Samford University


GISI Faculty

Dr. Shannon Flynt

Dr. Flynt returned to her Alma Mater in 2000 after a distinguished graduate research and teaching career in anthropology, classical archaeology and ancient studies. She currently serves as the university's Fulbright Program Advisor, teaches courses in Art History I, II, and III, the University Fellows series, the Classics Department's Rediscovery of the Classical World, Senior Capstone and international study in Rome.  After earning her Master's degree in Anthropology at the University of Alabama, where she demonstrated exceptional aptitude in Latin and field archaeology, Dr. Flynt entered the doctoral program in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Missouri, where she earned a Huggins Fellowship and the Donald K. Anderson Graduate Student Teaching Award. In 1999 Dr. Flynt was named a U.S. Fulbright Fellow to Austria, where she lived for a year while completing research for her doctoral dissertation, "The Military Vici of Noricum". In addition to excavation at the Roman military site of Lauriacum in Austria she has served on excavation teams at Pompeii, Castell Henllys (Wales) and Clonmacnoise (Ireland). Closer to home, she has excavated at Alabama's Dust Cave and Moundville Native American sites and at the historic Hickman House in central Missouri. She maintains her research interests in the Roman army and Roman frontier in Europe and is an active member of the Archaeological Institute of America, European Archaeological Association and Classical Association of the Middle West and South.  Dr. Flynt and husband Sean, also at Samford, became the parents of Ambrose Doss Flynt on August 30, 2007. 

Dr. Bryan Johnson

Before being named Director of University Fellows, Dr. Johnson was an Associate Professor of English at Samford University, where he has taught since 1995. While Dr. Johnson is a specialist in creative writing (poetry) and literary theory, he has also taught courses in 20th-century poetry, film, comparative literature, and the philosophy and literature of science. Dr. Johnson is an active scholar-poet, and his work has appeared in the Paris Review, the Denver Quarterly, the Western Humanities Review, American Letters and Commentary, Free Verse, Thicket, and New American Writing. Recently, he was a semi-finalist for the Walt Whitman Award for his collection of poems entitled See, and in 2008 he was invited to attend the prestigious Sewanee Writers Conference. His scholarship on teaching creative writing was awarded the James Woodall Award for Pedagogical Scholarship from the Association of College Teachers of English in Alabama. Since collaborating with faculty at the University of Maastricht on a Problem-Based Learning Transatlantic Cooperation Grant, Dr. Johnson has lectured on the craft of teaching poetry in Denmark, at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through the U.S. He has served twice as professor-in-residence at Samford's Daniel House in London, and he was a visiting professor at China's Anhui Normal University. As one of Samford's Latin American Studies Fellows, Dr. Johnson traveled to Ecuador to learn Spanish, and he has continued studying Spanish alongside students in Samford's classrooms.

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