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Dean of education elected to national board

Dr. Les Sternberg, dean of the College of Education at the University of South Carolina, was recently elected for a three-year term to the Board of Directors of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE). AACTE is a national alliance of more than 800 public and private institutions dedicated to the highest quality preparation of and professional development for teachers and school leaders.

English professor heads to Ireland for prestigious fellowship

University of South Carolina faculty member Dr. Ed Madden has been selected for the 2009 - 10 Visiting Fellowship in Irish Studies sponsored by the Irish American Cultural Institute and the National University of Ireland in Galway. Only one fellowship is given annually to a scholar in Irish studies in any field or discipline to study and conduct research at the university in Galway.

Madden will travel to Ireland in early January to spend the spring semester in residence at NUIG as a visiting faculty member and research fellow. While there, he will conduct additional research at archives in Belfast, Cork and Dublin, focusing on the changing representations of Irish masculinity in film and literature since 1977.

Madden has led study-abroad classes in Ireland for the South Carolina Honors College and university’s Capstone Scholar Program. In 2008, he was chosen as one of 12 study-abroad faculty members nationwide to participate in the London and Dublin Theater Seminar sponsored by the Institute for the International Education of Students. Madden is an associate professor of English and undergraduate director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina.

University of South Carolina Career Center receives innovation grant

The Career Center at the University of South Carolina has been awarded a Call to Serve Innovation Grant by the Partnership for Public Service. USC was one of five universities to receive a grant; the award amount was $5,000.

The Career Center will use the grant to develop a five-year plan for federal service recruitment at all the university’s system campuses, promote federal service opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students, bring federal agencies to campus for recruiting, create an online federal service resource and implement a federal opportunity service week for students and federal agencies.

Partnership for Public Service is a non-profit organization aimed at revitalizing government through the development of and recruitment for federal jobs. Visit

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Posted: 01/04/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 01/04/10 @ 12:27 PM | Permalink