When Colleen Clark signed up to play drums as an elementary school student, she was initially told to play flute instead. In 2019, she became the first woman — and first drummer — to earn a doctorate in jazz performance from the University of North Texas. At South Carolina, she wants to ensure that the jazz program is welcoming to all.
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COVID changed the way professors teach, but it has also provided room to grow, according to Darla Moore School of Business professor Sanjay Ahire. Ahire is one of 10 Gamecocks Carolinian magazine spoke to about how the pandemic has changed the way we work.
In “At War with Ourselves: 400 Years of You,” Nikky Finney, the poet and English professor, covers four centuries of American history, recounting uncomfortable truths about racism and violence. But she also sings of success and resilience.
Visual communications instructor Jason Porter knows his students are deserving of the dream jobs they’ve worked hard to prepare for. That’s why he makes careers more accessible to them by welcoming guest speakers into his classroom. When the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person classes in spring 2020, Porter launched his Let’s Get a Job podcast as a way to continue sharing guest speakers with students.
Every year, the University of South Carolina attracts dynamic new faculty in a range of disciplines. Melissa Ellermann, an assistant professor of biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, studies the role intestinal microorganisms play in our overall health.
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