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 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. Ching serves as faculty for Poverty and Work: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives and teaches the FYS 1150 class on global poverty. 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 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 first-year seminar. As faculty associate of
the 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 FYS 1126 first-year seminar. 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 Poverty and Work: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives.
He teaches both the Philosophy 101 and Poverty Studies 101 classes. 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 first-year seminar. Her research interests
include medical sociology, global health inequities, sociology of gender
and community based evaluation.
Dr. Ranson serves as faculty for the Environmental Community of Students (ECOS)
and teaches the FYS 1126 first-year 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 first-year seminar. Her interests include
American politics (public opinion and political socialization).
Dr. Spear serves as faculty for Historical Interpretations
and teaches the FYS 1106 first-year seminar. His research interests
include medieval Europe and ancient history. Dr. Spear will be taking a
leave from Engaged Living for the fall 2013 semester to lead Furman
students on a study away trip to Europe.