Spelman College believes in a holistic approach to learning and strives to create a cohesive academic and co-curricular experience that benefits each student. The Spelman faculty is comprised of approximately 180 full-time teacher/scholars guiding more than 27 majors. Eighty-six percent of Spelman’s full-time faculty hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree, and many are Spelman graduates. Our student/faculty ratio of 10:1 allows for close mentoring and guidance so that our faculty and students develop bonds that last well into the future.
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Spelman faculty are known for their notable work in the classroom and beyond the College's gates. Read about their accomplishments here.
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Anne Carlson, senior lecturer of French, traveled to Germany in June to attend the 41st annual African Literature Association conference at the University of Bayreuth. At the conference, Dr. Carlson presented a paper entitled "Envisioning a Future in Algeria: Nassira Belloula's La Revanche de May," that focused on the work of the Algerian feminist author Belloula.
Ayoka Chenzira, professor, division chair for the arts, and director of the Digital Moving Image Salon, has had a successful year filled with film and theater productions. Earlier this year, the Whitney Museum of American Art exhibited her animated film "Hair Piece: a Film for Nappyheaded People" as part of its celebration for the opening of their new building. Dr. Chenzira was also invited to show her early films at Lincoln Center as part of a celebration of Black filmmakers titled "Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968 – 1986." More recently, Dr. Chenzira directed the interactive stage play,"Funnel Cake Flowers & the Urban Chameleons" at the Atlanta Black Theater Festival followed by a sold out off Broadway showing on Theater Row. The play features live performance, video, dance, and real-time tweeting. She also has received a grant from the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs to produce an animated sci fi fantasy film, The Bend in Origan, that features alumna Lauren Brown Jarvis (comparative women's studies) and the voice of Britny Horton (drama and dance).
Shanina Sanders, assistant professor of chemistry, received an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) grant. The ACS PRF grant will fund research by Dr. Sanders and her students that focuses on the synthesis of small organic heterocycles. Dr. Sanders has also collaborated with the Center for Chemical Evolution where she and a Spelman student participated in research over the summer in Stefan France’s lab at Georgia Tech. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA. The collaboration between the Sanders and France labs is scheduled to continue throughout the academic year.
Fatemeh Shafiei, associate professor and chair of political science, has worked for many years to support environmental justice and environmental education. In August, she was reappointed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator to continue serving as a member of National Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) for a one-year term. NEJAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that advises the U.S. EPA on Environmental Justice issues. NEJAC has 26 members representing diverse stakeholders involved in environmental justice. Dr. Shafiei serves as one of four members from academia. Also in August, Dr. Shafiei organized and hosted a two-day faculty development institute, “Educating for Sustainability: Greening the Curriculum at Minority Serving Institutions," with funding provided by UNCF/Mellon.