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CofC Day Packed with Opportunities and Activities

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of its founding, the College of Charleston will hold its first-ever CofC Day event on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020. A day of giving aimed at generating excitement and support for the institution’s future, CofC Day provides students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College with the opportunity to give back.

CofC Day starts at midnight on Jan. 30, and the CofC community may kick the day off right by donating online through the CofC Day website. In addition to the giving campaign, there will be fun activities on campus throughout the day including the following:

9 a.m. – Breakfast with President Hsu on Cougar Mall

Noon – Pizza in the Cistern Yard at CofC Day Headquarters

2:50 p.m. – Ringing of the bells throughout Charleston to commemorate the College’s 250th anniversary

3:45 p.m. – The unveiling of a state historical marker on George Street, near Porter’s Lodge

3:50 p.m. – Chucktown Sound and CofC Cheerleaders performance in the Cistern Yard

4 p.m. – CofC Day ceremony, including recognition of the Founders’ Day Medal recipients

4:30 p.m. – Block party on George Street and the Cistern Yard

6 p.m. – CofC Alumni Clubs will hold CofC Day parties

6:30 p.m. – AFISHAL visual DJ performance

The CofC Day team will be hosting CofC Day Headquarters in the Cistern Yard from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Throughout the day, the team is encouraging members of the campus community to stop by and learn more about CofC Day, play some cornhole, grab a snack and pick up some CofC swag. The team can also help visitors learn how to increase their impact through challenge gifts.

Those who participate in CofC Day are asked to share what the College of Charleston means to them on social media using the hashtags #CofC250 and #CofCDay.

Read more at: (Darcie Goodwin)

The Committee for Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts and Sciences is soliciting proposals for small grants ($500-$1,500) to aimed at supporting innovative teaching at the College of Charleston. All continuing roster and adjunct faculty are eligible for the program. No faculty member will receive more than one grant per academic year. Please visit to download the application and for additional information. Submit applications and any requests for additional information to the Jason Vance, ILAS Committee Chair (


EAB Discusses Regional Economic Development (Nov 6)

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 28 October 2019 | 2:13 pm — 

The College is hosting representatives from the Educational Advisory Board (EAB) on campus Wednesday, November 6th, to facilitate discussion on regional economic development. You are invited to register for either the morning (9:00 – 11:30am) or afternoon (1:00 – 3:30pm) session by emailing Michelle McGrew at

Please encourage your fellow Deans, Senior Team Members, and Department Chairs to take advantage of this unique, professional development opportunity.

Thank you,


The Board of Trustees and President Hsu invite faculty to attend the Faculty Drop-in on Thursday, October 17, from 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. in the courtyard of 6 Glebe Street (the President’s House). The rain location will be the Hill Exhibition Gallery.

This is the second of three campus meet-and-greet receptions that will take place at each quarterly meeting of the Board of Trustees. The first reception was in August for staff. Each reception is for a different campus constituency so that all members of our campus community have the opportunity to engage with the Board of Trustees and the College’s senior leadership team. At each reception, we will introduce new senior staff and faculty or recognize individuals and student organizations. We hope as many of you will join us as possible. If you have a nametag, please wear it.

Questions? Please contact the Office of the President.

The Student Retention and Success Committee is hosting a workshop for deans and department chairs on Tuesday, November 12th, from 2:00 – 3:30pm in the EHHP Alumni Center (86 Wentworth Street). In addition to a general data overview, you will also receive questions prior to the workshop that will help facilitate the discussion. Provost Welch looks forward to a productive conversation with all of you. Please check your email for any additional details.

Do you have an ongoing writing project or plans to initiate a new one? This fall we offer two opportunities for ALL INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY to participate in the 9th Annual Writers Retreat:

Fall Break: October 14-15.  Applications due NOON Friday, October 4. Click here to complete and submit the online application form.
December: 12-13 and 16-18. Applications due COB NOON Monday, November 25 (applications available in late October)

 Writers Retreats provide:

  • a private room in Addlestone Library (or Education Center during construction) for one’s exclusive use away from the distractions of one’s office.
  • a key for your private room for the duration of the retreat.
  • snacks and beverages in a common room throughout the retreat.
  • group lunch at noon on each day of the retreat.
  • available reference staff for assistance.
  • a supportive collegial environment to focus exclusively on one’s writing.

