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McDowell Columns Scholar Prize Finalists

The Chowan University McDowell Columns Scholar Prize, which is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, is presented to a faculty member for his or her scholarly and/or creative activities during the previous academic year. The prize consists of a cash award and a book style clock, showcasing a photo of the historic McDowell Columns Building, and engraved with the recipient's name. The prize recipient will be announced at the Seventh Annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship and Creative Achievement, which will showcase the scholarly works and creative activities that have been published, exhibited, or performed during the 2016-2017 academic year, and provide the university community the opportunity to congratulate and recognize faculty for their recent accomplishments as authors, artists, leaders, researchers, presenters, and performers.

Timothy Hayes, Assistant Professor of English

 As an undergrad, I spent four years at a small college with really dedicated professors. I knew them, and they knew me. I would stop by their offices to chat about paper topics, of course. But I would also just spend 30 minutes or an hour on random afternoons visiting them and chatting about whatever came up. At Chowan, I’m excited to play this role from the other side, becoming a professor who knows his students well and invests in their lives. I’m also tremendously excited, of course, to share the literature that I love and continually write about with them, particularly Victorian literature that I think still has a lot to say to us today, more than a century later. In many ways, being a college professor is one of the best jobs. I get to read and write about books for a living, and I get to share my knowledge and encouragement with students who have the potential to have a real impact on our world!


PhD, English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, English Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, English, Rhodes College

Courses Taught

Victorian Literature
Law and Literature
British Literature Since 1800
British Literature to 1800
Introduction to Creative Writing
Freshman Composition

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

“‘Not So Childish As It Seems’: Stevenson’s Interrogation of Childishness in the South Seas,” The Journal of Stevenson Studies 9 (2012): 291-312.

“Colonialism in R. L. Stevenson’s South Seas Fiction: ‘Child’s Play’ in the Pacific,”English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 52.2 (January 2009): 160-81.

“The Darkening Island: Stevenson, Barrie, and the Perils of Childhood” (forthcoming in Scotland and Children’s Literature in the Nineteenth Century, 2015).

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary (Enhanced eBook Classics Edition, Features Editor), Penguin Classics (2008)

“The Problem with Forgetting: Unsustainable Childhood in Barrie’s Peter and Wendy,” South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 7-9, 2014

“Did Stevenson Become Transnational?: Solving the ‘Mystery’ of Stevenson in the South Seas,” Victorians Institute, Winthrop University, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 24-25, 2014

“‘The Old Times Were Best’: Colonial and Anti-Colonial Nostalgia in Conrad’s First Novel,” Victorians Institute, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, November 1-2, 2013

“‘On the Spot’: Teaching the Stories of Heart of Darkness,” SAMLA Convention, Durham, North Carolina, November 9-11, 2012

“On Not Growing Up: Dickens, Stevenson, and Childhood Nostalgia,” Victorians Institute, Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, October 21-22, 2011

“Adventures in Neverland: Reading The Ebb-Tide through Barrie’s Eyes,” RLS 2010: Locating Stevenson, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, July 8-10, 2010

“The Empire Come True: Finding Neverlands in Victorian Adventure Fiction,” Victorians Institute, Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina, October 16-17, 2009

“The Deafening Silences of Stevenson’s The Ebb-Tide and Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,” Victorians Institute, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, October 3-4, 2008

“‘Tell Him the Place is a Blooming Toyshop!’: Case, ‘Child’s Play,’ and the Manipulation of Space in The Beach of Falesá,” RLS 2008: European Stevenson, University of Bergamo, Bergamo, Italy, June 30-July 3, 2008

“‘Apologetic Mythology’: Imperial Stories and the Preservation of Identity in The Ebb-Tide,” RLS 2006: Transatlantic Stevenson, Saranac Lake, New York, July 18-20, 2006

“Heteroglossia of Darkness: Self-Narrative, the ‘Saving Illusion,’ and Marlow’s Bakhtinian Consciousness,” International Conference on Narrative, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, April 6-9, 2006

“Imperial Place vs. Global Space: Landscaping the Self in Conrad’s Almayer’s Folly,” International Conference on Narrative, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, April 7-10, 2005

Mary Hellmann, Associate Professor of Music

Students at Chowan University are provided a unique experience that will develop their musical and spiritual lives. Their education at our institution will provide the foundation for years of continued growth in their respective fields of study. I am honored to be growing music colleagues who will interact with me professionally for many years.


