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Center for Teaching Excellence

    Faculty and Staff

    The faculty and staff of the CTE pursue ongoing professional development to stay abreast of current trends in higher education and specific CTE programming areas. Individual staff members seek out research and publication opportunities in their areas of expertise, in order to contribute to new knowledge and establish CTE as statewide and national leader in the field.


    Nate Carnes

    Nate Carnes, Interim Director

    Nate Carnes is the Interim Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition to three education degrees and a permanent Ohio teaching certificate, he earned his Ph.D. in Education Administration with an emphasis in science education at Miami University (OH). His teaching performances, that span more than 40 years, have resulted in awards and citations of teaching excellence at the University of South Carolina, state, regional and international levels. Among these citations, he is the recipient of the prestigious 2007 ASTE Science Teacher Educator of the Year, a recognition of international distinction; South Carolina Association for Middle-Level Education 2018 Jennifer L. Wilson Teaching Excellence; and the College of Education 2011 Lee Maidment Spirit of Service awards. His scholarly activities explore pedagogical issues and innovations within and beyond science education.

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    Aisha Haynes, Assistant Director

    Aisha Haynes is the Assistant Director at the USC Center for Teaching Excellence. She oversees the CTE’s Instructional Design team. Haynes is a certified Quality Matters Peer and Master Reviewer and has earned Online Teaching certifications from the Online Learning Consortium. She teaches an online Computer Applications in Business course for Palmetto College. Her research interests include: instructional design in online learning environments, online course accessibility, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and collaboration and engagement in online learning environments.  Haynes is active on state and national committees related to instructional design, online learning, and accessibility. 

    Karen Edwards

    Karen Edwards, Faculty Mentor

    Karen Edwards is a senior instructor in the Department of Retailing, where she teaches retail- and law-related courses in both online and face-to-face formats. Edwards is certified by Quality Matters to review and assess the quality of online courses offered by higher education institutions. She earned her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. She is a frequent presenter and past Associate Director for Distributed Learning Pedagogy at USC's Center for Teaching Excellence. Edwards is a faculty mentor for the Center for Teaching Excellence.

    Nicole Hair

    Nicole Hair, Faculty Leader

    Nicole Hair is the leader of the Coordinators and Instructors of Large Undergraduate Courses  Community of Practice (CILUC CoP). Hair is an Assistant Professor in the department of Health Services Policy and Management ath the Arnold School of Public Health. She is an economist whose research focuses on understanding the relationships between poverty, health, and human capital. She has written about the influence of early environments on children’s neurobiology. Her current research examines socioeconomic differences in childhood health and access to health care, programs to improve childhood vaccination coverage, and the potential for public health intervention to promote more equal opportunity for disadvantaged children.

    Charles Andy Schumpert

    Charles Andy Schumpert, Faculty Leader

    Charles Andy Schumpert oversees the Virtual Environments initiative at the Center for Teaching Excellence. Schumpert began his career at USC as a graduate student in 2011 and fell in love with teaching! After graduating with his Doctorate in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, Schumpert was hired as an instructional faculty member for the Department of Biological Sciences. Since then Schumpert has coordinated over 300 sections of laboratory courses and been involved in the education of over 6,000 students. He was awarded the Garnet Apple award for teaching innovation in 2020 for his work with 360° degree video, active learning strategies, and implementation of Universal Design for Learning. He's passionate about creating an equitable classroom that's inclusive and welcoming for all students.

    Instructional Design Team

    Casey Carroll

    Casey Carroll, Instructional Designer

    Casey Carroll is an instructional designer with the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC. Carroll works with all who teach to support the creation of innovative and accessible courses and the continued development of teaching skills. He also works with instructors teaching online to help with course design and learning technologies. Prior to joining CTE, Carroll designed curriculum for professional training and leadership development. He has also taught First-Year English and English as a Second Language at the University of South Carolina. Carroll holds a master’s degree in linguistics from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. 

    Kimberly Pavlik

    Kimberly Pavlik, Instructional Designer

    Kimberly Pavlik is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence with more than 16 years of experience in higher education. She has held various positions ranging from Adjunct Professor/Professor (on-line and on-ground) to Director/Program Manager. She holds a Doctor of Criminal Justice, post-graduate certificate in Public Policy-Strategic Planning, and has a Master in Higher Education. She is an Academic Program reviewer, grant/proposal reviewer for various agencies, as well as a manuscript reviewer for various Higher Ed mainstream publishers. Pavlik has presented at conferences to include Beijing, China. She is an Ambassador for Shared Hope International, as well as an active member of the KY Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. Kimberly holds membership in organizations that include the Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) and the International Association for Identification (IAI). She is also a Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Reviewer, certified Total Quality Management Professional, certified Corporate Trainer, and is an active member of Quality Matters and other related organizations.

    Gloria Washington

    Gloria Washington, Instructional Designer

    Gloria Washington is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence with 24 years of experience in higher education at the University of South Carolina. She serves as a co-chair for the Provost Advisory Committee for Women Initiatives (PACWI). She is a Blackboard Certified Trainer and a Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Reviewer. Washington completed the Quality Matters’ Applying the QM Rubric and Higher Education Peer Reviewer courses. Before coming to CTE, she worked in Teaching and Technology Services and as a Technology Director for the Ted Mimms Foreign Language Learning Center. Washington serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is the President of the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL). Washington also authors the blog, Pedagogy Before Technology. She holds a Doctor of Education, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Master of Business Administration. Her expertise is in the pedagogical use of technology to support teaching and learning. Her instructional design philosophy is “pedagogy first, technology second.”


    Kimberly Siebels

    Kimberly Seibles, Program Manager

    Kimberly Seibles is the Program Manager for Operations and Faculty Events. Seibles is responsible for planning CTE professional development events and programs for faculty, instructors, and graduate teaching assistants, including the Schools of Medicine (Columbia and Greenville) and Palmetto College. Seibles holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of South Carolina, a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Columbia College, and a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of South Carolina- Aiken.

    Michelle Hardee

    Michelle Hardee, Program Manager

    Michelle Hardee is the Program Manager for all graduate student Teaching Assistant training at the University. Hardee is responsible for developing the CTE’s graduate TA/IA training seminars, developing and teaching the GRAD 701 Teaching Assistant Development course required of all new TA/IAs, and helping students progress through the Preparing Future Faculty Program. She regularly coordinates with the Graduate School and other university academic partners on graduate student professional development workshops and events. Hardee received her B.S. in Zoology at Texas A&M in 1995, an M.S. in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston’s Grice Marine Laboratory, and her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, Hardee teaches the Honors section of the Marine Science Program’s Oceans and Society course every semester.

    Michelle Hardee Curriculum Vitae

    Helena Johnson

    Helena Johnson, Web and Multimedia Developer

    Helena Johnson is CTE's Web and Multimedia Developer. She is responsible for developing, editing, and delivering information about the Center's programs and services through Internet-based communications, multimedia, and print. With degrees in Media Arts and Computer Programming, Johnson began her career in corporate communications. Prior to joining CTE, she worked for creative and production companies as a producer and writer. 

    Sharon Flenniken

    Sharon Flenniken, Administrative Coordinator  

    Sharon Flenniken is the Administrative Coordinator for the Center of Teaching Excellence. She is coordinates the general administrative activities for CTE. She is responsible for maintaining the databases regarding CTE events, activities and assist in preparation of reports and other informational documentation. She also serves as the hiring manager and Human Resources liaison for CTE and, in coordination with the Director, manages and monitors the CTE budget.

    Prior to joining the University of South Carolina and CTE, Flenniken earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and her Master’s in Business Administration degrees from Southern Wesleyan University. She has 13 years of experience in Accounting, Financial Reporting and Office Administration. 

    Joyous Davis

    Joyous Davis, Program Assistant  

    Joyous Davis is the Program Assistant for the Center for Teaching Excellence.   She is the initial contact for CTE clientele. She provides general information for phone, walk-in, and email queries. As CTE's behind-the-scenes administrative support person, she helps with the planning, purchasing, scheduling, attendance, set-up, take-down, and evaluation of all sessions and events planned at the Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition, Davis is a nurturing soul and enjoys being a help in any way that she can.

    Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from North Greenville University.  She has over a decade of experience as an administrative assistant. She recently moved back to South Carolina from Oklahoma where she worked as an office manager and closing coordinator for The Wright Team Real Estate in Lawton, OK. 

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