Scholarship to Enhance the Quality of Teaching

Hampden-Sydney College is not a research institution and does not promote research for its own sake. We believe that scholarship and teaching are intimately related. Scholarship can inspire a professor to take his or her students in new directions. It can widen and deepen a professor's appreciation of his or her own discipline. It can open up new possibilities for collaboration. In short, scholarship can make one a better teacher.

Dr. Dennis G. Stevens, Provost


DR. STEELE NOWLIN, Associate Professor of English

My research makes important contributions to the study of Chaucer and late medieval English poetry by challenging our understanding of affect, rhetorical invention and the origins of poetry.

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Ph. D., English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007
M.A., English, The Pennsylvania State University, 2002 
B.A., English, Summa cum Laude, Kent State University, 1999 


Chaucer, Gower, and the Affect of Invention 
Invited Lecture: "From Ashes Ancient Come: Affective Intertextuality in Chaucer, Gower, and Shakespeare." California Polytechnic University, May 2016.   

"Gower and the Form of History." Research Companion to John Gower, ed. Robert F. Yeager, Ana Saez-Hidalgo, and Brian Gastle. New York: Routledge. Forthcoming, 2017.     

"The Legend of Good Women and the Affect of Invention." Exemplaria 25 (2013): 16-35.   

"Gower's Chronicles of Invention: Historiography and Productive Poetry in Book Four of the Confessio Amantis." Modern Philology 110 (2012).   

"Between Precedent and Possibility: Liminality, Historicity, and Narrative in Chaucer's Franklin's Tale." Studies in Philology 103 (2006): 47-67.  

"Narratives of Incest and Incestuous Narrative: Memory, Process, and the Confessio Amantis's 'Middel Weie.'" Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 35 (2005): 217-44. 


  • 2015 Hampden-Sydney College's Associate Professor Nominee to the Virginia Foundation for Independent College's Harris Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching   
  • 2013-2016 Elliott Associate Professorship, Hampden-Sydney   
  • 2012 Mednick Research Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges   
  • 2008-2016 Travel Grants, Hampden-Sydney   
  • 2008-2009; 2011-2016 Faculty Summer Research Grants, Hampden-Sydney   
  • 2006 Rock Ethics Institute Dissertation Fellowship and Research Grant, Penn State   
  • 2005 Ph.D. Student Excellence in Teaching Award, Department of English, Penn State 

Natural Sciences

DR. RACHEL GOODMAN, Associate Professor of Biology

My research program investigates the distribution and ecology of ranavirus, an emerging infectious wildlife disease that infects and causes die-offs in amphibians, reptiles and fishes around the world. Currently, I am working with amphibians and reptiles locally in central Virginia and with a collaborator in Oahu, Hawai'i. 

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Ph.D., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2009
M.Sc., Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, 2004 
B.A., Environmental Biology, Magna cum Laude, Columbia University, 2001


(** indicates student co-authors)
Carter ED.** Goodman RM. 2014. Storeria dekayi dekayi (Northern Brown Snake). County record. Catesbeiana 34:1.

Goodman RM. 2013. Ranavirus in squamates. Southeastern Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (SEPARC): Disease, Pathogens and Parasites Task Team, Information Sheet #17.   

Goodman RM, Echternacht AC, Hall JC, Deng  LD,** Welch JN.** 2013. Influence of geography and climate on patterns of cell size and body size in the lizard Anolis carolinensis. Integrative Zoology 8:184-96.

Goodman RM, Miller, DL, Ararso, YT.** 2013. Prevalence of ranavirus in Virginia turtles as detected by tissue sampling versus oral-cloacal swabbing. Northeastern Naturalist 20:325-332.   

Walguarnery JW, Goodman RM. Echternacht AC. 2012. Thermal biology and temperature selection in juvenile lizards of co-occurring native and introduced Anolis species. Journal of Herpetology 46:620-624.   

Campbell-Staton S, Goodman R, Backström N, Edwards S, Losos J, Kolbe J. 2012. Out of Florida: mtDNA reveals Pleistocene migration and post-glacial range expansion of the Green Anole lizard (Anolis carolinensis). Evolutionary Ecology 2: 2274-2284.   

Goodman RM, Ararso, YT.** 2012. Survey of ranavirus and the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in frogs of central Virginia, USA. Herpetological Review 43:150-159.   

Goodman RM, Heah TP.** 2010. Temperature-induced plasticity at cellular and organismal levels in the lizard Anolis carolinensis. Integrative Zoology 5: 208-217.   

