Navigating Life Through Turbulent Times: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM


This is a Zoom Session. Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom session via a reminder email prior to the panel discussion.


The webinar starts at 12:00 p.m. and we kindly request participants to enter the webinar at least 15 minutes prior to the start time and no later than 12:05 p.m. 


Navigating Life Through Turbulent Times: A Panel Discussion is a webinar ONLY – please do not come to the CTE office.


Do you feel trapped in a COVID-19 spiral? Staying focused and productive may be challenging as you navigate work, school, and life. The Provost Advisory Committee for Women’s Initiatives (PACWI) would like to invite you to join us as a panel of faculty, staff, and students discuss navigating through our “new normal.” Come listen to their stories, coping mechanisms, and ideas. Share your experiences.


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Sandra Kelly
Vice Provost Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Carolina Trustee Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Sandra Kelly oversees undergraduate general education requirements, the First-Year Reading Experience, and guides undergraduate academic initiatives within and beyond the classroom. She is responsible for oversight of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, On Your Time, Continuing Education and Conferences, the University Advising Center, and the Office of Distributed Learning. The Faculty Principals have a dual report to Kelly and the Associate Vice President for Student Housing and Well-Being.

Kelly received her Ph.D. from McGill University in behavioral neuroscience. Her postdoctoral training was at the University of Iowa and SUNY Albany prior to beginning as an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in 1988. Her prior research examined the impact of alcohol on the developing brain and behavior. Her current interests include the neural correlates of consciousness and meditative states in people.

Anna Edwards
Associate Vice President for Student Life
Student Affairs and Academic Support


Anna Edwards leads the Department of Student Life, which includes athletics tickets for students; campus recreation; fraternity and sorority life; multicultural student affairs; off-campus living and neighborhood relations; parent and family programs; the Russell House University Union and its associated programs, including leadership and community service; and student media.

Edwards earned her doctorate in educational administration and master's in higher education and student affairs from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's in political science and speech and communication studies from Clemson University.

Edwards has served as a member of the university's Social Compact Committee, member and co-chair of the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support Professional Development Team, and as Student Life's representative on the division’s Planning, Assessment and Innovation Council. In addition, she taught University 101 for five years.

Andrea Henderson
Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Andrea Henderson received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Texas Austin in 2011. She joined the Department of Sociology at UofSC in 2012 as a Henri Montcrief Treadwell Research Assistant Professor. She has been a member of the faculty since 2013. 

Henderson’s research focuses on the influence of psychosocial resources in contemporary health and family life. She is particularly interested in the role of religion among minoritized populations, especially Black Americans, in the face of major life events, stress and racial discrimination. 

Orgul Ozturk
Associate Professor

Department of Economics
Darla Moore School of Business


Orgul Ozturk is an associate professor of economics in the Darla Moore School of Business. She received her Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 2006, her M.S. from the same institution in 2003 and her B.A. in Economics and Sociology with honors from the Koc University in Istanbul in 2000.

Her academic research interests are in applied microeconomics fields, specifically labor economics and health economics. She is currently working on projects in childhood nutrition, female career development and rare conditions observed among the developmentally disabled. She has professional affiliations with the Society of Labor Economists, International Health Economics Association and the American Economic Association. Her articles have appeared in journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Economic Inquiry, Industrial and Labor Relations Review and Journal of Managerial and Decision Economics. 

Kira Norwood
Public Relations Major
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications