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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

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.

Meindl, Nichols Honored During Student Affairs Banquet at Greenville Campus

May 11, 2015 at 11:09 am

A faculty member and a student at the Greenville campus were honored during the Student Affairs Banquet held in April.

Rosie Meindl-Grvl Student Advocate AwardRosie Meindl, administrative assistant at the Greenville Campus, received the Greenville Student Advocate Award. This award is presented to the staff or faculty member who displays leadership in areas of advocacy for students pursuing academic programs through USC Upstate at the University Center in Greenville.

Recipients of this award have demonstrated commitment to student initiatives that reflect the unique nature and characteristics of students on the Greenville Campus. Students see these individuals as encouragers, mentors and the “go-to people” when they need that little nudge to get through rough spots or to celebrate little accomplishments toward their goals.

Jeris Nichols-Grvl Student Leadership AwardJeris Nichols received the Greenville Student Leadership Award. Presented to students who show commitment, dedication and leadership within student organizations on the USC Upstate Greenville Campus, recipients of this award participate in campus programs, exhibit leadership within their organizations, engage in community service and embody the Spartan Spirit.

Faculty Focus Take Two: Kevin Shehan

September 17, 2014 at 10:40 am

FFT2Meet Kevin Shehan… USC Upstate librarian by day and drummer for bands on weekends.

A fan of all types of music, he’s keen on bands that have strong drums.

Follow us as we march with him to the beat of his own drum.

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Faculty Focus Take Two: Scott Senger

September 17, 2014 at 7:00 am

FFT2USC Upstate athletes are used to Scott Senger making the right call when it comes to designing and implementing a strength,  conditioning and/or speed program for them.

But there are others who hope he makes the right call..

Find out what Senger does when he’s away from campus!

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Dr. Lisa Johnson Announces Publishing Accomplishment

July 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Johnson headshot April 2014JLCDS 8.2 coverDr. Lisa Johnson and Dr. Robert McRuer announce that the first of two special issues of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies is now available.

JLCDS 8.2 and 8.3, edited by Johnson and McRuer, are both on the topic of Cripistemologies.

The volume includes essays by Mel Chen, Anna Mollow, and Aly Patsavas and “Comments from the Field” by Margaret Fink and Cassandra Hartblay.

Following the introduction, a virtual roundtable brings into conversation such renowned scholars of disability studies, critical race theory, and gender studies as Lennard Davis, David Serlin, Emma Kivisild, Jennifer Christine Nash, J. Jack Halberstam, Margaret Price, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Jasbir Puar, Susan Schweik, Jennifer James, Lisa Duggan, and Carrie Sandahl.

Johnson has been developing a specialization in this field over the past five years, and as director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, she has integrated disability studies into the WGS minor curriculum. She serves on the editorial board of Disability Studies Quarterly and received an Access Leadership award from Disability Services in 2012 for offering several courses on this topic at USC Upstate.

JLCDS can be accessed through our library databases.

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.

Newberry to Catalog Plants, Shrubs and Vines on Rail Trail

July 15, 2014 at 8:02 am

A unique partnership between non-profit groups and botanists aims to rid the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail of non-native, invasive plant species.

The Trees Coalition, formerly known as the Kudzu Coalition, Partners for Active Living and the Mary Black Foundation teamed with local botanists Drs. Gillian Newberry and Ben Montgomery to catalog specific plants, shrubs and vines on the Rail Trail.

Read more in the Herald-Journal.

Dr. Colleen O’Brien Receives Bank of America Annual Award for Faculty Scholarly, Creative Pursuits

April 21, 2014 at 6:10 am

O'Brien CollenThe USC Upstate Committee for Faculty Excellence has selected Dr. Colleen O’Brien, associate professor of English, as the 2014 winner of the Bank of America Annual Award for Faculty Scholarly and/or Creative Pursuits.

O’Brien has made substantial interdisciplinary and international contributions to the fields of American literature, history, American studies, and African American Studies. In the past three years alone, O’Brien has published one book, two book chapters, and four scholarly articles in some of the most competitive journals in American studies and American literature. She has also been awarded a Fulbright Research Chair in North American Studies at the University of Western Ontario, a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute grant, and a fellowship in the Mellon Foundation American Literatures Initiative — all since 2011.

O’Brien’s book, Race, Romance, and Rebellion: Literatures of the Americas in the Nineteenth-Century (University of Virginia Press, 2013), has already received international recognition from the British Association for American Studies.

As Ronald G. Walters, professor of history at Johns Hopkins University, noted, O’Brien’s work uncovers under-examined materials from across a range of fields — philosophy, history, literature, journalism, politics, and letters—and brings these materials to bear to answer major questions about links between various reform movements in the 19th century.

“Part of my excitement about this line of analysis is that it helps reconsider a criticism some of us have made about white abolitionists — that they were unable to articulate clearly what a free, racially egalitarian society might look like,” Walters added. “Dr. O’Brien suggests that many African Americans and people of First Nations were able to do so, thanks in part to the circulation of people and ideas from the U.S., Haiti, Canada and elsewhere.”

Through this research, O’Brien is changing understandings of the nineteenth century by breaking down the barriers of race, gender, nation, and region and tracing the cross-boundary networks that shaped the foundations of the nineteenth century throughout the Americas.

Her second book, Metaphors of Heart’s Blood and Home, already in progress, explores the nineteenth-century concept of freedom rooted in land-ownership and agricultural self-sufficiency that spread throughout North and South America and emerged from African and Native American rhetoric about land and liberty.

Dr. Celena Kusch Named Co-Chair of H.D. International Society

March 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Kusch CelenaDr. Celena Kusch, associate professor of American Literature in the department of Languages, Literature, and Composition, has been named co-chair of the H.D. International Society, a society dedicated to the study of the writer H.D. (Hilda Doolittle).

Kusch’s co-chair is Dr. Rebecca Walsh, assistant professor of English at North Carolina State University.

H.D. was one of the pioneers in literature in the first half of the 20th century and she played an important role in bringing issues of gender to the forefront of the global literary, film, and artistic communities of the time.

The H.D. International Society works to assist scholars, students, artists, and the general public in sharing resources and information, establishing collaborations, and supporting the production of scholarly and creative responses to H.D. and members of her circle.

The H.D. International Society recently launched a new website.