Professor of the Week

Dr. Adolphus Belk

Dr. Adolphus Belk
Department: Political Science

Dr. Adolphus Belk is passionate about teaching and helping students reach their full potential and really wants to make an impact.

“If my class is just a letter on a transcript 15 years from now, then it didn’t mean that much to you.” Belk takes his job very seriously and wants his students to work just as hard as him.

“I want them to share my enthusiasm for the course, so the first week of classes, I come down like a ton of bricks.”

Belk began his teaching career in 1998 at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a teaching assistant in American government. He did his undergraduate at Syracuse University, where he double majored in political science and African-American studies. Then, he went on to do his graduate work at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned a master’s degree and doctoral degree in government and politics. Belk has been at Winthrop for 11 years.

There is no doubt that Belk takes his job as an educator very seriously

“If you ask anyone who’s taken a course under my instruction, particularly more than one, they can tell you I have a no­—nonsense approach,” Belk said.

As far as professional achievements, Belk has a lot to be proud of. In 2009, he was the University’s outstanding junior professor. Belk has also published work on mass incarceration in the U.S.

It is clear that Belk is truly proud when his students excel in the world in and outside of Winthrop.

“People need to start trusting their faculty more because sometimes students look at us and say ‘oh well, I’m just Winthrop good. No. If we say you’re good then you’re good. We’ve been in a lot of places and we’ve seen a lot of things. We know talent when we see talent,” Belk said.

Belk clearly has a passion for pushing his students forward

“One of the things that grinds my gears is when I see people with talent or ability try to glide through university. Trying to take the path of least resistance. That bothers me, because they’re not maxing out,” Belk said.

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