In return, each selected participant agrees to write, but not grade, check email or social media, or leave the retreat for other meetings. As past participants have concurred, arriving at the retreat with very specific writing tasks, whether conceptualizing and drafting a new manuscript or completing final revisions to a long-standing work, will allow one to maximize this opportunity.

Selected participants must bring all materials needed for the writing project, to include one’s laptop as no computers are provided.  Participants sign in by 8:30am to begin their work. If one has a collaborator on campus, both may apply separately, or one may apply and invite their collaborator to join them for a portion of the retreat. Each participant is expected to focus only on writing for at least 6 hours daily.

Interested in the October 2019 Writer’s Retreat?
Click here to complete and submit the online application by NOON Friday, October 4 .  Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, October 8 in order to plan accordingly. Past participants are welcome to apply again.  Preference will be given to faculty preparing for a major review (tenure or promotion), new faculty establishing a writing program, and faculty in transition.

Please let me know if you have related questions.



Mark P. Del Mastro, Ph.D.



RANDOLPH HALL ROOM 210A | 843.953.6748







Fall 2020 Course Section Scheduling is underway

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 7 October 2019 | 1:40 pm — 

It is time again to start working on a new course schedule for Term 202110.  The Registrar’s Office has rolled the course sections from the Fall 2019 term to Spring 2020. You can review your course scheduling spreadsheets in Cognos. Please follow the course scheduling’s approved meeting pattern times and Cognos report instructions emailed to your from the Kristen Hua in the RO.

You will input your schedule using SZADSEC in Banner. After the deadline has passed, all changes can be emailed to You have access to delete CRNs on SZADSEC, but you do NOT have access to add new CRNs. If you need a new section added to your schedule, these will be requested in a month (November 2019). Please see the email sent on October 7, 2019 for full instructions.

Departmental Scheduling Deadline for Fall 2020: January 15, 2020

Questions? Email

In conjunction with the President’s Office, the First Year Experience is calling for new courses related to the theme of HISTORY. Made. Here.

The storied history of the College can be interpreted from many angles and disciplines. FYE encourages proposals that are innovative, creative, theme-based, or place-based and that enable students to create something lasting. If possible FYE invites faculty to also make the new course community-based that involves some type of outreach. In short, the theme of “history made here” can be interpreted broadly and FYE welcomes proposals from all disciplines and departments (not just History or the Humanities). All courses should include a final project where students will showcase some aspect of the College’s diverse history. These projects should be made public to celebrate the anniversary. Options could include but are not limited to: a performance, poster session, online videos, or websites.

Electronic copies of proposals must be submitted by faculty to Sarah Owens ( by Wednesday, October 30, 2019. Copies of the first page of the proposal with required signatures can be sent by campus mail or scanned and sent by email to Sarah Owens in Lightsey B64 by the same date. Five $1,000 stipends will be awarded for new FYE courses related to the theme of HISTORY. Made. Here. Stipends will be awarded only for new Seminar or Learning Community courses.  Applicants need to be Roster faculty. Forms were emailed to all faculty and are online at:

Join us for Constitution Day, Sept 25

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 18 September 2019 | 2:54 am — 

“Under Attack: The Rights of Children and Families Subject to Immigration Enforcement”

This year’s Constitution Day event will feature keynote speaker Jennifer Nagda, Policy Director of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights on September 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM in Rita Auditorium 101. This event is open to campus and the public. This event is sponsored by the Office of Provost and Academic Affairs, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Office of Academic Experience, Hispanic Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Attendance Verification DUE @ NOON – Sept 18, 2019

By Academic Affairs
Posted on 17 September 2019 | 1:39 pm — 

Please remember that tomorrow at NOON, Wednesday, September 18 is the deadline for two important activities:

Attendance Verification (for undergraduate and graduate students). Click here for instructions with screenshots.

Addition to the Grade Roll (for students attending class but not appearing on the class roll). Log into MyCharleston, and find “addition” forms here:

Any student appearing on the class roll but determined not to have attended the class even once will be removed.  A student attending class but not appearing on the official class roll must be added to the class no later than the close of the Attendance Verification period.

Please contact me with related questions, and thanks in advance for your cooperation.


Mark P. Del Mastro, Ph.D.



RANDOLPH HALL ROOM 210A | 843.953.6748

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