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.

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Officers

Lisa Johnson

Faculty Chair
Media 245

864-503-5724

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.

Virginia Cononie

Recording Secretary
Library 105

864-503-5735

Virginia Cononie graduated from Lander University with a Bachelor's in English and earned her Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Virginia serves the library through reference services, collection management, and information literacy instruction. She is the library liaison to Biology Studies and African American Studies. Her research interests include copyright, creative commons, and legislative advocacy for the academic library.

Economics, Finance and Accounting


(21)Thanh Nguyen
864-503-5584


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


21 Kela Goodman 
(SOE) 
864-503-5691


21 Karen Lounsbury
(SOE)
864-503-7402



 

   
Fine Arts and Communications Studies


(22) Emily Kofoed
 *
864-503-5824

Carolyn Webber
21 Carolyn Webber 
864-503-5882 


22 Bridget Kirkland
864-503-5824

History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies

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


(22) Jim Griffis*
864-503-5660

 

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


(21) Ona Egbue*
864-503-7305

 
Languages, Literature and Composition

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

 


(22) Esther Godfrey
864-503-5602


(21) Colleen O'Brien
864-503-5678

 

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

Library


(23) Sara DeSantis
864-503-5006


(21)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


(21) Liang Zhao
864-503-5348


(21)
Elizabeth Waddell
864-503-5224


(23) Jahangir Majumder
864-503-5206

Natural Sciences and Engineering


(21) Briget Doyle
864-503-5737

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

Alaina Brown
(22) Alaina Brown
864-503-7207

 

Andrew Leonardi
(21) Andrew Leonardi
864-503-5729

Nursing


(21) Ryan Crawford
864-503-5452


(22) Tracy Hudgins*
864-552-4258

 


(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

Susan Ruppel
(22) Susan Ruppel*
864-503-5786

 
Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women's Studies


(22)
Tracey Woodard 
864-503-5606


(23) Mary Sarver
864-503-5705

 
Ex-Officio

 
J. Derham Cole, Jr.
Interim Chancellor


David Schecter
Provost & Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Mary-David Fox
Mary-David Fox
Registrar

Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Motions

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2020

2019

  • Faculty Senate Motions 2018-19

2018

2017