Paul C. Schleifer, Ph.D., Director and Editor-in-Chief


Dr. Schleifer is currently Professor of English at Southern Wesleyan University, where he has been teaching for the last 27 years. He graduated from Davidson College in 1978 with a B.A. in Dramatic Literature and Theater and then earned his M.A. in Old and Middle English in 1982 and his Ph.D. in Renaissance English Literature in 1992, both from the University of Georgia. In addition to teaching, Dr. Schleifer has been involved in the theater program at SWU, help several times with coaching the men’s soccer team, and served on the Faculty Senate. Dr. Schleifer’s interests include speculative fiction, detective fiction, and evolutionary psychology, as well as history, linguistics, and sports.

About the Institute


CIFC Mission Statement

The Carolina Institute for Faith and Culture (CIFC) was envisioned in 2017 by Dr. Basil ‘Chad’ Chisholm as a regional institute and information hub to promote both active public engagement and liberal, humanistic learning from a Christian perspective. CIFC offers a venue for anyone to exhibit work and influence Christian culture in the Carolina region and the world beyond. CIFC also seeks to extend the core values of contagious generosity, inventive learning, and faith-filled community.


CIFC Vision Statement

CIFC exists to promote the active, open exchange of ideas and to support collaborative and creative projects with other institutions and the general public. To this end, the Institute is committed to maintaining a digital publication platform, hosting humanities events, and promoting public literacy. The creation of a digital publishing platform for CIFC is the reason Dr. Chisholm, Dr. Knight, and Dr. Stubblefield founded the digital publication platform.

In addition to providing a service to the community, CIFC and its various outlets will enable the community to contribute to our academic culture. Beyond the confines of our digital community and virtual academic forums, CIFC in the future hopes to sponsor conferences and community events, which in turn will further enhance the professional and educational opportunities of faculty, students, and all who are interested in a faith-oriented life of the mind.