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Valinda W. Littlefield, Ph.D.

Title: Director of Community Engagement and Service Learning
Department: Office of the Provost
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Phone: 803-777-5195
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The Director of Community Engagement and Service Learning is Valinda W. Littlefield, Ph.D. She is responsible for improving the structure and capacity for community engagement and service-learning across the university in coordination with the offices of Undergraduate Studies, USC Connect, the Center for Teaching Excellence  and the Leadership and Service Center.

She received a B.A. in History and a B.A. in political science from North Carolina Central University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. Littlefield specializes in late nineteenth and twentieth century African American History. Her current research focuses on African American rural southern women schoolteachers during the Jim Crow era. 

Littlefield has provided leadership in a wide variety of committee roles at USC as well as community service.  She served as co-chair of the UofSC 50th Anniversary Desegregation Commemoration Committee. She has been involved in several large oral history projects since coming to South Carolina, including Gadsden and Georgetown. Littlefield serves or has served on the boards of the S.C. Historical Society, S.C. State Museum Foundation, the South Carolina Academy of Authors, One Columbia and the S.C. Council for African American Studies.

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