DMA, University of Alabama
Visiting Scholar: Indiana University & Eastman School of Music
MM, University of Illinois, Piano Performance
MM, University of Illinois, Piano Pedagogy
BM, University of Louisville, Piano Performance

Courses Taught

Applied Piano
Music History
Piano Literature
Piano Pedagogy
Group Piano
Music Appreciation

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

Obtained a new 9 foot Concert Grand Steinway Piano, 6.8 Yamaha Grand Piano,15- seat  Electronic piano lab, and Yamaha T-115  practice room pianos for the department, through a Federally Funded Grant.

Co-Chair, NASM Self-Study in preparation for 10-yr. reaccreditation process April 2014.

Member:  General Studies Advisory Board, Joint Council for Student Affairs Judicial Board, New Student Orientation Recruitment committee
Chair the Publications committee
Editor for Degree Audit and SmartCatalog for the Department of Visual & Performing Arts

Upcoming and Recent Festivals/Performances/Recordings

Guest Artist: The Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference/SCI 50th Anniversary, The University of Florida School of Music, Gainesville, Florida
November 12-14, 2015

NYC International Electroacoustic Music Festival, Abrons Art Center, NY

33rd Annual Contemporary Music Festival, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

Burnim Fine Arts Center, Holland/Hellmann Duo, Elizabeth City, NC

The Society of Composers, Inc., Newport News, VA

Ferguson Center, Holland/Hellmann Duo, Newport News, VA

Hampton University Symphony Orchestra, Mozart K. 595

Albemarle Symphony Orchestra Beethoven, Concerto No. 5

Albemarle Symphony Orchestra Beethoven, Concerto No.4, Elizabeth City, NC

Spring Arts Festival, Elizabeth City, NC

Immanuel Concert Series, Portsmouth, VA

Davidson College, Guest Artist, Charlotte, NC


Favorites CD Release/Longleaf Music Publications, Bloomington, IN

Hellmann, Mary E.  Grażyna Bacewicz’s Ten Concert Etudes, 1956:  an examination of Etudes Nos. I, II, IV, and VIII, Thesis (D.M.A, ) University of Alabama, 2005.

William Peace University Show Choir Competition, Gates, NC
MTNA Competition Piano Collegiate/Artist Division for the state of Virginia
Competition Collegiate Division Alabama Federation Music Club

Professional Organizations
College Music Society (CMS)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Edward Snyder, Assistant Professor of History


PhD, History, University of Minnesota
MA, History, University of Minnesota
BA, History, German, Canisius College

Courses Taught

Discovering the World
Modern Europe
History of the Reformation
History of the Crusades
History of the Holocaust
Nazi Germany

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Research Grant
Central European History Society, Summer Research Grant
Fulbright Research Fellowship, University of Bielefeld (Germany)

“Friedrich von Bodelschwingh and the Vagabond Question: A Trancontinental Examination of German Protestant Attitudes towards Poverty and Deviancy, 1880-1933,” At the Margins of the Welfare State: Changing Patterns of Including and Excluding the Deviant Poor in Europe 1870-1933, eds. Beate Althammer, Andreas Gestrich, Jens Gründler (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

“Eugenics and Conservative Social Policy in the Weimar Republic,” The German Right in the Weimar Republic:  Studies in the History of German Conservatism, Nationalism, and Antisemitism from 1918 to 1933, ed. Larry Jones (Berghan Press, 2014).

Bruckmüller, Ernst, ed.  Armut und Reichtum in der Geschichte Österreichs.  Munich: R. Oldenbourg Verlag, 2010. Austrian History Yearbook 45 (Spring, 2014).

Heim, Susanne, Carola Sachse, and Mark Walker, eds. The Kaiser Wilhelm Society under National Socialism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.  Austrian History Yearbook 43 (Spring, 2012).

“A Hollywood Take on the German Resistance.” Film Review of Valkyrie, Director Bryan Singer. H-German Reviews (October, 2009).

“Regional Patriotism and Resistance:  The Case of Friedl Volgger.”  Review of Widerstand hinter dem Stacheldraht: Der Südtiroler Friedl Volgger als “Schutzhaftgefangener Nr. 66166'' im Konzentrationslager Dachau, by Hans-Gunther Richardi. H-German Reviews (April, 2009).

