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. Brad Harmon
Associate Director of Residence Life &
Director of the Engaged Living Program
Ph.D., University of Georgia                                         

Office: Housing & Residence Life
Phone: (864) 294-3036
Email: brad.harmon@furman.edu
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 students.

Dr. Brannon Andersen
Professor and Chair, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Office: Plyler Hall 119D
Phone: 864-294-3366
Email: brannon.andersen@furman.edu
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. John "TJ" Banisaukas
Chief Health Careers Advisor, Department of Pre-Health Studies
Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry
Ph.D., University of Florida

Office: Townes Science Center 071C
Phone: 864-294-3042
Email: john.banisaukas@furman.edu
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. Bryan Bibb
Associate Professor of Religion, Department of Religion
Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary
M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

Office: Furman Hall 222A
Phone: 864-294-3089
Email: bryan.bibb@furman.edu
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. Gretchen Braun
Assistant Professor of English, Department of English
Ph.D., University of California-Davis

Office: Furman Hall 100R
Phone: 864-294-3137
Email: gretchen.braun@furman.edu
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. Erik Ching
Professor of History, Department of History
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara              
Office: Furman Hall 200I
Phone: (864) 294-2119
Email: erik.ching@furman.edu
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.

Mr. Eric Cain
Program Director, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection   
M.A., Wake Forest University
M.Div., Mercer University

Office: Trone Student Center 215
Phone: (864) 294-2511
Email: eric.cain@furman.edu
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. Susan D'Amato
Professor of Physics, Department of Physics
Faculty Associate, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection
Ph.D., University of South Carolina

Office: Plyler Hall 218
Phone: (864) 294-3604
Email: susan.DAmato@furman.edu
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. Weston Dripps
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Madison

Office: Plyler Hall 119E
Phone: (864) 294-3392
Email: weston.dripps@furman.edu
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. David Gandolfo
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy
Chair, Poverty Studies Minor
Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago       
M.A., International Affairs, Columbia University

Office: Furman Hall 125E
Phone: (864) 294-3238
Email: david.gandolfo@furman.edu
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. Kristy Maher
Professor of Sociology, Deparment of Sociology
Ph.D., Yale University                                                   

Office: Johns Hall 106J
Phone: (864) 294-3302
Email: kristy.maher@furman.edu
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. Bill Ranson
Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
Ph.D., University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Office: Plyler Hall - 119B
Phone: (864) 294-3364
Email: bill.ranson@furman.edu
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. Elizabeth Smith
Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science
Ph.D., University of Minnesota           

Office: Johns Hall 111L
Phone: (864) 294-3674
Email: liz.smith@furman.edu
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. David Spear
William E. Leverette, Jr. Professor of History, Department of History
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Office: Furman Hall 200M
Phone: (864) 294-3143
Email: david.spear@furman.edu
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. Susan Ybarra
Pre-Health Experience Coordinator, Department of Pre-Health Studies

Office: Townes Science Center 071B
Phone: 864-294-3528
Email: susan.ybarra@furman.edu
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.

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