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Research ResourcesUSC Upstate: General Information
Welcome to USC Upstate! To help you get off to a good start, we have created this online handbook to provide you with helpful information, resources and contacts.
Your dean or department chair will be a critical source of important information and will serve as mentor to all new faculty members in your academic unit. But in addition to the dean or chair, we want every new faculty member to have a person that he or she can go to for answers, support or advice. Each department chair or dean has assigned a faculty member within the unit
to serve as a mentor for each new faculty member. Please get to know your mentor and take advantage of his or her experience, wisdom and expertise. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice or help. The mentor-mentee relationship can be an important element in getting off to a successful start at USC Upstate.
Resources are available for both mentors and mentees on our website.
Faculty Resources webpage was created to provide faculty members with a quick way to find key information, forms, policies and more. Although the webpage does n
ot contain a link to every possible topic, office or service on campus, it does contain links to those that we feel are the most useful and popular.
current faculty manual as well as links to archived versions can be found within the faculty and staff webpages.
June Carter, Director
Our primary commitment is to teaching and learning. We have several offices dedicated to providing support for those endeavors. First and foremost is the
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (formerly the Center for Teaching Excellence). The Center holds workshops and forums on the latest innovations in teaching and learning. The Center also provides classroom observations for instructors who want feedback on their teaching for personal improvement, as well as to provide evidence for their teaching effectiveness for their annual review. Sessions can even be videotaped.
Office of Service-Learning and Community EngagementAbe Goldberg, DirectorKara Davis, Associate Director of Metropolitan Engagement Contact OSLCE
The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement (OSCLE) is a forum that cultivates strong reciprocal relationships between USC Upstate faculty, students and community organizations. For faculty, the OSLCE builds individualized connections to viable community partners for service-learning
course placements and offers learning opportunities in course development and implementation. For community partners, the OSCLE recruits and prepares students to participate in meaningful service-oriented activities. For students, the OSCLE provides information about service-learning courses and
creates opportunities to engage the community through service-based organizations such as IMPACT and Alternative Break.
Distance EducationDavid McCurry, Director
USC Upstate currently offers a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels through distance education.
Distance Education at USC Upstate consists of a teaching modality comprised of the most up-to-date pedagogical strategies and innovative technologies to engage the learner. USC Upstate is committed to providing quality instruction and course content to
students regardless of geographical location or course content delivery format.
Cindy Jennings, Director
Department of Learning Technologies serves to support and guide thoughtful selection, instructional design 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.
Learning technologies provides a regular program of face-to-face and online development opportunities that are available for individual and group consultations and instruction for faculty, staff and students.
The following links are used for advising and registration, obtaining needed student information, entering final grades and other functions.
academic calendar is accessible via the USC Upstate website and updated annually.
Disability Services supports the ongoing development of an accessible university that embraces diversity through educational programming, services, resources and facilities that are usable by all members of the campus community.
Located in Media 218, the
Testing Center can be used to administer make-up tests or to proctor tests for online classes.
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Susannah Waldrop, Director
The Student Success Center exists to help students to succeed in their studies, graduate from USC Upstate in a timely manner and begin a career or graduate study. Within the Center, four main areas are supported:
Melissa Pilgrim, Director
Center for Research and Scholarship Support is a division of the Office of Sponsored Awards and Research (SARS) and provides programs, incentives and resources to enhance the educational and professional development of USC Upstate undergraduate students by supporting student based research, scholarly
or creative activities.
This Center provides, on a competitive basis, logistic and monetary support for the pursuit of undergraduate student projects performed under the guidance of USC Upstate faculty, staff and/or community professionals from throughout the Upstate region. The Center also assists students in traveling to professional
meetings to present their work/findings, assists faculty/staff who involve students in their research programs and assists in arranging internships and directed studies for students in order to better prepare them for their future professional careers.
Elaine Marshall, Director
Office of Sponsored Awards identifies grant opportunities, assists with grant proposal preparation and submission and provides post-award training and assistance with grants management.
The purpose of the USC Upstate
Teaching and Productive Scholarship (TAPS) Fund is to promote good scholarship including original research projects, programs that support curriculum development and travel for presentation of scholarship. Funded projects support faculty scholarship with the goal of formal presentation and/or publication, improve pedagogy and curriculum development to contribute to the USC Upstate mission and/or enable major service projects that require application of scholarly and/or professional knowledge.
USC Upstate consists of
three campuses: the main Spartanburg Campus, the Greenville Campus and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics.
City of Spartanburg
Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce
City of Greenville
Greenville Chamber of Commerce
City of Greer
Additional Information Common Work Calendar
Contact UsOffice of Academic Affairs800 University WayAdministration Building, 224Spartanburg, SC 29303Toll-free: 800-277-8727Phone: 864-503-5339Faculty & Staff Directory
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?