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Celebrating Alumni: Dr. Madison Cates and Dr. Elisabeth Moore

Department of Social Sciences Recognizes Accomplishments of History Graduates

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Students are the focus of Gardner-Webb University’s mission. Faculty members seek to engage students with unique, experiential learning opportunities to prepare them for their next steps. Whether they choose to begin a career or accept the academic challenges of graduate school, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to lead and serve. Additionally, through GWU’s supportive and diverse Christian community, students are inspired to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others.

Two Gardner-Webb history majors have completed their Ph.D. and are employed as full-time assistant professors.

Dr. Madison Cates

Madison Cates, ’13, finished his Ph.D. in History, specializing in North Carolina and the South, at the University of Florida in Gainesville and has secured a full-time, tenure track, assistant professor position in history at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. Cates just completed a year as a visiting assistant professor at Georgia Southern in Statesboro and the prior year as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Florida.

Dr. Elisabeth Moore

Elisabeth Moore, ’16, recently received her Ph.D., specializing in Southern Appalachian history, from West Virginia University in Morgantown. She begins serving as an assistant professor at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., this semester. While at Gardner-Webb, Moore won a prestigious award at the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Chicago, Ill.

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