Coker College Hires New Faculty Members

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Hartsville, S.C. - September 14, 2017 - Dr. Susan Daniels Henderson, Chief Academic Officer and Dean of the Faculty of Coker College, has announced the addition of four full-time faculty members, one of whom is a visiting Fulbright Scholar, for the 2017-2018 academic year: Lori Hall, Brian Higley, Jerron Jorgensen and Bogdan Zavalnij.

“Coker College is excited to welcome these four talented and exemplary individuals to campus,” said Henderson. “Each brings new perspectives and experiences to the classroom, giving our students access to leaders in their fields and the opportunity to learn from them.”

Hall is assistant professor of criminology. She worked most recently as a graduate research assistant at Virginia Tech’s Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention and an adjunct instructor of criminology and academic assistant at Arkansas State University. She has a bachelor’s in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas and a master’s in criminal justice from Arkansas State University and is working toward her Ph.D. in sociology from Virginia Tech. Hall is actively involved in paper and panel presentations across the United States in her research area of criminology.

Higley is assistant professor of psychology. He worked most recently as a full-time visiting assistant professor at St. Lawrence University and is the founder of The Building Blocks to Excellence, LLC, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College, a master’s degree in psychology and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Florida. Higley has received special extensive training in leadership, management and organizational excellence as well as in Gestalt therapy.

Jorgensen is assistant professor of music. He worked most recently as adjunct faculty and doctoral fellow at the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He holds a bachelor's in music from South Dakota State University, a master’s in voice performance from Arizona State University and a doctorate in voice performance from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. Jorgensen’s performances in opera, oratorio, musical theatre and concert have been enjoyed by audiences across the United States and Europe.

Zavalnij is a Fulbright scholar and visiting assistant professor of mathematics.  He worked most recently as an assistant professor in the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics at the University of Pecs as well as Head of the IT Center. He holds a Russian literature and linguistics master’s from E ̈otv ̈os University in Budapest, a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of technics and science from Budapest Technical University, and is currently working on a second Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Szeged. Coker is very fortunate to host a Fulbright scholar-in-residence for the 2017-2018 academic year.



Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.