Wall of Honor: Notable Achievements

With our stellar location, vibrant student life and devoted faculty, the College of Charleston is truly one of the nation’s great public universities. Join us as we celebrate the notable awards and achievements of our Faculty. 


Spring 2023

Dr. Beth Sundstrom

Dr. Sundstrom has an outstanding research record including two co-authored books with Oxford University Press.  In addition, she was named a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Research Grant recipient in 2018.  She also co-founded the Women’s Health Research Team. This interdisciplinary research team is a model for our campus and has provided exceptional mentoring opportunities for students over the past decade.  She has grown the team to include about 25 students and 10 faculty.  Finally, she has co-authored conference presentations with more than 100 student co-author spots and published peer-reviewed journal articles with more than 80 student co-author spots. 

Dr. Robert Podolsky

Dr. Podolsky was awarded the M. Patricia Morse Award for Excellence and Innovation in Science Education by the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. This is an international society whose mission is “to further research, education and public awareness in the areas of organismal, functional and evolutionary biology. He was recognized for his work in directing the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the Grice marine Lab, chair of the SICB Educational Council, his “student as Producer” approach to teaching, and his efforts toward diversity and inclusion in STEM. 

Fall 2022

Dr. Renee McCauley, Department of Computer Science 

Dr. McCauley received the 2023 Lifetime Service Award by the Computer Science Education Community. The SIGCSE Award for Lifetime Service to the Computer Science Education Community honors an individual who has a long history of volunteer service to the computer science education community. This service, which is not limited to service to SIGCSE, may take many forms, such as professional society leadership, conference organization, outreach efforts, editorial board participation, or any of a number of other types of service to the computer science education community. Awards may recognize service at any level, for example: K-12, college, graduate, or continuing post-college. 

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Dr. John Thomas, Department of Political Science 

Dr. Thomas became a member of the Martin Luther King Jr. International College of Ministers and Laity and inducted into its Board of Sponsors at Morehouse College. Sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College, the MLK International College of Ministers and Laity  was established in 1985 to honor individuals whose life and work exemplify the ethical ideals promoted by the Morehouse’s most prominent alumnus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year a selection of persons representing various faith traditions and vocations are inducted from around the world.


Spring 2022

Dr. Adem Ali, Geology & Environmental Geosciences 

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award Recipient for 2021 – 2022  at University of Witwatersrand and University of Limpopo.  

Dr. Brian Bossak, Health and Human Performance  

A crucial scholarly liaison between SC DHEC and the College in relation to COVID-19, Dr. Bossak will take up a Fulbright Lectureship in Public Health at the University of Bologna in Italy, the oldest continuously operating university in the western hemisphere for a semester during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Dr. Kris De Welde, Women’s and Gender Studies 

NSF award grant ($1.9 million across three institutions): ADVANCE and Beyond: Understanding Processes of Institutional Change to Promote STEM Equity and Education. 

Dr. Matt Rutter, Biology  

Co-author on article in Nature that fundamentally changes the way biologists think about the random genetic basis for evolution and will be a key foundation for the next generation of work in evolutionary biology. (Monroe, J.G., Srikant, T., Carbonell-Bejerano, P. et al. “Mutation bias reflects natural selection in Arabidopsis thaliana.” Nature 602, 101–105 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-04269-6; https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/plant-mutation/) 

Fall 2021

Dr. Richard Bodek, History 

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award Recipient 2021-2022 at University of Roehampton

Dr. Raúl Carrillo-Arciniega, Hispanic Studies

Premio Internacional de Narrativa “Ignacio Manuel Altamirano” Award Recipient for novel, Hotel Francés. 

 Dr. Jennifer Gerrish, Classics 

The Gallic Wars Books 5 and 6: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Aris & Phillips Classical Texts, Liverpool University Press, 2022)

Dr. Courtney Murren, Matt Rutter and Allan Strand, Biology 

NSF Award Grant ($299,680): IUSE Expanding scientific opportunity with digital course based undergraduate research experience (CURE): development and evaluation.

Dr. Paul Sánchez, Music  

Grammy Nomination for CD Dreams of a New Day