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Nationally respected scholar returns to Brewton-Parker
The novelist Thomas Wolfe was not
always right: you can return home. Dr. H. Lee Cheek Jr., who served as a faculty
member at Brewton-Parker College in the late 1990s, has returned to the Brewton-Parker
faculty. He will
serve as chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division, and as
professor of political science and philosophy.
Brewton-Parker has a special place in my heart,” Cheek said. “In
a confused world, it is a great comfort to be part of an institution that combines
faith and learning with such insight and excitement.” For the last five
years, Dr. Cheek directed the political science program at Lee University in
Cleveland, Tenn. He was also the elected chair of Lee University’s
Cheek, who is a leading authority on American political thought generally,
and John C. Calhoun specifically, believes “Brewton-Parker is a wonderful
institution, with a deep appreciation for its past, and much anticipation
about the future. I look forward to being part of that future.”
Cheek received his bachelor's degree from Western Carolina University,
his master of divinity degree from Duke University in Durham, N.C.; his
of public administration degree from Western Carolina University; and his
doctorate from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Cheek is also the founder and director of the Wesley Studies Society, an
evangelical renewal group for clergy. In 2000, he was awarded Brewton-Parker
Professor of the Year Award by the student body. He has served as a congressional
aide and as a political consultant.
Cheek's books include Political Philosophy and Cultural Renewal (Transaction/Rutgers,
2001, with Kathy B. Cheek); Calhoun and Popular Rule, published by the
University of Missouri Press (2001; paper edition, 2004), which was rated
as an “academic
best seller” by the American Association of University Presses; Calhoun:
Selected Speeches and Writings (Regnery, 2003); and Order and Legitimacy
Cheek has also published numerous journal articles in publications like the
Journal of Politics, Methodist History, International Social Science Review,
and is a regular commentator on American politics.
Cheek’s current research includes completing an intellectual biography
of Francis Graham Wilson and a study of the American Founding. In May 2002,
Cheek was given Lee University’s Excellence in Scholarship award,
and in May of 2004, he received Lee's Excellence in Advising award.
Cheek currently serves on the editorial board of Humanitas and The University
Bookman, and has served as a Fellow of the Wilbur Foundation, the Center
for Judicial Studies, and the Center for International Media Studies.
Dr. Lee Cheek is a faculty leader who has already accomplished great things
in his career,” said Dr. David R. Smith, Brewton-Parker’s president. “He
is a committed man of faith, who stays at the cutting edge of scholarship
in his field, and who grows every academic program with which he has been
I am delighted to see his rising star again hitched to Brewton-Parker College.”
Cheek lives in Vidalia, with his wife, Kathy B. Cheek, a teacher of dance.