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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

Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

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

View Dean Samuels' profile.


Associate Deans

Associate Dean for Instruction and Research

Administrative/College-Wide Areas

Dr. Benitez-Nelson fosters undergraduate research opportunities by enhancing the value of an Arts and Sciences degree.  Dr. Benitez-Nelson manages college-level curriculum development and review including academic program and course proposals and course enrollment management.  Dr. Benitez-Nelson also 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.

  • Program and course-level curricular development and approval
  • College-level enrollment planning and course schedule development
  • Faculty Credentialing
  • CAS Academic Program Liaison to the Provost Office
  • CAS Representative on the Carolina Core Committee
  • CAS Representative for Carolina Online
Academic Unit Oversight and Management  

Dr. Benitez-Nelson is the academic liaison between the dean’s office and the academic units below.  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. 

Units

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • English Language and Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Centers and Institutes

  • Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences
  • Colorectal Cancer Prevention Network
  • Institute for Mind and Brain

View Dr. Benitez-Nelson's profile.

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Administrative/College-Wide Areas

Dr. Friend oversees the college's Office of Undergraduate Studies at Flinn Hall and is responsible for representing the college in all matters related to undergraduate student services.  Dr. Friend works closely with the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support, the University Advising Center and serves on a wide-range of committees. Dr. Friend also serves as the college liaison for degree program assessment and experiential learning initiatives.

  • Office of Undergraduate Studies at Flinn Hall
    • Academic services for undergraduate students including academic advising for all majors, major changes, senior checks, and graduation approvals
    • Experiential Learning and Beyond the Classroom services including study abroad program advice and approvals, career goals, internship opportunities, undergraduate research, and scholarships
  • Academic Year Schedule of Classes  
  • College Orientation and New Student Recruitment
  • Academic Unit program assessment planning and reporting
    • Liaison to OIRAA on assessment issues
    • CAS representative on Assessment Advisory Committee
Academic Unit Oversight and Management

Dr. Friend is the Director of the Cardiovascular Technology program.

Interdisciplinary Program

  • Cardiovascular Technology

View Dr. Friend's profile.

Associate Dean for Arts, Humanities and Academic Initiatives

Academic Unit Oversight and Management 

Dr. Levine is the academic liaison between the dean’s office and the units below. Dr. Levine 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.

Units

  • African American Studies and Research, Institute for
  • Anthropology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice
  • History
  • Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theatre & Dance
  • Visual Art & Design, School of

Centers, and Institutes

  • Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society
  • SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

View Dr. Levine's profile.

Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Administrative/College-Wide Areas

Dr. Shaw oversees diversity and inclusion for the college by providing input into decision making, strategic planning and hiring initiatives to enhance diversity, inclusion and equity.  Dr. Shaw also serves as a member of the university’s Council of Academic Diversity Officers (CADO) and remains in communication with the Vice-President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the university-wide office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Dr. Shaw also works in conjunction with external relations and other college partners to ensure the College of Arts and Sciences is a vital presence in the city of Columbia, the metropolitan region and the state.

  • CAS Diversity Committee and sub-committees
    • Faculty Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement
    • Student Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement
    • Campus Climate and Inclusion
    • Diversity Training
    • Student Caucus
  • Diversity & Inclusion Academy
  • Collaborative on Race
  • Guidance to unit-level DEI committees and Equity Forum
  • CAS Representative on Council of Academic Diversity Officers
  • Dean’s Initiatives Internal Grant Programs
    • Faculty Development Programs (Junior Faculty and Mid-Career Faculty)
    • Faculty Success Program: NCFDD Fellowship
  • Mentoring Initiatives
  • Community Engagement

View Dr. Shaw's profile.

Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Administrative/College-Wide Areas

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

  • Graduate Education
    • Liaison with all Graduate Directors and to The Graduate School
  • Dean’s Initiatives Internal Grant Program
    • Graduate Assistantship Enhancement Program
    • Undergraduate Research Enhancement Program (UREP)
  • External Grants Administration
  • Liaison to Office of Research and USC IRB
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Research Facilities
    • Center for Elemental Mass Spectrometry
    • Electron Microscopy Center
    • Magnetic Measurement Facility
    • Mass Spectrometry Facility
    • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility
    • Powder X-Ray Diffraction Facility
    • Single Crystal X-Ray Diffraction Facility
Academic Unit Oversight and Management 

Dr. Twiss is the academic liaison between the dean’s office and the units below.  Dr. Twiss 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. 

Units

  • Earth, Ocean and Environment, School of
  • Geography
  • Physics & Astronomy

Centers and Institutes

  • Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine & Coastal Sciences
  • Colon Cancer Prevention Network
  • Geographic Education
  • GIS and Remote Sensing
  • Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute
  • Institute for Mind and Brain
  • McCausland Center for Brain Imaging
  • Science Education, Center for

View Dr. Twiss' profile.

Interim Associate Dean for College Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Programs

Administrative/College-Wide Areas

Dr. Whitted coordinates key initiatives within the college to advance the Dean’s priorities. She also coordinates several targeted fellowship programs within the college and is tasked with generating and implementing new initiatives designed to more effectively communicate the value of degrees in arts and sciences to a variety of audiences.

  • College Initiatives
  • Dean’s Initiatives Internal Grant Program
    • Book Manuscript Finalization Support Program
    • Faculty Research and Scholarship Grants
    • Faculty Small Equipment Purchase Grants
    • Faculty Travel Grants
  • Fellowship Programs
    • Bilinksi Fellowship
    • Bridge to Humanities Fellowship Program
    • McCausland Foundation Programs
    • Theme Semester Program
Academic Unit Oversight and Management 

Dr. Whitted is the academic liaison between the dean’s office and the units below.  Dr. Whitted reviews all third-year, tenure, promotion, and post-tenure review files for the academic 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 interdisciplinary programs.

