USC Upstate Welcomes 30 New Faculty Members

August 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm

Thirty new faculty members joined nearly 800 new freshman students in learning their way around the University of South Carolina Upstate with the start of the fall semester, which began on Thursday, August 18.

The following faculty members were hired for the 2016-2017 academic year at USC Upstate:

Mary Black School of Nursing

Dana Davis, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing

Lisa Erwin, MSN, instructor of nursing

Felicia Jenkins, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing

Colleen Kilgore, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing

Katie Poindexter, MSN, instructor of nursing

Jennifer T. Smith, MSN, instructor of nursing

Jessica Stoelting, MSN, instructor of nursing

George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics

Candy A. Bianco, Ph.D., associate professor of accounting

Brian Brady, MA, instructor of entrepreneurship and Director of the Johnson College

Greenhouse Incubator

Crystal M. Brown, MBA, instructor/visiting professor of economics

Angela Starrett, MS, instructor of business statistics

School of Education

Ashley Anderson-Murray, Ed.D, assistant professor of elementary education

Monica Elkins-Johnson, Ph.D., instructor of education and Director of Field Experiences &

School Partnerships

Amy Fleischmann, MS, instructor of elementary education

Rebecca G. W. Mueller, Ph.D., assistant professor of social studies education

Cathy F. Sparks, Ph.D., assistant professor of child development & family studies

Veverlyn Watson-Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and director of the Teacher

Education Program-USC Upstate/Sumter

Fine Arts & Communications Studies

Emily Kofoed, Ph.D., assistant professor of communications studies

Renu Pariyadath, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies

Griffin Woodworth, Ph.D., assistant professor of commercial music

History, Political Science, Philosophy and American Studies

Scott Harris, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science


Grover Walters, MS, instructor of informatics

Ning Yu, Ph.D., assistant professor of informatics

Mathematics & Computer Science

Ryan Harper, MS, instructor of mathematics and director of mathematics & computer

science tutoring


James Bunde, Ph.D., assistant professor of clinical psychology

Jeffrey Edwards, Ph.D., instructor of child advocacy studies

Elizabeth Freeman, MA, instructor of psychology

Sociology, Criminal Justice and Women’s Studies

Robert E. Daly, Ph.D., instructor of criminal justice

Courtney McDonald, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice

William E. Moore, MA, instructor of criminal justice and criminal justice advisor and recruiter, Palmetto College