Dr. Irma Van Scoy to lead USC Connect
Dr. Irma Van Scoy, former associate dean for academic and student affairs for the College of Education at USC, has been named executive director of USC Connect, a new university-wide initiative to enhance education at the University of South Carolina.
The focus of USC Connect is to help students integrate experiences within and beyond the classroom and apply what they learn to solving problems and making decisions. The program supports students, faculty, and staff in developing systems that will help all students select relevant activities and make sense of these activities in the context of their academic work.
USC Connect begins this fall and includes USC Columbia and the regional campuses.
Irma Van Scoy
“Dr. Van Scoy brings broad knowledge and experience to her role as director of USC Connect,” said Dr. Helen Doerpinghaus, vice provost and dean of undergraduate studies at USC. “She knows the importance of within-the-classroom study and beyond-the-classroom exploration for today’s students to excel. Only by discovering links between theory and practice, between knowledge and application, can students fully realize their potential and be well-equipped for a lifetime of learning. USC Connect is a hallmark of a Carolina education and we are delighted to have Dr. Van Scoy directing the program.”
USC Connect will involve many venues at USC including the Division of Student Affairs, University 101, resident mentors, and professional staff leaders and faculty.
Prior to this appointment, Van Scoy served as associate dean for academic and student affairs of USC’s College of Education for 11 years. She earned her graduate degrees from Syracuse University including a master’s in child and family studies and a doctorate in teaching and curriculum. Her bachelor’s degree is from SUNY Potsdam in sociology and early childhood/elementary education.