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Exchange Program Takes the Claflin Confidence to the Empire State

Sep 30, 2011

Dr. Corrie Claiborne

After seven years on the campus of Claflin University, English and Foreign Language Professor Dr. Corrie B. Claiborne is leaving – but only for a few months. This spring, she will participate in the faculty exchange program Claflin has had the past three years with Hofstra University in New York.

“It's exciting to go to other college campuses. You get energy from that and you also can learn a lot from what they're doing. Hopefully, I can also impact them by bringing the Claflin Spirit there,” Dr. Claiborne said.

She expects to discover new means of forming partnerships between other professors and universities while at Hofstra, which is located on Long Island. Dr. Claiborne is looking forward to revisiting the state of New York, where she completed her undergraduate studies at Syracuse University before obtaining her doctorate from The Ohio State University.

“I plan to immerse myself in the art and culture. Hopefully, I can bring that back to the students here as well,” Dr. Claiborne said.

She will be making room for Hofstra Philosophy Professor Dr. Anthony Dardis, who will teach philosophy for a semester at Claflin.

On the faculty since 1992, Dr. Dardis received his doctorate from the University of California-Berkley. At Claflin, he is looking forward to teaching a course called “Free Will and Responsibility,” among several others.

“It offers both our institutions new ideas and new conversations about learning and knowledge in the 21st century,” Dr. Dardis said of the faculty exchange program. “I am eager to learn how Claflin's professors and students think about knowledge and its demands, and to bring back to Hofstra new ideas about effective education.”

The faculty exchange is part of an on-going, successful relationship that Claflin has established with Hofstra. At the 140th Homecoming

Dr Anthony Dardis

and Founders' Day convocation in November, Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz delivered the keynote address and was conferred with an honorary doctorate of laws from Claflin. Last summer, Claflin President Dr. Henry N. Tisdale traveled to Hofstra to deliver the Honors Convocation address at the institution. Dr. Tisdale was also conferred with an honorary doctorate from Hofstra for his years of service in the higher education community.

Dr. Claiborne is the fourth member of the Claflin faculty to teach at Hofstra in the exchange program. Previously, English and Foreign Language Professor Annette D. Grevious, Biology Professor Dr. Edythe B. Jones and Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy Dr. Ronald Neal spent a semester at Hofstra.

Dr. Tisdale noted the collaboration of higher education institutions in sharing ideas is critical given today's global perspectives.

“The strong relationship Claflin University has forged with Hofstra University shows great things happen when two fine institutions of higher learning work together,” Dr. Tisdale said. “The faculty exchange program has allowed our excellent faculty to showcase their skills at another top-flight university while allowing Claflin to welcome innovative minds from another institution striving for excellence.”

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