Dr. Kim Purdy is assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and dean of University College. University College is USC Upstate’s home for its academic support services and special academic programs, including the Student Success Centre, Honors Program, Centre for International Studies and others. Purdy earned her Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Queen’s University at Kingston in Canada. She has worked at USC Upstate since 1998.
Purdy was appointed chair of the Psychology Department in 2013 and her duties included budget management, recruitment of new students, transcript evaluation for transfer students, advising, graduation approvals, course scheduling, and staffing for psychology and Child Advocacy Studies.
Purdy is the recipient of several awards, including the Bank of America Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award in 2008, and the University of South Carolina Disability Advocate Award in 2003, and again in 2015 with her department.