Larry LaForge spent thirty-five years in higher education as a teacher, researcher, and active member of the academic community. He taught business management courses at every level from undergraduate students to doctoral students, received major research grants, published in top journals, directed dissertations, and served on editorial boards. He also advised student organizations, chaired major campus committees, and worked closely with athletics as a faculty representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Dr. LaForge received significant professional awards during his academic career. Clemson University named him Alumni Distinguished Professor of Management for his work with undergraduate students. The Clemson faculty recognized him with the Class of 1939 Award for Excellence, their highest honor. Student government at Clemson honored him with the Prince Award for Innovation in Teaching, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching named him 1995 South Carolina Professor of the Year.
He received his B.S. from Clemson, and his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
As an independent writer, Larry LaForge draws on his experiences in higher education and college sports to create stories that illustrate interesting issues and dilemmas in our times.
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Swimming for Pride
by Larry LaForge
Approx. 5,410 words.
Published on July 5, 2013.
This emotional short story tells itself through the correspondence of fictional college swimmer Blake Wemberly after being informed his school plans to cut its varsity swim program. Blake and his teammates learn -- and teach -- a life lesson about coping with change and disappointment. The story is inspired by true events.
Johnson and Johnson: A Short Story about Athletics and Academics in College Sports
by Larry LaForge
Approx. 13,050 words.
Published on August 19, 2012.
Two unrelated men share the same last name, work on the same campus, and are driven by the same desire for professional success. One is a coach and the other is a professor. An ethical dilemma ensnares them both and threatens to derail their careers. Who will do the right thing? What is the right thing? All events are fictional, but the underlying issues are real and cause for reflection.
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