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Center for Teaching Excellence

    Faculty and Staff

    The faculty and staff of the CTE pursue ongoing professional development in order 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.

    Faculty

    Augie Grant

    August (Augie) Grant, Director

    Augie Grant has been teaching at the university level since 1983. Grant earned his Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, and has spent the past three decades teaching, consulting, and researching emerging communication technologies and their application to business, education, and social institutions. Grant is best known as editor of Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, which he created in 1992. In addition to exploring new communication technologies, Grant's research explores media audience behavior, convergent journalism, radio and television broadcasting, and applications of network analysis to the study of media organizations and audiences. Grant is past chair of the University of South Carolina Faculty Senate and is past president of the Broadcast Education Association.

    Nate Carnes

    Nate Carnes, Associate Director

    Nate Carnes is the Associate 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 almost 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 UofSC 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 technology courses for the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management and Palmetto College. She is also Graduate Associate Faculty in the College of Education. Her research interests include: instructional design in online learning environments, online course accessibility, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), learning styles, and collaboration and engagement in online learning environments.

    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.

    Stephanie Milling

    Stephanie Milling, Faculty Mentor

    Stephanie Milling is a faculty mentor for the Center for Teaching Excellence. She is the Associate Chair and Undergraduate Director of the Department of Theatre and Dance, as well as the Interim Administrative Coordinator of the Dance Program and the Head of Dance Education. Originally from Texas, Dr. Milling left home at fourteen to attend the Walnut Hill School for the Performing and Visual Arts and graduated with honors in dance. Milling also completed her pre-professional training at prestigious programs such as the Boston Ballet School, the Houston Ballet Academy, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Canada. Since her performing career, she has taught in a wide variety of artistic and educational environments, including company classes for Dallas Black Dance Theatre I and II, several public schools within the New York City Department of Education, Texas Christian University, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of North Texas. She also served in the capacity of Assistant Dean for the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University prior to her appointment at the University of South Carolina.

    Raymond Thompson

    Raymond Thompson, Faculty Mentor

    Raymond (Ray) W. Thompson facilitates FLIP, Focus on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy, a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. Thompson is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the Undergraduate Director in the Department of Exercise Science. He has taught large-enrollment courses for over 10 years and currently employs evidence-based instructional practices (formative assessments, peer to peer feedback, one-minute paper) in his Anatomy and Physiology I and II courses to supplement traditional lectures.  Trained initially as an exercise physiologist and later trained in cell biology, Thompson draws from a broad back ground which helps convey concepts in the classroom. His research interests involve helping undergraduate and graduate students explore risks and prevalence of orthopedic injuries in non-contact athletic scenarios and determining methods to prevent future injury.

    Instructional Design Team

    Lydia Frass

    Lydia Frass, Senior Instructional Designer

    Lydia Frass is an Instructional Designer in the USC Center for Teaching Excellence. She is currently working with faculty in online course design and development and quality assurance reviews. In addition, she is facilitating our Instructional Designer's Community of Practice. Lydia holds a PhD in Adult Education and MPH from The University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining CTE, she coordinated the South Carolina Public Health Training Center which provided professional development opportunities for current and future public health practitioners. 

    Gloria Washington

    Gloria Washington, Instructional Designer

    Gloria Washington is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence with 21 years of experience in higher education at the University of South Carolina. 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. Prior to coming to CTE, she worked in Teaching and Technology Services and as a Technology Director for the Ted Mimms Foreign Language Learning Center. She serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is an At-Large Board Member for 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.”

    Casey Carroll

    Casey Carroll, Instructional Designer

    Casey Carroll is an instructional designer with the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC. Casey 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. In addition, he facilitates our Instructional Design Community of Practice. Prior to joining CTE, Casey 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. Casey holds a master’s degree in linguistics from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. He also holds the Associate Professional in Talent Development credential from the Association for Talent Development.

    Staff

    Xavery Hopkins

    Xavery Hopkins, Program Manager

    Xavery Hopkins is the Program Manager of Operations and Faculty Events for the Center for Teaching Excellence.  She is responsible for providing advanced direction and planning of programs and services for the CTE.  Xavery has over 15-years of experience leading and facilitating special projects.  She coordinates the work of CTE staff to implement programs and services for University faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants.  Xavery is responsible for all matters related to day-to-day management, workflow, processes and business operations of CTE.  She is also responsible for identifying and initiating partnerships with other units, and with individuals to support faculty development, providing leadership and support for initiatives that promote faculty collaborations, drives strategic initiatives and manages special programs for the CTE.  

    Xavery earned a Master's degree of Public Health from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Winthrop University, and is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School of UNC Chapel Hill's Executive Management Program.

    Michelle Hardee

    Michelle Hardee, Program Manager

    Michelle Hardee is the Program Manager for all graduate student Teaching Assistant training at the University. Michelle 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. Michelle 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, Michelle teaches the Honors section of the Marine Science Program’s Oceans and Society course every semester.

    Helena Johnson

    Helena Johnson, Web and Multimedia Developer

    Helena 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, Helena began her career in corporate communications. Prior to joining CTE she worked for creative and production companies as producer and writer. 

    Laurie Sambenedetto

    Laurie Sambenedetto, Administrative Coordinator  

    Laurie Sambenedetto is the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence. She serves as the human resources liaison, budget coordinator, and the hiring manager. Her position additionally coordinates the CTE’s general administrative activities, manages data collection, maintains databases regarding CTE events and activities, and assists in the preparation of reports and other informational documents. Laurie joined the CTE in the summer of 2017. 


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