Skip to Content

My Arts and Sciences


The CAS Innovative Teaching Associates are the Incubator's leadership team. This interdisciplinary group of accomplished teachers shares an interest in exploring new pedagogical ideas and promoting a vibrant, creative culture of teaching throughout the college. Led by facilitator Dr. Christy Friend, the associates pursue individual projects, assist with incubator events, and serve as a resource and ambassador to colleagues. 


Christy Friend, Department of English

Christy FriendProfessor Friend is the inaugural director of the Incubator, a professor of English, and Director of Innovative Teaching and Experiential Learning Initiatives for College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina. She previously served as director of the university’s Center for Teaching Excellence (2013-2017) and as director of the Writing Center and First-Year English program (2008-2012). Her research interests include writing instruction, higher education pedagogy, and faculty development. Dr. Friend is a past recipient of the university’s Mungo Award for Graduate Teaching, the Carolina Hero Award, the English Department Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Faculty Service-Learning Award. In 2015, she was one of four USC faculty members selected to participate in the Academic Leadership Development Program (ALDP) sponsored by the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Nina Moreno, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Nina Moreno HeadshotNina Moreno, Assistant Director of the Incubator for Innovative Teaching, is an associate professor of Spanish and Second Language Acquisition in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and core faculty of the Linguistics Program. Her research interests include the impact of different types of feedback in Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), attention and awareness, depth of processing of second language input, and pre-service teacher training. Nina was the recipient of the Garnet Apple Teaching Award in 2017, the Sigma Delta Pi Hispanic Honor Society Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012 and 2013, and the Mortar Board Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.

 Faculty Innovative Teaching Associates

Lana Burgess, School of Visual Art and Design/McKissick Museum 

burgessProfessor Burgess holds a joint appointment between the McKissick Museum and the School of Visual Art and Design, teaching art history and museum studies. A proponent for giving students the professional skills they need to succeed, she has employed active-learning pedagogical models since coming to USC in 2008. Believing strongly in interdisciplinary collaboration, she co-authored “Sharing Credit: Public Historians and Scientists Reflecting on Collaboration,” with Soumitra Ghoshroy, Allison Marsh, and Sarah Scripps in The Public Historian,  35No. 2, May 2013. She was a fellow in the inaugural class of Association of Academic Museums and Galleries’ sponsored Kellogg School of Management's Center for Nonprofit Management in 2012. She was a recipient of 2014-2015 Teaching Excellence Grant in Integrative Learning from USC’s Center for Teaching Excellence and the 2016 SCOER! Faculty Award from Thomas Cooper Library. She is a field reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and sits on the board of the Committee on Museum Professional Training, a professional network of American Alliance of Museums. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.

Minuette Floyd, School of Visual Art and Design

floydProfessor Floyd’s current research focuses on the continent of Africa, examining stereotypes and misconceptions. She is interested in curriculum taught by art educators and am currently meeting with and surveying focus groups across the state. In addition, she is conducting research on ethnographic methods and photography to document African-American camp meeting traditions in both North and South Carolina. She has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Carolina Arts Commission and the South Carolina Humanities Council, and the University of South Carolina’s Associate Professor Development Grant and Research and Productive Scholarship. Her photographs of African-American camp meetings have been displayed at the Charlotte Museum of History (NC), the Methodist Center, St Simons Island, Georgia, and the McKissick Museum at USC. Professor Floyd has also mentored a group of students at Hand Middle School as they learned how to use photography to document important events in their lives, their photographs were ultimately displayed at the Wachovia Gallery located in the Richland County Public Library. She is developing curricular materials to help teachers incorporate contemporary African art and artists, camp meeting traditions and self-taught artists.

Judith Kalb, Russian Program

Kalb HeadshotProfessor Kalb currently directs the Russian Program at USC.  Her research focuses on the connections between Russian culture and the Greco-Roman classical tradition.  Her book Russia’s Rome: Imperial Visions, Messianic Dreams, 1890-1930, examines the image of ancient Rome in the writings of Russian modernists, and her current book project focuses on the role the poet Homer, fabled author of the Odyssey and the Iliad, has played in Russian culture.  Kalb’s articles have appeared in journals in the Slavic field and in works dedicated to classical reception studies, such as the recent Wiley Blackwell volume Handbook to Classical Reception in Eastern and Central Europe, for which she edited the Russia section.   The recipient of a Michael J. Mungo Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, an Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award, and, most recently, a Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation, Kalb is particularly excited at present about the possibilities of using online courses to promote interdisciplinary work in the humanities. She is looking forward to the explorations the Incubator will make possible.