Units

  • Civil Rights History and Research, Center for
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Humanities Collaborative
  • Jewish Studies
  • Linguistics
  • McKissick Museum (incl Museum Management program)
  • ROTC (Air Force, Army and Navy)
  • Southern Studies, Institute for
  • Walker Institute of International and Area Studies
    • Cyber Intelligence
    • Global Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies

View Dr. Whitted's profile.

 

Assistant Deans

Assistant Dean for Academic Policy, Planning, and Administration

Administrative/College-Wide Areas

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

  • College-level administrative policies and procedures
  • External academic program review process and schedule
  • Fellowship Program administration and coordination
    • Bilinski Fellowships
    • McCausland Foundation Programs
    • Bridge Humanities Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowships
  • Blueprint for Academic Excellence
  • Administrative Planning Calendar (internal process schedules)
  • College-wide faculty and staff mailing and contact lists
  • OIRAA Program Review data system contact

View Ms. Ahyi's profile.

 
Directors of Administrative Areas (Senior Staff)

Director of Grants Operations

  • External proposal preparation, especially budget development
  • Proposal submission support for both internal (USC’s) and external (sponsors’) systems
  • Policy and procedure compliance support for researchers (rebudgeting, extensions, reporting requirements)
  • Budget reports for ongoing grants management
  • Grant closeouts with Grants and Fund Management Office
  • View Ms. Bridgman's profile.
WEBSITE: Grants Operations

Senior Director of Development

  • Oversee and lead the development efforts for the college
  • Cultivating alumni and donors in the many philanthropic opportunities available
  • Working closely with donors and faculty in securing major gifts, planned gifts, private grants and annual gifts to support the most important needs of the college
  • View Ms. Eigenbrot's profile.
WEBSITE: Advancement

DIrector of Communications

  • External-facing public relations and marketing (news, press releases, interview requests, social media, feature stories)
  • College websites including internal and unit sub-sites (departments, programs, centers, and institutes)
  • CAS directory changes and profile page updates
  • College Newsletters (alumni, students, and faculty/staff)
  • View Mr. Gentry's profile.
WEBSITE: Advancement

Director of Budget Operations

  • Fiscal and budget affairs for unrestricted funds of all college units
  • Unit compliance with budget-related policies and procedures
  • Unit- and college-level budget development
  • View Ms. Klie's profile.

Director of Space and Facilities Operations

  • Maintenance of buildings and associated service requests 
  • Monitoring, tracking and representing CAS units during construction and renovations projects 
  • College space utilization 
  • Security procedures including all key and Carolina Card access control 
  • Matters related to the safety of employees, students and visitors 
  • Emergency preparedness and notifications 
  • Communication of applicable facilities information to unit Building Coordinators and within the Dean’s Office
  • View Mr. Moring's profile.
WEBSITE: CAS Space and Facilities Operations

Director of Information Technology Services

  • Technical support services for instructional and administrative needs in CAS
  • Coordination with dean, chairs, and directors to assess IT needs
  • Advisor for hardware and software planning and acquisition
  • Security compliance liaison
  • College IT policies and procedures 
  • IT liaison for university-level advisory and oversight committees
  • View Mr. Mullaney's profile.
WEBSITE:  CAS Information Technology Services

Director of External Relations

  • Engage alumni as volunteers, advocates and supporters.
    • Alumni Council
    • Board of Visitors
    • Special events
  • View Ms.Plott's profile.
WEBSITE: Advancement

Director of Human Resources

  • Human Resources actions and processes for all college staff, faculty and students
  • Recruitment, hiring and appointment procedures
  • Faculty review and promotion processes including tenure review
  • Leaves of absence, emeritus appointments, administrative appointments
  • Faculty awards, endowed chairs and professorships
  • College-level compliance with federal, state and university labor laws
  • Employee Relations support for CAS faculty and staff
  • View Ms. Robinson's profile.
WEBSITE:  CAS Human Resources


Dean's Office Support

Administrative Coordinator

  • Assistant to the Associate Deans below (appointments, travel, correspondence)
    • Claudia Benitez-Nelson, Associate Dean for Instruction and Research
    • Jeff Twiss, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
  • Faculty Credentialing and Syllabi Collection (incl. management of CASCRED and CASSYLLABI email accounts)
  • Meeting Scheduling and Coordination
    • Graduate Directors

View Ms. Atkinson's profile.

Administrative Coordinator

  • Dean's Office 3rd Floor Reception
  • Dean's Office conference room reservations (Petigru and Gambrell)

View Ms. Delaney's profile.

Office Manager and Assistant to the Dean

  • Assistant to the Dean (appointments, travel, correspondence)
  • Office Manager for the Dean's Office
  • College-wide administrative communications (incl. Dean's Office CASDEAN and CASPROG email accounts)
  • Dean's Initiative internal grant program coordination (incl. application and award processes)
  • Chair/Director appointment and review
    • Annual evaluations (Comprehensive, Annual and Standard)
    • Chair/Director search process
  • Collaboration with advancement and alumni relations
  • Meeting scheduling and coordination
    • CAS Chair/Director meetings
    • CAS Faculty meetings
    • Dean’s Advisory Committee
    • Academic Planning and Curriculum Group

View Ms. Livingston's profile.


Administrative Coordinator

  • Assistant to the Associate Deans (appointments, travel, correspondence)
    • Nina Levine, Associate Dean for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Todd Shaw, Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Community Engagement
    • Qiana Whitted, Interim Associate Dean for College Initiatives and Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Meeting Scheduling and Coordination
    • Interdisciplinary Studies Task Force

View Ms. Young's profile.

 

 


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