For the Record: Faculty and Staff Accomplishments

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Millette, Van Dover, Gray and Campbell Earn Professional and Volunteer Awards

Lincoln University, Pa. – Four Lincoln University professors have earned honors and distinctions this spring. 

James K. Van Dover, an English professor at Lincoln for 38 years, has been awarded a fifth Fulbright appointment as a guest professor at Comenius University in Bratislavia, Slovak Republic, to teach courses in American literature and American culture from September 2017-January 2018.

Previously, Van Dover completed Fulbright appointments at the University of Tuebingen (Germany) in 1980-81; this was followed by appointments at the University of Stuttgart (Germany) in 1988-89, Nankai University (China) in 2000, and the University of Vienna (Austria) in 2007.

“In all my Fulbrights—through lecture courses, undergraduate and graduate seminars, and presentations at conferences and symposiums—I have tried to communicate my understanding of aspects of American culture, especially American literature.”

Monica Gray, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, was nominated by Lincoln University President Richard Green for the Council for International Education (CIEE) and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) Project Passport Early-Career Faculty Award. The goal of Project Passport is to expand study abroad programs on MSI campuses. As part of the program, Dr. Gray will attend CMSI's annual Elevate Workshop in Philadelphia (June 2017) and CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar in the Dominican Republic (August 2017). Dr. Gray is currently coordinating with CIEE a passport caravan for fall 2017, where 50 free passports will be awarded to Lincoln University freshmen. Finally two Lincoln University student leaders have been nominated to participate in a 4-week, 3-credit study abroad experience.

Monica Gray, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, was nominated by Lincoln University President Richard Green for the Council for International Education (CIEE) and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) Project Passport Early-Career Faculty Award. Photo courtesy of Monica Gray.

Robert Millette, a sociology professor, has been invited to the Bensman-Vidich Conference from May 5-7 at the City University of New York Graduate Center in New York City. The conference commemorates the legacy of Arthur Vidich and Joseph Bensman, each of whom made significant individual contributions to sociology. Their lifelong collaboration resulted in two major books, several timely anthologies, and many articles. The purpose of the conference will be to explore their joint and individual legacies, their contribution to sociology and the influences they had on their collaborators, colleagues, and students. Millette has a special tie to Vidich: Vidich was Millette’s dissertation advisor.

Robert Millette, a sociology professor, has been invited to the Bensman-Vidich Conference from May 5-7 at the City University of New York Graduate Center in New York City. Photo by Shelley Mix.

Sekou Campbell, an adjunct professor in the Languages and Literature Department, will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia on May 23 for his work with the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. This year marks the Council’s 32nd annual awards celebration honoring exceptional leaders, innovators, partnerships and volunteers who work to make the Philadelphia region culturally vibrant and economically strong. 

Campbell will receive the award for the pro bono legal advice that he provided to The Magic Bowl Dance Company leading up to their annual performance of “Philly Thriller:” a Halloween dance celebration inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and performed by the company for the community. He drafted governance documents and filed necessary federal and state documentation to establish Magic Bowl as an LLC. 

Sekou Campbell, an adjunct professor in the Languages and Literature Department, will receive the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia on May 23 for his work with the Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Photo courtesy of the Arts + Business Council Awards.

For the Record is an ongoing series dedicated to acknowledging and informing the Lincoln University community about the accomplishments of its talented faculty and staff. If you have an accomplishment that you would like to share contact us at lucomm@lincoln.edu.

Compiled by Shelley Mix, Office of Communications & Public Relations