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Spring 2009

Faculty Arrivals and Departures

This year, three long-term faculty members are retiring. Read more about them below.

Dr. Frank T. Melton, history

Dr. Frank T. Melton is retiring after 42 years of service in the history department. He came to the university in 1969, a time when this institution still bore heavily the stamp of its history as the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina. He received his PhD that same year from the University of Wisconsin where his major concentration had been in the Tudor-Stuart era of English history.

His teaching career over the years focused upon the history of early modern England in courses that introduced generations of students to this important field. His scholarship, fueled by frequent research trips to England, dealt largely with the development of English banking in the 17th century. His book, “Sir Robert Clayton and the Origins of English Deposit Banking, 1658-1685,” was published in 1986 by Cambridge University Press. The research for that book and for his later projects was supported by several significant grants from the National Science Foundation. He was invited to lecture in England and in Italy on the development of English banking. A milestone in his career was his election in 1989 as a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, London.

For the past three years Melton has taught half-time as a part of the university's phased retirement program. He resides at the Well Spring Retirement Center in Greensboro.

Contributed by Dr. Karl Schleunes


Linda Kilgariff, mathematics and statistics

Linda Kilgariff has served on the UNCG faculty for 40 years and has compiled a remarkable record of contributions to the university. She received her BA (graduating Cum Laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa) from UNCG in 1968 and her MA in mathematics in 1971. She joined the UNCG faculty in 1971. Among the many courses in mathematics and statistics that she taught, are College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I, II, III, Probability, and Statistical Inference. It is estimated that during those 40 years Kilgariff taught more than 12,000 students. It was her custom to learn all of her students' names, and this obviously contributed to her great popularity as a teacher.

In addition to her teaching, Kilgariff served efficiently as administrative assistant to the department head from 1986 to 2004. She earned both A and G certification in secondary education and put that to good use for many years as a UNCG Teaching Fellows mentor and as a student teacher supervisor in the area of mathematics. In addition, she spent 10 years working with the UNCG Fast Forward program in mathematics and served eight years as the departmental coordinator for the program. She served on four university committees including the University General Education Curriculum Committee and the Undergraduate Academic Policies and Regulations Committee. For the last three years, Kilgariff was an iSchool mathematics coordinator and instructor in the Division of Continual Learning.

Contributed by Dr. Jerry Vaughan


Dr. Joseph Mountjoy, anthropology

Dr. Joe Mountjoy joined the anthropology faculty in 1969. At UNCG he served as head of the Department of Anthropology and was instrumental in the development of the interdisciplinary archaeology program while all the time maintaining an active research program in western Mexico. He was known by students as a firm but fair teacher and, among his colleagues, as one who was always willing to speak his mind. His groundbreaking work in western Mexico stemmed from a willingness to undertake research in an area where few scholars thought there would be much of interest. Mountjoy unearthed a wealth of cultural data from the formative through classic periods of Mexico, culminating in recent articles published by National Geographic. He also pioneered the concept of community museums in Mexico, breaking the stranglehold the national museum held on artifacts. He created community museums in western Jalisco, most notably in Mascota. Today, Mountjoy continues his work in Mexico both as an on-the-ground archaeologist and as a faculty member at the University of Guadalajara.

Contributed by Dr. Art Murphy




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