Robert J. Rutland Institute for Ethics
Advisory Panel...

The Academic Advisory Panel includes representatives from the University's five colleges, Graduate School, library, central administration, Student Affairs and the Office of Distance and Continuing Education.

Current Members


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Beth Kunkel

Beth Kunkel

Professor; Food Science & Human Nutrition

College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Science

Beth Kunkel (PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville) is a Registered Dietitian and directs the didactic program in dietetics at Clemson University.  She teaches courses in food service management, quantity food production and nutrition and metabolism.  Much of her research activity has focused on interactions among food components and impacts of those interactions on bone and protein metabolism.  She has recently shifted focus of her research to development of sustainable food systems, with particular emphasis on inclusion of sustainably produced foods in institutional settings.

William Maker

William Maker

William Maker

Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religion
College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities

Dr. Maker has been at Clemson since 1979, after having received his Ph.D from the Graduate Faculty of the New School for Social Research in New York City in 1978. He was an undergraduate philosophy major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and also studied philosophy at the University of Freiburg and the University of Braunschweig in Germany. His specialty is 19th and 20th century German philosophy, in particular Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche.

Janis Miller

Janis Miller

Janis Miller

Assoc. Professor of Management
College of Business and Behavioral Sciences

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Sherrill Biggers

Sherrill Biggers

College of Engineering & Sciences

Sherrill B. Biggers is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clemson University.  He has 29 years of experience in teaching engineering mechanics, including statics, dynamics, strength of materials, finite element methods, and composite materials at Clemson University and the University of Kentucky. 

His research is in computational mechanics and optimal design.  Applications include advanced composite materials and structures, stability and postbuckling, and nonlinear mechanics.  He developed advanced structural mechanics design methods while with Lockheed Martin in Georgia and California for over 10 years.  Recently, his research has included studies on teaching effectiveness.  He received teaching awards at Clemson and the University of Kentucky.   He has been active in curriculum reform and course development over the past 20 years. 

Recently he has developed a new integrated Statics and Dynamics course for sophomore Mechanical Engineering majors and has written the textbook for this course.  He has authored or co-authored over 90 journal and conference papers.  He received his BS from NC State University in 1966 and his MS and Ph.D. from Duke University in 1970 and 1971.  He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi and is a registered Professional Engineer.  His spouse, Sherry, received her Ph.D. from Clemson and their three children are graduates of Clemson and Duke. 

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Robert Green

Robert Green

Distinguished Professor of Education
College of Health, Education and Human Development

Robert Green is co-author of Affirmative Action (Greenwood, 2009), contributing author to Harcourt Horizons: United States History (Harcourt, 2003), co-author of American Education: Foundations and Policy (West, 1989), United States History, Vols. I and II (Merrill, 1986), and senior author of The American Tradition: A History of the United States (Merrill, 1984/86). He has contributed articles and chapters to a number of publications. The latter work has focused on religion in the schools, emphasizing the recognition of religious factors in the history of American culture and politics; the use of historiography as a vehicle for fostering effective history teaching; and legal/constitutional aspects of the African American experience.

He especially advocates the teaching of history as process rather than merely as a body of content to be memorized. In that regard, he argues that students should be given opportunities to study original historical documents. His books, Equal Protection and the African American Constitutional Experience: A Documentary History (Greenwood, 2000), and The American Civil Rights Movement: A Documentary History (Manchester University Press, 2009) reflect that conviction.

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Bruce Rafert

Bruce Rafert

Dean
Graduate School

The Dean of the Graduate School coordinates all graduate programs and advises the Provost on policies and regulations pertaining to graduate study, graduate admissions policies, graduate student programs, and the granting of graduate degrees. The Dean of the Graduate School or designee chairs the Graduate Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Rafert, who also holds the position of Professor of Physics and Astronomy, began his duties as Dean of Clemson's Graduate School in August 2004. Dr. Rafert came to Clemson from Michigan Technological University (MTU), where he also served as Dean of the Graduate School.

In addition to his administrative duties, Dr. Rafert has been an active researcher. He has over 100 publications in the literature spanning telescope control, optical system design of hyperspectral sensors, astrophysics, remote sensing, computer interfacing and physics pedagogy. Dr. Rafert has a single PI Portfolio of over $5 million in externally-generated support for multidisciplinary research activities and has received awards as a researcher and teacher. Dr. Rafert earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and received his doctorate from the University of Florida.

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Joy Smith

Joy Smith

Associate Vice President/Dean of Students
Student Affairs

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Kay Wall

Kay Wall

Library

 

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Jeff Appling

Jeff Appling

Associate Dean for Curriculum
Central Administration; Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Jeffrey R. Appling (Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, Georgia Tech), began his academic career as a chemical physicist at the University of Kentucky, and moved to Clemson University in 1992 to be the Director of General Chemistry. As Associate Dean for Curriculum in the Office of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Appling oversees projects and initiatives associated with the undergraduate program. His primary duties include curriculum development, management of academic eligibility, academic integrity, and enrollment matters. Dr. Appling’s scholarship is concerned with academic success, learning strategies, and the efficacy of computer-based learning materials.

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Carle Rathbone

Carla Rathbone

Executive Director of Customer Relations and Learning Technologies
Clemson Computing and Information Technologies

Kenyatta Shamburger

Kenyatta Shamburger

Kenyatta Shamburger

Director of Student Activities
Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life

Kenyatta N. Shamburger, is the Director of Student Activities in the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life at Clemson University.  
 
A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Kenyatta is a graduate of Northeastern University, Boston, MA with a degree in Political Science and a dual minor in Psychology and African American Studies.  He also holds a Masters Degree in Leadership and Administration.  

Mr. Shamburger holds membership in a number of professional and community associations including, being a Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Life Member), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Southeastern Association for College Student Affairs, Northeastern University Alumni Association, Northeastern University African-American Alumni Association and its Board of Governors, the NAACP, and the National Urban League.  

Kenyatta also serves as a consultant to Project S.T.O.P., a 1995 “Points of Light” award- winning program which develops services and promotes self-development of underprivileged males in the city of Boston, Massachusetts. Project S.T.O.P. works to change the attitudes of its constituency by building self-esteem, strengthening pride, providing education, combating social problems, and helping to maintain and rebuild the family structure.

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Leon Wiles

Leon Wiles

Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Office

Leon Wiles has had an exciting educational role and career.  He has successfully served in administrative roles at three institutions of higher learning.  He began his career as an academic program administrator at Slippery Rock State University in Pennsylvania. Subsequently, he assumed a position as a program administrator in undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He came to Spartanburg to assume the post of dean of students at USC Upstate. He was later promoted to assistant vice chancellor for student affairs, associate vice chancellor for student affairs and vice chancellor for student and diversity affairs. He presently serves as Chief Diversity Officer at Clemson University.

Throughout his career, Mr. Wiles has distinguished himself as an outstanding administrator, an effective change agent and a dedicated diversity professional. He served as the administrative advocate and leader for the University of South Carolina Upstate’s comprehensive diversity action plan which was successfully initiated and fully implemented over a 13 year period beginning in 1994. The implementation of this plan resulted in a significant increase in the number of minority students enrolled at the university, an increase in minority faculty and staff appointments, expanded and more diverse curricular offerings, establishment of a women’s studies center, creation of an equal opportunity programs office, establishment of a multicultural affairs office, revitalization of the international studies center and the implementation of many other initiatives. (more)