Goodman RM. 2010. Evidence of divergent growth rates among populations of the lizard Anolis carolinensis based on experimental manipulations of egg size. Population Ecology. 52(1):113-122.


  • 2016 HSC Faculty Summer Fellowship ($3,000)
  • 2015 HSC Faculty Summer Fellowship ($3,000)   
  • 2014 HSC Grant: Creative Integration of Formal Instruction & Blackboard Collaborate ($4,000)   
  • 2014 Mentor, HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program ($6,000)   
  • 2014 Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, Bank of America (renewal of $10,000)   
  • 2013 Mentor, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges & HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program ($6,000)   
  • 2012 Mentor, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges & HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program ($6,000)   
  • 2012 Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, Bank of America ($20,000)   
  • 2011 HSC Faculty Summer Fellowship ($3,000)   
  • 2010 Mentor, HSC Student-Faculty Summer Research Program ($6,000)   
  • 2010 Mentor, HSC Honors Council Honors Summer Research Program ($2,500)   
  • 2008 UTK Yates Dissertation Fellowship ($15,000)   
  • 2004-2008 UTK Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Summer Research Grants (total $4,550)   
  • 2007 American Museum of Natural History, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Fund ($1,500)   
  • 2007 Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists Gaige Fund Award ($500)   
  • 2002 UTK Scholarly Activity and Research Incentive Funds (SARIF) Award ($3,000)   
  • 2002 Chicago Herpetological Society, Herpetological Grant ($500)   
  • 2002 Explorers Club, Exploration Fund Grant ($1,200)   
  • 2002 Chicago Zoological Society / Chicago Board of Trade Endangered Species Fund Grant ($1,200)   
  • 2002 UTK Hilton A. Smith Graduate Fellowship ($15,000)   2002 UTK EEB Summer Research Grant ($1,000)   
  • 2000 Columbia Univ. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation, Undergraduate Summer Research Grant ($3,000)  

DR. KRISTIAN HARGADON '01, Elliott Associate Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Biology

My Lab is focused on understanding melanoma-associated immune suppression and factors that regulate the outgrowth and metastasis of melanoma to regional lymph nodes. In particular, my students and I are investigating the role of the Foxc2 gene in melanoma progression and how lymph node invasion by melanoma impacts the function of dendritic cells and T cells, immune cell populations required for anti-tumor immunity that are often suppressed by melanoma. Gaining insights into this suppression will suggest therapeutic strategies for preventing or reversing anti-tumor immune dysfunction and improving the quality of anti-tumor immune responses. 

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Interview with Dr. Hargadon about melanoma research and mentoring students in his lab:


Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology, University of Virginia  2007-2009
Ph.D., Microbiology, University of Virginia  2007 
B.S., Biology, Summa cum Laude, Valedictorian, Hampden-Sydney College  2001


Research Articles   

Review Articles 

Editorial/Author's View Articles   

Pedagogy Research Article


  • 2016 Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Interdisciplinary Research Grant for project entitled "Bioinformatic Analysis of CD8+ T Cell Differentiation in Tumor-free Versus Tumor-involved Lymph Nodes" ($100,000)
  • 2015 Sigma Xi Chapter Lectureship Subsidy - grant to support visit from Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Lee Dugatkin (University of Louisville) as keynote speaker at the 2015 Longwood University/Hampden-Sydney College Sigma Xi Research Symposium ($1,200)    
  • 2015 Hampden-Sydney College Student/Faculty Summer Research Award ($6,000) 
  • 2014-2016 Commonwealth Health Research Board Grant for project entitled "The Role of Melanoma-derived Factors in Suppressing the Maturation, Activation, and T Cell Stimulatory Capacity of Dendritic Cells" ($125,000)   
  • 2014 Hampden-Sydney College Student/Faculty Summer Research Award ($4,000)   
  • 2014 Renewal of Virginia Academy of Science Jeffress Research Grant from the Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust ($10,000 renewal); total grant award = $45,000  
  • 2013 Hampden-Sydney College Student/Faculty Summer Research Award ($4,000)   
  • 2013 Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Fellowship ($2,000)   
  • 2013 Scientific Research Publishing, Inc. (SCIRP) Publication Grant ($700 to    offset publication fees of K. Hargadon 2013 article in Journal of Cosmetics, Dermatological Sciences and Applications special issue on Melanoma Research)   
  • 2012 Renewal of Virginia Academy of Science Jeffress Research Grant from the Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust ($10,000)   
  • 2012 Hampden-Sydney College Student/Faculty Summer Research Award ($4,000)   
  • 2011 Virginia Academy of Science Jeffress Research Grant from the Thomas F. Jeffress and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust ($25,000)   
  • 2011 Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Fellowship ($2,000)   
  • 2011 Hampden-Sydney College Student/Faculty Summer Research Award ($4,000)   
  • 2010 Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges Undergraduate Science Research Fellowship ($1,000 grant obtained to support undergraduate research at Hampden-Sydney College)   2010 Hampden-Sydney College Student/Faculty Summer Research Award ($4,000)   
  • 2008-2009 Postdoctoral Fellow Biodefense Training Grant 5 T32 AI055432-06 (Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award)   
  • 2008 Fund for Teaching and Learning Grant - Piedmont Virginia Community College (a grant to develop new and improve current lab exercises for Microbiology)   
  • 2007-2008 Postdoctoral Fellow Immunology Training Grant 5 T32 AI007496-13 (Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award)   
  • 2001-2007 Dean's Fellowship (University of Virginia)   
  • 2001-2002 Immunology Training Grant T32 AI107496-08 (Sponsor - U.S. NIH Allergy & Infectious Disease)

