Four at WMC promoted to full professor

August 31, 1998

Four Western Maryland College faculty members were promoted to full professor this month, Dean and Provost Joan Develin Coley has announced.

They are Charles Neal, political science/interdisciplinary studies; Vasilis "Bill" Pagonis, physics; Pamela Thompson Regis, English; and D. Sue Singer, economics/business.

Neal, who came to WMC in 1978, teaches courses on judicial process, political theory and American political behavior. He also is the pre-law adviser and directs the college's team each year at the Harvard National Model United Nations.

He earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree from Iowa State University and a bachelor's degree from Luther College, Iowa.

Pagonis joined the faculty in 1986 after teaching at Allegheny College, Pa., and Northeastern University, Mass. Besides specializing in solid-state physics, microcomputers and archaeological dating, in 1988 he developed WMC's thermoluminescence lab to date archaeological and geological materials.

He often travels to his native Greece and other countries to visit archaeological sites. Pagonis earned doctoral and master's degrees at Northeastern and a bachelor's degree at the University of Athens in Greece.

Regis, who came to WMC in 1983, teaches courses in 17th- and 18th-century literature and expository writing. She has written for several publications and her first book, "Describing Early America: The Rhetoric of Natural History in Bartram, Jefferson, and Crevecoeur," was published in 1992.

Regis, who also has served as coordinator of the college's first-year composition program, recently put together a 20-page booklet for students to use as a guide for preparing research papers.

She has doctoral, master's and bachelor's degrees from the Johns Hopkins University.

This semester, Singer, a member of the faculty since 1983, will lead a dozen students to WMC-Budapest, the first group of WMC-Westminster students to study at the campus in Hungary. She also will teach business and economics courses in the program. The third group of Budapest students will study in Carroll County this fall.

Singer earned a master's degree from the University of Baltimore, a master's in business administration from Loyola College and a bachelor's degree from Towson State University.

Pub Date: 8/31/98

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