Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2012-01-24


Samford University students will begin spring semester classes Monday, Jan. 30. As of Jan. 24, a total of 4,475 students are expected. National Professor of the Year Stephen Chew will address the semester-opening convocation on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 10 a.m. in Wright Center Concert Hall.

Dr. Chew, chair of Samford’s psychology department, was named the 2011 Professor the Year for Master’s Universities and Colleges by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His convocation topic will be “The Importance of Seeing Difficulty, and the Difficulty of Seeing Importance.”

The convocation program will include the presentation of the George Macon teaching award and the Jennings B. Marshall faculty service award.

Southern Baptist Convention president Bryant Wright will speak at the semester-opening convocation for Samford’s Beeson Divinity School Tuesday at 11 a.m. in A. Gerow Hodges Chapel.  Dr. Wright is senior pastor of the 8,000-member Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga.

Students in Samford’s Cumberland School of Law and McWhorter School of Pharmacy began spring term classes earlier this month.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.