DR. ALEXANDER WERTH, Trinkle Professor of Biology 

My research on the biomechanics and functional morphology of the filtration process in baleen whales has major implications for 1) designing improved filters and dynamic, clog-free filter materials; 2) creating engineering solutions inspired by nature (biomimetics); and 3) understanding how whales capture prey in varying environmental conditions. 

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Visiting Scientist, Arctic Research Facility, US Department of Wildlife Management, 1992
Ph.D., Biology, Harvard University, 1992 
A.M., Biology, Harvard University, 1987 
B.S., Zoology, Summa cum Laude, Duke University, 1985


Dr. Alex Werth talks about his research on 3D printing of baleen

Helm, R.R. 2014. Why do beluga whales have love handles? Deep Sea News

Davies, E. 2013. Whales filter feed with a tangled hair-like netBBC Nature News

Lewis, T. 2013. Whales trap dinner with mouthful of swirling bristlesLive Science   

Smith, B. 2013. Whales' baleen entangle prey with hairy bristles. Red Orbit.   

Knight, K. 2013. Streaming baleen tangles to trap food. "Inside JEB" commentary article written about Werth's featured paper in Journal of Experimental Biology

Zimmer, C. 2013. The brain-chilling, shrimp-caressing, lamppost-sized, NSFW organ hiding in a whale's mouthNational Geographic: The Loom blog entry (posted March 5, 2013) about Werth's research article published in The Anatomical Record.   

Marshall, M. 2013. World's biggest mouth has an erectile secret. New Scientist.

McDonald, B. 2013. Penis-like organ helps bowheads keep cool. Quirks & Quarks CBC radio program broadcast, April 20, 2013. 


