The Engaged Living program has many dedicated faculty and staff who work hard to make the program a success. They devote countless hours to preparing classes, planning extracurricular programs, and making the Engaged Living experience beneficial to their students. Most of all, they truly care about their students and work very hard to ensure that all of the first-year students in the program are successful at Furman and beyond.
Dr. Harmon serves as the administrative director for
the Engaged Living Program. A 1997 alumnus of Furman, he serves as
Co-Chair of the University's First-Year Experience Strategic Planning
Committee as well as an academic advisor to undeclared students. His
research focuses on the peer mentoring of first-year undergraduate
Dr. Andersen serves as faculty for Environmental Community of Students (ECOS)
and teaches the Earth and Environmental Science 112: Introduction to Earth and Environmental Science class. His research
focuses on the biogeochemical processes that control the chemical
composition of rivers; biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and
silicon; sediment transport and trace metal geochemistry.
Dr. Andersen will be on sabbatical from Engaged Living during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Dr. Banisaukus works with Ms. Ybarra and Dr. Braun to direct the out-of-class experiences for Healthcare Today and serves as a health professions advisor, providing assistance in evaluating potential health career paths.
Dr. Bibb serves as faculty for Finding Your Life Purpose
and teaches the FYW 1238: The Way of Wisdom seminar. His research
focuses on Biblical translation as reception history, Biblical theology and ancient Israelite religion, open access scholarship, rhetoric and politics in the prophets, and priestly theology.
Dr. Braun serves as faculty for Healthcare Today
and teaches the FYW 1195: Psychic Disorder and the Social Order seminar. She also teaches in Furman's Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies interdisciplinary minor. Her research focuses on Victorian literature, gender studies, the development of the novel, trauma studies, and nineteenth centry mental science.
Dr. Ching serves as faculty for Global Poverty and teaches the History 142: Modern Latin American class. His research interests include modern Latin America and Africa.
A 2004 alumnus of Furman, Mr. Cain assists Dr. D'Amato with Finding Your life Purpose. As
program director of the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection, he supports
students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the larger community in vocational
discernment and reflection. He develops and implements programs and
activities that encourage social action informed by faith and ethics.
Dr. D'Amato serves as faculty for Finding Your Life Purpose
and teaches the FYS 1103: Finding Your Life Purpose seminar. As faculty associate of
the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection, her current area of interest is
dialogue between physics and the humanities, especially the dialogue
between science and religion.
Dr. Dripps serves as faculty for Environmental Community of Students (ECOS)
and teaches the Earth and Environmental Science 112: Introduction to Earth and Environmental Science class. His research focuses on
studying the variety of local hydrologic issues pertaining to
urbanization, global water issues and ground water modeling.
Dr. Gandolfo serves as faculty for Global Poverty.
He teaches the Poverty Studies 101: Introduction to Poverty Studies class. His
research interests include globalization, international justice,
poverty, and Latin American philosophy.
Dr. Maher serves as faculty for Curses, Cures, and Clinics: Global Health Perspectives
and teaches the FYS 1135: Curses, Cures, and Clinics Global Health Perspectives seminar. Her research interests
include medical sociology, global health inequities, sociology of gender
and community based evaluation. Dr. Maher will be on sabbatical from Engaged Living during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Dr. Ranson serves as faculty for the Environmental Community of Students (ECOS)
and teaches the FYS 1126: Sustainability of Natural Resources seminar. His research interests
include petrology, bedrock mapping, and geologic history of the southern
Appalachian Mountains; sustainability in curriculum and administration.
Dr. Smith serves as faculty for The Politics of Good and Evil
and teaches the FYS 1131: Politics of Good and Evil seminar. Her interests include
American politics (public opinion and political socialization), women and politics, and public opinion and political science education.
Dr. Spear serves as faculty for Historical Interpretations
and teaches the FYS 1106: Doing History in the 1950s seminar. His research interests
include medieval Europe and ancient history. Dr. Spear will be on sabbatical from Engaged Living during the 2014-2015 academic year.
Ms. Ybarra works with Dr. Banisaukus and Dr. Braun to direct the out-of-class experiences for Healthcare Today and serves as a health professions advisor, providing assistance in evaluating potential health career paths. She also coordinates internships and other medical experiences for the health professions at Furman.