In 1986, I joined the faculty of Coker College, teaching Sociology and Political Science. In my three decades at Coker College, I have researched policy and political matters, from local high-school dropout rates to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as traveled to and worked on human rights issues in eight countries. My commitment to education was honored by being recognized as a Coker Master Professor three times, receiving the Governor’s Distinguished Professor award, as well as the Algernon Sydney Sullivan service award. Working with the United Nations, I monitored the elections in Nicaragua in 1990 and in Mexico in 1994. I have served on numerous local boards including the homeless shelter, the Disabilities Board, Christmas in April (low-income housing), as well as the South Carolina Democratic party. I currently serve on the board of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Hartsville, and I am a co-chair of the local Earth Day Festival.