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SBS Division’s display case lauds recent academic achievements
|The Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences has outfitted this display case with its recent academic achievements. Visit the Parker Building on the Mount Vernon campus for a closer look. It is open to the public. (Photo by Kayla Oliver)
MOUNT VERNON—While relatively small in size, Brewton-Parker College and its faculty have achieved much academic notoriety. One such example may be found in the recent performance of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences. This division was named “Division of the Year” for 2006-2007 during Honors Day ceremonies.
In many regards considered a “quiet” division, the division is arguably one of the most vibrant of the college. Offering majors in history, human services (social work), political science, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, its newest approved this month, and minors in all of these fields, the division provides instruction for a great deal of the college’s core curriculum, as well as offering several of the most popular and viable majors available to BPC students, said Dr. H. Lee Cheek Jr., division chair.
In terms of faculty contributions to the life of the college, the division has few rivals, Dr. Cheek continues. The division faculty members provide leadership in many aspects of the college, and have demonstrated great ability in their teaching, student mentoring, and scholarly pursuits. For the last two years, a division faculty member has been elected by the student body as “Professor of the Year,” for example, and division faculty members have won the Jordon Teaching Award with some regularity.
“In terms of scholarship, within the last decade division faculty has published 12 books (including at least one “academic bestseller”), scores of articles, and dozens of presentations at professional meetings,” said Dr. Cheek. “Division faculty serves on the editorial boards of and has published articles in publications like the Journal of Learning Disabilities, Twin Research, Mercer Law Review, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Humanitas and the University Bookman.”
But the contribution of the division is evidenced beyond the confines of its main campus as well. The division assumes an active posture towards outreach, raising the resources for and hosting a yearly Constitution Day lecture for the community and region in September, which consists of a major lecture by a scholar of the American constitutional tradition. The division also presents regular public lectures related to the social and behavioral sciences under the auspices of the Albert Sidney Johnson Lecture Series. In cooperation with the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council, the division hosts a multi-week training seminar for new Georgia public defenders each year. Thanks to the generosity of BPC Trustee Art Hall, the division has an ongoing, major church-state research project that will bear great academic fruit for the college community in years to come.
The division, housed in the Parker Building on the Mount Vernon campus, has installed a display case highlighting their many academic and social achievements. It is open to the public for review. Contact division chair, Dr. H. Lee Cheek Jr., at 912-583-3151 for more information.