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Mary Anne Fitzpatrick Takes Helm at USC Upstate as Interim Chancellor

August 1, 2016 at 11:17 am
Chancellor Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Chancellor Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., University of South Carolina’s vice president for system planning, began serving as the interim chancellor of the University of South Carolina Upstate on Monday, August 1. She replaces Chancellor Thomas F. Moore whose resignation took effect July 30.

“I am honored to be serving as the interim chancellor at USC Upstate and to be entrusted with leading USC Upstate during this transitional time period,” said Fitzpatrick. “USC Upstate is of great importance to the state of South Carolina with its special metropolitan mission to serve the Upstate region. For more than a decade, USC Upstate has been ranked as one of the best institutions in the Southeastern United States. I have a great foundation to build upon and tremendous talent to work with—there is an innovative strength and a collaborative spirit evident on our campus. It will be my privilege to guide and nurture that spirit.”

Fitzpatrick, an Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology, has served as vice president of system planning for nearly a year, responsible for ensuring the improvement of quality, coordination and effectiveness and long-range planning for the statewide system, which has nearly 50,000 students across eight campuses.

In the 10 years leading up to system planning role, Fitzpatrick served as the dean of USC’s College of Arts and Sciences, directing the recruitment of 300 new tenure-track faculty and overseeing efforts to open new centers, institutes and programs and a new School of Earth, Ocean and Environment.

As an associate vice president and vice provost, she spearheaded USC’s On Your Time initiative, which reengineered the academic calendar to include a third semester option during the summer that allows students to graduate sooner or pursue co-op, internship and study abroad opportunities.

USC President Harris Pastides, anticipates having a new chancellor in place by the first of the year, said Fitzpatrick is the perfect choice to lead USC Upstate during the transition.

“Dr. Fitzpatrick will make the leadership of USC Upstate her full-time mission during the coming months,” Pastides said. “She will not simply be a caretaker but will build upon USC Upstate’s momentum, advance the forward progress and ensure a strong foundation for a permanent chancellor. Her familiarity with the system and the USC Upstate campus, as well as her skills as gifted administrator and higher education leader, will prove invaluable during this time.”

USC Upstate offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics, and nursing. Among the fastest-growing universities in South Carolina, USC Upstate is a diverse and dynamic community of 6,000 students from across the Upstate, 36 states, and 15 countries.

Classes begin on Thursday, August 18 where nearly 800 new freshman students will be added to the student enrollment and 25 new full-time faculty members will begin teaching at USC Upstate.

“I look forward to meeting and interacting with students, faculty, staff, and alumni over the next few months as we work together to make USC Upstate an even stronger institution in the next decade,” Fitzpatrick, who will address the nearly 400 faculty and staff members at the annual University Day on Wednesday, August 17 at 8 a.m.

For more information, contact Tammy Whaley, assistant vice chancellor for university communications, at (864) 503-52100 or

Bridget Kirkland’s “Penny Candy” Selected for SECAC Juried Exhibition

July 18, 2016 at 9:40 am
Penny Candy

Nine pieces make the 7 feet by 6 feet work comprised of digital photos of beach glass.

Bridget Kirkland’s “Penny Candy” is one of 59 works selected for the 2016 SECAC Juried Exhibition September 1 through October 22 at the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University.

More than 103 arts applied and more than 300 pieces of art were juried.

Kirkland is an assistant professor of graphic design at USC Upstate.

Kim Land named 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna by Darla Moore School of Business

April 27, 2016 at 12:54 pm

LandBucknerKim-6-2015Kim Buckner Land (USC ’98, MBA ’02), instructor of marketing at the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics at the University of South Carolina Upstate, was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Young Alumna by Darla Moore School of Business at the 32nd annual Business Leadership Dinner and Awards Ceremony on April 19.

“I am proud to say that one of the Johnson College of Business and Economics faculty members, Kim Land, is recognized as one of four 2016 Distinguished Alumni of USC this year,” said Frank Rudisill, dean of the Johnson College. “This is quite an honor for Kim and we are very proud of her.”

Land is an accomplished marketing professional with a unique skill set and proven track record in leading people and organizations through process change, branding initiatives, new product launches, research projects and successful multi-media sales efforts.

