I hope this message finds you all doing well and looking forward to the Spring 2021 semester!
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education. I hope that you will join me in thanking Dr. Cheryl Addy for her tireless efforts in this role over the past several years. I will do my best to make the leadership transition as seamless as possible and to continue to operate at the highest levels of professionalism and efficiency.
As we embark upon this new semester, I want to take a moment to reflect on the goals
and expectations set forth in the University’s new strategic plan For South Carolina: A Path to Excellence, particularly as they impact graduate education here at UofSC. Over the next few
years, the Graduate School will be tasked with increasing graduate student enrollments,
enhancing the diversity of our student body, competing at the highest levels in national fellowship programs, providing greater opportunities for integrative and experiential learning, increasing
the number of degrees conferred, and supporting a systemic pipeline program that includes
opportunities at both the post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral levels.
In order to accomplish these goals, we must adopt a holistic, student-centered approach to graduate training that includes ample opportunities for professional development, rigorous faculty engagement and mentoring, full access to mental and physical health resources, and strong peer support and networking.
We must also continue to uphold the values of our Carolinian Creed , which include a commitment to:
practicing personal and academic integrity
respecting the dignity of all persons
respecting the rights and property of others
discouraging bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions and
demonstrating concern for others, their feelings, and their need for the conditions which support their work and development.
While we continue to face many unprecedented challenges on our campus, in our local
communities, and in the society-at-large, I am optimistic that better days are ahead.
I look forward to working with the Central Administration, the Graduate School team,
as well as the faculty and administrative staff in your respective departments and
programs to support your needs and to ensure that we are offering you the best possible
experience in graduate education here at the University of South Carolina.
All best wishes for the semester ahead!
Tracey L. Weldon, PhD
Interim Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education
The University of South Carolina
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