As some of you might know there is a new Biochemistry professor here at Presbyterian College. Dr. Shannon Alford applied to Presbyterian College knowing she wanted to work at a smaller school, and she had visited friends who went to PC when she was in high school. She expressed enjoyment when interacting with other Presbyterian College professors: “It was a really nice academic atmosphere.” So far she thinks the students are very affable, asking questions and saying hi as they pass. Other new professors have started a few classes from the ground up, like Dr. Stuart Gordon with Bioinformatics. When asked about any hopes for a new class, she said she would be excited to teach a class on molecular biology, and hopefully this class will come to fruition.
The search that led to the hiring of Dr. Alford was as interesting as any hiring process. Previous years of searching had been fruitless, but this year PC got lucky. The Search Committee in charge of finding a new professor consisted of the Chemistry Department and a few outside members, including Dr. Ron Zimmerman and Dr. Gordon. The committee drew up a short list of about 10 people and narrowed it down to three candidates who were then invited to give a presentation at PC. Dr. Alford won out. … Continue Reading