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Faculty Awards

Discover our Acclaimed Faculty

The University of South Carolina Beaufort has outstanding faculty throughout all of its academic departments, who are consistently recognized by national awards, honors, fellowships, and invitations to speak and consult in countries all over the world.
  • Dr. Babet Villena-Alvarez—Department of Humanities & Fine Arts Chair and Professor of French, Spanish, and Global Studies—South Carolina Governor’s Professor of the Year 2010. Selected from all faculty of the public universities and colleges in South Carolina, based upon their teaching, advising and professional contributions to their field by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education.

  • Dr. Eric Montie—Assistant Professor of Biology—Named a USC Breakthrough Star, Montie has received grants designed to expand biomedical and ecological research. He mentors student researchers who are studying dolphin and fish acoustics, a research area in which he has published numerous papers.

  • Dr. Yiming Ji—Associate Professor of Computer and Computational Science—Selected Rising Star of Research 2010 by the University of South Carolina Office of Research and Graduate Education. This is the highest research award given by the USC eight campus system. Dr. Yiming Ji has authored more than 30 publications in leading conferences and journals, and current research projects are funded by a Networking Technology and Systems Grant from the National Science Foundation.

  • Dr. Gordon Haist—Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy, Carolina Trustee Professorship 2011. Awarded by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees to a tenured, full professor who demonstrates a record of teaching excellence and outstanding performance in research and in public service and outreach activities.

  • Dr. Babet Villena-AlvarezCarolina Trustee Professorship 2012. Awarded by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees to a tenured, full professor who demonstrates a record of teaching excellence and outstanding performance in research and in public service and outreach activities.

  • Dr. Pamela Cooper—Professor of Communication Studies—Centennial Scholar Award, Eastern Communication Association; Distinguished Scholar, Central States Communication Association; National Communication Association’s Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

  • Dr. Brandon CosleyAssistant Professor of Psychology—Has presented research findings at conferences in California, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and the United Kingdom.

  • Dr. J. Brent Morris—Assistant Professor of History—Awarded grants and fellowships from places such as Cornell University, Oberlin College, the New York Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He’s authored 20 article reviews and multiple books and articles, including “To Pull the Devil’s Kingdom Down: Oberlin and the Fight to End Slavery and Inequality,” which was nominated for the Organization of American Historians’ Allan Nevins Prize.

  • Dr. John Salazar—Associate Professor of Hospitality Management—Author of 68 peer-reviewed publications, proceedings and presentations; has been awarded more than 40 grants and contacts; chapter president of the Southeast Travel and Tourism Research Association; and director of research for the Southeast, Central and South American Federation of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education.

  • Dr. Gordon Haist Beaufort Rotary Employee of the Year 2012. Recognized the contribution of USCB faculty to USCB and to the local community.

  • Dr. Gordon Sproul— Department Chair of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry, Beaufort Rotary Employee of the Year 2013. Recognized the contribution of USCB faculty to USCB and to the local community. 

 

USCB also boasts award-winning part-time faculty who share their experiences in the classroom.

  • Elaine Nishioka—Adjunct Professor in Nursing—Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina and Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing.
  • Zach Powers—Lecturer in English—Four-time Emmy award winner for writing, public service campaign, program editing, and news special; eight-time Emmy award nominee in various categories; and three-time Associated Press award winner for documentaries and sports.
  • Warren Slesinger—Lecturer in English—Ingram Merrill Grant and South Carolina Poetry Fellowship.
  • Dr. Charlotte H. Beck—Lecturer in English—C. Hugh Holman Award for literary scholarship by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature.