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Provost's Task Forces

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There are currently no active task forces.


Past Task Forces

Diversity Task Force

Charge: The charge for the Diversity Task Force is to:

  • Develop diversity initiatives to be incorporated into the five proposed goals of Focus Carolina; and
  • Use those initiatives as the foundation for developing a USC System Diversity Strategic Plan.

Task Force Chairs:
  • Dr. Andrew Billingsley (Professor, Sociology and African American Studies)
  • Dr. Christine Curtis (Senior Vice Provost, Office of the Provost)

Task Force Members:
  • Elise Ahyi (Assistant Provost, Office of the Provost)
  • Drucilla Barker (Professor and Director of Women's & Gender Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, Arts & Sciences)
  • Mary Ellen Bellanca (Assistant Professor of English, Division of Arts and Letters, USC Sumter)
  • DeAndrea Gist Benjamin (Attorney at Law, Gist Law Firm)
  • Andrew Billingsley (Professor of English/Chief Diversity Office, Sociology and African American Studies Program, Arts & Sciences)
  • Jim Burns (Associate Dean, South Carolina Honors College)
  • Warren Carson (Professor of English/Chief Diversity Office, Languages, Literatures, and Composition, USC Upstate)
  • Christine Curtis (Senior Vice Provost, Office of the Provost)
  • Helen Doerpinghaus (Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Office of the Provost)
  • Bobby Gist (Executive Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity Programs, Equal Opportunity Programs)
  • Derrick Huggins (Deputy Director, Vehicle Management and Parking Services)
  • Jane Jameson (Vice President, Human Resources)
  • Jasmin Brewer (Undergraduate Student)
  • Jamil Khan (Professor and Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering & Computing)
  • Thomas Lopez (Associate Professor, Accounting, Moore School of Business)
  • Ella Marshall (Employment Manager, Human Resources)
  • Shirley Mills (Director, Governmental and Community Relations and Legislative Liaison)
  • Stephanie Mitchem (Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Director of AfrianAmerican Studies, Arts & Sciences)
  • Roderick Moore (Director, Multicultural Student Affairs)
  • Tommy Preston (Special Assistant to the President/Law Student, Office of the President)
  • Dennis Pruitt (Vice Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Affairs and Academic Support)
  • Ruth Riley (Director of Library Services, School of Medicine Library, School of Medicine)
  • Les Sternberg (Dean and Professor, College of Education)
  • Kela Thomas (Deputy Director of Administration, SC Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services)
  • Qian Wang (Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Arts & Sciences)
  • Scott Verzyl (Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Director of Admissions, Undergraduate Admissions)

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Interdisciplinary Task Force

Charge: The goal of the Interdisciplinary Task Force is to provide the foundation for developing an institutional climate that is supportive of interdisciplinary work and for increasing opportunities for faculty to participate in interdisciplinary scholarship. The Interdisciplinary Task Force's work will include:

  • Survey interdisciplinary efforts on campus
  • Determine the barriers to interdisciplinary efforts
  • Assess the effectiveness of current efforts
  • Recommend a path forward

Task Force Chairs:
  • Christine Curtis (Senior Vice Provost)
  • Drucilla Barker (Professor, Anthropology, Professor and Director, Women's Studies, Arts & Sciences)
  • Lyndie Forthofer (Associate Professor, College of Social Work, and Director, Institute for Families in Society)
  • Robin Morris (Professor, Psychology, Arts & Sciences)
  • Madilyn Fletcher (Director, School of the Environment)

Task Force Members:
  • Marj Aelion (Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, and Assoc Dean for Research, ASPH)
  • Greg Carbone (Associate Professor, Geography, Arts & Sciences)
  • Tom Chandler (Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, and Int. Dean, ASPH)
  • Hanif Chaudhry (Professor and Int. Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Research Associate Dean (College of Engineering & Computing)
  • Tommy Crocker (Assistant Professor, School of Law)
  • Kwame Dawes (Professor, English, and Director, Arts Institute, Arts & Sciences)
  • Kirstin Dow (Associate Professor, Geography, Arts & Sciences)
  • Sonya Duhé (Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Mass Communications)
  • Joseph Flora (Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing)
  • William Graf (Professor and Chair, Geography, Arts&Sciences)
  • Rhonda Jeffries (Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policies, College of Education)
  • Zach Kelehear (Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Policies, College of Education)
  • Jim Morris (Director, Baruch Institute, Arts & Sciences)
  • Anne Perreault (Assistant Professor, School of Library and Info Science, MCIS)
  • Bob Price (Research Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology & Anatomy, School of Medicine)
  • Robert Pruzin (Professor and Undergraduate Director, School of Music)
  • Joe Quattro (Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Arts and Sciences)
  • Kenneth Reifsnider (Professor, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing)
  • Kendall Roth (Professor and Chair, International Business, Moore School of Business)
  • John Shafer (Director, Earth Sciences Research Institute, Arts & Sciences)
  • Scott Sutton (Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy)
  • Muzzo Uysal (Associate Dean for Research, HRSM)
  • Jane Weilert (Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing)

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Clinical Faculty and Research Faculty Guidelines Task Force

Charge: The goal of the Clinical Faculty and Research Faculty Guidelines Task Force is to recommend a set of university policies and procedures for management of non-tenure track faculty positions.

Task Force Chairs:
  • Christine Curtis (Senior Vice Provost)
    Russell Pate (Vice Provost)

Task Force Members:
  • Tim Mousseau (Professor, Biological Sciences, and Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences)
  • Charles Mactutus (Professor and Chair, Psychology, Arts & Sciences)
  • Greg Niehaus (Professor and Associate Dean, Moore School of Business)
  • Mike Seaman (Associate Dean, College of Education)
  • Muzzo Uysal (Associate Dean, HRSM)
  • Shirley Staples Carter (Director, School of Journalism & Mass Communications, MCIS)
  • Libby Baxley (Professor and Chair, Family and Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine)
  • Mitzi Nagarkatti (Professor and Chair, Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology, School of Medicine)
  • Mary Cox (Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Nursing)
  • Wayne Buff (Associate Dean, College of Pharmacy)
  • Cheryl Addy (Executive Associate Dean, Arnold School of Public Health)
  • Rita Rhodes (Associate Professor, College of Social Work)
  • Jim Burns (Associate Dean, SC Honors College)
  • Russell Pate (Associate Vice President for Health Sciences)

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Faculty Awards Ad Hoc Committee

Charge: Assess the award process, evaluate nomination and selection criteria, review committee procedures and processes, and make recommendations for improving the process as we move forward.

The areas that the Ad hoc Faculty Awards Evaluation Committee will assess include

  • Organization of committees
  • Committee membership
  • Timeline for award process
  • Request for nominations, possibly electronically
  • Award nomination process including required nomination materials, possibly electronically
  • Selection criteria
  • Committee code of conduct
  • Naming of awardees
  • Online/electronic process

Task Force Chair:
  • Christine Curtis (Senior Vice Provost)

Task Force Members:
  • Gary Blanpied (Professor, Physics and Astronomy, Arts & Sciences)
  • William Bearden (Professor, Marketing, Moore School of Business)
  • Larry Durstine (Professor and Chair, Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health)
  • Sandra Kelly (Professor, Psychology, Arts & Sciences)
  • Ann Kingsolver (Associate Professor, Anthropology, Arts & Sciences)
  • Eileen Korpita (Director, Office of Pre-Professional Advising)
  • Beth Mayer-Davis (Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health)
  • Richard Showman (Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Arts & Sciences)
  • Robert Thunell (Professor, Geological Sciences, Arts & Sciences)

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Task Force on Leadership for Chairs, Faculty Leaders, and Administrators

Charge: To develop a leadership program for new chairs and administrators that provides the foundation and knowledge needed to be an effective chair at USC. The charge of the Leadership Task Force is to:

