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Archives For May 31, 2019

Staff, Faculty Complete Pilot Leadership Program
College of Charleston employees, including six from Academic Affairs, graduated from the College’s Leadership Education and Advancement Program (LEAP). This 18-person cohort met for a rigorous 12-month learning opportunity focused on enhancing the four disciplines of leadership: mastery of self, thought, results and people.

Congratulations to the members of LEAP’s first cohort at the College of Charleston:

  1. Michael Acree (Information Technology)
  2. Bucky Buchanan (Campus Recreation)
  3. Alice Buice (Health Services)
  4. Jill Caldwell (Student Life)
  5. Latisha Collins (Controller’s Office)
  6. Shanon Dooley (Biology)
  7. Jenny Fowler (Development)
  8. Sara Elizabeth Gallagher (Development)
  9. Anastasia Gilpatrick (Provost’s Office)
  10. Silvia Youssef Hanna (Academic Advising)
  11. Erica Harrison-Jones (Financial Assistance and Veterans Affairs)
  12. Robyn Olejniczak (Graduate School)
  13. John Abrahm Saunders (Center for Student Learning)
  14. Sherri Shannon (Human Resources)
  15. Kate Tiller (Athletics)
  16. Weishen Wang (Finance)

Picture above (L–R): Silvia Youssef Hanna, Jenny Fowler, Latisha Collins, Shannon Dooley, Robyn Olejniczak, Kate Tiller, Erica Harrison-Jones, Sara Gallagher, Jill Caldwell, Ana Gilpatrick, Sherri Shannon, Kristen Halverson (Human Resources), Michael Acree and Alice Buice. Credit: Alicia Lutz ( 

Academic Affairs staff receive prestigious awards

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 14 June 2019 | 5:44 pm — 

Stephanie Auwaerter, director of orientation for New Student Programs, received the most prestigious staff award: The $1,500 Outstanding Staff Member Presidential Service Award, which recognizes staff who support and engage other offices and organizations on campus, have furthered the College’s core values, have been instrumental contributors to the College community and consistently collaborate and partner with other offices and organizations in order to benefit the campus community.

Stephanie Auwaerter

Remy Starker ’14, academic coordinator for student-athlete academic services, also won $1,500 when she was named the 2019 Presidential Temporary Staff Employee of the Year. Two other temporary staff members were recognized and awarded $500 each: Percival Haas, administrative assistant in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Alexandra Lile (not pictured), campus visit coordinator for the Office of Admissions.

The $1,500 Presidential Permanent Staff Employee of the Year award for 2019 went to Dave Aurich, associate dean of students in the Division of Student Affairs, and the following permanent staff members also were recognized with a $500 prize: Leya Nelson, investigator and Title IX coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity ProgramsHayden Smith, student engagement coordinator in the School of BusinessKristin Wichmann, experiential learning coordinator in the Career Center; and Markus Williams (not pictured),  electrician for Facilities Management.

All awardees were selected by SAC and President Hsu, who closed the awards presentation by expressing his gratitude: “I want to thank the award winners for their dedication and hard work and all the staff members for your excellent work.”

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June 12: CofC closing at 4PM

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 12 June 2019 | 3:55 pm — 

Due to the threat of severe weather forecasted to affect the region later this afternoon/early evening, the College of Charleston will close early at 4:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, following a closure notice from the Charleston County government. This affects all classes, library hours and all campus activities after 4:00 p.m.

Residence halls and dining services will remain open.

College officials will continue to monitor weather conditions and will update the campus community, if necessary, via CougarAlert regarding any further changes to the College’s operations and work schedule.

The College will resume its normal operating schedule on Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Please check local media and National Weather Service bulletins for the latest updates per the CofC Emergency Management Team.

