Randolph-Macon Honors Faculty Members with Bruce M. Unger Awards

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Each spring, Randolph-Macon College honors the contributions of retiring faculty with more than 10 years of service to the College with the Bruce M. Unger Award presented at Commencement.

Dr. Bruce M. Unger was a political science professor at Randolph-Macon College for 40 years. Unger planned to retire in 2008 but lost his courageous fight against cancer before his retirement was official.

During Commencement for the Class of 2023, Randolph-Macon will honor four faculty members who are set to retire at the end of the 2022-2023 academic year.

Dr. John Camp headshot

Dr. John Camp II, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Professor of Classics, joined the Randolph-Macon faculty in 1996. Camp earned a B.A. from Harvard University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. A celebrated archaeologist and scholar, Camp began a lifetime of work at the Athenian Agora in 1966; first as an excavator, later as assistant director, and finally as director of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens from 1994-2022. During much of that period, Camp also taught classics at Randolph-Macon, and led cohorts of Stavros Niarchos Fellows, digging at the Athenian Agora.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Fisher headshot

Dr. Elizabeth A. Fisher, Shelton H. Short III Professor in the Liberal Arts, joined the Randolph-Macon faculty in 1987. Fisher earned a B.A. from the College of William & Mary, her M.A. from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Fisher’s tenure at Randolph-Macon included years spent as chair of the Department of Classics as well as Director of Archaeology, a program she founded in 2012. A driving force for archaeology at Randolph-Macon, Fisher has supervised digs from Hanover County to Italy and Greece. In 2013, she was awarded the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award. During the 2015-16 academic year, she taught and researched at Aksum University in Ethiopia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Amy Goodwin headshot

Dr. Amy W. Goodwin, Professor of English, joined the Randolph-Macon faculty in 1990. She earned her B.A. from Allegheny College, her M.A. from Carnegie-Mellon University, and her Ph.D. from Ohio State University. As the first woman to chair the English department, Goodwin played a decisive role in shaping the study of English at RMC, enriching the course catalog and having a hand in hiring every current faculty member. A specialist in medieval literature, and specifically Geoffrey Chaucer, Goodwin connects modern students to the relevance of works from the Middle Ages.

Dr. Maria Scott headshot

Dr. Maria M. Scott, Professor of English, joined the Randolph-Macon faculty in 1992. She earned her B.A. from UCLA, an A.A. from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Scott taught in and developed interdisciplinary courses for a wide range of departments, including Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies, the Honors program, and her departmental home, English. She also served as the program chair for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Scott is the author of Re-Presenting Jane Shore: Harlot and Heroine, and directed several theatrical productions at Randolph-Macon. In service to RMC, she chaired several committees, including the Nondiscrimination Committee, and served as an Ombuds for the College for many years.