While things are still a bit new for Dr. Scott Shinabargar, professor and chair of the world languages department, he seems to be settling in quite well here at Winthrop University.
Dr. Shinabargar assumed the post of department chair for the Winthrop University Department of World Languages this past fall. Shinabargar is originally from Santa Rosa, California; he earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Cruz before earning his doctorate degree at Emory University in Georgia.
Shinabargar taught at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga. before taking his current position here at Winthrop. At Clark Atlanta he also served as the chair of his department there.
“I was interested in making a change, leaving the big city and looking for a community to raise a family in, and Winthrop and Rock Hill had a very welcoming community,” Shinabargar said. “There’s a nice balance of access while also having the elements of a small town here.”
He was also looking for a place that he thought he could advance his career, while also maintaining a positive environment.
Dr. Shinabargar enjoys the day-to-day aspects of being a department chair, whether it is working on the budget with professors and the dean of the college or advising students on what classes they should take.
“We have to be continually monitoring what’s going on in the classroom and making sure our students are getting what they need at each level of instruction,” Shinabarger said.
One of Shinabargar’s favorite classes to teach is his special topics course on the experience of war in France.
“It’s an amazing group of students, and I am very impressed with their language skills. It actually rejuvenates my day, and I’d like to continue teaching that type of coursework.”
Shinabargar has finished the manuscript for a book he has written titled “The Revolting Body of Poetry,” which has been accepted by a publisher. He is now looking to make time for the final revisions so he can get to the publisher for the publishing.
“The book is a study of a certain phenomena of early modern and modern French poetry, which is a gesture of revolt against society,” Shinabargar said.
This will be Shinabargar’s first book but he has also published articles on French poets as well as a journal of French literary criticism.
In his spare time, Shinabargar enjoys playing guitar, spending time hanging out with his son and exercising.
When talking about the problems facing current students, he talked about the issue of paying for school, and he hopes to push and remind students about applying for scholarships.
“It can really affect your studies, working a job and also working towards a degree, so I sometimes have to remember that,” Shinabargar said.