Dr. James Wanliss

JamesWanliss-PresbyterianCollege-ClintonSC-PhysicsProfessor of Physics
B.S. University of Cape Town (Cape Town, South Africa)
M.S. University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Ph.D. University of Alberta (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)

Dr. Wanliss directs the Space Weather Undergraduate Research Laboratory (SWURL) where, together with students, he studies space science and nonlinear dynamical systems under grants from NASA and NSF. He has lectured on diverse topics including homeschooling, global warming, chronobiology, Christian apologetics, space weather, earthquake dynamics, and the relation of theology to science.

Dr. Wanliss has served as an expert reviewer for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) is a Senior Fellow and Contributing Writer for The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, and Policy Expert to the Heartland Institute. He has written several books, published over 55 peer-reviewed physics articles, won the prestigious NSF CAREER award, and has served as an expert reviewer for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change.

Dr. Wanliss enjoys traveling and has taken students for research work in Japan, Korea, and South Africa.

Dr. Chad L. Rodekohr

ChadRodekohr-PresbyterianCollege-ClintonSC-PhysicsAssociate Professor of Physics
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Auburn University (Auburn, AL)

Dr. Eli T. Owens

Assistant Professor of Physics
B.S. West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)
Ph.D. North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)

Dr. Paige Meeker


Professor of Computer Science and Department Chair
B.S. Furman University
M.S. University of South Carolina
Ph.D. University of South Carolina

Dr. Paige Meeker has been a member of the PC computer science department since August 2005. Before arriving at PC, she taught at the University of South Carolina and Furman University. She was granted tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor in February 2009.

During her time at PC, Dr. Meeker has worked with Dr. Ralph Paquin and Dr. Wayne Smith to develop the digital animation arts minor, and she has introduced and developed numerous courses into the computer science curriculum, covering such topics as game programming, the history of computer science, and Harry Potter. Dr. Meeker also developed a travel course which took Physics and Computer Science students to Florida to explore the physics and computer science behind the scenes of Kennedy Space Center and Walt Disney World.
Dr. Meeker has been a member of several committees at Presbyterian College, including AAC, LFA, Gen. Ed., Curriculum, Alcohol Advisory, and the Honor Council. She has been the faculty advisor to the Pac Sac and is participates in PC’s new “Freshman Advisor” program. She is currently serving as department chair.

Dr. Meeker is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and its special interest groups in graphics and computer science education (SIGCSE). She’s developed several websites for various businesses over the years, and she’s also judged science fairs and spoken to kindergarten classes about robots and what a computer scientist does. She currently runs two after-school computer clubs, one for elementary students (grades 1-4) and one for middle school students (grades 5-8).

In her spare time, Dr. Meeker enjoys reading, walking, horseback riding, and quilling, being a member of the North American Quilling Guild.

Dr. Gregory D. Goeckel

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Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Marymount College of Kansas
M.S., Ph.D. Kansas State University

Courses Taught

  • College Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus I–IV
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Calculus for the Social and Biological Sciences
  • Transition to Advanced Mathematics
  • Complex Variables
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Statistics
  • Numerical Methods
  • Differential Equations.
  • Freshman Seminar: Critically Puzzle