“A Novel Approach to History.” Review of Hammerstein oder der Eigensinn:  Eine deutsche Geschichte, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger. H-German Reviews (April, 2009).

 “Joachim Kuhn: A Tragic Hero.” Review of Stauffenbergs Freund: Die tragische Geschichte des Widerstandskämpfers Joachim Kuhn, by Peter Hoffman. H-German Reviews (February, 2008).

“The July 1944 Conspiracy, Sixty Years Later.” Review of Der 20. Juli 1944: Eine Replik, by Manfred Zeidler. H-German Reviews (February, 2008).

Selected Conferences
“Working Toward The Nation:  The Bethel Mission to East Africa and Protestant Social Welfare, 1890-1933” American Historical Association, 128th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (January, 2014).

“Working Toward the Nation: Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, Arbeitserziehung, and  German National Identity in East Africa, 1890-1918” German Studies Association, 34th Annual Conference, Louisville, KY (October, 2011).

“Friedrich von Bodelschwingh and the Vagabond Question: A Transnational Examination of German Protestant Attitudes Towards Poverty and Deviancy,1880-1923”  “At the Margins of the Welfare State. Changing Patterns of    including and excluding the »deviant« poor in Europe 1870-1933” jointly organized by the German Historical Institute London and the Collaborative Research Centre “Strangers and Poor People. Changing Patterns of Inclusion and Exclusion from Classical Antiquity to the Present Day” at Trier University, London (February, 2010).

“Work instead of Alms:” A Transnational Look at Protestant Social Work and the shaping of German National Identity, 1870-1914” German Studies Association, 32nd Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., (October, 2009).

“The Bethel Mission to East Africa and the Development of Protestant Social Welfare:1890-1923” German Studies Association, 31st Annual Conference, St. Paul, MN (October, 2008).

 “Arbeit statt Almosen: die transnationale Entwicklung protestantischer Sozialwohlfahrt, 1860-1923“ Normen & Devianzen: 3. Internationale Doktorandenkonferenz der vom DAAD gefördertenZentren für Deutschland- und Europastudien, Centre interdisciplinaire d’études et de recherches sur l’Allemagne, Paris (2.-5. July, 2008).

Amy Wethington, Associate Professor of Biology

"I find the students here very enthusiastic and I enjoy getting to know them and helping them discover their strengths and talents. One of Chowan University's many assets is its proximity to numerous pristine freshwater and marine ecosystems that offer excellent opportunities for our students."


PhD, Biological Sciences,University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
MA, Evolutionary Ecology and Behavior, Indiana University
MS, Marine Biology, University of Charleston
BS, Biology, College of Charleston
BS, Biochemistry, Clemson University

Courses Taught

Animal Behavior
Invertebrate Biology
Directed Research
General Biology

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

Dr. Wethington also currently serves as a Research Associate at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 

Wethington, A. R., J. Wise, and R. T. Dillon, Jr. 2009. Genetic and morphological characterization of the Physidae of South Carolina (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Basommatophora), with description of a new species. The Nautilus 124(4):282-292.

Sandland, Gregory J., Amy R. Wethington, Alice V. Foster, and Dennis J. Minchella. 2009. Effects of host genetic variation on the interaction between an aquatic snail and its locally adapted parasite. Parasitology Research 105: 553-561.

Rogers, D. Christopher and Amy R. Wethington. 2007. Physa natricina Taylor 1988, junior synonym of Physa acuta Draparnaud, 1805 (Pulmonata: Physidae). Zootaxa 1662: 45-51. >Click to View

Wethington, Amy R. and Charles Lydeard. 2007. A molecular phylogeny of Physidae (Gastropoda: Basommatophora) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences. Journal of Molluscan Studies doi: 10.1093/mollus/eym021. >Click to View

Dillon, Robert T., Jr., John D. Robinson, and Amy R. Wethington. 2007. Empirical estimates of reproductive isolation among the freshwater pulmonate snails Physa acuta, P. pomilia, and P. hendersoni. Malacologia 49(2):283-292. >Click to View

