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New Faculty Expands Academic Programs

July 20th, 2007

BY SARAH PRIDE

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8727
OfficeOfCommunications@phc.edu

Patrick Henry College is pleased to welcome four new full-time professors to its faculty for the fall 2007 semester, replacing two outgoing professors and expanding its academic program.

“We’re very excited about the new faculty,” said PHC Provost Dr. Gene Edward Veith. “They come with a lot of experience and are very fine teachers in their academic fields.”

Picture of Dr. Robert Spinney
Dr. Robert Spinney

Dr. Robert G. Spinney will be serving as both Director of Distance Learning and Assistant Professor of History, while Dr. Jim Tallmon will also join the Department of Classical Liberal Arts as a Professor of Rhetoric. Dr. Stephen Baskerville will serve as the new Assistant Professor of Government. Dr. Neal Doran will fill departing professor Dr. Jennifer Gruenke’s position as Associate Professor of Biology.

“We sought, and found, faculty members who we feel will fit in and contribute to the College’s unique classical liberal arts approach,” he says. “Some have considerable experience in that area already and will help us carry out effective classical learning on the college level.”

Picture of Dr. Jim Tallmon
Dr. Jim Tallmon

Dr. Tallmon, for example, previously served as Professor of Rhetoric and Director of the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program at Dickinson State University in North Dakota. He is a frequent contributor at classical liberal arts education conferences and will serve as faculty advisor for the PHC debate team, allowing debaters to receive academic credit for their work. Dr. Tallmon earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Ethics from the University of Washington.

Dr. Spinney, a specialist in American and U.S. Diplomatic History, has taught PHC students from across the country as part of the College’s DL program, having developed innovative use of message boards and other technology. As Rich Shipe, current Director of DL, says, “He has perfected distance learning.” Dr. Spinney attended Harvard as an undergraduate and then earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. Since then, he has also published two books of urban history.

Picture of Dr. Stephen Baskerville
Dr. Stephen Baskerville

At Palacky University in the Czech Republic following the fall of communism, Dr. Baskerville gained international stature by helping to introduce the country to Western democracy and principles of freedom. In the arena of family advocacy, Dr. Baskerville has also developed a distinguished reputation, having written dozens of articles on fatherhood and parental rights, and appearing on many national television and radio shows. He earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and his M.A. from American University.

Picture of Dr. Neal Doran
Dr. Neal Doran

Dr. Doran brings his expertise in geology, paleontology, and the philosophy of science to the PHC faculty. He looks forward to combining his training from these disparate fields into single, unified courses.

“The historical and philosophical elements of science are traditionally ignored or misunderstood in most science education,” he says, “but PHC wants to reunite them. It is exciting to have an opportunity to do this.”

Dr. Doran earned his B.S. in Geology and his M.A. in the History of Science (Evolutionary Thought) from the University of Florida, his M.S. in Geology from the University of Cincinnati, and his Ph.D. in Geology from Florida State University.

 

 

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