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College of Arts and Sciences

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Office of the Dean

The Office of the Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences leads the college through operating the budget and human resources offices, directing the use of the college's facilities, coordinating external relations and alumni relationships, and overseeing academic planning for the largest college at the University of South Carolina.

Deans

The College of Arts and Sciences leadership is divided among deans who oversee specific academic and administrative areas within the college.  Advancement and alumni relations, human resources and budget offices assist in the management and administration of the college.

Dean Ford provides academic and administrative leadership to the largest college of the University of South Carolina. He provides oversight for budget, curriculum development and policies and procedures.

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Dr. Benitez-Nelson is the academic liaison between the dean’s office and the departments of Biology, Mathematics, the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment, and Statistics. Dr. Benitez-Nelson reviews all third-year, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review files for these units, as well as hiring requests, administrative annual reviews, sabbatical requests, academic program reviews, and nominations for named professorships and faculty and student awards in the sciences.

Dr. Benitez-Nelson fosters undergraduate research opportunities by enhancing the value of an Arts and Sciences degree.  She develops strategies to encourage community engagement on and off campus and works with University Housing, the Honors College, and the College’s Academic Advising Team to promote innovation on campus.  

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Dr. Davis is the academic liaison between the dean’s office and the departments of English; history; languages, literatures, and culture; philosophy; religious studies; theatre and dance; and the School of Visual Art and Design, as well as all centers and institutes related to the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Dr. Davis reviews all third-year, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review files for these units, as well as hiring requests, administrative annual reviews, sabbatical requests, academic program reviews, ,and nominations for named professorships and faculty and student awards in the arts and humanities.

She is also tasked with generating and implementing college initiatives designed to more effectively communicate the value of degrees in arts and sciences to a variety of audiences.

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Dr. Knapp is responsible for representing the college in all matters related to undergraduate services, including working with the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support and serving on a wide-range of committees.

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Dr. Weldon is the academic liaison between the dean’s office and the departments of anthropology, criminology and criminal justice, political science and sociology as well as interdisciplinary programs within the college.  Dr. Weldon reviews all third-year, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review files for these units, as well as hiring requests, administrative annual reviews, sabbatical requests, academic program reviews, ,and nominations for named professorships and faculty and student awards in the social sciences and interdisciplinary programs.

In her role overseeing diversity and inclusion, she provides input into decision making, strategic planning and hiring initiatives to enhance diversity, inclusion and equity. Dr. Weldon also works with the USC Chief Diversity Officer and other members of the university’s Council of Academic Diversity Officers (CADO).

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Dr. zur Loye is the academic liaison between the dean’s office and the departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geography, Physics & Astronomy, and Psychology.  Dr. zur Loye reviews all third-year, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review files for these units, as well as hiring requests, administrative annual reviews, sabbatical requests, academic program reviews, and nominations for named professorships and faculty and student awards in the sciences.

Dr. zur Loye oversees all graduate directors within the college, college grants administration, college outside professional activities, and annual CAS SmartState reports. Dr. zur Loye serves as the liaison for the USC Office of Research, the College Institutional Review Board, and CAS departments in regards to budget-related matters, the CAS undergraduate computing and research operation, the college machine shop and the college electron microscopy facility. 

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Ms. Ahyi is responsible for managing college-level academic administrative policies and procedures, dean's office administration and planning, and internal CAS communications.

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Ms. Lowder is responsible for budget oversight, analysis and reporting of data collection, as well as development and implementation of strategies to support the college.

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Dr. Nickles Osborne allocates and manages college-level curriculum development and review including academic program and course proposals, all resources pertaining to graduate assistants, non-tenure track instructional staffing, adjunct staffing and summer instructional staffing.

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Dean's Office Administration

  • Dean's Office 3rd Floor Reception
  • Dean's Office Contact Lists
  • Petigru conference room reservations
  • Administrative support for Assistant Deans Ahyi, Lowder and Nickles-Osborne
  • Dean's Office 2nd Floor Reception
  • Administrative support for:
    • Associate Dean Benitez-Nelson
    • Associate Dean Davis
    • Associate Dean Weldon
    • Associate Dean zur Loye
  • External academic program review process
  • Dean's Internal Grants and Initiatives
  • Bridge Humanities Program
  • McCausland Fellows program
  • Bilinski Graduate Fellowship program
  • Chair/Director Appointment and Evaluation processes
  • CAS Blueprint planning process
  • Employee Relations staff related issues resolution within CAS units
  • Liaison to Associate Deans
  • Oversight of CAS internal website
  • Electronic form development and implementation
  • Administrative technology support in the Office of the Dean
  • Assistant to the Dean (appointments, travel, correspondence)
  • Member of CAS Communications Team
  • Coordination of Chair and Director Annual Evaluations and Reappointment Evaluations
  • Coordination of CAS Faculty Initiatives Process
  • Collaboration with advancement and alumni relations

 

 

College Administrative Offices

Sally McKay, Senior Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations

Laura Najim, Associate Director of Advancement
Trudie Wierts, Administrative Coordinator

Amanda Hernandez, Director of Communications

Vinnie Suarez, Senior Director of Development

Dena Byerly, Development Coordinator
Rebecca Lancaster, Director of Development
Ashley Lindsay Smith, Director of Development

Susan Klie, Director of Budget

Patty Brabham, Senior Budget Analyst
Wendy Roberts, Budget Analyst
Bob Ellis, Business Administration and Operations Manager
Rhonda Stephens, Business Administration and Operations Manager

Alysia Bridgman, Director of Grants Operations

Jan Miron, Grants Manager
Mike Turner, Grants Manager
Barbara Delaney, Receptionist 

LaTasha Robinson, Director of Human Resources.

Stephanie Marrs, Human Resources Associate
Betty Helms, Human Resources Associate

David Mullaney, Director, Information Technology Services

Richard England, Network and Systems Manager
Randolph Franklin, User Support Technician

Richard Kemp, Macintosh Support Specialist

Felicia Smalls, Operations Manager

Jason Dean, Evening Operations Manager
Johanna Lewis, Applications Support Specialist

Christian Price, Sciences IT Support Manager

Lee Hallman, IT Support Manager for Biology
Jerry Branch, PSC Computing Lab Manager

Zach White, College Web Developer

Jun Zhou, Director of Research Computing
Glen Dufour, Applications Analyst
Michael Milligan, Applications Analyst
Allen Frye, Director of Mechanical Prototype Facility

John Moring, Director of Space and Facilities Operations

Gary Bennett, Coordinator of Buildings and Services
Brian Grabski, Assistant Coordinator of Buildings and Services
Charles Barnett, Chief of Services Crew
Luther Johnson, Services Crew Member

Loren Knapp, Associate Dean

Dawn Hiller, Director of Students - Arts and Social Sciences
Nora DragovicDirector of Students - Science and Math

Jodie Salter, Director of Experiential Learning and Community Engagement
Mike Davis, Academic Manager and Dean's Advisor
Doug Roberts, Student Services Coordinator

Theresa Ashley, Administrative Coordinator

 


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