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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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  • Ligia Bezerra
    Ligia Bezerra

    September 2015

    Ligia Bezerra, assistant professor of Portuguese, has published "Um quase-africano: Re-significações de Fradique Mendes em Nação crioula, de José Eduardo Agualusa" in The American Portuguese Studies Association Journal, ellipsis (2015, volume 13). In this article, Dr. Bezerra presents Angolan writer José Eduardo Agualusa’s Nação crioula: A correspondência secreta de Fradique Mendes (1997) as a post-modern parody of the fictional character Fradique Mendes from Eça de Queirós’ A correspondência de Fradique Mendes (1900). Through parody, Agualusa creates historiographic metafiction meant to question the possibility of objective representations of reality, an issue central to post-modern aesthetics. The article further proposes that this questioning extends a discussion that is already suggested by Eça’s original text at the turn of the twentieth century, when concerns about the possibility of objective representations of reality also came to the fore.  

  • Joe Bigley
    Joseph Bigley

    September 2015

    Joseph Bigley, assistant professor of art and art history, will be exhibiting sculpture in Atlanta, North Carolina, and New York this month.  Please follow these links to learn more about the upcoming exhibitions:

    East Meets West - Randolph Arts Guild’s Sara Smith Self Gallery in Asheboro, N.C.

    Fulton County Arts and Culture Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition - This exhibition is in conjunction with the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance Conference taking place in mid-September at Georgia State University. 

    Peekskill Project 6 - Peekskill, N.Y.- An exhibition run by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art featuring 60 international and domestic artists which will be featured throughout the city including industrial warehouses, parks, galleries and storefronts. 

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  • Andrea Lewis - Nicole Taylor
    Andrea Lewis and Nicole Taylor

    September 2015

    Andrea Lewis, assistant professor and chair of education studies, and Nicole Taylor, assistant professor of education studies, recently authored separate chapters in a new book, Supporting Multiculturalism and Gender Diversity in University Settings (IGI Global, 2015). The resource examines the experiences of women of color in academia and what they learned in their rise through education and their careers. Highlighting stories of feminism, race and what it means to use these life lessons in the classroom, this book serves as a valuable resource for higher education administrators, policymakers and women professionals everywhere. Both Dr. Lewis' chapter, "Perseverance: The Dream Will Not Be Deferred" and Dr. Taylor's chapter, "Full Circle Moments: The Navigation of an Education Journey," chronicle the experiences throughout graduate school that have shaped their careers and ideologies. 

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  • Lidia Odenat
    Lidia Odenat

    September 2015

    Lidia Odenat, instructor of psychology (part-time), was recently promoted to Associate Provider in the Emory School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. She has also been elected President of the Metro-Atlanta Association of Black Psychologists.