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UofSC recognizes 2022 faculty award winners

The University of South Carolina recognized 24 faculty and staff as its 2022 faculty award recipients. These individuals all shared a common commitment to excellence across teaching, research, mentorship and service.

Sustained excellence leads Twiss to SEC Faculty Achievement Award

Since the early 1990s, Twiss has been at the forefront of the molecular neurobiology field. His excellence across research, teaching and mentorship has now led to him being named the 2022 SEC Faculty Achievement Award recipient for the University of South Carolina.

Weldon named dean of Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education

Tracey Weldon has been named dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education at the University of South Carolina, effective May 1, after serving in the interim role for more than a year.

UofSC announces new hires to lead academic and research efforts

The University of South Carolina announced two key leadership hires for its Columbia campus on Thursday (April 14), selecting the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health Dean Donna K. Arnett as new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, and South Carolina health researcher Julius Fridriksson as the school’s vice president for research.

US News rankings: UofSC tops in International MBA, med school grads in underserved areas

The University of South Carolina’s international business program retained its spot as the best in the country, while the School of Medicine Columbia remained the best school for graduates practicing in underserved areas, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate School rankings.

Mental health task force will improve access to and awareness of mental health resources at UofSC

Through a mental health task force that began in November, the Office of the Provost is seeking to improve mental health and wellness support for students, faculty and staff through a two-pronged approach centered on building awareness of existing resources and making a financial request for more.

Supporting our campus community in a time of international conflict

As the nation and the world watch the horrible images of the war in Ukraine, please know that the University of South Carolina is supporting members of our community who may be impacted by the tragedy unfolding now, and in the weeks ahead.

Armen Shaomian is keen on being Preston's new faculty principal

It’s not just the students who are excited about moving into Preston for fall 2022. Sport and entertainment management professor Armen Shaomian — the residential college’s new faculty principal — is also eager to meet his future neighbors.

UofSC to offer SHRM courses, help human resource professionals across South Carolina

Beginning this spring, UofSC will host a SHRM Essentials Course that provides an introductory overview of HR topics and fundamental issues in HR to help early-career professionals. It will also host a SHRM Certificate Course that will provide mid- to late-career HR professionals with a four-week educational experience.

Samuels named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

The University of South Carolina has named Joel H. Samuels as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, effective Feb. 16. Samuels, a longtime law professor at the university, has served as interim dean of the college since January 2021. Over the past year, he has worked on numerous initiatives to advance the college.

Preparing all health science students for the professional world that awaits

The university’s interprofessional education program allows future social workers, pharmacists, nurses, doctors and others to step outside their educational siloes and engage their future colleagues in meaningful conversation.

MTC and UofSC formalize direct transfer tracks

It is now easier for students to transfer from Midlands Technical College to the University of South Carolina.

Developing leaders from within

At the University of South Carolina, the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program has become integral to developing leaders from within its faculty ranks. Since 2008, this program has ensured that budding faculty leaders are provided the developmental skills needed to one day be successful administrative leaders at the university.

New fellowship provides underrepresented South Carolinians a path to graduate education

The University of South Carolina has started a fellowship aimed at increasing diversity in its graduate school ranks. Through partnerships with historically black colleges and universities across the state, the Rising Star Fellowship will remove financial barriers for underrepresented students interested in continuing their education.

Beyond the classroom learning opportunities grow for UofSC's Students

The Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning is rolling out four grants focused on increasing experiential learning opportunities for South Carolina students. These grants will work to tie what students are learning in class to what’s happening in the larger world around them, and strengthen their connection to the larger campus community.

Emerging Scholars Workshop prepares underrepresented SEC students for next step in their careers

By hosting its first Emerging Scholars workshop Sept. 29-30, the SEC provided professional development and networking opportunities to 140 underrepresented doctoral and post-doctoral students. It also hoped to recruit these students by showing them just how excellent it is to be a faculty member in the SEC.

New aerospace engineering program satisfying major need in South Carolina

In May 2021, the University of South Carolina graduated the state’s first ever class of aerospace engineers. These students are the product of years of behind-the-scenes...

'Taste the State' reconnects South Carolinians with ancestors’ ingredients, recipes

For 20 years, Distinguished Professor David Shields has been working to bring Southern cooking back to its roots. His new book, co-authored with Kevin Mitchell, touts the richness of South Carolina...

Building a community of learning in the International House at Maxcy College

There’s no denying that college is a time of great change. For the students living on-campus in the International House at Maxcy College, the change is especially pronounced: Not only are they adap...

Tara Westover to discuss her best-selling memoir, 'Educated', at Koger Center

On Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., No. 1 New York Times best-selling author Tara Westover will participate in an interview-style speaking engagement at the Koger Center of Arts where she will discuss her tumultuous journey to obtain an education.

A note from the Provost: First day of class guidance for faculty and staff

Interim Provost Cutler had a message for faculty as they prepare for the first day of classes in the fall 2021 semester. He shares pertinent details relating to COVID-19 guidelines, and provided thoughts on sharing this information with students.

How UofSC alumna Brooke Daniels found her passion

Brooke Daniels realized her passion while designing a new cover illustration for Tara Westover’s Educated. Now, as thousands of incoming UofSC freshmen read the book through the university’s 2021 First Year Reading Experience, she hopes it provides them guidance in navigating their next four years.

UofSC academic advising recognized nationally for its excellence

Academic advising at South Carolina has undergone a complete makeover. And the university’s students are feeling the benefits of its overhauled advising system, which was recognized recently with a national award from the National Academic Advising Association.

Sease named interim dean of College of Pharmacy

Julie Sease has been selected as the interim dean of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, effective July 1. She succeeds Stephen Cutler, who was announced as South Carolina’s interim provost.

Browne named interim dean of UofSC College of Social Work

Teri Browne has been named interim dean of the College of Social Work, effective Aug. 1. She succeeds Ronald Pitner, who has served as interim dean since April 2020.


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