SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Mercer University's Dr. Adam Kiefer was named to the inaugural All-Southern Conference Faculty Team on Monday, as the league announced the representatives from all 10 member schools. He will be honored at a Mercer basketball game this season, with details on the presentation to be announced at a later date.
Dr. Kiefer, associate professor of chemistry in Mercer's College of Liberal Arts, has played an instrumental role in several study-abroad programs for the University's Mercer On Mission initiative, leading trips to countries such as Mozambique and Ecuador.
During his time overseas, Dr. Kiefer helped Mercer students undertake studies on the environmental impacts of mercury and cyanide chemicals that are utilized in the gold-mining process and taught miners techniques that minimize the exposure to mercury. His work has been presented internationally and published in leading journals.
He is the second Mercer faculty member to be honored by the SoCon, as Dr. Ha Van Vo, associate professor of biomedical engineering, was named the conference's Faculty Member of the Year in 2015.
All-Southern Conference faculty members shared common characteristics of demonstrated service to the institution, proven record of high scholastic achievement among students, recognition for a research project or written academic piece, and contributions to campus life and the local community.
Other recipients include The Citadel's Dr. Scott Buchanan, East Tennessee State University's Dr. Randy Byington, Furman's Dr. J. Aaron Simmons, University of North Carolina-Greensboro's Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, Samford's Dr. Elizabeth Dobbins, Chattanooga's Dr. Michael Jones, Virginia Military Institute's Col. James Turner, Western Carolina's Dr. Hollye Moss and Wofford's Dr. Carol Wilson.