COLUMBUS, Miss. – Drs. Bob Fuller and Phillip Stockton and emeritus professor Stephen R. Pieschel were voted among best college professors in the reader’s choice poll, “Best of the Triangle 2016,” published annually by The Commercial Dispatch.

A retired educator with 25 years of experience in public schools in Mississippi, Dr. Fuller has served at The W for six years. His current title is assistant professor of educational leadership.

He was principal of Armstrong Middle School in Starkville for 15 years where he was named Mississippi’s Middle School Principal of the Year in 2003. In addition, he was president of the Mississippi Association for Middle Level Education from 1996-98, the state’s affiliate with the Association for Middle Level Education.

While Dr. Fuller was principal of AMS, it was an acknowledged leader in the middle school concept movement. The school was recognized by The Education Trust as a “High Poverty School Exceeding Expectations,” a model school for the Mid-South Middle Start Initiative and one of six middle schools in the nation chosen to develop a middle school reform model through the U.S. Department of Education

Fuller earned his bachelor of science, master of education and doctorate degrees all from Mississippi State University.

“I am fortunate to be able to work with some really outstanding graduate students in our M.Ed. program in educational leadership here at The W,” Fuller said. “Our students are outstanding K12 classroom teachers who want to make a bigger impact in their school settings by becoming school principals. I simply love facilitating their journey in becoming effective school leaders.”

Dr. Stockton, who joined The W in 2013, is assistant professor of music education and choral director at The W. He coordinates the music education degree program and conducts the Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorale and Chamber Singers at The W. He also teaches conducting and music methods courses.

Before coming to The W, Dr. Stockton was director of choral activities at Mandarin High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where his choirs consistently received superior ratings at performance assessment.

Some of his past engagements have included assistant conductor for the Auburn University Women’s Chorus, a student conductor of the Florida State Summer Chorale, past conductor of the Ole Miss Women’s Ensemble, assistant conductor to the Ole Miss Women’s Glee and interim director of the Oxford Civic Chorus.

Stockton received his bachelor of music education from Auburn University, master of music education from Florida State University and doctorate in music education from the University of Mississippi.

“It is an honor to win this award from the community. I am fortunate to work with wonderful students, a supportive administration and an enthusiastic community. Choral music and music education are alive and well at The W and I am happy to be a part of it,” he said.

Pieschel, assistant professor emeritus of English, worked at The W from 1967-1992. His research and scholarly presentations have focused on the history of Tennessee Williams and the city of Columbus.

In addition, he and his wife, Dr. Bridget Smith Pieschel, co-authored “Loyal Daughters: A Centennial History of Mississippi University for Women.” The last two summers Pieschel has been one of the faculty members who took the Honors College Study Abroad class to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Pieschel earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Louis University and masters’ degree from the University of Mississippi.

Referencing what former Pres. Jimmy Carter said about his own career, Pieschel said, “I have enjoyed my work as a former professor just as much as I have enjoyed my time as a professor. My research with Tennessee Williams, the church and W history has been a pleasure, and I am happy to be around as a former professor.”

The Dispatch’s poll is published in September.

Aug. 18, 2016
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