  • 2015 Finalist for State Council of Higher Education for VA (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2014 NSF-funded Scientist in Residency Fellow of the Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka, Alaska              
  • 2014 Alternate for Fulbright Scholar, University of Vienna, Austria                          
  • 2012- Awarded the Charles Scott Venable Endowed Professorship                        
  • 2011 Hiter H. Harris, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) [Nominated by H-SC 2008-2011]                         
  • 2010-2012 Nominated by H-SC for U.S. Professor of the Year Award, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching & CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)                                
  • 2011 Runner-up for Excellence in Science Communication Award (out of 351 oral contributed papers) at 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa, Florida                                      
  • 2011 Invited to participate in Smithsonian (Human Origins Program)/National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) workshop on "Overcoming Obstacles to Teaching Human Evolution"                                    
  • 2010 John Peter Mettauer Award for Excellence in Research, H-SC                                   
  • 2009- Who's Who in Collegiate Faculty & Who's Who in Distinguished Professionals                              
  • 2008 Cabell Teaching Award "in recognition of outstanding classroom education," H-SC                                    
  • 2006 John Brooks Fuqua Teaching Award, H-SC (selected by students)                              
  • 2006 Fulbright Scholar, Republic of Maldives [sabbatical leave]                               
  • 2005 Visiting Scholar, University of Maine Darling Marine Center [sabbatical leave]                                  
  • 2005 Visiting Scientist, Sitka WhaleFest                           
  • 2002 Wye Faculty Seminar Fellow ("Citizenship in the American and Global Polity"), Aspen Institute            
  • 2001 Thomas Edward Crawley Teaching Award "for devoted service to H-SC and education of her sons"   
  • 2001 Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society                                
  • 2000 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Faculty Fellowship, Summer Institute for the Study of Applied and Professional Ethics at Dartmouth College             
  • 1999 Visiting Research Associate, Providence College [sabbatical leave]                            
  • 1998- Awarded the William W. Elliott Endowed Professorship                                   
  • 1997-2001; 2003- Summer Research Grants, Hampden-Sydney Faculty Fellowship Program               
  • 1996 Maurice L. Mednick Memorial Research Fellowship (from VFIC)                                   
  • 1994-1996 Research Contract #065800, Government of North Slope Borough, Alaska                             
  • 1992-1995 Research Travel Grant, Government of North Slope Borough, Alaska                           
  • 1992 Postdoctoral Fellowship, North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management                       
  • 1990-1991 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Derek Bok Center, Harvard University                                
  • 1990-1991 Student Research Grant, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology                                   
  • 1987-1988 Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Danforth Center, Harvard University                             
  • 1987-1989 Award for Excellence in Teaching, Biology Department, Harvard University                            
  • 1986 1989 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in Anatomy                                           
  • 1985-1986 Harvard University Graduate Research Fellowship                                                                      
  • 1985 Phi Beta Kappa                                                                                                                                  
  • 1985 E.S. Horn Memorial Student Prize for Excellence in Zoology, Duke University                                  
  • 1984 Deborah S. Steer Memorial Scholarship, Duke University Marine Laboratory                                     
  • 1983 Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Honor Society                                                                                      
  • 1982-1985 Dean's list and class honors, Duke University                                                                              
  • 1981-1982 National Honor Society, National Merit Commendation                                                              
  • 1981 Massachusetts Advanced Studies Program

Social Sciences

DR. IVO I. GYUROVSKI '09, Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

My research centers on understanding how social status affects humans, and it is structured along two lines of inquiry. The first is focused on person perception where I examine how one's social group of belonging (e.g., race, financial status, etc.) affects processes of attention and judgement as well as their neural correlates. My second line of research investigates the psyhcological predictors of personal finance management as a possible mechanism for improving socio-economic status, physical health and psychological functioning.

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Ph.D., The University of Chicago, 2017
M.A., College of William and Mary, 2011
B.A., Hampden-Sydney College, 2009


Gyurovski, I. I., Kubota, J., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., & Cloutier, J., (2017). Social status level and dimension interactively influence person evaluations indexed by P300s. Social Neuroscience, 1-13.

Cloutier, J., Cardenas-Iniguez, C., Gyurovski, I. I., Barakzai, A., & Li, T., (2016). Neuroimaging Investigations of Social Status and Social Hierarchies. In J. Absher & J. Cloutier (Eds.), Neuroimaging Personality, Social Cognition, and Character (pp. 187-205). Cambridge, MA: Elsevier.

Cloutier, J., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2014). Ventral medial prefrontal cortex and person evaluation: Forming impressions of others varying in financial and moral status. Neuroimage100, 535-543.

Dickter, C. L., Gagnon, K. T., Gyurovski, I. I., & Brewington, B. S. (2014). Close contact with racial outgroup members moderates attentional allocation towards outgroup versus ingroup faces. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations18(1), 76-88. 

Cloutier, J., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2013). Intraparietal Sulcus Activity During Explicit Self-Referential Social Status Judgments about Others. International Journal of Psychological Research6, 68-79.

Forestell, C. A., Lau, P., Gyurovski, I. I., Dickter, C. L., & Haque, S. (2012). Overcoming response conflict to foods in the presence of distractors: The effects of caloric content, cognitive restraint, and hunger. Appetite59(3), 748 - 754.  

Dickter, C. L., Kittel, J. A., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2012). Perceptions of nonā€target confronters in response to racist and heterosexist remarks. European Journal of Social Psychology42(1), 112-119. 

Dickter, C. L. & Gyurovski, I. I. (2012). The effects of expectancy violations on early attention to race in an impression formation paradigm. Social Neuroscience7(3), 240-251.  

Newton, V. A., Dickter, C. L., & Gyurovski, I. I. (2011). The effects of stereotypical cues on the social categorization and judgment of ambiguous-race targets. Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity, 4, 31-45.


  • 2016-17 Michael and Ling Markovitz Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2016; 2011-2014  Norman H. Anderson Grant for Graduate Student Research
  • 2014 Council on Advanced Studies Speaker Series Grant
  • 2013 Social Sciences Division Grant, University of Chicago