Associate Provost Position Opening

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 10 June 2019 | 1:13 pm — 

Applications are invited from the tenured faculty of the College of Charleston for the position of Associate Provost for Curriculum and Academic Administration. This is a 12-month, academic administrative appointment with a start date is no later than August 1 and preferably July 1, 2019. Please send a CV and letter of interest to Dr. Fran Welch ( and copy to Michelle McGrew (  Applications will be considered by a committee who will conduct interviews of top candidates and make a recommendation to the Interim Provost.

The Associate Provost is primarily responsible for providing leadership and support in the area of curriculum development and review, assessment, and academic policy. Working directly with faculty and program leaders to conceptualize curricular proposals, conducting regular reviews of curriculum submitted in Curriculog, providing assistance to the undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the Graduate Education Committee, and assuring responses to budgetary requests embedded in curricular proposals constitute a substantial portion of the position. In partnership with the Registrar, the Associate Provost also enforces academic regulations and policy and manages petitions for exception to policy, including curricular exception management.  In partnership with the Registrar and the leadership of Teaching, Learning, and Technology, the Associate Provost ensures that use of our academic learning management system is consistent with our academic policies and best practices for academic record-keeping.  Under the support of the Provost, the Associate Provost will also coordinate the development of online education offerings and will coordinate and facilitate the incorporation of diversity into our curriculum. In the area of assessment, the Associate Provost will work with the Provost to review academic program assessment plans and facilitate compliance with institutional policies, accreditation agency guidelines, state laws and policies, and federal regulations.

The Associate Provost will work closely with deans, faculty, and relevant committees to identify issues that can be resolved by adopting new academic policy or by revising existing policies and will typically lead the effort to enact appropriate solutions.  On behalf of the Provost, the Associate Provost ensures compliance with attendance verification, midterm and final grade submission, and other critical institutional processes. Associate Provost duties associated with academic policy and administration also include the academic calendar, academic catalogs, dual enrollment, and assistance with commencement functions. The Associate Provost reviews, responds to, and makes recommendations to the Provost regarding student issues and complaints and also serves as the Provost’s designee on multiple College and Senate committees and as the primary liaison to the Commission on Higher Education (CHE).

Applicants must hold a tenured faculty appointment as an Associate Professor or Professor at the College of Charleston. Previous experience with curricular development and management is strongly preferred, whether as an Associate Dean, Department Chair, Associate Chair, Program Director, or member of a College committee with responsibilities for curricular review. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in working with varied groups as both a facilitator and a leader. The ability to work at both the conceptual and detailed level, to respond quickly to situations as they arise, and to be self-directed are important. A willingness to manage multiple sensitive, high-priority, and stressful tasks is essential to the success of the Associate Provost, as are strong writing skills and a willingness to work closely and collaboratively with the myriad constituents of the Office of the Provost.

This position requires some travel for professional development and for the management of our regulatory and accreditation compliance. Occasional travel to meetings of the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education is necessary.

Please send a CV and letter of interest to Interim Provost Fran Welch ( by June 21, 2019.  Applications will be considered by a committee who will conduct interviews of top candidates and make a recommendation to the Provost.  The start date for this position is negotiable, but service in the position is expected to begin no later than August 1, 2019, and preferably by July 1.

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.


With hurricane season starting, we’d like to remind students about the College’s protocols should a voluntary or mandatory evacuation be ordered due to the threat of a storm. Read the student guide to hurricane preparedness.

Also, the City of Charleston tracks road closures and traffic impacts at 

Faculty are reminded to please prepare for the possibility of future closure. In consultation with your chair and department colleagues, please devise a course-appropriate plan to allow students to continue their forward progress in your course in the event the College is closed, and as you finalize your syllabus, please include reference to this plan in your syllabus. How you accomplish this will vary depending on the nature of your course(s). Your syllabus, contact information, and basic courses materials should be available to students in OAKS. Please see today’s email announcement (August 14, 2018) for additional information on OAKS support and sample syllabus statements related to campus closures. If the College decides on a plan for make-up class days, you will be informed as soon as feasible.

Thank you and wishing you a positive and productive Fall Semester 2019!

A Student’s Guide to Hurricane Preparedness


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