Faculty Spotlight

The Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award at USC Upstate recognizes excellence in undergraduate instruction and academic advisement. The overriding criterion for selection is sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching and academic advisement. That is, consistency in quality of performance in the classroom and academic advisement are emphasized. 

Excellence in Teaching and Advising Award information

  • Excellence In Teaching And Advising Award

    2018 award recipients were:

    Stephen Bismarck

    Dr. Stephen Bismarck

    Assistant Professor, Middle/Secondary Math

    School of Education

    (Professional School Award Winner)

    Matthew Donaldson

    Dr. Matthew Donaldson

    Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

    Fine Arts and Communication Studies

    (College of Arts and Sciences Award Winner)

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    2018

     

    2017

    • Lynn McMillian
    • Dawn Henderson

    2016

    • Andrew Beer
    • Gary Bradley

    2015

    • Lisa Johnson
    • Jeff Smith

    2014

    • Celena Kusch
    • Julie Moss

    2013

    • Andrea Davis
    • Sarah Branan

    2012

    • Shannon Polchow
    • Angie Davis

    2011

    • Sebastian  van Delden
    • Judy  Beck

    2010

    • Douglas Jackson
    • Greta Freeman

    2009

    • Paul Grady
    • Tom Reed

    2008

    • Kim Purdy
    • Greta Freeman

    2007

    • George Labanick
    • Laura Hooks

    2006

    • Chioma Ugochukwu
    • Steve Caldwell

    2005

    • Lisa Anderson
    • Frank Rudisill

    2004

    • Robert McCormick
    • Judy Beck

    2003

    • Rachelle Prioleau
    • Cindy Jennings

    2002

    • Chris Bender
    • Sonja Wilson

    2001

    • June Carter

    2000

    • Vince Connors
    • Susan Washburn

    1999

    • Jane Nodine
    • Tom Reed

    1998

    • Richard Combes
    • Diana Clary

    1997

    • Jimm Cox
    • Angie Davis

    1996

    • Diane Daane
    • Mark Mitchell

    1993-1994

    • Liza Kuecker

    1992-1993

    • Gillian Newberry

    1991-1992

    • Juanita Thaxton

    1990-1991

    • Rachelle Prioleau

    1989-1990

    • Brenda Davenport

    1988-1989

    • Warren Carson

    1987-1988

    • Karen Roberson

    1986-1987

    • Lyle Campbell

    1987-1988

    • Dwight Lambert

    1984-1985

    • Jan Griffin

    1982-1983

    • Cecilia Cogdell

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New Faculty Spotlight 2017-2018

Dr. John Strandholm Dr. John Strandholm
Assistant Professor of Economics
George Dean Johnson School of Business and Economics

What makes a good teacher? Empathy and having clear expectations. You need empathy in order to effectively deliver the material in ways that relate to the students and their different styles of learning, and a willingness to change when you see a particular method is not working. Having clear expectations puts everyone in the classroom on the same page. Giving students a clear class structure (and sticking to that structure) lets them know what we are doing (and what is due) when.

How do you engage students in learning your subject matter? I try not to become stale in my lecturing. If I can do in-class small group exercises, or apply material to Excel, I do it. Regardless of what the lecture plan is, I make sure to be enthusiastic and excited about it.

What are your teaching goals? I want to show students that economics is useful in their everyday lives. Economics is about decision making. If students can apply the tools of economics in decision making, I have reached one of my goals. Another goal is to never become complacent in my teaching and continue to improve.


Tamara Cook - Instructor  Mary Black School of Nursing

Tamara Cook
Instructor
Mary Black School of Nursing

What makes a good teacher?: Someone who can engage the student in learning, passionately and competently share knowledge, be current and knowledgeable about the subject being taught, and demonstrate a genuine care and concern for student learning.

How do you engage students in learning your subject matter? Lecture, demonstration, interactive learning (role play, case studies, games), off campus community facilities.

What are your teaching goals? To engage students and enhance knowledge to develop critical thinking skills and professionalism.


Stephanie Barnhill - Instructor Mary Black School of Nursing Stephanie Barnhill
Instructor
Mary Black School of Nursing

What makes a good teacher? Love for nursing and sharing that with others.

How do you engage students in learning your subject matter? Bring a passion for the subject and an energy to engage with the class.

What are your teaching goals? Make sure the students excel in the area in which I am teaching.


Dr. Kim Deering - Instructor School of Education Dr. Kim Deering
Instructor
School of Education

What makes a good teacher? I believe a good teacher has a grounding in pedagogy, establishes standards for success, builds a community of democracy and respect in the classroom and inspires students to keep learning, shifting, and improving their thinking. Good teachers are fully committed to their classrooms and their students.
How do you engage students in learning your subject matter?  I strive to engage my students by encouraging active learning with the material, by motivating them to participate in the class, and to collaborate with each other. I hope that my students will do more than simply listening and memorizing; instead, I ask them to demonstrate a process, analyze an argument, or apply a concept to a real-world situation.
What are your teaching goals? My teaching goals focus on the learner as I want to instill a love of learning, coupled with a desire to teach my students to think critically and to be able to apply this knowledge to their world, both locally and globally.