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Dr. Tony Abbott is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English Emeritus at Davidson College, where he served as Chair of the English Department and Director of Creative Writing for many years.  Dr. Abbott is the author of both novels and books of poems.  He was the winner of the 2015 NC Award for Literature and his recent collection of poetry, If Words Could Save Us, was named co-winner of the 2012 Brockman-Campbell Award from the NC Poetry Society.  His newest book, The Angel Dialogues, is the recipient of honorable mention in the 2015 Brockman-Campbell competition.

Dr. Aldridge obtained his Ph.D. from Emory University.  He taught at Emory and at Ursinus College before coming to Davidson College where he is Professor of History and Africana Studies. He is the author of Becoming American: The African American Quest for Civil Rights, 1861-1976

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DR. SAMER AL-SABER (Inactive)

Dr. Al-Saber was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Davidson College  2013-2015. During his time at Davidson, his teaching included courses on acting and culture/performance in the Middle East. His teaching and scholarship focused on the intersection of cultural production and political conflict. He has worked in and studied theatre in North America, the Middle East, and Australia. As a cultural critic and historian, the areas of his scholarly interests include Middle Eastern culture, theatre, and performance, the modern history of East Jerusalem, Palestinian Theatre, Arab Theatre, and the performance culture in the Roman Middle East. He often draws on postcolonial studies, marxism, feminism, orientalism, nationalism, globalization scholarship, and exilic studies to illuminate historical and cultural events.

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DR. TED AMATO

Dr. Ted Amato is Professor of Economics at UNC Charlotte. Ted joined the UNC Charlotte faculty in 1980.  He is a two time finalist for the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence, UNC Charlotte’s most prestigious campus wide teaching award.  Ted and his wife Christie moved to Davidson in 1994.   Ted enjoys road cycling, travel and college spectator sports.  His near term ambition is to become fluent in Spanish.

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DR. MARK J. BARSOUM

Originally from California, Mark J. Barsoum earned a B.S. in Physiology with Highest Honors from the University of California, Davis, publishing his undergraduate research on the development and physiology of brown adipose tissue. He then obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where he specialized in the pathways to neuronal cell death that occur in numerous central neurodegenerative diseases. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology and Director for Math, Science, and Economics in the Center for Teaching & Learning at Davidson College. His current research focuses on genomic testing of pills sold by the largely unregulated herbal supplement industry, as well as developing effective and inclusive pedagogy in biology that helps students better achieve learning outcomes in the undergraduate classroom.

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DR. MARK J. BARSOUM

Originally from California, Mark J. Barsoum earned a B.S. in Physiology with Highest Honors from the University of California, Davis, publishing his undergraduate research on the development and physiology of brown adipose tissue. He then obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where he specialized in the pathways to neuronal cell death that occur in numerous central neurodegenerative diseases. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Biology and Director for Math, Science, and Economics in the Center for Teaching & Learning at Davidson College. His current research focuses on genomic testing of pills sold by the largely unregulated herbal supplement industry, as well as developing effective and inclusive pedagogy in biology that helps students better achieve learning outcomes in the undergraduate classroom.

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DR. JEFF BARTO

Dr. Jeffrey Barto  has taught since 1992 in the Department of Kinesiology at UNC Charlotte, including a Baseball History course.

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DR. COLE BARTON

Dr. Cole Barton is the Nelson Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Davidson College.

JEAN STEWART BERG

Jean Stewart Berg believes everybody has a story to tell. Jean has published poetry, articles, a book Saying I Do in Paradise and hosted/produced her program Steeple and People on St. Louis, Missouri CBS television.  She moved to The Pines at Davidson from her home in Cozumel, Mexico. Jean sees herself as a facilitator, more than a teacher; she always learns from the students.

DR. MARLA BROWN

Dr. Marla Brown is a writer/performer and Managing Artistic Director at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center. She studied Theatre, Dance and Performance, receiving her Doctorate from U.T. Austin in 2000. While in Austin, Dr. Brown began her solo performance work, creating and performing such pieces as Revenge of a FemiNAZI, My Museum, Stark White, and Dietrich. In addition to her solo endeavors, she co-founded Bold Maids Theatre Company, writing and performing theatre works for venues and academic conferences all over the country​.

WILLIAM CARROZZELLA, MBA, MEd

Bill Carrozzella has an MBA in finance.  He has taught math and psychology in high school and worked for 25 years in real estate.  He has personally studied and invested in gold over the past five years.  In conversations with highly educated people, he has been surprised by how little they know about gold.

REV. ALEXIS COLEMAN

Rev. Alexis Coleman is the minister of missions and membership at Davidson UMC. She was certified to teach Bridges Out of Poverty in 2010.

JANE D. CAIN, MM

Jane D. Cain is Director of Music at Davidson College Presbyterian Church.  She holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Salem College and a Master of Music in organ from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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JACQUELYN CULPEPPER, M. M.

Jacquelyn Culpepper has shared her beautiful soprano voice with audiences around the world, singing with symphony orchestras, opera companies, and music festivals.  See her website (www.jacquelynculpepper.com) for specifics.  Jacquelyn holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance and literature from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science degree in music education from Western Carolina University. She is beginning her nineteenth year as Artist Associate of voice at Davidson College. Ms. Culpepper is married to Clem Huffman, has two daughters, Callie and Jessica, and the two cutest grandsons on the planet.

