USC Upstate Welcomes New Faculty And Staff Members

August 21, 2012 at 10:51 am

The University of South Carolina Upstate campus will begin its fall semester on Thursday, August 23 with a student enrollment of 5,500. USC Upstate is also pleased to announce the hiring of 22 new faculty and staff members who include:

Mary Black School of Nursing

Sonya Blevins, DNP, MSN, RN, assistant professor of nursing
Ryan Crawford, MSN, RN, instructor of nursing
Kimberly Fowler, MSN, RN, instructor of nursing
Tracey D.T. Miller, MSN, RN, RCP, instructor of nursing
Lisa Richards, MSN, RN, instructor of nursing
Thomas Smith, MSN, RN, instructor of nursing

George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics

David Albrecht, Ph.D, professor of accounting
Michael Dinger, Ph.D., assistant professor of management
Alan Duesterhaus, Ed.D., instructor of nonprofit
Jim O’Connor, Ph.D., assistant professor of management

School of Education 

Kela Goodman, Ph.D., assistant professor of early childhood
Julie Jones, Ph.D., assistant professor of special education

Fine Arts & Communications Studies

Tricia Oney, D.M.A., assistant professor of music

Languages, Literature & Composition

Araceli Laroche, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern languages

Math & Computer Science

Brett Barwick, Ph.D., assistant professor of math

Natural Sciences & Engineering

Anselm Omoike, Ph.D., assistant professor of chemistry
Virginia Webb, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
Kandy Velazquez, Ph.D., instructor of biology


Scott Meek, Ph.D., instructor of psychology

Staff Members

Selena Blair, director of Opportunity Network
Mandy Whitten, director of housing and residential life
Jessica Gogan, director of special events and facilities scheduling