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Young Harris College Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Program Coordinator Dr. Gale Thompson’s book of poetry, “Helen or My Hunger,” has been published by YesYes Books and is available through pre-order.

Young Harris College Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies Dr. Eric Dickman published two articles: Dickman, N.E. 2020. “Master Questions, Student Questions, and Genuine Questions: A Performative Analysis of Questions in Chan Encounter Dialogues.” Religions: An Open Access Journal of Theology 11:72 and Dickman, N.E. 2020. “Where, not When, Did the Universe ‘Begin’?” Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions 10 February, Online First.

August 2020

Young Harris College Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Studies Dr. Chris Richardson is the editor of the recently published two-volume encyclopedia, "Violence in American Society: An Encyclopedia of Trends, Problems, and Perspectives."  

Young Harris College Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis and environmental science majors Mallory Downs and Elizabeth Howell virtually presented their study, "Connecting Volunteerism, Science, and Community Engagement to Protect Water Quality in a Southern Appalachian Watershed" at The Annual Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Conference. Students in environmental science and outdoor leadership collaborated together to produce this research and were advised by Dr. Davis as well as Associate Professor of Outdoor Leadership Dr. Joseph Pate.



Young Harris College Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Arunava Roy was awarded a grant by SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics. The award process is competitive; only 28 awards given this year to institutions worldwide. The grant will be used to organize an exhibition and school program on the theme of light pollution titled "Light (Pollution) in the Mountains."

APRIL 2019

Young Harris College Assistant Professor of Art History Dr. Mary Slavkin has been selected to participate in the seminar “Art and Society in Britain, Hogarth to Turner (1730-1851)” at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut, from July 21 – 26, 2019. Slavkin is one of 22 participants selected from more than 650 independent colleges nationwide. Read more in the YHC Press Room.

MARCH 2019

Young Harris College Assistant Professor of Theatre Anne Towns served as the artist in residence for the inaugural Belgrade International Workshop and ChekhovFest in Belgrade, Serbia from March 30 – April 5, 2019. Read more in the YHC Press Room.

Governor Brian Kemp announced the appointment of Young Harris College Assistant Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing Chelsea Rathburn as the 11th Poet Laureate of Georgia. Read more in the YHC Press Room.


Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis and four students in the biology department attended the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society's annual meeting at Lake Blackshear Resort in Cordele, Ga., on Feb. 5 - 7. Hannah Walker and Aubrey Crowell received a second place award for their poster presentation entitled "Spatial Variation in Fish Communities within the Hiwassee River Watershed." Caroline Cox and Jacob Howington received a first place award for their poster presentation entitled "Patterns of Imperilment within Georgia’s Rare Fishes." The students also presented a class project on behalf of other classmates from their ichthyology course entitled "The Southern Appalachian Snorkeling Trail: Preserving Water Quality in Appalachian Communities by Promoting Native Fishes." Caroline Cox presented an oral presentation entitled "Movement Patterns During the Spawning Season of Sicklefin Redhorse in Brasstown Creek, Georgia," and she received the Ronnie J. Gilbert Award for the most outstanding undergraduate or graduate student for the state chapter. Read more in the YHC Press Room.


At the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference, three YHC faculty members were honored for their years of service to the music profession, including Karen Calloway for 40 years, Dr. Kerry Bryant for 30 years and Jeff Bauman for 25 years. YHC Coordinator of Music Education Dr. Shelley Sanderson presented a session titled “Inclusion in the Music Class: It’s the Law!” Additionally, Bauman performed as part of Orpheus, a men’s ensemble. Read more in the YHC Press Room.



Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Johnathan Davis was named a 2018 Appalachian Teaching Fellow by the Appalachian Regional Commission. For this distinction, his ichthyology course was chosen to participate in the Appalachian Teaching Project. Students developed a project with the capability of supporting the ARC's mission of strengthening and enhancing opportunity in Appalachian communities, specifically by promoting Appalachia's natural assets. Dr. Davis and his students traveled to Washington, D.C., from Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and presented an oral and poster presentation of their project at the Appalachian Teaching Project conference. The project was entitled "The Southern Appalachian Snorkeling Trail: Preserving Water Quality in Southern Appalachia by Promoting Native Fish Diversity." Presenting students were Caroline Cox, Aubrey Crowell, Mallory Downs, Mark Howington, Darrien Henson, Robert Moser and Hannah WalkerRead more in the YHC Press Room.


Dr. Jennifer Hallett and Marti Slaughter attended the National Communication Association's annual meeting to participate in the "Critically Evaluating Engagement and Assessment in the Basic Course" panel presentation. Their presentation focused on best practices for communication faculty including content, assignments and assessments of student work that better reflect and respect the identities of students with disabilities.


Young Harris College Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Dr. Kathryn Montalbano published her first book, “Government Surveillance of Religious Expression: Mormons, Quakers, and Muslims in the United States.” Read more in the YHC Press Room.

Vice President of Research and Planning Rosemary Royston recently published a poem titled Rumex acetosella in Split Rock Review, Issue 11. Additionally, her poem Appalachian Ghazal was nominated for the Best of the Net anthology by The Museum of Americana.


Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies Dr. Eric Dickman recently published a chapter contribution titled "Hermeneutic Priority and Phenomenological Indeterminacy of Questioning" for the book "The Significance of Indeterminacy: Perspectives from Asian and Continental Philosophy," edited by Robert H. Scott and Gregory S. Moss (New York: Routledge, 2019).

Associate Professor of Music Dr. Sandy Calloway performed the role of Marcello in the Peach State Opera production of "La Boheme."

On Sept. 3, Young Harris College participated in Dragon Con in Atlanta. The annual event is described as “the largest multimedia, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film in the universe.” The YHC group spoke on a panel titled, “Cataloging Days of Future Past: Lessons Learned from a Small College with a Big Comics Collection,” regarding the Andy Rowe Comics Collection donated to YHC last year. The panel discussion was part of the Comics and Popular Arts Conference (CPAC) at Dragon Con. CPAC is an annual academic conference for the studies of comics and the popular arts, including science/speculative fiction and fantasy literature, film, and other media, comic books, manga, graphic novels, anime, gaming, etc. CPAC presentations are peer reviewed and based in scholarly research. The panel included Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Kathryn Frank, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Chair of the Department Chris Richardson, Ph.D., along with current senior art major Khalid Johnson of Decatur, Ga., alumnus John Lyle Moore of Rabun Gap, Ga. and alumna Emily Todd of Coral Springs, Fla. Read more in the YHC Press Room.