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Faculty Scholarship & Awards

Brevard College professors are highly engaged in the classroom and within the wider academic community. Our faculty are active scholars within their academic fields and are masters of making their highly specialized knowledge accessible to the Brevard students they teach. Here are some of the most recent examples of Brevard faculty awards, books, publications, and presentations.


 Growing Teachers for a New Age: Nurturing Constructivist, Inquiry-Based Teaching (2015)

- Prof. Megan M. Keiser, Prof. Betsy D. Burrows, and graduate Brian Randall 

  • In their chapter of Inquiry-Based Learning for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators, Professors Megan Keiser and Betsy Burrows collaborate with Brevard graduate and current teacher Brian Randall to provide an in-depth look at Brevard’s unique Teacher Licensure Program from three points of view. The authors explain why inquiry-based teachers need a deep and practical understanding of constructivist theory when facing the political and economic realities of the 21st century classroom, and assert the importance of hands-on field experience within diverse community partnerships.  
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What We Eat and Why It Matters (2015)

- Dr. Robert Cabin and student Ashley Lowe


  • Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Studies Dr. Robert Cabin collaborated with Art major Ashley Lowe to create and publish What We Eat and Why It Matters. In his agroecology class, Dr. Cabin and his students explored the question “what should we eat and why does it matter?” through readings, labs, movies, and field trips to local small farms. After students produced their final projects, Cabin worked with student Ashley Lowe to publish her photography and his research in an environmental journal. Dr. Cabin teaches environmental studies and issues, ecology, and agroecology, and is actively involved in promoting more sustainable practices within and beyond the greater Brevard College community. 


Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Researchers (2014)

– Dr. Mary Louise Bringle

  • Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Mary Bringle was awarded a prestigious Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for ResearchersBringle’s award is one of only 10 such grants conferred in Spring 2014 to recipients from institutions from across the country, including Yale, Duke, Emory, Notre Dame and the New York Theological Seminary. She is the only scholar selected from a small private college this year, and will use her award to write a book on envy. Dr. Bringle teaches philosophy, religion, and gender studies, and has published multiple other volumes.


Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast (2014)

– Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert

  • Division of Science and Mathematics Chair Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert published her book Waterways: Sailing the Southeastern Coast. In her book, Dr. Frick-Ruppert combines insights from ecology and sailingto document the environmental changes and interactions of plants and animals found while she and her husband sailed from Charleston, S.C., to Palm Beach, Fla., and across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. Dr. Frick-Ruppert teaches biology, biodiversity, ecology, and environmental studies. She has also published Mountain Nature: A Seasonal Natural History of the Southern Appalachians, which was a finalist for the Phillip Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment.


Harvard International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference (2014)

– Jason DeCristofaro

  • Music faculty member and alumnus Jason DeCristofaro presented at the Harvard University International Journal of Arts and Sciences 2014 Conference in May. DeCristofaro’s presentation focuses on his musical composition and a colleague’s choreography. His composition is based on the late Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz’s sonnet “Que Contiene Una Fantasia Con Amor Decente.” An article of the presentation will be published in the International Journal of Arts and Sciences in fall 2014. DeCristofaro teaches music history, sight singing, and dictation.


International Science Journal Publication (2014)

- Dr. James Reynolds

  • Geology Professor Dr. James Reynolds published a paper in the Journal of South American Earth Sciences titled “Tectonic controls on the evolution of the Andean Cenozoic foreland basin: evidence from fluvial system variations in the Payogastilla Group, in the Calchaquí, Tonco, and Amblayo Valleys, NW Argentina.” This is the seventh paper Dr. Reynolds has co-authored with the article’s lead author about the Cenozoic geology of northwest Argentina. Dr. Reynolds teaches historical geology, minerology, oceanography, and geomorphology. 


Restoring Paradise: Rethinking and Rebuilding Nature in Hawaii (2013)

- Dr. Robert Cabin

  • Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Studies Dr. Robert Cabin published his book Restoring Paradise: Rethinking and Rebuilding Nature in Hawaii. The University of Hawaii Press publication explores the relationship between humans and nature through the lens of ecological restoration in Hawaii, and investigates the challenges and opportunities associated with preserving and restoring Hawaii’s remaining biological diversity. Dr. Cabin teaches environmental studies and issues, ecology, and agroecology, and is actively involved in promoting more sustainable practices within and beyond the greater Brevard College community. 


Independent Publisher Regional and E-Book Award for Fiction in the Midwest (2013)

– Dr. Jubal Tiner

  • Associate Professor of English Dr. Jubal Tiner’s The Waterhouse was recognized as a top regional fiction book in the 2013 Independent Publisher Regional and E-Book Awards (IPPY).The book – Dr. Tiner’s first– received a bronze for best Fiction in the Midwest in the prestigious competition. The collection follows three young men on their journey to manhood and The Waterhouse. Prior to publication, a selection from The Waterhouse was a James Jones First Novel Fellowship finalist. Dr.Tiner teaches creative writing as well as film, literature and composition classes. He is a founder and editor of the Pisgah Review and coordinator and advisor for Brevard College’s literary and arts journal Chiaroscuro.