Faculty In Residence

 The professor next door: Faculty in Residence

In 2011, Clemson University Housing breathed new life into an old concept – faculty members living among students in residence halls on campus. The program started with three faculty members and has expanded to eight this year.

Lindsey Dixon

A Lecturer and Director of Forensics in the Department of Communication Studies.  In addition to teaching, Lindsey directs the Debate and Speech Team, and coordinates study abroad programs for her department.  She recently started a non-profit organization, Speak Now, which works with women’s schools in Africa to teach young women about debate and argumentation.  This summer she will be working with schools in Kenya, Burundi, and Rwanda through her organization.  Lindsey will be working closely with the Cultural Exchange Living-Learning Community located in the Calhoun Courts Community where she will help facilitate growth and learning of our international and domestic students living together in the community.

Saadiqa Kumanyika

A Lecturer in Women’s Leadership in the College of Architecture, Arts, & Humanities where she teaches Women in Global Perspectives and Women in Leadership.  Saadiqa has served as a faculty in residence for the Clemson Career Workshop at Clemson University and as the program coordinator for The World in Conversation Project at The Pennsylvania State University.  She has been actively involved in the Race and the University series at Clemson University presenting “This is What Democracy Looks Like;” A Dialogue on Ferguson and participating in many workshops, dialogues, and meetings throughout the year.  Saadiqa’s husband, Chenjerai Kumanyika, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and together they will live in the Lightsey Bridge residential community.

Bill and Sue Lasser

Bill and Sue Lasser have worked at Clemson since the 1980s, and are excited to be embarking on their new adventure as faculty-in-residence. Bill, who is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of Political Science, has served as Director of the Calhoun Honors College since 2009. He was previously the Director of Clemson’s National Scholars Program. His research focuses on American politics and constitutional law; his most recent work deals with comparisons and contrasts between the United States and the European Union. He loves classical music, spy novels, the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Buffalo Bills, and the Buffalo Sabres. Sue recently retired after 28 years as founder and director of the Programs for Educational Enrichment and Retention (PEER) Office, the minority support network in the College of Engineering and Science. A counselor by training, Sue has been nationally recognized for her work in developing programs that increase minority student retention and success. While very much enjoying retirement, she has continued to work part time with the PEER/WISE Office. She loves singing and is a member of the Greenville Chorale. Bill and Sue have two children and two cats, all of whom are too old to move with them to their Core Campus apartment.

Rachel Moore

An Associate Professor in the Department of History where she researches and teaches Latin American history.  She received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008 and the Gentry Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009.  Rachel helped create the FIRST Academy in the spring of 2015 where she facilitated workshops and mentored first-year students in the program.  Through her role as a faculty-in-residence, she engages with residents daily. Rachel and her two boys, Elijah and Marcos, will reside in Stadium Suites where they engage with residents in the primarily sophomore community.

Stephanie Pangborn

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies where she focuses on the relational dynamics of our communicative experiences in health, healing, and healthcare.  Stephanie recently produced A Beautiful Remedy, a feature-length documentary profiling the Arts in Medicine program at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  She has worked with Allegiance Hospice, Memory Bridge, Clemson Downs, and Hospice of the Upstate.  Her work has been published in Health Communication and included as chapters in scholarly publications.  Stephanie’s partner, Nic Pangborn, works with the Youth Learning Institute on campus.  They will be living in Norris Hall where they will engage with fraternity and sorority community members.

 Shannon Robert 

Robert is an Associate Professor in the Department of Performing Arts in the areas of theatre and scene design. As an undergrad, Shannon served as student government president. Shannon previously was head of scene design and director of theatre for fourteen years at William Carey University. Shannon’s interests span from history, especially the Elizabethan Era and the Restoration Period, to professional event planning, and to being a “foodie”. Shannon believes that students drive their own education and is excited to help students target and apply their creativity. We are excited to welcome Shannon to the Young Hall Community and the CREATE LLC this year.

Jumah Taweh

Taweh is a Lecturer in the Communication Studies Department. As an undergrad, Jumah was an RA and later a resident coordinator for an honors living learning community at Penn State University and has officially been a staff member at Clemson for two years. Juma’s research interests lie in identity development and she is passionate about mentorship. She believes that a positive mentoring experience can greatly impact someone’s life. She currently teaches multiple sections of COMM 2500, Public Speaking. She brings a wealth of knowledge and ideas that she brings to the faculty-in-residence position and we are excited to have her join us at Holmes & McCabe Halls. If you see her around, don’t hesitate to say hi!

Rhondda Robinson Thomas

South Carolina native Rhondda Robinson Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of English. She has led several Creative Inquiry Teams who conducted research for the Jane Edna Hunter Project, which led to the publication of a scholarly edition of Ms. Hunter’s autobiography A Nickel and a Prayer and contributed to the development of a documentary about Ms. Hunter’s life, work, and legacy. She is also a member of the Women’s Studies Steering Committee, Pan African Studies Advisory Council, Honors College Committee, and the CAAH Arts and Humanities Faculty Council, and has also begun working with students groups interested in sustainability. Professor Thomas loves to travel, sew, and cook vegan food. She and her husband William are living in the Calhoun Courts/Thornhill Village residential community.