Meet Our Faculty at USC Upstate

Meet Our Faculty

Our faculty are committed to innovative teaching, significant scholarship, and the creation and maintenance of a collegial community.  If you have any questions, please stop by to see us in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center (HPAC), Room 222, or call us at 864-503-5688.

Full-Time Faculty

Full-Time Faculty in English and Writing, World Languages, Film, Global Studies, and African American Studies


Dr. George H. Williams, Chair

Associate Professor of English | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: 18th Century British Literature and Culture, History of the Book, Digital Technologies, Digital Humanities, Disability Studies. 


Gabrielle Drake, Assistant Chair for World Languages

Senior Instructor of Spanish | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Spanish Language and Spanish for Specific Purposes, Spanish for Criminal Justice


Brock Adams

Senior Instructor of English, Director of the Writing Center | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Flash Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic Fiction


Meggan Burton

Senior Instructor of Spanish |  Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Spanish, Spanish for Business, Language Acquisition through Video


Dr. Catherine Canino

Professor of English, Honors Program Coordinator | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Shakespeare, Elizabethan England, Shakespeare and Film


Dr. June Carter

Professor of Spanish and Director of the Reflections Workshop for Language Instructors | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Spanish Language and Literature, Latin American Literature and Culture, Spanish and Social Justice, K-16 Language Learning


Dr. Peter Caster

Professor of English | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Film Studies, Disney, Masculinity Studies, Prison Studies, Cultural Studies


Dr. David Coberly

Assistant Professor of Spanish | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Spanish Language and Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Language Learning Assessment


Maria Francisco Monteso

Senior Instructor of Spanish | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Spanish Language, Translation and Interpreting, Spanish in the Community and the Professions, Study Abroad to Spain


Dr. Esther Godfrey

Professor of English and Director of the First-Year Writing Program | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Victorian Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, Women's Literature


Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

Associate Professor of Modern Languages | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: French Language and Literature, Existentialism, Immigration, Francophone Africa, the Global South


Dr. Beth Keefauver

Senior Instructor of English | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Composition, Creative, and Professional Writing, Women's and Gender Studies, Environmental Literature


Dr. Celena E. Kusch

Professor of English
Executive Director, Center for Academic Innovation and Faculty Support | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Modernism, Postmodernism, Postcolonial Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Literary Theory


Dr. Alexander Lorenz

Assistant Professor of German, Internship Coordinator | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: German Language and Literature, German for the Professions, German Language Acquisition, German and STEM, Translation Studies


Dr. David Marlow

Professor of English
Director of the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Linguistics, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Dialect Diversity, Service Learning, Study Abroad in Nicaragua


Dr. Thomas McConnell

Professor of English | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Creative Writing, Novel, Long Story, Autobiography and Memoir, Contemporary Literature


Dr. Richard Murphy

Associate Professor of English | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Irish Literature, Postcolonial Literature


Dr. Colleen O'Brien

Professor of English | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: American Literature, African American Literature and African American Studies, Women's and Gender Studies


Dr. Shannon Polchow

Professor of Spanish | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Spanish Language and Literature, Golden Age Spain, Study Abroad in Spain and Costa Rica


 

Wayne Robbins

Senior Instructor of English | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Composition, Creative, and Professional Writing, Song Writing


Dr. Monika Shehi Herr

Associate Professor of English | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Rhetoric and Composition, Discourse Analysis, Intercultural Studies in Composition


Tasha Thomas

Senior Instructor of English, Director of the Spartanburg Writing Project | Contact Email icon
Teaching and Research Areas: Composition and Creative Writing, English Education, Young Adult Literature, Teaching with Technology, Digital Storytelling


Part-Time Faculty

Part-Time Faculty in English, Film and World Languages