the Amazonian Basin of PeruThe Citadel's zipline group in the Amazonian Basin of PeruFor four weeks, seven cadets and students from The Citadel shared the learning adventure of their lifetimes. It included traveling on the Amazon River by boat, working with indigenous people in the jungle and observing the complex ecosystem supporting the diverse animals and reptiles in the Peruvian rainforest. ]]> The Citadel's zipline group in the Amazonian Basin of PeruThe Citadel's zipline group in the Amazonian Basin of Peru

(Photo above: The Citadel Summer in Peru study abroad cadets and students after ziplining through the canopy of the Peruvian rainforest. The experience was led by Dr. Audrey Parrish, pictured fourth from left.)

For four weeks, seven cadets and students from The Citadel shared the learning adventure of their lifetimes. It included traveling on the Amazon River by boat, working with indigenous people in the jungle and observing the complex ecosystem supporting the diverse wildlife in the Peruvian rainforest.

Psychology students from The Citadel navigating the Amazon River in Peru while studying abroad

The Citadel Summer in Peru is one of many faculty-led short-term study abroad opportunities offered by the Military College of South Carolina. (There are also many longer study abroad opportunities.)

The Peru experience was created for psychology students who earned six credits. They were based out of Iquitos, Peru, where they got their introduction into the culture of that region of the country.

Cadet Carleston Bailiff samples a pipa in Iquitos, Peru
Cadet Carleton Bailiff samples a pipa in Iquitos, Peru

Iquitos, in the middle of the Amazon basin, is the “world’s largest city that cannot be reached by road,” according to Lonely Planet.

The Citadel Summer in Peru psychology students

The leader of the group was Audrey Parrish, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at The Citadel. Parrish sent journal notes and photographs back to campus in Charleston to document the trip.

“Three of the four weeks were spend in Iquitos where we focused on psychological perspectives relevant to the area. We were fortunate to spend time visiting and volunteering with students attending the Special Children of The Amazons School.”

The Citadel psychology students working with children from SCOTA (Special Children of The Amazons School)

“Halfway through the trip, we ventured into the Peruvian Amazon jungle. We stayed in a conservation area of the Amazon known as the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve located on the Tahuayo River. There the students conducted research with the local communities that are indigenous to that area.”

The Citadel Psychology Study Abroad group participating in a local artisan’s workshop in Peruvian Amazon village

“This area is known for its biodiversity with many species of mammals (including several species of primates and the infamous pink river dolphin), birds, reptiles, amphibians, including poison dart frogs, and of course insects.”

“We observed and studied the resident animal species by boat and by hiking into the flooded rainforest with our guide. We saw many creatures, including a small anaconda.”

Citadel students hike in search of the hoatzin bird in the Amazon

We also took a break to cool off in Charo Lake, which locals call Dolphin Lake. (Yes, there are piranha in this lake, but it is safe to swim if taking precautions.)

Cadet Carleton Bailiff sent these thoughts:

“Just by coming here, I have already accomplished my personal goal of spending time outside of the country. I faced my fears about being in a strange environment head-on in the Amazon jungle and I learned that I have the ability to adjust to different environments.”

Read more about The Citadel Summer in Peru from Cadet Carleton Bailiff’s point of view here.

Prof. Lawrence Sullivan appointed to S.C. Commission on Consumer Affairs Fri, 14 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0000 Lawrence Sullivan, a geography professor, an instructor with the Department of History at The Citadel, was appointed to the South Carolina Commission on Consumer Affairs.]]>

Lawrence Sullivan, is a geography professor, an instructor with the Department of History at at The Citadel, and a biofuels, biomass and petroleum consultant and expert. Beginning July 1, 2019, he will also serve as member of the South Carolina Commission on Consumer Affairs.  

South Carolina Commission on Consumer Affairs

A letter from the Secretary of State, Mark Hammond, states that Sullivan was appointed to the commission by the South Carolina General Assembly to serve through June 30, 2023.

The Commission, comprised of nine individuals, is the policy making and governing authority of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs, appoints the administrator and is responsible for the enforcement of the state’s consumer protection code.  

Sullivan was the Chief Technology Officer of the biotechnology company Kreido Biofuels, Inc., and led the company in the disposal of its first generation biofuel assets to Four Rivers BioEnergy, Inc. Additionally, he advises companies developing commercial biofuel projects and investing in in renewable energy and petroleum.

“The Consumer Affairs Commission has a new role with regards to energy (electricity and natural gas) passed in 2018 so the consumer’s voice is represented in the regulatory process,” Sullivan said. “I am familiar with how such state laws are implemented especially regarding regulated industries. That new role and how the commission develops a new role for consumer advocacy is what I am most interested in today.”

Sullivan’s vita can be seen here.

Professor Larry Sullivan, The Citadel
Professor Larry Sullivan, The Citadel