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IPHE Goes to South Africa


The University of South Carolina’s International Perspectives on Higher Education (IPHE) program will take place in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa during Spring Break 2017. This year’s program attracted the highest number of applications since IPHE’s inception with a total of 23 participants (up from 16). As a result, the USC Education Abroad Office (SAO) was excited to collaborate with a third party logistics provider, the Center for International Studies (CISabroad), to strategize ways to accommodate an increased number of IPHE attendees. This year’s diverse cohort includes faculty and staff members not only from the University of South Carolina, but also from Newberry College, North Carolina Central University, Georgia Highlands College, and Clayton State University.

The theme of this year’s IPHE program is comparative postsecondary education in South Africa after apartheid. Led by SAO Assistant Director of Global Collaborations Bill Pruitt, and Research Associate Professor of Geography and Director for the Center for Excellence for Geographic Research Jerry Mitchell, participants will visit four universities; the University of Johannesburg, the University of Witwatersand in Johannesburg, the University of Cape Town, and the University of the Western Cape. During each university visit participants will attend guest lectures and meet analogs at each institution. The itinerary also includes excursions to the Village of Soweto, the Apartheid Museum, Robben Island, and the District Six Museum.

While in South Africa, participants will be contributing to a group blog to showcase their experiences. Upon returning to USC, participants will complete follow-on projects to encourage education abroad at USC.

This is the fifth year of the award-winning IPHE program provided by the Education Abroad Office. Visit International Perspectives on Higher Education for more information about this program and Opportunities for USC Faculty and Staff for all of our other faculty and staff programming.


IPHE 2017 Participants

Taylor Armstrong - Administrative Assistant, Study Abroad

Jim Austin - Lecturer, Business

Frenche Brewer - Public Relations Coordinator, African American Studies

Ann Cameron - Director of External Relations, College of Arts and Sciences

Jean Clenney - Business Librarian, Business

Althea Counts - Associate Director, TRIO

Helen Doerpinghaus - Deputy Provost, Office of the Provost

Bobby Donaldson - Associate Professor, History

John Dozier - Chief Diversity Officer, Office of the Provost

Minuette Floyd - Associate Professor, School of Visual Art and Design

Janet Hudson - Associate Professor, History

Wayne Kannaday - Lecturer, Religious Studies (Newberry College)

Rebecca Keilty - Gamecock Guarantee Coordinator, TRIO

Valinda Littlefield - Director, African American Studies

Marilyn McManus - Administrative Assistant, International Student Services

Angela Miles - Associate Professor and Department Chair, Business (North Carolina Central University)

Karen Pettus - Director, Office of Student Disability Services

Stephen Slice - Lecturer, Business

Nancy Tolson - Assistant Director, African American Studies

Christopher Ward - Professor, History (Clayton State University)

Christina Wolfe - Assistant Professor, History (Georgia Highlands College)

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