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News from The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences



Two new announcements from our School of Humanities and Social Sciences.


  • The English Department is offering a free Master’s Degree introduction class for local high school teacher – applications are now open
  • The School just announced its new dean, who will take over after the current dean retires at the end of this semester

Links and info below – please let me know if you need anything further!

Citadel and College of Charleston partnering to help local English teachers

A competitive new program, hosted by the two institutions, will help ten high school English teachers get a free start on their Master’s degrees.

The Master of Arts program in English at The Citadel and the College of Charleston is now accepting applications for the English Education Enrichment award.

Up to ten local teachers will be awarded free tuition to enroll in the introductory course in Graduate English Studies this fall. That course will be offered in a hybrid arrangement, supplementing periodic face-to-face meetings on The Citadel campus with online instruction.

“There are many reasons why high school English teachers would want begin work on their Masters degrees, and with this award we’re trying to make it even easier to get started,” said Jim Hutchisson, director of graduate studies in English at The Citadel. “Some will want to complete their MA in English, others will want to take the course for professional development. Regardless, all students will benefit from the opportunity to explore exactly what the English program can offer them.”

Whether you ultimately want to complete an MA in English, or simply complete advanced coursework for professional development, ENGL 511 will provide an intellectually-stimulating opportunity to explore the experience of graduate study in English in the company of others who share your passion for literature and writing.

In ENGL 511, students will explore literary texts, scholarship and criticism at the graduate level. Taking one classic American novel as an object of study, students will delve into, discuss, and practice dominant critical and theoretical approaches in the field, from psychoanalysis to postcolonial critique to deconstruction, and everything in between. Through readings, discussions, and guest speakers, ENGL 511 will also introduce students to the ways in which graduate study in English can help prepare them for advancement within their teaching careers, as well as introduce them to various other occupations and careers.

In-person class will meet 6 – 8:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

  • 27
  • 10
  • 24
  • 8
  • 22
  • 12
  • 3.

Applications, which can be found here, are due June 15.

New Dean named for The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences

There will be a new dean leading The Citadel School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the largest academic unit of the five schools comprising the college. The Citadel Provost and Dean of the College announced today that Brian Madison Jones, Ph.D., the current dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Johnson C. Smith University, came out on top in The Citadel’s search process.

“We searched for a dean who would be a collaborative leader and an advocate for faculty, cadets, students and staff, while fully embracing The Citadel culture and core values of honor, duty and respect,” said Sally Selden, Ph.D., SPHR, provost and dean for The Citadel. “Dr. Jones, a seasoned leader, has a demonstrated commitment to supporting a diverse and passionate faculty and a spirit of academic innovation.”

Jones joined Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in 2007, serving as a professor before rising to the rank of Dean of the College of Arts and Letters there. He also serves on JCSU’s president’s administrative team and oversees more than 30 faculty members in four different departments. Jones holds a Ph.D. in History from Kansas State University, a Master of Arts in History from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Arts in history form Appalachian State University.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences Jones will lead is comprised of the following departments: English, Fine Arts, and Communications; History; Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures; Political Science; Criminal Justice; Intelligence and Security Studies; and Psychology. The school enrolls approximately 951 undergraduates in its degree programs, and 210 graduate students in seven masters programs and an Ed.S. program offered through The Citadel Graduate College. Every cadet is required to take numerous English and History courses under the SHSS umbrella as part of the general education curriculum.

Jones will be responsible for the daily operations of the school and supporting a range of educational activities with the 72 tenured and tenure-track faculty. Among the professions most pursued by the school’s majors are business, the armed forces, law & law enforcement, education, and public service in a variety of local, state, and federal agencies.

Dean Winfred “Bo” Moore to retire

Leading and directing the growth of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2008 is Winfred “Bo” Moore, Jr., Ph.D. Moore retires at the end of the Spring 2020 semester. His leadership impacted every cadet attending The Citadel over more than four decades.

“Dean Moore’s leadership has been an immense asset to The Citadel. He was instrumental in launching initiatives that led to the development of a multitude of new programs including American Government & Public Policy, Oral History, Fine Arts, Overseas Studies, Diversity Education, and Intelligence & Security Studies. Dean Moore also successfully led the planning of a new building to replace Capers Hall, which will house and advance the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. He will be greatly missed.”

After serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Moore joined the faculty of The Citadel in 1976, rising through its ranks as a professor and department head, then finally as dean 12 years ago.

“Of all of the memorable sentences spoken by John F. Kennedy, my favorite is: ‘We love our country, not for what it was—though it has always been great—not for what it is—though of this we are deeply proud—but for what it someday can and, through the efforts of us all, someday will be.’ Those sentiments, in my mind, apply not only to our country but also to the faculty, staff, and students of The Citadel’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences,” Moore said regarding his retirement. “Moments of transition such as these always contain heightened potential for generating and taking advantage of new ideas for advancing on to new educational frontiers. Under the leadership of our new dean, I am confident that the SHSS will.”

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