About Us

Dr. June C.D.Carter - Director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Dr. June C.D.Carter
Director of Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 


Dr. Carter earned her PhD and MA in Romance Languages and Literature at the University of Washington, Seattle, and BA in Spanish and Secondary Education from Clark Atlanta University.

She has served as president of the Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT), the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers Association (SCFLTA), the South Carolina chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (SCAATSP), and the chair of the South Carolina Council on Language (SCCOL).

Lynda Davis - Administrative Assistant

Lynda Davis
Administrative Assistant 


Lynda's responsibilities include a variety of administrative, clerical and budgetary support services for CETL, video-recording and editing, plus many other duties. She provides support and assistance to CETL programs and its mission.

Lynda graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Microbiology and then the Medical College of Georgia with a BS in Medical Technology. Academic and supervisory pursuits led to positions of Assistant Supervisor and Clinical Instructor in Hematology in two large hospital laboratories. After leaving the hospital setting, Lynda continued her community volunteer service and assumed leadership roles with several local and state nonprofit organizations. Prior to coming to USC Upstate, she worked in Distance Education at Spartanburg Community College and taught for 10 years as a substitute teacher in the district’s schools. Lynda’s interest in technology and higher education led to her current position.

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 
800 University Way 
Media Building, Room 248 & 248B  
Spartanburg, SC 29303 


Our Partners

Cindy Jennings - Director of Learning Technologies Cindy Jennings
Director of Learning Technologies
Associate Professor

The Department of Learning Technology serves to support and guide thoughtful selection, instructional design for and mindful use of technology to enhance the learning environment by creating and sustaining innovative and interactive programs to support excellence in teaching and learning and student engagement. We provide a regular program of face-to-face and online development opportunities and we are available for individual and group consultations and instruction for faculty, staff and students.

  • ADN – Georgia Southwestern College, 1976
  • BSN – Georgia Southwestern College, 1978
  • MSN –University of Alabama Birmingham, 1979
  • Post-master’s Certificate, Nursing Informatics – Duquesne University, 2000
  • Currently enrolled – MEd Tech – University of South Carolina (Masters in Educational Technology)

Dr. David McCurry - Director of the Office of Distance Education Dr. David McCurry
Director of the Office of Distance Education 
Academic Affairs

The Office of Distance Education partners with CETL and provides guidance and support to USC Upstate’s academic community on the quality, policies, compliance and enrollment for online learning. Also partnering with Learning Technologies, Dr. McCurry participates in faculty training and development as well as online course and program review. Distance Education monitors state authorization, accessibility and accreditation issues related to online learning. Dr. McCurry has been active in the field of Educational Media and Technology since 1973 through community access cable television, educational film and radio broadcasting, distance learning in international development, teaching materials development and textbook production and development in Africa. David has worked overseas in Africa since 1980 as a Peace Corps volunteer, Fulbright Lecturer and USAID contractor and has lived in the countries of The Gambia, Malawi and Namibia for a total of nine years. He is married with three adult boys and lives in Greenville.

  • BA – University of California Santa Cruz, 1980
  • MEd – University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1987
  • EdD – University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1995
  • MFA – Goddard College, 2010

Susannah Waldrop - Director of the Student Success Center Susannah Waldrop
Director of the Student Success Center

The Student Success Center strives to help students succeed in their studies, graduate from USC Upstate in a timely manner, and begin a career or graduate study.  The Center is divided into four main areas: Academic Support, Advising Services, Career Services, and Opportunity Network.  Susannah Waldrop has been with USC Upstate since 1999 and has worked with the Student Success Center since 2008.  She has experience with advising, academic support, the First-Year Experience, peer mentor programs, and administration. She is currently enrolled at USC in a doctoral program in Educational Administration with an emphasis in higher education. She is married with two sons and lives in Campobello.

  • BS- Clemson University, 1990
  • MS-Clemson University, 1996
  • PhD- University of South Carolina, currently enrolled

Dr. David Marlow Linguistics Professor

Dr. David Marlow
Professor of Linguistics and English 
Director of the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement

Dr. David Marlow is a professor of linguistics and English as a second language at the University of South Carolina Upstate. He holds a Ph.D. in English: applied linguistics, a Master of Arts in applied linguistics and teaching English to speakers of other languages, and a Master of Science in information science. He has taught ESOL in China, Japan, Nicaragua, and the United States. Dr. Marlow seeks to enhance the understanding of linguistic diversity and encourage informed approaches to speakers of non-standard dialects, both international and domestic, though education, community outreach, and academic research. On the international level, Dr. Marlow is involved in ongoing teacher training and research in Nicaragua, and serves on the Board of Directors for 516NOW, a faith-based international humanitarian service.