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Jim Charles, School of Education, Publishes Review of “From Daniel Boone to Captain America”

March 12, 2018 at 6:54 am

Charles JimJim Charles, School of Education, published a review of Chad A. Barbour’s FROM DANIEL BOONE TO CAPTAIN AMERICA: PLAYING INDIAN IN AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE (The University of Mississippi Press, 2016) in THE JOURNAL OF AMERICAN CULTURE. 41:1, March 2018, 91-92.

Jim Charles, School of Education, Publishes Review of “St. Francis of America”

August 7, 2017 at 8:11 pm

Jim Charles, School of Education, published a review of Patricia Applebaum’s “St. Francis of America: How A Thirteenth Century Friar Became America’s Most Popular Saint,” University of North Carolina Press, 2015, in the JOURNAL OF AMERICAN CULTURE, 40:2, June 2017, 194-195.

Love Named Interim Dean for School of Education at USC Upstate

August 1, 2016 at 1:53 pm
Dr. Charles Love

Dr. Charles Love

Dr. Charles Love has been named interim dean of the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate and began his duties on July 1. Love previously served in this role from 1999 to 2012.

During his 30-plus year career, he held a variety of positions in public schools including roles in the classroom and administration. He was instrumental in developing programs at USC Upstate that instill diversity into the community, including the College of Educational Enrichment for students with developmental disabilities, the Teaching Man Program for preparing minority males to become strong teachers/leaders, and the Diversity Conference, which is a pre-service teacher collaborative bringing students from various backgrounds together to discuss diverse issues and perspectives while learning from one another about cultural issues. Love is a co-founder of the Scholar’s Academy, a partnership between Spartanburg County Schools and USC Upstate, that allows students to take college courses and advanced high school classes over four years while still participating in classes and extracurricular activities at their own schools.

Love earned a Ph.D. from University of North Carolina Chapel Hills, a M.Ed. from the University of North Carolina Charlotte and a B.S. from Winston-Salem State University.

For more information contact Dr. Charles Love, dean of the School of Education at USC Upstate at (864) 503-5733 or

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.

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.

Summer Faculty Innovation Grants Awarded at USC Upstate

April 21, 2015 at 10:21 am

Ten faculty members at the University of South Carolina Upstate have been awarded Summer Faculty Innovation Grants thanks to a new initiative funded by the USC Upstate Foundation. Grants of up to $5,000 were available for curriculum innovations that might include interdisciplinary and cross-divisional courses and programs, new service learning models, innovative instructional concepts, and responses to discovered educational needs across the Upstate.

“This was a very competitive process, with 20 very strong applications submitted for the 10 grants,” said Dr. Clif Flynn, associate vice chancellor for faculty development and director of graduate studies. “The selected proposals represent a range of exciting innovations that have great potential for positively impacting teaching and learning at USC Upstate. I want to thank all who applied, the faculty members who served on the selection committee, and Chancellor Moore and the USC Upstate Foundation for making these grants possible.”

Selected to receive the inaugural Summer Faculty Innovation Grants are:

  • Lola Bradley, reference librarian, and Bree Kirsch, reference librarian: “Turning LIBR 201 into a Hybrid Course Using a Flipped Classroom Model and Incorporating Service-Learning”
  • Chase DeHan, assistant professor of economics: “Developing a Flipped Classroom for Finance 363”
  • Samantha Hauptman, assistant professor of criminal justice, and Lynn McMillan, instructor of child advocacy: “Childhood Trauma: Potential Pathway to the Criminal Justice System”(interdisciplinary course)
  • David Marlow, associate professor of linguistics: “International ESOL Service-Learning for Diversity and Understanding”
  • Tish Oney, assistant professor of music: “New Course Development: Music of Black Americans”
  • Allison Pingley, assistant professor of political science: “Developing Political Behavior course as Service-Learning Course”
  • Araceli Hernandez-Laroche, assistant professor of French, and Samantha Hauptman, assistant professor of criminal justice: ”The Twin Ills of Terrorism and Torture: A Global Perspective” (interdisciplinary course)
  • Tom Rogers, assistant professor of engineering technology management: “Creating a Fully Asynchronous Lab for EMTG 320L: Engineering Cost Analysis Lab”
  • Sharon T. Smith, instructor of nursing: “Integrating Second Life into the Childbearing and Women’s Health Curriculum”
  • Rachel Snow, associate professor of art history: Spartanburg Art Museum Service-Learning Seminar”

“The Foundation Board is delighted to establish $50,000 in Faculty Innovation Grant Funds to support curriculum innovation by University faculty,” said Steve Harvey ’80, president of the USC Upstate Foundation. “These grants will allow faculty members to increase their engagement in experimentation and collaboration designing more engaging and effective learning experiences for students. Ultimately, it will be our students who benefit from the teaching advances made possible by the cutting-edge efforts of the faculty.”

Jim Charles, School of Education, Presents at National Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association

April 6, 2015 at 2:08 pm

Charles JimOn April 2, 2015 Jim Charles, School of Education, presented “‘Again the Far Morning’: New Poems by N. Scott Momaday” at the 45th Annual National Conference of the Popular and American Culture Association in New Orleans, LA.

Jim Charles Presents Paper at Annual Conference

February 27, 2015 at 1:57 pm

On FebruCharles Jimary 13, 2015, Jim Charles, Education, presented a paper titled “American Indian Adolescent Literature” at the 36th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, NM.

Judy Beck Elected to Association of Teacher Education Board of Directors

July 16, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Beck JudyThe University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce the election of Dr. Judy Beck to the Association of Teacher Education’s Board of Directors.

Beck is the interim executive director of the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Greenville Campus, where she also is a professor and director of Teacher Education Programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and both her Master’s and Doctorate from the University of Toledo.

Beck has served as president of the South Carolina ATE, a member of the Delegate Assembly, and co-chair of the 2012 Boston Summer Conference. She currently serves as a member of the Legislative and Niagara Falls Planning Committee, executive director for SCATE and president-elect for the SRATE.

Beck will join the board as a college-university voting representative and will attend all board meetings and the 2015 annual meeting.

Jim Charles, English Education, Presents Paper at Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

February 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Charles JimJim Charles, English Education, presented a paper titled “Things Change; Things Remain the Same: Johnny Depp, Tonto, and Disney’s The Lone Ranger,” at the 35th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference held Feb. 22, 2014 in Albuquerque, NM.