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DR. JOYCE DALSHEIM

Dr. Joyce Dalsheim is a cultural anthropologist who teaches at the Department of Global, International and Area Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

​Dr. Scott Denham, E. Craig Wall Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Humanities and Charles A. Dana Professor of German Studies, has taught at Davidson College since 1990. He received the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching Award in 2002 and the Thomas Jefferson Award in 2015.  Dr. Denham studied at Chicago, Marburg, the FU Berlin, and Harvard, working there primarily in German studies, but also in comparative literature and history. His teaching and research interests include German studies broadly; modernism and narrative theory; the Holocaust and its representation; literary translation; second-language and writing pedagogy; and questions of identity, loss, and memory in the central European context. He is currently working on translations of the novels and essays of Jagoda Marinić. 

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DR. PETER ENYEART

Dr. Enyeart practiced Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in Cincinnati for 31 years.  He moved to this area in retirement and has been actively involved in free clinics in Mooresville and Davidson.  He is currently a Co-Medical Director at Free Clinic of Our Towns at Ada Jenkins.  He is very interested in improving health care delivery and accessibility.

DR. IRINA ERMAN (Inactive)

Dr. Irina Erman was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at Davidson College. She was born in Russia, but moved to the US as a child, and rediscovered a passion for Russian literature and culture while taking a class on Dostoevsky at Emory University. She went on to receive her PhD at Stanford, and taught a variety of courses on 19th and 20th century Russian literature and literary theory.

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DR. NANCY J. FAIRLEY

Dr. Nancy J. Fairley is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Davidson College and a storyteller. She has performed at a variety of venues including college, elementary, junior and senior high schools, church, restaurant, coffee house and festivals.  Although Fairley is an Africanist, she performs folklore from around the world as well as creates stories based on the following experiences: personal, family and friends.

JACKIE FISHMAN

Jackie Fishman, the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, teaches English and Humanities with focus on Holocaust studies, multi-cultural issues, and global awareness.  She has 30 years of teaching experience at East Mecklenburg HS, Northwest School of the Arts, and Charlotte Latin School.

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DR. ANN M. FOX

Dr. Ann M. Fox is a Professor of English at Davidson College, where she specializes in modern and contemporary drama, disability studies in literature and visual representation, and medicine in the graphic novel. Her scholarship on disability and theater has been published widely, and she has co-curated four disability-related visual arts exhibitions: RE/FORMATIONS: Disability, Women, and Sculpture (2009), STARING (2009), Re/Presenting HIV/AIDS (2014), and Esse Quam Videri (2018). She was a Davidson College 2017-18 Boswell Family Faculty Fellow; her current scholarly project is entitled Adaptive Activism: How Disability Refigures the Cultural Landscape.

 

A more extensive profile is available on the Davidson College website.

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JIM FULLER

After being educated at Davidson College and UNC Law School, Jim Fuller clerked for Chief Justice Susie M. Sharp, NC Supreme Court. He has served various professional legal societies and won the Chief Justice Walter Clark award; the Senator Frank P. Graham award; the NC Black Lawyers Association Lawyer of the Year award; and the NC Association of Educators, Friend of Education award.  He has also served the Town of Davidson as Mayor Pro Tem, commissioner, member of the Planning Board, and board member for the Ada Jenkins Center and Davidson Community Players.

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DR. MICHAEL GUASCO

Michael Guasco is professor and chair of the Department of History at Davidson College. He is a specialist in the history of early America, with courses covering the colonial and Revolutionary periods, the early South, and the histories of race and slavery. He is the author of Slaves and Englishmen: Human Bondage in the Early Modern Atlantic World (2014).

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ERIC HIGHT

Eric Hight was a high school history teacher for 17 years and a high school administrator for 10 years. He taught courses in Civics, U.S. History, World History as well as Advanced Placement European History. He has been reading about the war and visiting battlefields for the last 20 years.

DR. GILL HOLLAND

Dr. Gill Holland has studied Mandarin and Classical Chinese since 1973 at Stanford University (three summers), in Taiwan (nine months), and in Beijing (spring 1989, fall 1995).  For decades he taught in the English department at Davidson College, including a course in Chinese literature in translation.  He won the prestigious Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching award in 1995.

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DR. RANDY INGRAM

Dr. Randy Ingram earned his B.A. from Davidson College and his Ph.D. from Emory University, where he wrote a dissertation on Shakespeare's sonnets.  He has taught at Davidson College since 1995.  A winner of the Hunter-Hamilton Love of Teaching award and former Chair of the Humanities Program, he enjoys teaching a wide range of cultural history in lively, discussion-based courses.  But he returns with special joy to courses on Renaissance English literature, including Shakespeare.

DR. YVES-RENEE JENNINGS

Dr. Yves-Renée Jennings holds a Ph.D. from the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. She is a conflict resolution professional and scholar-practitioner with deep understanding of societal and structural issues that often contribute to social conflicts. Dr. Jennings has taught at University of Azuay (Ecuador), American University in Washington, D.C, and George Mason University. She founded Partners for Sustainable Peace, a non-profit organization, in 2007. Prior to that, she worked at the World Bank for over 20 years and in the private sector in Haiti for over 10 years.

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