Coker Hires Nine New Faculty Members

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Aug. 29, 2013 – Coker College Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tracy Parkinson has announced the addition of nine new full-time faculty members. Peter Gloviczki, Karen Hamilton, Kristin Hapke, Ryan Higgins, Trina Rose, Meredith Sims, Ryan Smith, Joshua Webb, and John Williams have been hired for the 2013-14 academic year.

“I am extremely excited to bring these nine individuals on board,” said Parkinson. “When searching for faculty members, we look for professors who are student-centered and believe in our round-table learning philosophy. I feel this is a strong group that covers all aspects of what we look for in the Coker College faculty.”

Gloviczki is an assistant professor of communications. He was most recently an instructor at the University of Minnesota. Gloviczki holds doctorate and master’s degrees in mass communication from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in journalistic ethics from St. Olaf College.

Hamilton was hired as an associate professor of business administration as well as chair of the department of business administration. She comes, most recently, from Georgia Southern University, where she was an associate professor of finance. Hamilton earned her doctorate in business administration from Florida State University, a master’s degree in instructional systems from Penn State University, and a bachelor’s degree in finance and insurance from the University of Rhode Island.

Hapke is a visiting assistant professor of dance. She joins Coker after serving as a guest teacher at the University of Washington. Hapke holds a master’s degree in dance performance and choreography from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s in dance from the University of Oregon.

Higgins is an assistant professor of education. Her previous position was at the University of Louisville as a graduate assistant. Higgins earned her doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Louisville, a master’s degree in secondary education from Xavier University, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University Southeast.

Rose, an assistant professor of sociology, joins the faculty after serving as a research and plans analyst at the Center for International Security and Policy Research. She earned a doctorate in sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s in sociology from the University of Colorado-Denver, and a bachelor’s in sociology and theater arts from the University of Northern Colorado.

Sims has joined as a visiting assistant professor of dance after being a part-time instructor at the University of Kentucky. Sims received her doctorate and master’s degrees in kinesiology – both with a specialization in teaching – from the University of Kentucky, and her bachelor’s in dance from Point Park University.

Smith, joining as an assistant professor of music, comes from Landry Academy, where he was a music theory and composition instructor. He holds his doctorate in piano performance with a minor in music history, as well as a master’s in piano performance, from the University of South Carolina. Smith’s master’s degree is in biblical studies from Dallas Theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s is in piano performance from Furman University.

Webb is an assistant professor of theater who comes to Coker after being a teacher and chair of the visual and performing arts department at Worcester Academy. Webb holds a master’s degree in theatre with an emphasis in production design and technology from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, speech and film with an emphasis in theatre technology and design from Keene State College.

Williams, an assistant professor of education, joins the faculty after serving as the superintendent of schools for Chesterfield County School District. He holds a doctorate in philosophy and a master’s of education in early childhood – both from the University of South Carolina – and a bachelor’s in business administration from Pfeiffer College. Williams’ wife, Betty, also works at Coker as the director of financial aid.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

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