Adjunct Faculty Orientation - Cancelled

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


New USC adjunct faculty are invited to participate in a 90 minute orientation session sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of On Your Time Initiatives. The session will provide helpful information to any adjunct faculty member including:

  • Logistics, including the Blackboard learning management system, the Banner registration and grading system, and syllabus templates.
  • Tips for effective teaching, including active learning, experiential learning, effective assessment, and presentation styles.
  • Practical issues including academic integrity, managing attendance, dealing with disruptive students, technical support, parking, and navigating the university bureaucracy.

Light refreshments will be provided.



August (Augie) Grant
Center for Teaching Excellence

Augie Grant has been teaching at the university level since 1983. Grant earned his Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California, and has spent the past three decades teaching, consulting, and researching emerging communication technologies and their application to business, education, and social institutions. Grant is best known as editor of Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, which he created in 1992. In addition to exploring new communication technologies, Grant's research explores media audience behavior, convergent journalism, radio and television broadcasting, and applications of network analysis to the study of media organizations and audiences. Grant is past chair of the University of South Carolina Faculty Senate and is past president of the Broadcast Education Association.

Michelle Hardee
TA Training Program Manager
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the program manager for graduate student TA programs in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Carolina. Throughout her 19 year teaching career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University and as an adjunct professor of geology at the College of Charleston, and is currently an instructor in the Marine Science Program at UofSC.

Nate Carnes
Associate Professor, Department of Instruction and Teacher Education
Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Nate Carnes is the Associate Director in the Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition to three education degrees and a permanent Ohio teaching certificate, he earned his Ph.D. in Education Administration with an emphasis in science education at Miami University (OH). His teaching performances that span almost 40 years have resulted in awards and citations of excellence at the University of South Carolina, state, regional and international levels. Among these citations, Carnes is the recipient of the prestigious 2007 ASTE Science Teacher Educator of the Year, a recognition of international distinction; South Carolina Association for Middle Level Education 2018 Jennifer L. Wilson Teaching Excellence; and the College of Education 2011 Lee Maidment Spirit of Service awards. Carnes’ scholarly activities explore pedagogical issues and innovations within and beyond science education.