Furman University professor Sandy Roberson and Rob Carson, an assistant director in Furman’s Office of Academic Assistance, have been named to the All-Southern Conference Faculty and Staff Team, it was announced on Thursday by the league office.
A professor of accounting at Furman, Roberson, was the 2006 recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Advising. Prior to teaching at Furman, she spent over 17 years in industry gaining valuable experience that significantly enhances her teaching and ability to effectively advise students regarding potential career paths. Roberson has made significant contributions to her profession through her work on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination and served as the chair of the Furman Faculty Fringe Benefits and Welfare Committee for three years. She believes that educated professionals have a responsibility to share their knowledge and skills with the community and that students can benefit significantly from working closely with community members, and since spring 2009, students in her classes have contributed over 3,100 hours of service to the Greenville community through their participation in the United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.
As the assistant director in the Office of Academic Assistance, Carson oversees the academic advising for the athletic department and serves as an academic liaison for more than 400 student-athletes from the department’s 18 NCAA Division I teams. He is a member of numerous university committees such as the Diversity Committee, Bias Incident Response Team, Athletics Advisory Committee and the Strategic Vision Advisory Council Enhanced Advising & Mentoring subcommittee. In an effort to bridge the gap between academics and athletics, he also assists with the Faculty Guest Coach Program at Furman. Carson is a graduate of the NCAA’s Minority Leadership Institute and also serves as a member of the Furman Athletics Leadership Team under Athletics Director Mike Buddie.
While the selections were left up to each institution’s discretion, the two recipients from each SoCon school all shared the common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution and contributions to campus life and the local community. Faculty members selected should have a proven record of high scholastic achievement among students and/or recognition for a research project or written academic piece, while staff members could be from the instructional/teaching ranks or the non-instructional ranks and should be recognized for bringing out the best in others and creating conditions for success.
The inaugural team consisted of just faculty members, but the team was expanded this year to include staff, as well, doubling the number of recipients of the honor.
The Citadel’s Melanie Maddox and Sally Keltner; ETSU’s Dr. Andrea “Andi” Clements and Stefanie Murphy; Furman’s Sandy Roberson and Rob Carson; Mercer’s Dr. Laura Lackey and Emily French; UNCG’s Dr. Jerry Walsh and Dr. Brett Carter; Samford’s Dr. Robert Hensarling and Michelle Durban; Chattanooga’s Dr. Gretchen Potts and Lisa Tarr; VMI’s Col. W.G. “Grigg” Mullen Jr. and Lance M. Fujiwara; Western Carolina’s Dr. David Claxton and Christy Wyatt; and Wofford’s Dr. Nancy M. Williams and Dr. Phillip Stone comprise the all-league faculty and staff team.
Each member of the All-SoCon Faculty and Staff Team will be presented a plaque and honored at a home basketball game at his or her institution.
Jordan Caskey, Furman Sports Information