Abel named inaugural Distinguished Honors Faculty Fellow
CCU Professor Dan Abel
Dan Abel, marine science professor and founding director of the Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative at Coastal Carolina University, has been named the first Distinguished Honors Faculty Fellow of the HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at CCU.
In his new role, Abel will develop innovative new courses, create honors initiatives and offer students unique honors experiences.
“I have become re-energized and reinvigorated about teaching,” said Abel. “This is exciting because it’s an effort to unite segments of institutions that are often separate and don’t overlap, and to integrate faculty members from those specialties into a broader approach in the Honors College.”
In Fall 2019, Abel plans to offer a biology of sharks class and lab course as well as one honors seminar. In Spring 2020, he will teach an honors seminar and a marine science introductory course for marine science honors students.
“It is his commitment to interdisciplinary and experiential teaching and the profound impact that he has had on his students that inspired us to select Dr. Abel as the Distinguished Honors Fellow,” said Sara Hottinger, dean of the HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and professor of women’s and gender studies.
Abel joined the CCU faculty in 1994. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Charleston in 1978 and 1981, respectively, and a Ph.D. in marine biology from the University of California San Diego’s Scripps Institute of Oceanography in 1986. He was a postdoctoral fellow in marine bio-medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. His areas of scholarly interest include sharks, environmental issues, sustainability, land use, pollution, overpopulation, energy consumption, green building, and sting rays.
Abel’s two-year appointment begins on Aug. 16, 2019.