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.
Maureen Petkewich, Faculty Fellow
Maureen Petkewich joined USC in 2005 and is a Clinical Assistant Professor and the
Assistant Chair in the Department of Statistics. She received her Ph.D. in Educational
Research and Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2016. Her research
interests include educational measurement and statistics education. She has been very
active in Carolina Core course design and assessment. Petkewich is a 2017 recipient
of the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate teaching award for faculty not on
the tenure track. She spent over ten years as the coordinator for STAT 201, a high
enrollment Carolina Core course. She is a faculty fellow for the Center for Teaching
Excellence and leads the Community of Practice for Coordinators of Large Undergraduate
Alan White, Faculty Fellow
Alan R. White is professor of Biological Sciences, currently focusing on evidence-based instructional
practices in introductory biology BIOL 101 courses. Previously, he served as associate
dean for Undergraduate STEM Education for the College of Arts and Sciences at the
University of South Carolina (2013-2017), dean of Thomas Harriot College of Arts and
Sciences at East Carolina University, in Greenville, N.C. (2005–2013), and dean of
the College of Science and Mathematics at North Dakota State University in Fargo (2000–2005),
where he also was chair of the Department of Botany (1997–2000). Alan is a plant cell
biologist, with a BS in Biology and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a faculty fellow for the Center for Teaching Excellence and leads the FLIP, Focus
on Learning, Innovation and Pedagogy, community of practice.
Instructional Design Team
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. Haynes 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 Literacy, Computer Applications in Business and Technological Applications for Diverse Populations.
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, 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, Instructional Developer
Casey Carroll is an Instructional Developer with the Center for Teaching Excellence
at USC. Carroll 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, he designed
curriculum for professional trainings and leadership development. Carroll 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.
Xavery Hopkins, Program Manager
Xavery Hopkins is the Program Manager of Operations and Faculty Events for the Center
for Teaching Excellence. She is responsible for providing advanced direction and
planning of programs and services for the CTE. Xavery has over 15-years of experience
leading and facilitating special projects. She coordinates the work of CTE staff
to implement programs and services for University faculty, instructors, and teaching
assistants. Xavery is responsible for all matters related to day-to-day management,
workflow, processes and business operations of CTE. She is also responsible for identifying
and initiating partnerships with other units, and with individuals to support faculty
development, providing leadership and support for initiatives that promote faculty
collaborations, drives strategic initiatives and manages special programs for the
Xavery earned a Master's degree of Public Health from the University of South Carolina
and an MBA from Winthrop University, and is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business
School of UNC Chapel Hill's Executive Management Program.
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
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, 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.
Laurie Sambenedetto,Program Assistant
Laurie Sambenedetto is the Program Assistant for the Center for Teaching Excellence.
She serves as the first point of contact for CTE clients and provides office and logistical
support for CTE staff and events. Laurie manages the CTE front desk, fields phone
calls and inquiries and assists senior CTE staff with basic clerical and administrative
tasks including purchasing and procurement paperwork. She also handles registration,
technology, catering arrangements and assists with maintaining the CTE space. Laurie
joined the CTE in the summer of 2017.