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Better Futures is an evidence-based approach providing high school students in foster care with skills and experience to support the identification and achievement of post-secondary education goals. The program has 2 positions open for post-secondary students to serve as coaches working with youth in foster care. The position may be filled by qualified graduate students. 

Start Date: 

February 2024

Primary role activities:
  • Provide one-to-one coaching for 4-6 high school students in foster care twice a month
  • Support the delivery of quarterly youth skills workshops
  • Complete paperwork and individual supervision related to coaching each youth 
  • Participate in regular team planning and skill-building meetings
  • Support the delivery of an intensive 2-night/3-day on-campus Summer Institute for youth, if applicable 
  • Graduate students who are enrolled at the University of South Carolina and will stay at USC for at least one more year. Experience with other types of higher education programs, such as community college or vocational school, is desired but not required.
  • Have a positive perspective regarding the value of postsecondary education and the potential of young people with foster care experience to successfully participate in postsecondary education.
  • Enjoy and have volunteer or work experience, or a desire to gain such experience, working with adolescents involved in systems like child welfare.
  • Have interest in supporting the capacities of young people to work towards and achieve their goals around higher education.
  • Strong organizational skills are required and a somewhat flexible schedule is preferred (to better allow for the coach to accommodate the youths’ schedule).
  • Have a driver’s license, access to a car and able to coach youth in the community and take them on outings (you will be reimbursed you for mileage).
  • Applicants with personal lived experience of involvement in foster care or similar service systems (e.g., mental health, housing and houselessness, justice systems) are encouraged to apply, and lived experience may be considered in lieu of some work experience. First-generation college students and students of color are also encouraged to apply.
To apply: 

Please send your application materials to Dr. Yanfeng Xu (

  The application package needs to include

  • A resume
  • A one-paragraph response to each of the following questions:
    1. Why do you feel you are a strong candidate for this position?
    2. What do you enjoy about working with teenagers?
    3. What are your ideas for how best to support youth in foster care experiencing personal challenges as they think about and prepare for college or other higher education opportunities?
Posted 2/19/2024

The 68th Annual Science and Engineering Fair will take place on March 8, 2024 at the Carolina Coliseum on the campus of the University of South Carolina – Columbia.  

You are invited to serve as a judge of South Carolina students’ projects at the Science and Engineering Fair.

The Science and Engineering Fair is a powerful platform that showcases STEM projects completed by South Carolina students in 4th through 12th grades.  The Science and Engineering Fair helps students develop a profound love for science, display their hard work and receive feedback that will help them grow as future STEM professionals.  

The Science and Engineering Fair will include four project evaluation sessions:

  • Junior (4th – 8th grade) Judging     9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Junior (4th – 8th grade) Finalist Judging     12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Senior (9th – 12th grade) Judging     12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Senior (9th – 12th grade) Finalist Judging     4:00 pm – 6:30 pm

While expertise in all STEM disciplines is welcome, we currently have over 65 students who have entered a project in the Biology category!

We want to make sure each project gets the consideration and feedback that it deserves.  If you are able to serve as a judge for projects in the Biology category, or any other category, please complete the Judge Interest Form to select the time(s) you are available and the student grade level(s) you prefer to evaluate.  

Lunch will be provided to judges!  Additional information about lunch options will be sent closer to the Fair.  Judges will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation and will be recognized for their valuable contributions to the Science and Engineering Fair and the students participating.  A letter documenting time volunteered can be provided after the Fair if requested.  And please forward this email and information to colleagues, graduate students and anyone else you know who might be interested in serving as a judge. 

If you have served as a Science and Engineering Fair judge in the past, please know that some small but important changes will be happening for this year that will allow the SEF to run more efficiently and provide more feedback to students about their projects.  If you have any questions or need any further information, please email Georgina Anderson, Director of the Science and Engineering Fair, at  Thank you in advance for your consideration and service to the Science and Engineering Fair. 

Posted  2/15/2024

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) provides professional development, pedagogical, and instructional design support for all who teach at USC. CTE seeks a part-time graduate student to provide instructional design support for the University’s transition from Blackboard Learn Original Course View to Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View (UCV). This is a 20 hour per week temporary hire position, $15/hr, from March 2024 – May 2025. No tuition assistance or benefits will be provided.

The Instructional Design Assistant will:
  1. Collaborate with the instructional design team and eLearning consultants (the Blackboard UCV transition team) to assist in the creation of resources for the UCV transition website.
  2. Contribute to the development of multimedia content, tutorials, and documentation to facilitate faculty understanding of UCV features.
  3. Support the UCV transition team in providing assistance to individual faculty members and groups during the UCV transition.
  4. Assist in conducting one-on-one consultation sessions (in person and virtual) with faculty members to address questions and concerns related to UCV.
  5. Attend Blackboard Days (training sessions) to provide on-site support and assistance to faculty during the open lab sessions.
  6. Assist with guidance and troubleshooting to ensure a smooth transition to UCV for Blackboard Day attendees.
  7. Assist in the organization and facilitation of professional development sessions on UCV.
  8. Assist in customizing training sessions based on faculty needs and levels of familiarity with the UCV platform.
  9. Attend UCV implementation team meetings and contribute insights from a student perspective.
  10. Collaborate with team members to provide support in instructional design aspects of the UCV implementation process.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Current enrollment in a graduate program related to Instructional Design, Educational Technology, or a similar field.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills for effective collaboration.
  • Familiarity with instructional design principles and an interest in educational technology.
  • Basic understanding of Blackboard Learn Ultra Course View (UCV).

To apply, please submit the following information no later than February 28, via email to Aisha Haynes (

  1. Letter of Interest
  2. Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  3.  Names and contact information for two references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Questions and Contact Information

Aisha Haynes, EdD | Assistant Director
Center for Teaching Excellence | University of South Carolina

Posted  2/15/2024

University 101 is accepting applications for new instructors for fall 2024. Prospective instructors should submit the new instructor application, along with a cover letter and resume. 

  • master's degree or higher from an accredited institution (official transcript required)
  • status as a full-time university employee, retiree of USC Columbia, or Ph.D. student
  • completion of the Teaching Experience Workshop
  • approval by the instructor's supervisor or department chair
  • approval by the director of University 101 Programs
  • participate in regular professional development opportunities offered by University 101 Programs
Application Process

  Visit the University 101 Programs web page for full application instructions.


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