Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-08-19

Samford University faculty members will convene Aug. 22-23 for a pre-school workshop highlighted by presentations from diversity and cross-cultural issues specialist Dr . Herma B. Williams.

Williams, associate provost at Gordon College, Wenham, Mass., will address the group at 10:45 a.m. on Monday (AUG. 22) and will lead an afternoon breakout session for senior administrators. Dr. Williams is the highest ranking woman at the largest Christian college in Massachusetts.

New and veteran faculty members will hear reports and presentations from various administrators and colleagues. Samford president Thomas E. Corts will address the group on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Samford students begin arriving soon for the fall semester with freshman move-in day slated for Aug. 25. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 29.

The Samford faculty includes 27 new members. They are, by school:

Arts and SciencesTheresa C. Davidson, sociology; Ryan W. Galloway, speech communication; Denise J. Gregory, chemistry; Jason L. Heaton, biology; Tatyana A. Karaman, political science; Barry M. Robinson, history; and Walter A. Moore, world languages and cultures

Beck A. Taylor, dean; and David L. Loudon, marketing

Lyle W. Dorsett, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism; and Mark S. Gignilliat

Education and Professional StudiesBecky Atkinson, teacher education; Myrtis A. Johnson, teacher education; Allison J. Jackson, exercise science and sports medicine

Roger A. Brown, Alyssa A. DiRusso and Marcia L. McCormick

Jill Cunningham, Connie S. Hataway, Wendy W. Kendrick, Nina E. McLain and Vicki W. Rochester

Performing ArtsMark J. Castle, theatre; and Philip E. Min, bands

Other new faculty appointments include: Cheryl S. Cecil, library; Marigene Chamberlain, international studies coordinator; and T. N. Mohan, digital video center director.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.