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Bainbridge College Announces Faculty Promotions
Carol Heard, BC Communications Specialist     Mar 30, 2012

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Bainbridge College President Richard Carvajal recently announced that 10 faculty members have been promoted.

ďI am very pleased to announce these outstanding members of our faculty have been granted promotions, and I congratulate these exceptional educators on their promotions,Ē Dr. Carvajal said. The promotions become effective for the 2012-13 academic year.

In the Arts and Sciences Division of Bainbridge College, Dr. Carol Sinclair of Bainbridge and Dr. Patrick Smith of Havana, Fla., have been promoted to Professor. Dr. Eric Dueno and Dr. Michael Stewart, both of Havana, Fla.; Dr. Jenny Harper of Bainbridge, Dr. Carol Leggett of Whigham, and Dr. David Nelson of Quincy, Fla., have all been promoted to Associate Professor.

In the Technical Studies Division of BC, Andrea Ferguson of Bainbridge, Randy Williams of Colquitt, Ga., and Patricia Browers of Blakely, Ga., have been promoted to Assistant Professor.

BC Professors
Carol Sinclair
Dr. Carol Sinclair has been teaching for more than 28 years. More than 10 years of her career has been spent teaching at Bainbridge College where she teaches English, writing, literature and Learning Support English classes. She has also served as interim chair of Learning Support.

Dr. Sinclair started in 2001 the BC Coffee House/Literary Contest, which allows students to submit original poems and prose to compete in a judged contest.

Dr. Sinclair has been an English instructor at Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College, as well as an English teacher and drama coach at a Miami, Fla., junior high school and a Montezuma, Ga.,  high school. Besides teaching, Dr. Sinclair was an assistant editor for the Dr. Fred Standley Grant for Transcribing/Editing Claude Denson Pepper Diaries, a staff assistant, grant writer, editor and trainer for Life Skills Foundation and program specialist with the Office of Assessment, Testing and Evaluation with the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee, Fla.

Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., Dr. Sinclair earned a Master of Education in English from Georgia Southwestern College in Americus, and a doctorate in English from Florida State University.

Patrick Smith
Dr. Patrick Smith has been at Bainbridge College since 2002, teaching such subjects as world and American literature, creative writing and composition. He has also been an instructor on study abroad trips to the Galapagos Islands and Belize.

From 1997-2002, Dr. Smith was an adjunct professor of English at Florida State University, an adjunct professor from 1997-2001 at Tallahassee Community College, and a teaching assistant at Ohio University from 1994-1997. Dr. Smith earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in creative writing from Penn State University and a doctorate in American Literature (20th Century) from Ohio University.

In 2010, Dr. Smith was recognized with the Meritorious Faculty Award from Bainbridge College. He also served as the faculty adviser to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society from 2004-06. Dr. Smith has two sons, and he enjoys travel, golf and other outdoor activities.

BC Associate Professors

Eric Dueno
A regular presenter along with some of his students of chemistry demonstrations at area elementary, middle and high schools, Dr. Eric Dueno has been sharing his love of science with area students since 2009. Dr. Dueno has been teaching chemistry at Bainbridge College since 2008. Along with his teaching duties, Dr. Dueno has been the collegeís Safety Committee chair, served on the Student Affairs Committee, the International Education Committee, and is co-adviser of the BC Canoe and Kayak Club and the BC cross country running club.

Dr. Dueno was an assistant professor of chemistry and the organic chemistry laboratory coordinator for Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky. He has also served as a teaching assistant for the Department of Chemistry at the University of South Florida in Tampa, the Department of Earth Sciences at Tallahassee Community College and the Department of Chemistry at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Dr. Dueno earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science from Florida State University. He earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of South Florida.

Jenny Harper
Dr. Jenny Harper has been teaching general biology, human anatomy, physiology, microbiology, environmental sciences, marine biology and integrated sciences at BC since June 2008, and she had a two-month stint at BC teaching biology in 2004. Prior to her present teaching position at BC, she taught for four years at Coastal Georgia Community College at the Camden Center in Kingsland, Ga.

An alumna of Bainbridge College, Dr. Harper earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Georgia in 1999, a Master of Science in Biology from Georgia Southern University in 2001, and a Doctorate in Philosophy in Veterinary Medical Services from the University of Florida in 2004. Much of her research, which includes her masterís thesis and Ph.D. dissertation, has centered on the endangered Florida manatee.

