faculty achievements

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 >>

Randolph English professor discusses writing in different stages of life at Bay Path University

Bunny Goodjohn

Randolph English professor Bunny Goodjohn was a panel speaker at Bay Path University’s Writers’ Day, where she spoke about the shift from writing as a “hobby” to a serious endeavor between different stages in her life. She weighed in on current literary culture and its inclusion (or lack thereof) of “late life” writers—particularly women. Goodjohn... READ MORE >>

Sugar House Review publishes poems by Gary Dop, nominates one

Gary Dop

Sugar House Review recently published two poems by Gary Dop, a Randolph College English professor, and nominated one of them for a Pushcart Prize.... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor has new books coming soon

Photo of Bunny Goodjohn

Bunny Goodjohn ’04, director of the Randolph College Writing Center and an English professor, will publish two books in the coming year—a prize-winning poetry collection and her second novel.... READ MORE >>

Randolph professor named archaeologist of the year

Lori Lee

A statewide organization of archaeologists has recognized a Randolph professor as the Virginia Professional Archaeologist of the Year for 2013. Lori Lee, the Ainsworth Visiting Professor of American Culture, received the award for her years of research at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, where she has helped discover, document, and analyze the lives of slaves who... READ MORE >>