Land graduated in 1998 with an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina Honors College. While at Carolina, she was a leader on campus, serving as president of Delta Zeta sorority. She was awarded the USC Outstanding Senior Award. She then completed her MBA at the Darla Moore School of Business with a 4.0 GPA.

For 15 years, Land served as marketing director for a group of New York Times newspapers in the North and South Carolina markets, including her home paper, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal. In August 2015, she began putting her experience in the marketing field to work in the classroom as a full-time instructor at the Johnson College of Business and Economics at USC Upstate.

Outside of the office, Land is dedicated to serving the community where she was born and raised. She has volunteered her time with numerous non-profit boards over the years including the Junior League of Spartanburg, Goodfellows and Healthy Smiles of Spartanburg. Land is currently the Board Chair for SAFE Homes/Rape Crisis Coalition as well as serving on the boards for the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, Oakbrook Preparatory School and Quality Counts – Spartanburg County First Steps. She also chairs a United Way Investment Council committee to allocate donor dollars within the education classification.

In addition, Land recently organized the 12th Annual Upstate Regional Spelling Bee where more than 80 students from Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union Counties gathered at USC Upstate to compete for the title of Regional Spelling Bee Champion and the opportunity to represent the Upstate of South Carolina in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Land has been recognized for her professional accomplishments over the years, being named a Direct Marketing News “40 Under 40” recipient in 2014 and a Presstime Magazine “20 Under 40” recipient in 2006. She has also received many South Carolina Press Association awards over the years, as well as numerous awards for board service.

Land lives in Inman with her husband, Jason and her 7-year-old daughter, Kelsey.

Dr. Jim Charles, School of Education, Publishes Book Review

March 11, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Charles JimJim Charles, Education, has published a refereed book review in the most recent issue of “The Journal of American Culture.”

Charles, Jim (March 2016). “A Review of Gerald R. Gems’ Sport and the Shaping of Italian American Identity,” The Journal of American Culture, 39:1, 112-113.

Dr. Warren Carson Named Outstanding Alumnus at the University of North Carolina

October 17, 2015 at 3:36 pm
Dr. Warren Carson

Dr. Warren Carson

The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce Dr. Warren J. Carson has received the 2015 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award for Overall Achievement from the University of North Carolina.

The Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award was established to recognize outstanding black alumni who have been stellar leaders within the University community and or within their local community. Carson will receive his award during the Light on the Hill Society Scholarship Awards Gala in Chapel Hill, N.C., on November 6, 2015.

Carson serves as the senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at USC Upstate. In addition to his role as an administrator, he also teaches classes in English and African-American studies.

A Tryon, N.C., native, Carson earned his bachelor’s degree in English from UNC Chapel Hill in 1974. He continued his studies at Atlanta University, where he received his master’s degree in Afro-American Studies, and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina.

Carson has been an educator for more than 40 years, 32 of which have been spent at USC Upstate. He serves nationally as chief reader for the College Board’s Advanced English Placement Literature and Composition exams. He is a past president of the College Language Association and managing editor for the CLA Journal, a scholarly journal devoted to the study of language and literature.

In 2014, Carson received USC Upstate’s Distinguished Service Award recognizing him for him numerous contributions during his tenure at the University. Throughout the years, Carson has received awards and accolades locally, regionally and nationally for his service and contributions to his community and to higher education.

Carson holds a lifetime membership in the UNC General Alumni Association, the College Language Association and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He also devotes much of his time to participating in church activities and civic affairs.

Goldberg and Mills Invited to Write About Democratic Education

October 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm
Stacey Mills '96

Stacey Mills ’96

The Association of American Colleges & Universities invited two University of South Carolina Upstate officials to write for one of its publications. Dr. Abraham Goldberg, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Office of Service- Learning and Community Engagement, and Mr. Stacey Mills, interim executive director of the Greenville Campus, are writing an article about democratic education at USC Upstate for Diversity and Democracy, which is an official publication of the AAC&U.  Their article will appear in a special issue dedicated to civic learning.

Goldberg Abraham

Abe Goldberg

Goldberg has also been invited to present on a panel of the Diversity and Democracy special edition at the AAC&U Annual Meeting in January in Washington, D.C.  The 2016 Annual Meeting will focus on higher education’s most pressing educational challenges—those centered on the intersections of equity, quality and democratic renewal.

The AAC&U is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education.

