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Spelman Faculty

Our Faculty

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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Recent Faculty Highlights and Accomplishments

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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  • Chemistry Professor Receives $300,000 NSF Grant

    Peter Chen
    The National Science Foundation has awarded Spelman College chemistry professor Peter Chen, Ph.D. a $319,451 grant to work with student researchers to further develop and explore the capabilities of a new laser spectroscopic technique that recently was invented at Spelman.

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  • Karen Brakke

    Karen Brakke
    Karen Brakke, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, has been elected president of Southeastern Psychological Association. She has also been an invited participant of two APA leadership groups: Summit on National Assessment of Psychology and Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology. Brakke is the co-editor of the e-book published by the Society for Teaching of Psychology: "Telling Stories: The Art and Science of Storytelling as an Instructional Strategy"

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  • Anne Carlson

    Anne Carlson
    Anne Carlson, Ph. D., presented a paper entitled "Intersections historiques et le poids de l’Histoire dans Hizya de Maïssa Bey" at the Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones conference in Saly-Portudal, Senegal.

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  • Beverly Guy-Sheftall Participates in U.N. Tribunal on Sexual Assault of Black Women in America

    Beverly Guy Sheftall
    Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Ph.D., C'66, director of Spelman’s Women’s Research and Resource Center and professor of women’s studies, recently participated in a historic tribunal at the United Nations in New York City to address sexual assault of African-American women.

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