Wethington, A.R., M. Zavodna, M.K. Smith, G. Oliverira, F. Lewis, and D.J. Minchella. 2007. Population genetic structure of Biomphalaria glabrata in a schistosomiasis-endemic region in Brazil. Journal of Molluscan Studies 73:45-52. >Click to View

Dillon, R. T., and A. R. Wethington. 2006. No-choice mating experiments among six nominal taxa of the subgenus Physella (Basommatophora: Physidae). Heldia 6: 41 - 50. >Click to View

Dillon, R.T., Jr. and A.R. Wethington. 2005. The Michigan Physidae revisited: a population genetic survey. Malacologia 48(1-2): 133-142. >Click to View

Dillon, R.T., Jr., J.D. Robinson, T.P. Smith, and A.R. Wethington. 2005. No reproductive isolation between freshwater pulmonate snails Physa virgata and P. acuta. Southwestern Naturalist 50(4):415-422.

Wethington, A.R. and R. Guralnick. 2004. Are hot-spring physids distinctive lineages? A molecular systematic perspective. American Malacological Bulletin 19:135-144.

Dillon, R.T., Jr. and A. R. Wethington. 2004. No-choice mating experiments among six nominal taxa of the subgenus Physella (Basommatorphora: Physidae). Heldia 6:1-9.

Dillon, R. T., Jr., A. R. Wethington, J. M. Rhett, and T. P. Smith. 2002. Populations of the European freshwater pulmonate Physa acuta are not reproductively isolated from American Physa heterostropha or Physa integra. Invertebrate Biology 121(3): 226-234.

Wethington, A.R., E.R. Eastman, and R.T. Dillon, Jr. 2000. No premating reproductive isolation among populations of a simultaneous hermaphrodite, the freshwater snail Physa. Pages: 245-251 in Freshwater Mollusk Proceedings - Part II: Proceedings of the first Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society Symposium, March 1999. P.D. Johnson and R.S. Butler editors. Ohio Biological Society, Columbus, Ohio.

Wethington, A.R. and R.T. Dillon, Jr. 1997. Selfing, outcrossing, and mixed mating in the freshwater snail Physa heterostropha: lifetime fitness and inbreeding depression. Invertebrate Biology 116(3):192-199. >Click to View

Wethington, A.R. and R.T. Dillon, Jr. 1996. Gender choice and gender conflict in a non-reciprocally mating simultaneous hermaphrodite, the freshwater snail, Physa. Animal Behaviour 51:1107-1118. >Click to View

Dillon, R.T., Jr. and A.R. Wethington. 1995. The biogeography of sea islands: clues from the population genetics of the freshwater snail, Physa heterostropha. Systematic Biology 44:400-408. >Click to View

Dillon, R. T. Jr. and A.R. Wethington. 1994. Inheritance at five loci in the freshwater snail, Physa heterostropha. Biochemical Genetics 32(3/4):75-82.

Wethington, A.R. and R.T. Dillon, Jr. 1993. Reproductive development in the hermaphroditic freshwater snail, Physa, monitored with complementing albino lines. Proceedings of the Royal Society (London) B 252:109-114. >Click to View

Dillon, R.T. Jr. and A.R. Wethington. 1992. The inheritance of albinism in a freshwater snail, Physa heterostropha. Journal of Heredity 83(3):208-210.

Wethington, A.R. and R.T. Dillon, Jr. 1991. Sperm storage and evidence for multiple insemination in a natural population of the freshwater snail, Physa. American Malacologicial Bulletin 9:99-102.

Seok Yoon, Associate Professor of Exercise Science

Education is knowing where to go to find out what you need to know, and it's knowing how to use the information you get.


PhD, Kinesiology, Health and Exercise Science, The Ohio State University
MS, Exercise Physiology, Purdue University
BS, Physical Education, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Courses Taught

Research and Evaluation in PE and Exercise Science
Exercise Physiology

Academic & Scholarly Achievements

Ko, B., Boswell, B., & Yoon, S. (2015). Developing intercultural competence through global link experiences in physical education.  Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 20, 4, 366-380.

Yoon, S., Buckworth, J., Focht, B., & Ko, B. (2013).  Feelings of energy, exercise-related self-efficacy, and voluntary exercise participation.  Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 35, 6, 612-624.

Yoon, S. (2004). “Resistance exercise and resting metabolic rate.” Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 75(1), A-15.