The University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce Dr. Warren J. Carson has completed 25 years of service to the national College Board’s Advanced Placement Program.
Each June, more than 11,000 college faculty members and Advanced Placement high school teachers from academic institutions across the globe come to the U.S. to evaluate and score the free-response sections of the AP exams.
Carson serves as the senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, chief diversity officer and Title IX coordinator at USC Upstate. In addition to his role as an administrator, he also teaches classes in English and African-American studies.
During his last four years of service, Carson has served as the Chief Reader—the chief faculty consultant for the exams. In that capacity, he made numerous presentations and conducted workshops across the country on writing assessment to ensure that students receive scores that accurately reflect college-level achievement.
Carson also served as the English Literature unit’s longest serving Question Leader at 13 years and as a member of the Test Development Committee for 11 years, including four years as chair of the committee.
In recognition of his service, the College Board and Educational Testing Service presented Carson with an engraved crystal bowl. He also was recognized by the Children of the Yam, a group of Advanced Placement Readers of Color, with a scroll celebrating his leadership and a gift card. His leadership team presented him with a tree planted at his home. He also received a framed tribute from the Readers, in addition to various cards and gifts.
A Tryon, N.C., native, Carson earned his bachelor’s degree in English from UNC Chapel Hill in 1974. He continued his studies at Atlanta University, where he received his master’s degree in Afro-American Studies, and earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina.
Carson has been an educator for more than 40 years, 32 of which have been spent at USC Upstate. He is a past president of the College Language Association and managing editor for the CLA Journal, a scholarly journal devoted to the study of language and literature.
In 2014, Carson received USC Upstate’s Distinguished Service Award recognizing him for him numerous contributions during his tenure at the University. Throughout the years, Carson has received awards and accolades locally, regionally and nationally for his service and contributions to his community and to higher education.
Carson holds a lifetime membership in the UNC General Alumni Association and received the 2015 Harvey E. Beech Outstanding Alumni Award for Overall Achievement from the University of North Carolina. He is a lifetime member of the College Language Association and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He also devotes much of his time to participating in church activities and civic affairs.