#PeopleOfPeace: Charles Duncan, Ph.D., Named Vice President for Academic Affairs
William Peace University is proud to name long-time WPU Professor and Department Chair, Charles Duncan, Ph.D., as the University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. Duncan has served as Interim Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs for the last year, having helped guide the University and its faculty through a leadership transition period.
Dr. Duncan joined the WPU community as an assistant professor in 1998 before earning tenure in 2007. During his time at WPU, he has taught courses in American Literature, American Novel, Introduction to Short Fiction, Non-Fiction Writing, Freshman Composition, African-American Literature, Professional Writing, Technical Writing and Advanced Creative Writing, among others. In addition to teaching courses, Duncan has also served the University in several administrative roles over the years, having represented the faculty as Moderator and Chair of the Executive Council.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be able to work with the outstanding faculty and staff here at William Peace University.”
Duncan’s professional research has focused on Charles Chesnutt who was a mixed race author, essayist, political activist and lawyer, best known for his novels and short stories which explored complex issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil War South. Additionally, he was awarded the Sylvia Lyons Render Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chesnutt Studies and is a board member for the Charles Chesnutt Research Association starting. Duncan has also won William Peace University’s McCormick Distinguished Teaching Award and the Stockard Research Award.
“I believe Dr. Duncan has done an outstanding job leading our faculty and academic staff this year, contributing to the strategic direction of the institution, and engaging with the President’s Council as we move WPU forward,” said Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., President of William Peace University. “He is the perfect academic leader for us going forward because he is creative, smart, respects our past and has a passion for our future, and importantly has a commitment to student learning and development that will enable our students to flourish and position us to truly differentiate the WPU experience from other institutions as we move forward.”
“It’s an honor and a privilege for me to be able to work with the outstanding faculty and staff here at William Peace University,” Duncan said. “I look forward to continuing to work with them to provide an exciting, innovative experience for our current and future students.”
Duncan earned his Ph.D. in English at Florida State University in 1994 and subsequently taught at Virginia Tech.
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