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2023 PC Faculty Award Winners

Palmetto College is proud to announce the receipents of the 2023 Faculty Awards for the
John J. Duffy Excellence in Teaching Award, Chris P. Plyler Excellence in Service Award, and the Denise R. Shaw Excellence in Scholarship Award.

 John. J Duffy Excellence in Teaching Award: Dana Lawrence

Dana LawrenceDana Lawrence, an associate professor of English at USC Lancaster, is committed to excellence through her innovative approach to course design. With attention to detail, she crafts dynamic and continually evolving courses that offer unique and enriching experiences for her students. By viewing writing as a process rather than a mere product, Lawrence incorporates scaffolded assignments, multiple drafts, and pre-writing exercises, guiding her students along a path to academic growth. In addition, she integrates multimodal assignments to foster student creativity and deepen their engagement with the course material.

Encouraging true student growth without the fixation on a single grade, Lawrence implements holistic grading and specifications/contract grading. To promote effective revision and student accountability, she emphasizes self-review over mandatory peer review. Additionally, she provides regular practice and feedback on low-stakes assignments to identify student struggles early on. Beyond her role as an educator, Lawrence serves as an active mentor and guide to her students. She facilitates independent research projects, has accompanied a student to present their work at the Children's Literature Association Conference, and has also assisted in expanding their paper for journal submission. Lawrence's commitment to excellence extends beyond the classroom, as she effectively integrates scholarship and teaching by presenting research, inspired by course materials and themes, at academic conferences. Furthermore, she is committed to continuous professional development, participating in metacognition-focused workshops to enhance teaching strategies and improve student learning outcomes.

Chris P. Plyler Excellence in Service Award: Dr. David Dangerfield

David DangerfieldAn associate professor of History at USC Salkehatchie, David Dangerfield’s work spans all four areas of service.  His contributions to his campus include serving as Chair of the Recruiting Committee, effectively engaging faculty in building community visibility, and organizing faculty involvement in press releases and recruiting events. Additionally, Dangerfield’s leadership as an informal chair and organizer for the Dean’s Advisory Council meetings has been invaluable. He has made significant contributions to various campus committees, including Academic Appeals and Petitions, Tenure and Promotion, and Faculty Organization Award citations.

At the system level, Dangerfield has promoted faculty interests while serving on the Palmetto College Faculty Senate Executive Committee, and, as Secretary, has actively engaged in meetings and prepared thorough meeting minutes. Representing USC Salkehatchie on the Palmetto College Provost's Academic Advisory Committee, he has been a strong advocate for faculty and student concerns relating to tenure, promotion, and research. His involvement in the GHS Carolina Core Specialty Team has been extremely valuable, as he has collaborated on course assessment instruments and processes in preparation for the SACS accreditation review. Dangerfield has also served on grant review committees for the USC Vice President for Research EXCEL Grant program, contributing to the rigorous evaluation and selection process.
In his community, Dangerfield has engaged in public-facing scholarship through public lectures, community forums, and historical society talks, all in efforts to enhance community outreach initiatives. He has generously devoted his time and expertise while providing volunteer consulting services for local organizations such as the South Carolina State Museum and the Allendale County SC250 Committee, supporting historical research and interpretation endeavors. Furthermore, he has actively participated in citizen advisory committees for the City of Barnwell, providing input on the distribution of federal funds and community development projects. He has also moderated public forums for the South Carolina Humanities Council's "Just Sharing" series, fostering dialogue and engagement within the community.

Dangerfield’s professional service is equally impressive, serving as a book review editor for H-SC and making significant contributions to scholarly discourse within the academic community. In addition, his involvement with the EC Foundation Board of Directors has played a crucial role in supporting higher education initiatives and fostering alumni community engagement.

Denise R. Shaw Excellence in Scholarship Award: Dr. Justin Mogliski

Justin MogilskiJustin Mogliski, an associate professor of Psychology at USC Salkehatchie, has demonstrated a record of outstanding scholarship. Through his establishment of an innovative research program focusing on evolutionary influences on intimate relationships, he has delved into the intricate dynamics of human connection. His exploration spans various aspects, from conflict resolution to moral decision-making, shedding light on individual differences in relationship behaviors. One of Mogilski’s most significant achievements lies in his development and validation of the Multi-Partner Relationship Maintenance Scale (MRMS). This groundbreaking, comprehensive psychometric inventory was developed in partnership with an international team of sexuality and relationship scholars. Mogilski has also developed an online experimental diary study aimed at longitudinally assessing the impact of educational interventions based on MRMS practices on relationship functioning. This endeavor seeks to establish evidence for causality.

Furthermore, his scholarly output is nothing short of impressive, with eight manuscripts published in high-impact psychological journals and handbooks within the last three years, such as Evolution and Human Behavior and Frontiers in Psychology. Such publications, cited 889 times, have an h-index of 15, which places him in the top 1% of psychology faculty. In addition, his dedication to scholarly work is evident by the acquisition of seven competitive grants, including an ASPIRE-I: Innovation grant, and his submission of two NSF CAREER grants to further advance the boundaries of evolutionary psychology.

Mogilski’s extraordinary scholarship has not gone unnoticed. He received the Breakthrough Star Award from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research for his significant contributions to the field. Beyond academia, Mogilski's influence extends globally, with features through news outlets, podcasts, and invited talks at prestigious institutions and conferences worldwide, including HBES and NEEPS. He has also co-edited "The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Romantic Relationships" with Dr. Todd Shackelford, which offers a comprehensive resource for researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates. Mogilski's impact extends beyond his own research, as evidenced by his mentorship of four research assistants who have embarked on their own scholarly journeys. Through his guidance and support, each has received funding to support their research endeavors, including a Magellan Scholar Award, three USC Magellan Mini-grants, and a USC PURE grant.

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