Faculty Officers

Holly Pae

Holly Pae

HEC 3008 
Faculty Chair

Holly Pae is a Professor of Learning Disabilities in the School of Education (SOE). She earned her doctorate degree from West Virginia University. Since coming to USC Upstate, she has been a primary investigator for three grant projects (Project CREATE, Learning Disability OSEP Program Improvement Project and GEAR UP) totaling over 1.6 million dollars, served as a Board Examiner and the SOE Institutional Report author for NCATE. Her most recent co-authored article, "Building special education teacher capacity in rural schools: Impact of a grow your own program" received The Rural Special Education Quarterly 2015 Outstanding Research Article Award. She is currently serving as Faculty Chair.


Lizabeth Zack

Media 307
Faculty Chair Elect

Dr. Lizabeth Zack is Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina Upstate. She earned a Ph.D. in Sociology and History at the New School for Social Research. She teaches core courses in Introductory Sociology and Research Methods, and classes on politics, social movements and cities. She conducts research on different kinds of political activism and has authored articles on activist campaigns for autonomy, civil rights, and environmental protection. She has been the recipient of numerous grants including a Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan in 2006-07. Dr. Zack was a founding member of the USC Upstate chapter of the American Association of University Professors. She currently serves as the Faculty Chair Elect.


Rebecca Mueller

HEC 3027
Faculty Recording Secretary

Dr. Rebecca Mueller received a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 2016.  Prior to that, she taught secondary social studies for 10 years, during which time she earned her National Board Professional Teaching Certification. As a member of the Middle-Level/Secondary Program, Dr. Mueller teaches secondary methods and social studies methods courses.  Her research focuses on teachers’ use of inquiry and questioning in the social studies classroom. Rebecca is the Faculty Recording Secretary.