Dr. Harper, who is originally from Bainbridge, is married to Ridge Harper, who is the assistant registrar at BC, and together they have five children: Shelby, 8; Coby-James, 6; Bay, 5, and 1-year-old twins Charlee and Sembler.

Carol Leggett
Dr. Carol G. Leggett teaches biology and microbiology at BC, as well as works part time in the laboratory of Meredian, Inc. in the manufacture of biodegradable plastics from bacteria. Dr. Leggett earned a bachelorís from Valdosta State University, a Master of Science in Biological Science in the field of immunology and a Doctorate in Biological Science (field of microbiology/bacterial molecular genetics) from Florida State University.

She is married to Thomas K. Leggett Jr., a Cairo, Ga., dentist, and they have two children, Thomas K. Leggett III and Rachel E. Leggett.  Dr. Leggett is an assistant leader for the Venture Crew, Boy Scout Troop #383 of Whigham, Ga.

David Nelson
Dr. David Nelson is an associate professor of history where his specialties include U.S. history, environmental history, cultural history, public history and history of the American south. He is the sponsor of the Bainbridge College History Club, co-sponsor the BC International Education Club and sponsor of the college's Model United Nations program. In addition, Dr. Nelson serves as co-coordinator for International Education.

Dr. Nelson earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of North Florida, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in U.S. History from Florida State University. He worked for three years as a ranger with the Florida Park Service and six years as an archivist with the State Archives of Florida.

He has had publications in the Gulf South Review, Florida Historical Quarterly and Southern Studies. His first book, Florida Crackers and Yankee Tourists, will be coming out soon from LSU Press.

A resident of Quincy, Fla., Dr. Nelson and his wife, Heather, have a 5-year-old son, Carter. He likes to bowl, cook, perform in local theater, read, write and travel with his family. He is also an avid film buff and likes to keep up with British TV.

Michael Stewart
Dr. Michael Stewart is associate professor of sociology at BC where he teaches introductory sociology, social psychology, introduction to marriage and the family, and social problems. His areas of interest include inequality and social justice, sex and gender, race and ethnicity, sociology of sport, and social theory.

Dr. Stewart earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University in the fall of 2008 and has been at Bainbridge College since. He lives in Havana, Fla., with his partner, their dog, India, and their cat, Fischer.

In his spare time, Dr. Stewart enjoys films, playing the guitar and spending time outside.

BC Assistant Professors

Pat Browers
Patricia Browers is an instructor of license practical nursing, teaching fundamentals of nursing and fundamentals lab at the Bainbridge College Early County site. She also is a Minimum Date Set coordinator at Seminole Manor and Calhoun Nursing Home. Ms. Browers also worked as a nurse for the Calhoun State Prison, Hughston Sports Medicine Hospital, Miller County Hospital and the Early Memorial Hospital.

Ms. Browers earned an Associate in Science in Nursing from Darton College in 1993. She is a graduate of Early County High School and attended George C. Wallace Community College.

Andrea Ferguson
Andrea Ferguson currently teaches pharmacology, nutrition to first semester practical nursing students and goes into the clinical setting at off-site facilities during second, third and fourth semesters.

Mrs. Ferguson attended Southwest Georgia Technical College in Thomasville, Ga., where she graduated in 2003 with a diploma in Practical Nursing, then in 2005 with Associate of Nursing. She is currently enrolled at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Ga., working at completing the online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program with plans for completion either Fall 2012 or Spring 2013.  Upon completing the bachelorís program, Mrs. Ferguson plans to continue her education by enrolling in the Master of Science in Nursing program at Georgia Southwestern State University.

A native of Decatur County, Mrs. Ferguson is married to Eugene Ferguson Jr.  They have two daughters, Zandrieka, 13, and Maryah, 8. In Mrs. Fergusonís free time she likes to do projects with the cricut expressions, as well as spend time with family, shop and watch movies.

Randy Williams
Randy Williams teaches the paramedic and emergency medical technician (EMT) classes at the Bainbridge College main campus, and he supervises an EMT program at the BC Early County site.

Mr. Williams is a nationally registered paramedic and a licensed paramedic instructor for the State of Georgia. He was recently awarded the Region 8 EMS Instructor of the Year Award.

He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences with a discipline in emergency medical services management through The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

A resident of Colquitt, he is married to Erin, and they have a 19-month-old daughter, Mollie. His main hobby is fishing and riding in his boat.

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