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Center for Teaching Excellence


Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff of the CTE pursue ongoing professional development in order to stay abreast of current trends in higher education and specific CTE programming areas. Individual staff members seek out research and publication opportunities in their areas of expertise, in order to contribute to new knowledge and establish CTE as statewide and national leader in the field.

Instructional Design Team

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Aisha Haynes, Interim Director, Program Manager for Distributed Learning

Aisha Haynes is the Interim Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Program Manager for Distributed Learning. She manages the design, creation, delivery, and ongoing improvement of distributed-learning delivery methods on the USC-Columbia campus and for the USC regional system. Aisha is a certified Quality Matters Peer and Master Reviewer and has earned Online Teaching certifications from the Online Learning Consortium (formally Sloan C). She has been designing online courses for over 8 years. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses online, including Information LiteracyComputer Applications in Business and Technological Applications for Diverse Populations.

Lydia Frass

Lydia Frass, Senior Instructional Designer

Lydia Frass is an Instructional Designer in the USC Center for Teaching Excellence. She is currently working with faculty in online course design and development and quality assurance reviews. In addition, she is facilitating our Instructional Designer's Community of Practice. Lydia holds a PhD in Adult Education and MPH from The University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to joining CTE, she coordinated the South Carolina Public Health Training Center which provided professional development opportunities for current and future public health practitioners. 

Gloria Washington

Gloria Washington, Instructional Designer

Gloria Washington is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence.  Gloria is certified in Quality Matters’ Applying the QM Rubric and the Peer Review Process.  She is also a certified Blackboard Trainer with over 17 years of experience in higher education at USC.  Prior to coming to CTE, she worked in the Teaching and Technology division of University Technology Services (UTS) and as a Technology Director for the Ted Mimms Foreign Language Learning Center.  She holds a MBA in Technology Management; a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in curriculum and instruction; and is currently working on a doctorate in Educational Technology.  Her expertise is in the pedagogical use of learning management systems to support student learning.  Her instructional design philosophy is “pedagogy first, technology second.”

Casey Carroll

Casey Carroll, Instructional Developer

Casey Carroll is an Instructional Developer with the Center for Teaching Excellence at USC. Casey is responsible for working with the instructional design team to support faculty who are teaching online, producing technology-enabled course materials and assisting with quality assurance course reviews. Prior to joining CTE, Casey designed curriculum for professional trainings and leadership development. Casey has also taught First-Year English and English as a Second Language at the University of South Carolina. He holds a master’s degree in linguistics from USC and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and psychology from Pacific Lutheran University.

Staff

Michelle Hardee

Michelle Hardee, Program Manager

Michelle Hardee is the Program Manager for all graduate student Teaching Assistant training at the University. Michelle is responsible for developing the CTE’s graduate TA/IA training seminars, developing and teaching the GRAD 701 Teaching Assistant Development course required of all new TA/IAs, and helping students progress through the Preparing Future Faculty Program. She regularly coordinates with the Graduate School and other university academic partners on graduate student professional development workshops and events. Michelle received her B.S. in Zoology at Texas A&M in 1995, an M.S. in Marine Biology at the College of Charleston’s Grice Marine Laboratory, and her Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. Additionally, Michelle teaches the Honors section of the Marine Science Program’s Oceans and Society course every semester.

Helena Johnson

Helena Johnson, Web and Multimedia Developer

Helena is responsible for developing, editing, and delivering information about the Center's programs and services through Internet-based communications, multimedia and print. With degrees in Media Arts and Computer Programming, Helena began her career in corporate communications. Prior to joining CTE she worked for creative and production companies as producer and writer. 

Kim Elia

Kim Elia, Administrative Coordinator  

Kim Elia is the Administrative Coordinator for the Center for Teaching Excellence. She serves as the human resources liaison, budget coordinator, and the hiring manager. Her position additionally coordinates the CTE’s general administrative activities, manages data collection, maintains databases regarding CTE events and activities, and assists in the preparation of reports and other informational documents. Kim is the senior staff member at the CTE, having started at USC in 1994 in the Office of Distance Education and Instructional Support before joining the CTE in 2007.