Class of 1962 Faculty Fellows

The Class of 1962 established the Class of 1962 Faculty Fellows Endowment in 1987 in honor of its 25th reunion. The endowment supports scholarship, research, and professional development opportunities for the undergraduate faculty.

Aly Colón, Knight Professor of Ethics in Journalism
Decoding Code Switch on NPR

This research project studies the unique approach that the NPR Code Switch team takes toward covering race and ethnicity. Code Switch is a team of seven NPR journalists who cover race, ethnicity and culture. Based on interviews with the team and others at NPR, Colón seeks to discover how the idea of approaching race and ethnicity from a different journalistic perspective originated. The primary objectives regarding this research involved gathering material for his courses, Journalism Ethics and News Media, Race and Ethnicity. He also plans to write a report for potential publication.

Dennis Garvis, Professor of Business Administration
The Application of Governance Principles in Social Enterprises

Garvis' research continues his work on the application of governance principles in social enterprises. Since 2012, he has worked with several student research assistants in the creation and presentation of workshops for local social enterprises, which includes both well-established nonprofits as well as recently formed start-ups. He is pursuing opportunities for academic publication of this work. In 2017, he incorporated the institutional-based view as a theoretical lens by which boards' actions and inactions are evaluated, and he presented his paper at the MBAA Conference.

Lucas Morel, Professor of Politics
Lincoln and the American Founding: A Book Manuscript

Morel's summer 2017 project was to write a book about the influence of the American founding on Abraham Lincoln. It introduces a general audience to important political thinkers and actors, as well as documents and principles of the American revolutionary era that shaped Lincoln's politics. Its premise is that the greatest influence on Lincoln's politics, and hence that which makes him the most iconic of American presidents, is what he himself called "the spirit of seventy-six" - a patriotic sentiment regarding the American Revolution and expressions of individual freedom found in the Declaration of Independence.

Barton Myers, Associate Professor of History
Partisan Rangers: The South's Deadly Experiment with Authorized Petite Guerre Service during the Civil War: A Book Manuscript

Myers completed multiple research trips to aid him in producing a book manuscript on partisan rangers - groups who used irregular military tactics during the Civil War. His research trips included the Virginia Historical Society and the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and focused specifically on paper collections related to a variety of Confederate government records and personal papers; the Charleston Library Society and the Special Collections Archive of the South Carolina Historical Society, which yielded a rare pamphlet on Confederate partisan warfare; and archives in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Sandy Reiter, Darrold and Kay Cannan Associate Professor of Business Administration
Can Corporations be Morally Responsible?

Reiter worked on three summer projects, the first resulting in the paper, "Corporate Moral Responsibility: Delineating Lines of Accountability." She is also working on a collaborative project with fellow business administration faculty, "Beginner's Luck: Potential Fraud by the Virginia Lottery," which she and her colleagues plan to submit to Case Research Journal. Lastly, she worked on a theoretical paper addressing the appropriate response to corporate acts that violate the community's moral norms.

Julie Woodzicka, Abigail Grigsby Urquhart Professor of Psychology
Sexist Humor and Women's Social Influence....and Emojis

Woodzwicka is grateful for the Class of 1962 funds that helped support two lines of her research during summer 2017. She worked with two W&L students, Kelsey Jervis and Audrey Dangler, on both projects. They investigated how emojis add meaning to angry text messages with three different studies, and for the second project, the three researched how people confront sexism and built an exploratory survey. Their summer work included a collaborative lab meeting with Dr. Jess Good at Davidson College.