SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina's Director of the School of Economics, Dr. Hollye Moss, was named to the Inaugural All-Southern Conference Faculty Team. The Southern Conference named its inaugural All-Southern Conference Faculty Team on Monday Jan. 4, with representatives from all 10 member schools being recognized by the league.
Moss is a professor of management and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in statistics and operations management. She was the 2013 recipient of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award and has received both the College of Business Graduate Teaching Award and the College of Business Professor of Excellence Award. Moss was a member of the 2014-2015 WCU Leadership Academy.
Dr. Moss was honored during the Western Carolina men's basketball game against The Citadel on Thursday, Jan. 21. Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino was on hand to present the plaque while Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher, Western Carolina University Provost Alison Morrison-Shetlar and Director of Athletics Randy Eaton joined Dr. Moss on the court to give their congratulations.
While the selection was left up to each institution's discretion, the recipients all shared some of these common characteristics -- demonstrated service to the institution, proven record of high scholastic achievement among students, recognition for a research project or written academic piece; and contributions to campus life and the local community.
Other recipients included The Citadel's Dr. Scott Buchanan, ETSU's Dr. Randy Byington, Furman's Dr. J. Aaron Simmons, Mercer's Dr. Adam Kiefer, UNCG's Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, Samford's Dr. Elizabeth Dobbins, Chattanooga's Dr. Michael Jones, VMI's Col. James Turner, and Wofford's Dr. Carol Wilson comprise the first all-league faculty team.
Dr. Scott Buchanan, The Citadel
An associate professor of political science, The Citadel's Dr. Scott Buchanan was the institution's recipient of the James A. Grimsley Undergraduate Teaching Award for 2015. The award, selected by the senior class, honors the professor who has meant the most to them during their undergraduate careers. Buchanan serves as the faculty advisor for the Corps' Honor Committee and is the executive director of the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics. As an author and editor of several books and journals on Southern politics, Buchanan is often sought by journalists for expert commentary.
Dr. Randy Byington, ETSU
ETSU's Dr. Randy Byington, an associate professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, has served as the president of the Faculty Senate and on the board of directors for the Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Association as well as on a host of committees, including the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee. The president-elect of the Tennessee University Faculty Senates, Byington has overseen the drastic growth of ETSU's online program in Allied Health Leadership as the program director.
Dr. J. Aaron Simmons, Furman
An associate professor in philosophy at Furman, Dr. J. Aaron Simmons specializes in 19th and 20th century European philosophy and philosophy of religion. An author of numerous books, articles and book chapters, Simmons is formerly the president of the South Carolina Society for Philosophy and has held positions in the Søren Kierkegaard Society, the Society for Christian Philosophers and the American Academy of Religion. Simmons also organized and oversees the Faculty Guest Coach Program at Furman, which strives to close the gap between academics and athletics.
Dr. Adam Kiefer, Mercer
Dr. Adam Kiefer, an associate professor in chemistry at Mercer, has led several study-abroad programs for the school's Mercer On Mission program in countries such as Mozambique and Ecuador. There, Kiefer has worked with undergraduate students to undertake studies on the environmental impacts of mercury and cyanide chemicals that are utilized in the gold-mining process and teach miners techniques that minimize the exposure to mercury. His work has been presented internationally and published in leading journals.
Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, UNCG
UNCG's Dr. Nicholas Oberlies is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Formerly of the Research Triangle Institute, Oberlies was mentored by the co-discoverers of the cancer-fighting drugs taxol and camptothecin. After rising through the ranks of RTI and eventually directing the National Products Laboratory, Oberlies moved his group to UNCG. There, he leads a multidisciplinary effort to characterize and develop new chemical entities from natural sources, and his lab has worked to profile fungi for leads, particularly those that can be used to fight cancer.
Dr. Elizabeth Dobbins, Samford
Samford's Dr. Elizabeth Dobbins, a professor of natural sciences, teaches embryology, neuroscience, bioinformatics, human physiology and foundations of biology. She also teaches scientific inquiry in the University Fellows program. Focusing on the relationship of humans to the natural world, Dobbins and her students use small bottom-dwelling macroinvertebrates to explore the impacts of urban development on the water quality in local creeks and rivers. In addition, she runs a cell culture laboratory to evaluate native plants for bioactive chemicals that reduce cancer cell growth in cultured cells.
Dr. Michael Jones, Chattanooga
A professor of mechanical engineering, Dr. Michael Jones has worked at Chattanooga for 40 years. After serving as UTC's director of freshman engineering from 1979-2000, Jones was the director of mechanical, chemical, civil, environmental and industrial engineering from 2000-09. A longtime supporter of Chattanooga athletics, Jones has served as UTC's faculty athletic representative, the UTC Athletics Board chair, a member of the University Athletics Committee and as subcommittee chair of the NCAA Institutional Self-Study Committee. Jones has also been a volunteer assistant with the Mocs' track and cross country teams since 1988.
Col. James Turner, VMI
VMI's Col. James Turner is a professor of biology and the department head. Turner, who has a Ph.D. in zoology, is also the Reid '41 Institute Professor in the Arts and Sciences. A full-time professor at his undergraduate alma mater since 2001, he spent the 10 years prior to that as a visiting distinguished professor for VMI. After a career in biomedical research, medical education and administration, Turner returned to VMI as the Weichmeister Visiting Distinguished Chair in the Sciences and subsequently took a full-time position as the Institute's founding Director for Undergraduate Research. In 2015, he was awarded the State Council Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award.
Dr. Carol Wilson, Wofford
English professor Dr. Carol Wilson began teaching and advising at Wofford in 1984 as an adjunct lecturer before earning tenure in 2007 and being named professor in 2014. Wofford's first Coordinator of Academic Advising, Wilson has helped shape her alma mater's developmental model of academic advising for first- and second-year students since the position's creation in 2010. In her role, she has worked with leaders in several departments and programs on campus to improve communication as they support students. Wilson's academic fields of interest include 20th-century American and British literature, and she teaches in multiple areas of literary interest.