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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

Faculty and Staff

Reenea R. Harrison, Ph.D., M.Ed.

Title: Clinical Instructor and Internship Director
Department: Retailing
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Phone: 803-777-1264
Office: Close-Hipp 709
Reenea Harrison, clinical instructor and internship director, Retailing


Ph.D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
M.Ed., University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.
B.A., Morris College, Sumter, S.C.

Reenea Harrison is clinical instructor and internship director for the Department of Retailing in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM) at the University of South Carolina. Prior to her current position, Harrison was an academic advisor/student services manager for the College of HRSM Office of Student Services. Previously, although she worked in other professions, she also served as director of academic affairs and adjunct instructor for the University of South Carolina Honors College, director of guidance at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, adjunct instructor at Midlands Technical College in Columbia, and learning manager and adjunct instructor for Central Carolina Technical College (formerly Sumter Area Technical College) in Sumter, S.C. Her research interests include career development, retail and fashion management careers, environmental consumerism, and professional communications.

Honors and awards

  • Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Greater Columbia Community Relations Council Board of Directors
  • Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Youth Leadership Council, Columbia, S.C.
  • Cardinal Newman School Faculty of the Month Award
  • Sandhills Academy Advisor's Award
  • "Diamond Honoree," Columbia Area YWCA
  • Listed in American Women of Today
  • Ernest E. Just Graduate Research Award
  • Leadership Sumter graduate
  • Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society member


  • Career counseling, planning and development
  • Socio-political movements and student activism
  • Feminist / womanist theology and God-talk
  • African American honors students in higher education
  • African American male participation in higher education
  • Role of women in higher education
  • Multicultural issues in higher education
  • Multicultural issues in counseling
  • Role of women in the African American church
  • Role of religion in founding and sustaining historically black colleges and universities


  • RETL 295: Retailing Practicum
  • RETL 495: Retailing Internship
  • RETL 201: Exploration of Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising Industries
  • RETL 242: HRSM Professional Communications
  • SCHC 380-O: Student Activism in the 1960s and ‘70s
  • SCHC 380-T: Modern Revolutions
  • SCHC 380-V: Women, Social Roles and Religion
  • SCHC 381-J: Fashion History
  • RETL 324: Topics in Fashion History – Women and the Fashion Industry
  • SCHC 499: Senior Thesis/Project
  • UNIV 101: The Student in the University
  • SPC 205: Public Speaking
  • ENG 101: English Composition I
  • PSY 103: Industrial Psychology
  • COL 103: College Skills

Activities and presentations

  • Moderator/Judge, Discover UofSC (Discovery Day), University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2010–Present
  • Event Planner/Coordinator, Women of the Word Class, Columbia, SC 2016-Present
  • Diversity in Leadership Sub-Committee Co-Chair, Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2016–2018
  • Presenter, Women of the Word Retreat, Columbia, SC, 2018
    Member, University Advisors Network, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2012–2016
  • Poster Presenter, First Annual UofSC Advisors Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2014
  • Member, Financial Stability Council, United Way of the Midlands, 2007–2012
  • Presenter, South Carolina Women in Higher Education Women of Color Conference, Columbia College, Columbia, SC, 2011
  • Chair, Admission and Retention Committee, College of HRSM, University of South Carolina, 2009–2011
  • Presenter, Student Activism Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2010
  • Chair, Youth Leadership Council Advisory Board, Aug 2002–July 2007
  • Member, Greater Columbia Community Relations Council Board of Directors, Oct 2001–July 2007
  • Commissioner, Richland County Commission on Homelessness Board of Directors, 2004–2006
  • Member, Columbia Citizens Advisory Committee, 2002–2004
    Founder and Chair, Cardinal Newman Mock Interview Committee, 2002–2006
  • Co-Chair, SACS Accreditation Committee, March 2003–May 2004
  • Member, Cardinal Newman School Campus Ministry Team, 2002–2005
  • Chair, Cardinal Newman 101 Task Force, 2001
  • Advisor, Sandhills Academy Student Council, 2000–2001
  • Presenter, The National Higher Education Conference on Students of Color, Minneapolis, Minn., October 1999
  • Keynote Speaker, Women's History Month Assembly, Voorhees College, March 1999
  • Member, USC Traffic Appellate Court, 1995–1999
  • Presenter, Women's Studies Conference, UofSC Columbia, March 1997
  • Presenter, 1st Annual STEP High School Leadership Conference, UofSC Columbia, March 1997
  • Presenter/Planning Committee Member, 1st Annual UofSC Black Student Orientation, 1996
  • Member, UofSC May Session Task Force, 1995
  • Moderator, UofSC Women's Studies Conference Breakout Session, March 1996 and March 1995
  • Chair, UofSC Grievance Board of Review, September 1995 and November 1994
  • Member, Carolina Scholars Selection Committee, 1993–1999
  • Member, Fellowships and Summer Programs Advisory Committee, 1994
  • Moderator and Chair, Site Recruiting and Publicity Committees, Bridge Builders for the Future, 1989–1992
  • Trainer and Core Member, Students Educating and Empowering for Diversity (SEED), 1990–1993
  • Member, S.C. Legislative Internship Selection Committee, 1990–1992
  • Secretary/Member, UofSC Career Center Minority Task Force, 1988–1992
  • Committee Chair, Project Graduation in Sumter, 1986–1988
    Participant, Leadership Sumter, 1986
  • Chair, Sumter YWCA Safe House Public Affairs Committee, 1982

Professional Affiliations

  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • American Association for Counseling & Development
  • American College Personnel Association
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development


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