For more information, contact Dr. Abraham Goldberg, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement, at (864) 503-5670 or

Jim Charles Publishes New Paper

September 10, 2015 at 7:29 am

Charles JimDr. Jim Charles, School of Education, has published “A Review of Michael Ray FitzGerald’s NATIVE AMERICANS ON NETWORK TV: STEREOTYPES, MYTHS, AND THE ‘GOOD INDIAN’” (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) in  THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN CULTURE, 38:3, September 2015, pp. 301-303.

Kathleen Brady Presents Highlights of Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, September 10

September 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm
Kathleen Brady

Kathleen Brady

Kathleen Brady, vice chancellor of planning, institutional research and metropolitan studies at the University of South Carolina Upstate, will present highlights of her findings in a recent study on ways to improve Spartanburg County’s natural environment during a 6 p.m. presentation Thursday at the Spartanburg County Headquarters Library, Barrett Room.

Brady has been working with Spartanburg Community Indicators Project to look at the how air pollution in Spartanburg County has increased due to a rise in the number of vehicle miles traveled in the county.

Learn more about this project and the meeting in the Herald-Journal.

McCurry Leads Distance Education Efforts at USC Upstate

July 27, 2015 at 6:24 am
David McCurry

David McCurry

Dr. David S. McCurry is the director of distance education at the University of South Carolina Upstate where he is leading the planning, development, and administration of all online programs through the Office of Distance Education. McCurry also serves as the campus coordinator for USC Palmetto College.

“Dr. McCurry brings more than 35 years of professional experience in educational technology, media and international educational development to USC Upstate,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at USC Upstate. “His level of expertise is critical as the University is expanding online education to serve the needs of increasing numbers of adult and professional degree seekers. Dr. McCurry will be expanding and developing the role of online learning in the academic programs at the USC Upstate Greenville Campus by working in conjunction with the University Center Greenville.”

McCurry previously directed the distance education program at Converse College and was a tenured faculty member of Monmouth University in New Jersey. McCurry was a Fulbright Lecturer in Malawi under the U.S. Information Agency Teacher-Text-Technology initiative and lived in Africa over nine years at various points in his career, as a Peace Corps volunteer and a senior technical advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. McCurry worked for the Teaching Learning and Technology Group, directing weekly online programming for more than 100 institutions in higher education.

He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the Center for International Education, University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

For more information, contact Dr. David S. McCurry, director of distance education, at or (864) 503-5509.

Canino, Hauptman and Hernandez-Laroche to Present at Global Education Conference

July 21, 2015 at 3:44 pm
Catherine Canino

Catherine Canino

Dr. Catherine Canino, director of the Honors Program; Dr. Samantha Hauptman, assistant professor of criminal justice; and Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche, assistant professor of French, will present at the Global Education Conference at Georgia Southern University in September. The title of their panel is “Teaching Honors Cross-Divisional and Active-Learning Courses: Terrorism & Torture from a Global Perspective,” and it will explore innovative methods of collaborative teaching in cross-divisional honors courses using Active Learning principles.

Canino will discuss the USC Upstate Honors Program and its mission, study abroad opportunities, and service learning responsibilities. Hauptman will discuss the need for criminal

Samantha Hauptman

Samantha Hauptman

justice majors to be more concerned about terrorism and immigration and how we can bring the community to our classroom through service learning. Hernandez-Laroche will discuss how the U.S. foreign language deficit affects national security and how we can engage students in intercultural awareness through Active Learning.  Both Hauptman and Hernandez-Laroche are teaching an Honors Active Learning Class on Terrorism and Torture in Spring 2016, and they we will all discuss how these ideas play out in the classroom.

“This is a unique opportunity to promote USC Upstate and the Honors Program and it will also be the first time that faculty will be presenting on the Active Learning Grant outside of USC Upstate,” said Canino, referring to the $2.2 million Title III grant that USC Upstate received last year from the U.S. Department of Education.

Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

Araceli Hernandez-Laroche

This conference, attended by officials from the U.S. Department of Education and by faculty and administrators from around the country, provides a venue to exchange ideas with other educational professionals on how to promote intercultural awareness and global citizenship in academia and local communities.

“It is quite an honor for three USC Upstate faculty members to be chosen as presenters among such a select group scholars and professionals who will be promoting cross-cultural and global educational awareness,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, interim senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Canino, director of the Honors Program, at (864) 503-5657 or