faculty achievements

Randolph professor to deliver keynote at conference on craft beer culture

J. Nikol Beckham

J. Nikol Beckham, a Randolph communication studies professor, will deliver the keynote lecture, “Craft Beer Culture: Troubling Our Thirst for a Better Brew,” at the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities event, Something’s Brewing: A Symposium on the Craft Beer Movement. The conference begins Friday, November 4, at the University of Tulsa. Beckham will discuss the... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor earns ‘Best Paper’ award at Financial Education Association & Academy of Business Education Conference

Randolph economics and business professor Jeffery Heinfeldt (right) shakes hands with Timothy Michael, executive director of the Financial Education Association.

Economics and business professor Jeffery Heinfeldt received the Best Paper Award in the Pedagogy Category at the recent Financial Education Association & Academy of Business Education Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He co-authored the award-winning paper, “Inventory Methods, Inflation, and Phantom Profits: Liquidity Issues and Pedagogical Opportunities,” with Fran Wolf, a professor at Youngstown State... READ MORE >>

New dance professor offers free community ballet classes

Visiting dance professor Seyong Kim works out with students in Men's Movement class.

An internationally recognized ballet performer and veteran of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. is one of Randolph’s newest faculty members. Seyong Kim is a visiting professor of dance at the College, and in addition to sharing his expertise with Randolph students, he is offering free community ballet classes this fall. “I’m looking forward to... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor’s op-ed published in Washington Post

Gary Dop

A social justice-themed op-ed by English professor Gary Dop was published in Sunday’s edition of the Washington Post. The article, entitled “A Field Trip’s Hard Lesson,” is the latest in a stream of published works by Dop in the last month. His poem, “The Rain,” was published in the Louisville Review’s 40th anniversary issue, and... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor a finalist for national award

Peter Sheldon

Randolph College physics professor Peter Sheldon was one of just 11 educators in the nation to be named a finalist for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award. Sheldon was nominated for the award by the students he supervises in Randolph’s SPS chapter. Zach Vernon ’18, Randolph SPS chapter president, said Sheldon... READ MORE >>

Randolph president emphasizes value of free speech in Convocation remarks

Convocation speakers: Randolph President Bradley W. Bateman (left), Student Government President Eva Heitbrink '17, and Chaplain Jennifer Moore.

Read Dr. Bradley W. Bateman’s Convocation Address (PDF) The Randolph College community celebrated the official opening of the 2016-17 academic year with Convocation on Tuesday. The ceremony began with the procession of faculty and seniors into Smith Hall Theatre. Seniors wore traditional funny hats and graduation robes decorated with buttons as they exchanged cheers and... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor publishes brewing research

J. Nikol Beckham

Communication studies professor J. Nikol Beckham recently contributed a chapter to Untapped: Exploring the Cultural Dimensions of Craft Beer, from the West Virginia University Press. The volume is currently available for pre-sale and will be released in March 2017. Edited by Nathaniel Chapman, J. Slade Lellock, and Cameron Lippard, Untapped is a collection of 12 previously... READ MORE >>

Religious studies professor selected to participate in national seminar on teaching interfaith understanding

Suzanne Bessenger leads a discussion during one of her religious studies courses at Randolph.

Suzanne Bessenger has been selected from a competitive, national pool of nominees to participate in a faculty seminar on the teaching of interfaith understanding. The seminar is offered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), with support from the Henry Luce Foundation. Bessenger, a religious studies professor at Randolph, and... READ MORE >>

Randolph sociology professor’s work published in academic journal

Brad Bullock

Randolph sociology professor Brad Bullock’s paper, “Sensing Hinduism: Lucian-Indian Funeral ‘Feast’ as Glocalized Ritual,” has been published in Religions, an academic journal dealing with the sociology of religion. The article is part of an ongoing project in St. Lucia involving the collection of oral narratives from families who came to the Caribbean as indentured laborers... READ MORE >>

Randolph English professor’s poem published in Blackbird magazine

Gary Dop

Randolph English professor Gary Dop’s new poem, “What Is It Like to Get Punched in the Face?” is featured in the fall 2015 edition of Virginia Commonwealth University’s award-winning literary and arts magazine, Blackbird. Dop has also recently been published in the Great Plains Quarterly, for which he wrote a review of Deep Map Country:... READ MORE >>