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Modern Languages professor Bost receives 2017 Jim Smart Award

David Bost, Professor of Spanish, Furman Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and Chair of the Department of English

Furman University Modern Languages professor and English department chair David Bost has been named winner of the James H. Smart Award by Furman’s Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection.

Presented annually to a Furman faculty or staff member, the Jim Smart Award is designed to promote encouragement of vocational exploration and reflection by Furman students, and to recognize those who exemplify this work in their teaching, advising, mentoring, service, public engagement and other aspects of their roles at the university.

The award celebrates the memory of Jim Smart, a longtime Furman history professor (1967-1995) who died in 2013. Smart was known for his passion for teaching and learning, his dedication to student development, and the importance he placed on students’ exploration of values and purposeful living.

The award is made possible by a gift from Smart’s wife, Bonnie Smart, in memory of her husband and in honor of their two children, Rusty Smart and Susan D’Amato.

Bost, who joined the faculty in 1981, is the Carey Shepard Crantford Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures at Furman. In addition to serving as chair of the English department and teaching Spanish language classes, Bost teaches various courses in Spanish American literature. His research interests include nonfiction narrative and cultural expressions of social justice and memory, such as memorials and museums. He has traveled widely throughout the Spanish-speaking world and has directed study-away experiences in five countries.

Bost holds advanced degrees from Vanderbilt University and a bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

For more information, contact the Furman News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107. Questions about the award or the nomination process should be addressed to Eric Cain, eric.cain@furman.edu, or 864-294-2511. More information may also be found at this link.

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