Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate at USC Upstate, created by direction of the university faculty to act by and for that body, is endowed with all the powers and responsibilities of the university faculty except for those powers specifically reserved by that body to itself, provided that the University faculty may amend or repeal any actions of the Faculty Senate. Powers specifically reserved by the faculty, include, but are not limited to, election of faculty officers and committee members.

Membership

The Faculty Senate membership is composed of voting members of the university faculty elected from each division, each school, and the library. Representation on the Faculty Senate is one representative for every seven faculty members (or portion thereof) per electoral unit. Representatives of electoral units are elected by secret ballot by the members of that unit. These representatives are elected prior to the September faculty meeting, unless a vacancy occurs in mid-year and a new member is elected.

The Faculty Chair designates terms of one, two, and three years for Senate members so that approximately one-third of the members will be elected each year. This designation will be made so that each electoral unit will have a reasonable balance of members with each of the terms. Thereafter, members of the Senate will have terms of three years, unless chosen to fill unexpired terms.

The documents below are in PDF format PDF Document

Officers

Lisa Johnson

Faculty Chair
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Dr. Lisa Johnson is a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Directs the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. She teaches courses in feminist theory, feminist disability studies, girlhood studies, LGBTQ studies, and other electives in the Women's and Gender Studies minor. Dr. Johnson has received grants from the South Carolina Humanities Council and the Spartanburg County Foundation, and she has been the recipient of several awards at USC Upstate, including four Tapestry awards for Multicultural Program of the Year. Her current research on neurodivergence and feminist psychiatric disability studies is forthcoming in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. She served as Chair of the Promotion and Tenure committee in 2018-2019 and is currently Faculty Chair.

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Carmen Harris

Faculty Chair Elect
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Dr. Carmen Harris is a professor of history who teaches African-American, U.S., Southern, and Latin American history. Her research and teaching interests include African-American, Southern and South Carolina history. Dr. Harris served a six-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Humanities Council, and has served on the Membership Committee and Minority Committee of the Southern Historical Association. Dr. Harris has published several articles and book chapters on various subjects related to African Americans in agricultural extension programs. Additionally, she has shared her scholarship as a public historian on issues related to African Americans and agriculture for news articles, television documentaries, and podcasts She provided background on African Americans in the turn of the century rural South and on-air talent for the documentary When Harry Met Meghan and for Andrew Morton’s book Meghan: A Hollywood Princess.

Dr. Harris has served in several capacities in faculty governance including as a Senator, as the chair of the Academic Affairs Committee (twice), the Assessment Committee, and the Admissions and Petitions Committee, the responsibilities of which now fall under the Student Services Committee.

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Kimberly Land

Recording Secretary
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Kim received a Master of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and mass communications from the University of South Carolina Honors College. She has more than 16 years of professional marketing and public relations experience including 14 years as marketing and innovation director at the Herald-Journal/GoUpstate.com. Kim remains active in the business community and serves on numerous local boards including SAFE Homes, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium and Oakbrook Preparatory School. She was recognized in 2014 as one of the Direct Marketing News 40 Under 40 national honorees and in 2016 as the Moore School’s Outstanding Young Alumnae. In 2019 Kim was named the Excellence in Teaching and Advising winner for the Johnson College of Business. In 2021 Kim was recognized as USC Upstate’s Faculty Excellence in Service winner. 

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Ben Montgomery

Faculty Parliamentarian

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Dr. Ben Montgomery earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is a plant evolutionary ecologist whose research interests include mating systems, pollen movement between species, and barriers to hybridization. He teaches introductory biology as well as courses related to ecology and botany.

Economics, Finance and Accounting


(21)Thanh Nguyen
864-503-5584


(21) Xiao Tang*
864-503-5581
 
Education

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24 Rebecca Mueller *
(SOE) 
864-503-5532

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24 Brooke Hardin
(SOE)
864-503-5521



 

   
Fine Arts and Communications Studies

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864-503-5803

Carolyn Webber
24 Carolina Webber 
864-503-5882 


22 Bridget Kirkland
864-503-5824

History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies

 Nicole Richardson
(24) Nicole Richardson
864-503-7550

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(22) Allison Ellis *
864-503-5890

 

Human Performance and Health

 
(22) Lauren Vervaecke*
864-503-5507


(23) Jim Kamla
864-503-5851

 
Informatics and Engineering Systems


(23) Daniel Norris
864-503-5272

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(24) Nick Rouse *
864-503-5562

 
Languages, Literature and Composition

Gabrielle Drake
(22) Gabrielle Drake
864-503-5825

 


(22) Esther Godfrey
864-503-5602

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(24) Monika Shehi Herr
864-503-5972

 

David Coberly
(23) David Coberly
864-503-5830

Library

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(23) Erika Montgomery
864-503-5530


(24) Ann Merryman*
864-503-5275

 

Management, Entrepreneurship and Marketing


(23) Elise Harvey
864-503-5236


(22) Daniel Davis
864-503-5586

 

 
Math and Computer Science

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(24) Dan Wooster
864-503-5229

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(24) Dilli Bhatta

864-503-5156


(23) Jahangir Majumder *
864-503-5206

Natural Sciences and Engineering

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(24) Joshua Ruppel *
864-503-5720

Scott Tanner
(23) Scott Tanner
864-503-5048

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(22) Alaina Brown
864-503-7207

 

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(24) Bradley Baumgarner
864-503-7432

Nursing

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(24) Monique Jones
864-503-5471


(22) Dawn Henderson
864-552-4261

 


(22) Kendra Allison
* 864-503-5478

 

Darlene Amendolair
(22) Darlene Amendolair
864-552-4246


(22) Tamara Cook
864-503-5482


(22) Stephanie Barnhill
864-503-5419

Psychology


(22)
James Bunde*
864-503-7304

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(22) Ann Hoover
864-503-5748

 
Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women's Studies


(22)
Tracey Woodard 
864-503-5606


(23) Mary Sarver *
864-503-5705

 
Ex-Officio

 Photo portrait Dr. Bennie Harris
Bennie Harris
Chancellor


David Schecter
Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Mary-David Fox
Mary-David Fox
Registrar

* indicates which Senator will attend the Faculty Advisory meetings each month.


Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Motions

The documents below are in PDF format PDF Document

2020

2019

  • Faculty Senate Motions 2018-19

2018

2017