Tammi Richardson, Marine Science Program

Richardson HeadshotProfessor Richardson is currently involved in revising the Marine Science undergraduate degree curriculum, which includes creating new laboratory exercises for an upper level majors course (MSCI 311; Biology of Marine Organisms). A big believer in “teaching through research”, she has hosted more than 60 undergraduate students in her laboratory in a variety of capacities, including six Magellan Scholars and four SC Honors College Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows. Dr. Richardson also obtained funding for a site grant from the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2012, and subsequently brought 30 undergraduate students from across the country to USC to do research in marine science in the summers of 2013 to 2015 (10 per year). Dr. Richardson is a former winner of a Breakthrough Rising Star of Research Award (2011), a Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015), and a two-time winner of a “Thumbs Up” award (2010, 2015) from the USC Office of Student Disability Services.

Ronda Sanders, Department of Mathematics

Sanders HeadshotRonda Sanders received a Provost’s Distributed Learning grant in 2015 and created a hybrid version of the university’s Basic College Mathematics (MATH 111) course.  She was a member of the TWIST (Transformation with Innovative Strategies for Teaching) committee for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2016-2017.  She was a presenter for BIOS (Biology Intensive Orientation for Students) 2014-2016 and ChemIOS (Chemistry Intensive Orientation for Students) 2015-2016.  She is a faculty advisor for Pi Mu Epsilon and the Gamecock Math Club and Maple Lab Coordinator for Calculus II.  Ronda Sanders has served as an AP Calculus Reader every year since 2006.  She was promoted to Table Leader in 2013 and has served as a Question Team Member in 2014, 2017, and 2018 (invited).   She is a four-time winner of a “Two Thumbs Up” (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011) award from the USC Office of Student Disabilities Services.

Hayden Smith, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

smithSmith is presently involved in research examining self-injurious behaviors that occur within correctional settings, and other areas where the public health and criminal justice system intersect. He teaches courses on Corrections, Criminological Theory, Research Methods, Victimization, Social Justice & Ethics, & Sex Crimes.

Joseph November, Department of History

November HeadshotProfessor November teaches courses on the history of science and medicine, history of technology, modern American history, and on the ways history is presented in games.  He is particularly interested in how developments in information technology and the life sciences have shaped one another. His recent book, Biomedical Computing: Digitizing Life in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), explores the intellectual and institutional dimensions of the computerization of biology and medicine; the book was awarded the top book prize in the field of history of computing, the Computer History Museum Prize. He is presently preparing manuscripts for two books – a biography of medical computing pioneer Robert Ledley and a history of distributed/volunteer computing in scientific research, tentatively titled Revolutions@home. In 2013, November was selected as an inaugural McCausland Fellow by the College of Arts and Sciences for his dedication to pursuing meaningful research while offering high-quality teaching.  He has received funding from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Association for Computing Machinery.  He has served on numerous departmental, university, and professional committees. His current teaching interests include incorporating video games into course curricula.

Sean Yee, Department of Mathematics/ College of Education

 yeeProfessor Yee has a joint position in the mathematics department in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the instruction and teacher education department in the College of Education. He teaches undergraduate mathematics course, graduate mathematics courses on pedagogy, and doctoral classes in teacher education. Professor Yee’s scholarship synergizes the teaching and learning of undergraduate mathematics. His primary focus is providing seminars and courses on teaching for mathematics graduate students who are teaching assistants or full instructors of record for undergraduate mathematics courses. Professor Yee’s research has resulted in multiple National Science Foundation grants revolving around peer-mentorship models for graduate student instructors. With these grants, Professor Yee has created and implemented professional development for experienced graduate students to mentor novice graduate students in teaching, thus generating a community of practice around teaching. Prior to coming to USC, Professor Yee taught secondary mathematics for six years in Ohio and was an assistant professor of mathematics education at California State University, Fullerton. His scholarship has also included book chapters and journal publications focusing on mathematical proof education, educational discourse theory, conceptual metaphor theory as a means to improve teacher listening, secondary methods courses, and mathematical problem solving.