  • Develop a set of topics beneficial to USC chairs
  • Identify effective delivery means and methods

Task Force Chair:
  • Christine Curtis (Senior Vice Provost)

Task Force Members:
  • Michael Amiridis (Professor, Chemical Engineering and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost)
  • Marianne Bickle (Professor, Retailing, and Interim Associate Dean, HRSM)
  • Shirley Staples Carter (Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communications, MCIS)
  • Ed Dickey (Professor, Instruction & Teacher Education, College of Education)
  • Tim Doupnik (Professor and Chair, Accounting Dept., Moore School of Business)
  • William Graf (Professor and Chair, Geography, Arts & Sciences)
  • Elaine Frank (Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences & Disorders, ASPH)
  • Richard Harding (Professor and Chair, Neurological & Behavioral Science, SOM)
  • Charles Lovell (Professor and Chair, Biological Sciences, Arts & Sciences)
  • Steven Lynn (Professor, English, Assoc Dean, Arts & Sciences, and Int. Chair of Religious Studies)
  • Gene Reeder (Professor, School of Pharmacy

Task Force on Mentoring Program for Faculty

Charge: The goal of the USC Mentoring Program is to increase the effectiveness of faculty mentoring at USC. The charge to the Mentoring Task Force is to:

  • Survey current practices at USC
  • Survey "best practices" at aspirant institutions
  • Develop mentoring models
  • Develop a mentoring implementation plan
  • Disseminate findings and plan to administration and faculty

Task Force Chair:
  • Christine Curtis (Senior Vice Provost)

Task Force Members:
  • James Augustine (Associate Professor, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience, SOM, and University Ombudsman)
  • Jim Chapman (Associate Professor, College of Pharmacy)
  • Cynthia Colbert (Professor and Chair, Art, Arts & Sciences)
  • Lacy Ford (Professor and Chair, History, Arts & Sciences)
  • Ed Frongillo (Professor and Chair, Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior, ASPH)
  • Charles Fugo (Professor, School of Music)
  • Samantha Hastings (Professor and Director, School of Library & Information Science)
  • Patrick Hickey (Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Nursing)
  • Pat Hubbard (Professor, School of Law)
  • Jamil Khan (Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Computing)
  • Brian Klaas (Professor and Chair, Management, Moore School of Business)
  • Heidi Mills (Professor, Instruction & Teacher Education, College of Education)
  • Harry Ploehn (Professor, Chemical Engineering, and Assoc Dean for Research, College of Engineering & Computing)
  • Ron Prinz (Professor, Psychology, Arts & Sciences)
  • David Shields (Professor, English, Arts & Sciences)
  • Terry Tirrito (Professor, College of Social Work)
  • Ercan Turk (Professor, School of Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management, HRSM)
  • Sally Woodin (Professor, Biological Sciences, Arts & Sciences)

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Health Insurance Initiative

Charge: The Health Insurance Initiative Group will be requested to review and evaluate our current health insurance coverage and make recommendations for changing the coverage to be more proactive and preventive.

Task Force Chair:
  • Christine Curtis (Senior Vice Provost)

Task Force Members:
  • Fred Astle (Clinical Associate Professor, College of Nursing)
  • Drucilla Barker (Professor, Anthropology, Professor and Director, Women's Studies, Arts & Sciences)
  • Beth Bilderback (Assistant Manuscripts Librarian, University Libraries)
  • Jeff Cargile (Director, HR Programs and Services)
  • Helen Doerpinghaus (Senior Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies)
  • Angela Liese (Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health)
  • Jan Probst (Associate Professor and Int. Chair, Health Service Policy and Management, ASPH)
  • Donna Richter (Professor, Health Promotion, Education, & Behavior, ASPH)
  • Julie Sease (Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy)
  • Faye Sudduth (Manager, HR Benefits)
  • Marja Warehime (Professor and Chair, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Arts & Sciences)

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