Fran Fuller , Ph.D.
Dr. Fran Fuller
Born in the North Carolina mountains, and after some wandering which included two Connecticut winters, I was raised in Seoul, Korea (1954-1968), where I attended Seoul Foreign School and graduated from Korea Christian Academy in a class of three. Clinging to my mother's southern accent in spite of continuous schooling with classmates who insisted that their way of speaking was superior, what did we know about the United States that we hadn't learned from the World Book Encyclopedia?
Figuring I had better study these United States and particularly the South since my wonderful accent says I am a southerner, I earned a B.A. in History from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia (1968), an M.A. in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Plainfield Vermont (1974), an M.A.Ed in Counseling from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC (1978), a PhD in Sociology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh (1990), and a post doc certificate in Gerontology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL (2000).
My academic specialty areas are research methods and statistics, social psychology, criminology, public affairs, and gerontology. My research interest throughout all these years has been conflict management and the pro-social use of force. I am also a trained mediator in the UNC University system.
I paid my dues in the UNCP Foreign Languages Department by thriving and surviving the first three semesters of Chinese Language offered Fall, 2009, Spring and Fall 2010, where struggling with the tones necessary for each syllable inspired my current line of research: "Stress Tones and the Invitation to Conflict."
Since my retirement from faculty appointment in Criminal Justice at UNCP (1994-2009), I have worked with Tom Jackson (UNCP Department of Information Technology) in the development of a software application (dockuwiki) which allows easy composition in hypertext. My first effort at a hypertext document, organized and written entirely electronically (look, ma, no printouts!) is available at https://wiki.uncp.edu/dokuwiki/elf/doku.php?id=start. The hypertext manuscript, a curriculum, is called "Learning the Language to Talk about Language," and is part of the ELF project, a project in English language fluency.
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