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BPC professor’s dissertation submitted for UNC-Chapel Hill accolade

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Dr. Ian Crowe was recently honored with a reception for his successful defense of his doctoral dissertation in the Morgan Gallery of the Fountain-New Library on the Mount Vernon campus. He is BPC’s newest associate professor of history. Pictured from left are Dr. Lee Cheek (chair of the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences), Dr. Winifred Whittaker (assistant professor of sociology and human services), Dr. Crowe and his wife, Sara (registrar), Dr. Sid Johnson (professor of political science and vice president emeritus), Dr. Julie Tiu (adjunct professor of psychology) and Dr. Joe Tiu (assistant professor of psychology).

By Kelley M. Arnold

Director of News and Public Information

MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s newest associate professor of history, Dr. Ian Crowe, recently successfully defended his doctoral dissertation and it’s already making waves at his alma mater, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


The dissertation, entitled “Public Spirit and Public Order: Edmund Burke and the Role of the Critic in Mid-Eighteenth Century Britain”, was selected for submission for the Graduate Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, a competitive and prestigious accolade from UNC-Chapel Hill, said Dr. Crowe, who is very humbled by the honor.


“It was an unexpected and sort of exciting end to a really valuable few years at the (university). A cherry on the icing as we say,” said Dr. Crowe. “In many ways it’s a tribute to the advising and help of the faculty at the university.”


The final selection will not be made until later in the year; however, Dr. Lee Cheek, chair of BPC’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is proud of Dr. Crowe’s achievement and recent successful defense of his dissertation.


“In general, Dr. Crowe’s dissertation is part of a revival of authentic scholarship in the larger tradition of the West that attempts to recover and reaffirm our humane patrimony,” said Dr. Cheek. “Specifically, Dr. Crowe’s work on Edmund Burke will help alleviate the influence of decades of imprecise critiques of the great English political philosophy and statesman. I believe his dissertation is a work of enduring importance. We are most happy to have him as part of academic community.”


Dr. Crowe joined the college last summer. His wife, Sara, joined the college in August as Registrar. A reception in Dr. Crowe’s honor was held on the Mount Vernon campus before Christmas break to honor his successful defense. It was well attended by campus faculty and staff.


Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.



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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM